While updating some behind-the-scenes website stuff last week, I came across my 2011 archives and saw this – my very first art journal spread, which I posted in November 2011.
Thank you to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer who inspired me. I've since taken more of Julie's classes online and in person, and trust me – you can't go wrong doing that. Visit Julie's site and you'll be hooked.
I've also learned how to keep the personal, personal, by blurring text but back then I had no thought of the scope of the internet or my future as an artist when sharing this post. So I've kept it legible. Click on the pic to enlarge.
I think I want to start another journal with this kind of journaling – the boy I referred to as 14 is now submitting his college applications. The reason I had more time was because my Mom had passed in September of that year, and after much caregiving, I sensed the opportunities opening up, if only I would pursue them. This kind of daily art journaling captured those moments.
In general I guess I want to say, if you are interested in any artistic pursuits at all ~ go for them. You have no idea where they will lead you.
You have to put yourself out there. I now teach classes across the country, and it all began with trying something new and putting myself out there. Go for it!