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A little more experimental stuff in my pocket Moleskine journal which is fast becoming a playground for abstract watercolour and ink pages. I absolutely adore working in it; the size and paper quality is just perfect for me which goes a long way to getting me picking it up again and again to keep playing in it.

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I have a strange kind of love/hate affair with branded sketchbooks. I really enjoy creating my own journals and sketchbooks but I usually have one branded sketchbook on the go at once and it is, more often than not, a Moleskine because I love the paper and feel of the books. Of late my mini (pocket sized) Moleskine sketchbook has been a watercolour playground where I can really let loose with colour and ink to see what comes of it as well as keeping me creating outside of my ‘studio time’. This book has really helped to reignite my passion for watercolours and different techniques and effects that can be created with them to translate in the future into new full paintings.

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The most important things I have inherited from my family and upbringing are not material, they are the foundation of how I interact with the world, the foundation that I build on and use as a secure base for my own evolution.

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They are the things that are at the core of myself and the reasons I chose this life for this stage of my journey.

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It’s super important for us to recharge ourselves in order to function and move forward in life. This page is about exploring some of the things that do this for me, that help me to recharge the light inside of me so that it can shine out into the world and allow me to be the real me.

 

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There are a lot of things that do this for me, far more than I could fit on the page, so I tried to just include the most important for me right now such as going for a coffee to my favourite coffee shop, being out in nature and allowing myself to love and really feel the love that others show me.

What recharges your light and brings you peace and joy on the inside?

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This page is on the Journal Fodder prompt of accomplices, or as I like to call them creative champions. We all have them and can be them for other people, they are those in your life that give you the much needed push we all sometimes need. I didn’t realise how many I had in my life until I began on this prompt and really thought about it.

There are the obvious ones in my life, my family and friends who like my posts and work, who share a kind word of motivation when I’m struggling, but there are also many people who I have never even met.

The web opens me up to a whole world of people who encourage, praise and offer constructive criticism as well as inspiration. I can access art and writing by a whole range of people I would not have been exposed to and draw strength and creative power from them.

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I find it amazing how immersing myself in the work and words of others can trigger something, even when I feel competition or threatened it doesn’t put me back or dishearten me, it spurs me on to create and better myself and my practice.

So to all my creative champions, known and unknown, thank you for what you give to me, whether you realise it or not.

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This whole journal fodder chapter has been looking at light and dark in your life, from what we hide in the shadows of our life compared to the light and why to who has been inadvertently overshadowed around us by our own light and achievements. I’m not going to go through each of these separately, mainly because as pages go they’re not all that visually stimulating and deal with some very personal issues for me.

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I suspect that’s why I’ve been feeling off kilter these last few days, it’s been forcing me to look at what I hide and the imbalance that there is with that in my life. Am I happy? Yes and no, there is still a lot of stuff I need make peace within the process of…

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…owning my shadow.

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