"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


Painting covers

I painted my daily journal.

The one that I just write in.

The one that I journal what I am feeling.

The one where I talk things out.

I find so much more pleasure in journaling in a fun funky journal, as opposed to one with a generic cover.

Silly really, but I do.

I am such a visual person, I like my surroundings and things to be fun to look at. I can get carried away with that though. I can be discontent when I don't like how things look, including myself if I am honest (honest even with myself).

These picture are of my current journal. I am pleased with it - but I like the back of it better than the front!!! :)

Hope you all have a good day!!!!


Poetic Artist said...

Hi Mary,
The covers looks just like it should..It's you.
Full of color and life.
I read you last post and it is so true. You should use your wonderful talent of speaking from the heart to the heart of others.

S. Etole said...

Such fun, bright colors to record your thoughts ...

Msartist said...

Hi Mary, I usually read your blog via a reader but had to pop in and let you know that I have been admiring your work and use of color. I am in love with color too! I am ready to start a new journal and nothing is better than seeing colorful inspiration! Ps. I love your new blog background and the header I have admired since you changed it but never mentioned. Hope all is well.
~All my best, Theresa

Bren said...

maybe you'll have to flip it around and turn it upside down, talk about a visual jolt when you go to write in it!
I understand the need to alter it, after all working out our feelings and problems in like take a lot of creative thinking the beautiful covers you've created just jump start the creative process. Very cool. Sometimes our biggest battles are to keep from rejecting ourselves, boy do I get that!

lori vliegen said...

i love it mary.....it's definitely fun and funky.....and crazy cool colorful too!!! :))

jgr said...

I totally understand, I always spend (way too much) time decorating my sketchbooks before I use them, too. It's inspiring.
I love the bright colors on your new one. Happy Journaling!

Just Be Real/God Whispers In The Wind said...

Mary the cover is an expression of you. So then it is just right. Thank you for continuing to share with us. I love bright colors. One day I will get back to wearing them. :) Blessings.

Denise said...

I love it.

Martha Lever said...

I just have 3 words for you... FAB U LOUS!!!
And also, I am not sure if I ever officially followed your blog so I am official now---although I was always following you, Mar!


..i surely have a good start of my day with these paintings... thanks for sharing!!!:)

Keep safe!!!:)



RCUBEs said...

What a gifted artist you are! Thank you for visiting me and for the footsteps you left so I traced them and came here and followed you :) Looking forward to future visits and may God bless you. Your blog spells "j-o-y".

Bevie said...

It's a real pleasure to open my puter in the morning and come here for what I know will be another step forward for you and for many of us who follow...so much of what you share I too am struggling with...so from the bottom and middle and all around my heart I thank you for stirring in me the hunger to deal with the issues...I love you sis!!!
Yes, I love what you've done to the covers of your new journal...I know you need a bookcase for all those you've poured your heart out in...(((hugs)))

Buffy said...

Such Beautiful vivid colors. Now that the covers are done you should be inspired. They are so you.

The Charm House said...

Mary, I understand totally about being visual!!! I can just imagine you sitting in your art room, looking out your windows and being inspired with what God is doing on your farm this time of year!
Wish I was there!!

Vicki said...

I am visual, too, Mary! Love your color combinations. One year I realized why I was so unhappy - it had to do with lack of color! Lol...I had lived too long in a pastel world, and realized I've always loved earth tones, accented with REDS! and other deep colors. You're making love red & blue here, my dear. You are such a fun person to know. You really inspire my heart and share so many wonderful things in common. Can't wait to meet you!

Vicki said...

PS - meant to say "You're making me love red & blue...." typing too fast! Ha!

julie king said...

these are wonderful, mary! i like to write in journals that are either wonderfully creative, inspirational or just fun.but more and more of my writing is straight into the computer. i tried writing a newsletter for work out the other day and had to give up and type it into word. i felt all discombobulated trying to write instead of typing.

Ophelia said...

Oh Mary...
Your work is just simply amazing!! So lush and deep! I love it!