"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.

1.19.2012

new journal page and stuff


working in my journal a bit. i seem to be drawn to it more these days. i make such a mess when i do one though. i started this one trying to make it a little "prettier", but i really don't begin to like them until i grunge them up a bit. i wonder sometimes, if my internal struggles have something to do with that.  then again, i think i think too hard and much sometimes...

i have a workshop this Saturday and have much to do.  i also am beginning another women's night out visual journaling series at Out of The Box art studio in Roswell next Thursday. 

i am doing a workshop at a local library in a few weeks.  i think it will be a younger group, mostly teens. i have been thinking about doing a journal prompt on body image for this workshop. i don't think there is person out there who does not struggle with this on some level.

off to get supplies

17 comments:

Paulette Insall said...

love the new page mary! i can totally get where you're coming from on how your internal struggles may have some influence on your artistic process. i sometimes think that may be where my obsession with detail and getting things perfect comes from.....wanting to have control over something, when my life seems so out of control. probably why God keeps pushing me to loosen up artistically....so glad i'm starting to listen. :D

blessings & love!

Paulette Insall said...

oh and good luck with the workshops! i'm sure they'll go great! that prompt on body image sounds like a good one....for teens especially.

Jo Reimer said...

Yep, that struggle to make things prettier or better or perfect often stops me in my tracks. Why can't we be satisfied with accepting our best efforts at the time and moving on? Could some of it comes from our struggle to be more like the perfect One?

You're right about the body image prompt being universal, or nearly so, and certainly in the American culture when we're bombarded by related messages wherever we look.

I know your work with women and girls will help a lot.

Martha Lever said...

Hi Mar! Yes, thinking sometimes is detrimental to my art work! Usually my left brain is screaming at my right brain that I am not doing it right. I feel like my brain is two squabbling siblings at times! It's a beautiful page, Mary, and I too love to "grunge!" I don't think it has anything to do with your innards---you just know how to make a cool-looking journal page, that's all!

Your workshops will be wonderful I am sure!

PaperPumpkin said...

You are the queen of cool hearts, Mary. I would LOVE to take a class of yours... I think too much, too!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Great ideas all Mary. I wouldn't mind grunting away in one of your workshops. xox Corrine

katie purcell said...

So wish I was coming to YOUR workshop on Saturday....I will be praying for you tonight as ya'll tote all those totes!!!!!!
LOVE THE JOURNAL PAGE.
I am teaching Martha's color drop flowers to a little workshop at a ladie's group tomorrow.
Pray for me too.
xxoo

Say It In Color said...

Mary, I just love your honesty!! As I am doing a few doodling journal pages .... I am frustrated because they are always too perfect looking .... believe me, it is not because I am perfect ...ha... thank goodness for the One who sees us perfect ....but I would love to grunge up a page and get the fabulous colors and depth you get on your pages!!! Sometimes we are so careful ....the truth of our beauty doesn't get splashed across the page .... I love your pages....love them!! Keep splashing the beauty!!

Nancy said...

Well Mar, I am so excited for you with all the workshops you have on the horizon...From being with you in one workshop, I know these ladies are going to be blessed beyond measure and learn so much from you.....

I have to tell you I believe everything we do is in one shape or another inspired by what's going on inside of us....It just seems to come out no matter how hard we try for it not to......I think it helps us have insights and from insights come healing.....

What I see in your beautiful journal pages are strong and loving things going on inside of you.....You may question lots of things, but girl you know where the answers lie and that's the most important piece of information anyone can have......

I hope your weekend is wonderful....

caryjo said...

Love the colors... of course ... and you are on active lady. Bet you bless lots of others!!

Terri Morse said...

Mary, your journal pages are so vibrant and exciting-therein lies their beauty! They reveal your beautiful soul. So much of your inner light comes out in your pages. You inspire me. I hope your workshops go well. I think body image is an excellent topic for young women. So often we view ourselves and other women as objects instead of people with beautiful souls. I'm actually taking a workshop called Body Restoration at bravegirls.com. I think we all could use some encouragement in that area. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Terri

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What a vibrant page as usual! Love it when you mess it up too! Have a great weekend! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Sarah (Nikki) said...

A little mess makes everything more fun. love the page

Ana said...

Love those colors, very vivid!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Your work just shouts JOY!!! and have a blast teaching your classes.

Oh thanks again for telling about The Allure of Hope...oh my, God and I are having a journey through it...I have marked on each page and been in awe of the work He is doing in my heart..thanks for being His servant

Ophelia said...

Wow, wow, wow!!!
Love your journal page Mary! And, wish I lived closer to take a class with you...that would be awesome!

Buffy said...

I love the colors of this spread. good luck with your workshop,I think that prompt is great especially for teens!