Art Journal Page: The Guardian

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The Guardian by Kartika (gouache medium)

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
George Santayana

This is a page from one of my art journal pages, done in gauche and colored pencil. Somehow working in an art journal feels less risky than working on a canvas or a single piece of paper. I’m more able to let go of expectations – after all, it’s just a little journal – and allow myself to simply play and enjoy the process. An art journal is where I’m free to have a personal dialogue with myself – no one has to see it or read my words unless I decide to share. It allows me to experiment with ideas and different media – so what if I make bad art or no art at all, that is not my purpose. Most of all, spending time with my art journal is like being with a friend who helps me heal and work through my demons and sometimes come out the other side. It’s possible I may feel that serotonin rush when a color or a line feels right or the words make sense out of senselessness. I may even feel in synchronicity with my muse, the creative spirit that gives my life meaning.

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7 responses to “Art Journal Page: The Guardian

  1. Wow! I love this page and your thoughts on art journaling – exactly how I feel about it and you expressed it so much better than I could.
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

    • AJ, I love thinking and sharing my thoughts and feelings on art jounaling, especially with other art journal lovers, and getting your feedback is wonderful. Thank you and Big Love back. 🙂

  2. The colors are calming, but the lines give it a feeling of motion & energy. Like it!

  3. I came to your blog through an “art journal” search and the colors in this piece caught my eye. I love anything purple and to me, this piece seems mysterious and playful at the same time. I’m going to wander around and see what other pretty art there is to see here. Thanks for sharing this with the world. BTW, I don’t art journal myself but I love to see what others do with supplies I only wish I knew how to use.

    • Jennie, I must admit, I love it when I can a comment about one of my journal or art pieces – it is great to share them! Maybe you want to begin an art journal yourself! kartika

  4. Pingback: The Art Journal is a Personal Diary | The Soulful Art Journal

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