"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.

3.25.2010

same but different



I painted another journal today.

Yesterdays journal is 6x8, and this one is 8x11.

The front of this journal has the numbers going horizontal. I think it needs a little something under the numbers in that blank spot. What do you think??

There is something about these colors that I am drawn to. I painted a long narrow picture similar to these, but it need a little more before I post it.

29 comments:

Bren said...

I don't know Mar, I rather like how the numbers look, kind of a halo effect making them stand out, but you may want them to blend in more by adding something more just below them. That will be up to your eye to determine :-) They are wonderful, really like the use of the houses at the bottom of the covers and of course your wonderful use of joyous colours! I think you will love the big size journal as it mimics the freedom you would have in painting a canvas, I know I like my journals big :-)

Denise said...

I think it looks great.

Gina Lee Kim said...

These are awesome!

Marsha said...

I love it just the way it is. : )

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

if you want to keep it the 'same but different' then under the first set of numbers in the top journal you could stencil out the number four...written out

f o u r

that way it fills the space, and truly remains the 'same but different!'

that was fun! thanks for askin'!
ciao bella
carmelina

cristie said...

i love them, and i love you! i think a row of polka-dots under the numbers would be fun. because you can never have too many dots, right?

Seth said...

These are fantastic. Love the bright colors and the strong numbers. Definitely fun!

Mary said...

cristie is that you????
Thanks sweetie, I love you too!! :)

Dena E's Blog said...

Hey sweet Mary,,,are you having spring weather yet.. And as usual your sunshinnny beauty shows through your creations...And I owe you an email ...Busy busy but miss our chats..Big Hugs~~~Dena
think I'll be posting soon, Kent put a big wood cross in our front yard for me and a vine wreath on it too..I have wanted it up for 4 yrds now, I am :0) and took pics of it this eve. Wonder if the neighbors will complain???? :0) anyways You keep being bright and beautiful
Love ya~~~

RCUBEs said...

Beautiful...Love those houses on the bottom...And the nos. too! :)

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

Beautiful dear one. Very creative. Blessings.

Sandra Hall said...

Fantastic Mary! Love the colours.

sarah said...

I think they're great...your use of bright colors is the best.

Buffy said...

Hi Mary,your journal covers are gorgeous,love the numbers and I think they're perfect the way they are.

Jane Farr said...

I think they look great Mary! There's always such warmth to your work. :)

Martha Lever said...

Hi Mar, me again...is that a stamp at the bottom of the houses? I just love it!!!!

Bren said...

So what did you decide to do about your journal cover? Did you add to it?

Re your comments on my blog post:
Thanks Mar, and yes the words are raised using molding gel through a stencil first then adding paint.
As for the introvert puzzle we need to have a conversation on that one! I'm much like you, I can get wound up and no one who knows me would peg me as an introvert today. However the key is in knowing what actually recharges you, now I enjoy being with people, have a great time but I then crave time to myself to reboot, whereas my husband when alone for short periods of time goes mad looking for someone to talk to hang out with, whatever. He is energized by his time with people and time alone drains him. The other interesting thing is feeling protective of your personal space, like your studio, you don't mind sharing but by your invitation not just someone going in and using your stuff without asking. Interesting stuff

Bevie said...

This is perfect Mar...love what you are doing...the colors are awesome!!! love you sis..

Outstanding Stranger said...

Awesome and Bright. Would make a great fabric print too. Hugs, Diane

S. Etole said...

makes me want to paint ...

Butterfly Works said...

Hi Mary, Thanks for dropping by. I have really missed everybody and ready to get back to blogging.....I have gotten alot done toward the retreat and hope to be back very soon.....
I love your two journal pages.....I like them just the way they are but you have to have the final say......and yes, these are your colors...they are everywhere you are....I always find it interesting which colors people choose.......
I wanted too to make sure you saw the dates for the upcoming reRtreats...they are listed on the Potter's House Retreat blog...I hope you can make one; we'd love to have you.....
Take care...
Hugs and Blessings,
Nancy

Kendra Joyner said...

Mary...looks like you have been busy busy with journaling!!! These look great! I like that the eye goes to the numbers...I say leave it...looks good!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

It looks great the way it is Mary, but I agree with cristie, that adding polka dots would be fun. You and I both love polka dots, as anyone can tell from our blog decor.

Pam Warden Art said...

Mary, your work is so fun, it's just filled with it. Thank you for your kind words to me at Faith Folk. I'm 53 and I will be married for 32 years in June AND I have 3 children, but here's where we differ...I've got 6 grandchildren :)
Love,
Pam

Wanda's Wings said...

ISN'T ART HEALING?

laurel said...

Wonderful series. The colors are so full of energy.

C a r i s s a said...

Lovin' all these painted covers Mary! Lively! I can see why you love these colors :) I can never leave my journals alone either. As for the space under the numbers, I think it's nice!

XxoO

ps. i added the directions to my recipe now! let me know if it sounds confusing.

Lily said...

You have such a talent!!! Your work is gorgeous :)

Elena said...

Great journals! Love the topic of post 3/22 & your painting makes such a beautiful backdrop to the spring twigs in your 3/20 post.