I finished my Hahnemühle D & S Sketchbook
and am well into my new Nostalgie journal;
this is a rambling last look back, at the things I had no time to post that I can share. Sometimes I can’t share, mostly because it involves someone else and
I don’t feel comfortable sharing that person’s story, and occasionally mine too.
I love raw writing, LOVE autobiography, and
am willing to share the juicy scary bits many won’t share.
I may be busy, but busy usually means that I don’t have time
to process the images to share with you…
It never means I am not journaling, writing about our life,
and sketches go hand-in-hand with that…
A cross page spread, I sketched the fiery smoke-filled skies
several times this summer. It was a dominant part of our life in Portland.
Summertime is ending, and with that goes the summer fruits…
I like apples, but I LOVE the summer berries and peaches and nectarines and melons.
I am going to miss them terribly!
On various pen and ink or watercolor groups, I’ve noticed more people asking how to keep a journal, what to write in their journal, how not to mess up a journal, sharing how they do all these practicing sketches outside their journal! It is all about their FEAR of screwing up a finished product… their journal is their
finished product! It freezes them!
My journal is not my finished product, and I suspect that the peeps who show you magnificent journals of amazing perfected sketches aren’t showing you their thinking journals!
Besides, if you freeze every time you have an
Important Project you stifle all creativity anywho…
*that should be a word so i leave it*
best just get on with it and let the screwups be part of the handmade or redo it.
Life’s a learning thing.
I used to teach creative blocks and practices that move you through to stream of consciousness and easy comfortable writing… It may mean that sometimes incorrect spellings are inserted or tenses change, but all that is okay —
like my journal entry above. I am going to teach again, but online.
My journal is for personal inquiry, reflection, ideas for paintings,
bits of ideas for a book I am writing, funny stories,
insecurities (such as regarding the painting of George Washington above), fears,
crappy politics, working through anger when necessary.
I have some beautiful drawings, and lots of screwy sketches some of which
I can’t decipher, like the times you were loaded in college
and wrote heavy thoughts which later were nonsense!
Here is the wrap up of strange endings from my last journal,
and a promise that soon I will have a class or group to work on easing into total comfort — or at least getting over that fear-stopping-hump of what-if-I-mess-up, for all of you.
I will post less, I think, b ut .
So I want to know,
what questions do you want to explore
about keeping a journal?
“Memory is more indelible than ink.”
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“I think not….”
Me… why I journal!
Hahnemühle D & S Sketchbook,
Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink, Super5 Frankfurt ink in Pentel Aquash waterbrushes.
Every pen I own with every ink combo, but often:
Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Lamy Joy with Super5 Darmstadt ink,
Jinhao with Goulet 1.1 stub nib and Super5 Frankfurt,
Pilot Metropolitan with Super5 Frankfurt ink,
Jinhao with Goulet 1.1 stub nib and De Atramentis Document Brown ink,
Platinum Carbon pen with De Atramentis Document Brown ink,
Conklin Duragraph w/ 1.1 Stub with Super5 Australia ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges;Da Vinci, MatteoGrilliArt, JazperStardust, PfeifferArt, Sennelier, Holbein, MGraham and DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors
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