"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.


showing up

Hi friends! Yes, here I am posting two days in a row.

I really did not have anything specific to journal about this morning. I guess most times when I do journal that is the case, but or some reason I got out of practice...and I do think it's a practice...of daily or weekly journaling. Or even being in my studio. I have a bracelet that has a saying on it, "show up and live your art".  I haven't been showing up and I'm not sure what has kept me from doing so. So I showed up this morning. It felt good and strange at the same time. I wasn't exactly sure where to begin or what to do so I just put color on the page...small mark making...a little at a time. 

I have noticed that I am not necessarily finishing my journal pages, at least the last several I have done. I say that, but since there is no rule about when a spread is done (it's more a feeling) they in fact may be. I'm just stopping at a point where I don't have any more ideas or desire to add more. I would rather leave it a bit unfinished than overwork it like I have done in the past. I like giving it time to evolve without me rushing the finished product. Allowing myself to be okay with the tension of maybe not being completed. I think that is partly why I stopped painting big. I expected to create this great work of art in a day or two or three of painting, when really it can take weeks and months. 

I'm going to move more slowly and be with the process more than I think about the finished product. 

So, this spread may or may not be complete...


It's been so long...

Well hello there! Has it really been almost a year since I last posted...I even had to change my sign in password since I couldn't remember it. I suppose I could attribute that to my advancing age as well. I turned 60 since my last post...heading to 61. I have thought about closing this old dusty thing out, (the blog not me, lol) but something keeps me from actually doing that. I have been posting on Instagram regularly and it's been a great place to post photos and to find inspiration without a lot of words. But I think I miss those words, and feelings, and a place to connect with others on a little deeper level. 

I haven't been doing much journaling or painting. Something in me seems stalled. Below are a few that I have done. I'm not sure if the first one is finished, I may go back and add more...or not. I used a couple of Roxanne Coble's stencils in this piece.  

Oh, you can follow me on instagram @maryefreeman if you like.