Saturday, 20 December 2008

Death Journal Page

This ended up being my Death Journal Page. I guess you gotta have a death page.

I found a little bat dead in my studio. I drew him. I felt bad that he had died caught in my louver windows. He stank a little. I hate that smell.

After the drawing, I glued down  a magazine photo of the man in a graveyard. Then I added some dictionary pages about death and bones and the brain. 
I must have forgotten to scan my pages. I think these pages were freaking me out a bit.
I gessoed lightly over and around the dictionary pages and the man. Then I did a wash of umber acrylic paint. 
I added the other magazine photos of brains and organs, the bone and the bat. 

Then came the quotes from Rumi, a well known 13th century mystic and poet, that I wrote in a Staedler fineliner pen. It isn't waterproof, but that doesn't matter as I won't be adding anything over the top. I used the Staedler because I have a set with 20 different colours, and I wanted a muted brown that wouldn't stand out too much from the rest of the page.
It needed some kind of border to pull it together. I am not sure what the train track like border represents, but it looked kind of fitting in the general mood.

I am curious if any of you will like these pages. You gotta have a little darkness with the light, don't you reckon?

22 comments:

nollyposh said...

i like the ~darkness~
and the symbolism of bat is rebirth ... the Aboriginal people believe that they are the souls of men and therefor sacred...
And of course i am all for facing our fears, as gifts from the inner places X:-)

Flor Larios Art said...

Hi,
I do not like bats, I am scare of them since after an earthquake when I was 9 years old and we had a plague. But... I like your collage, very intresting!
Merry Christmas!
Flor
ps. check out my blog, Danita is having a doll giveaway!

Paper Cat Designs said...

Your journaling is just exquisite! I enjoyed the story of the bat and it does capture the melancholy feel of death.

I have added your blog to my list of magical places. Hope you are having a marvelous holiday season.

Cheers! =D
~Kellie

~Barb~ said...

I love these pages...but, like you said, I feel that you have to have a little darkness here and there to appreciate the light. And you do dark awesomely. Great spread!
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

lynne h said...

mmmmm.... i love these pages... the images, the words. yes, a guesthouse... i like being reminded of that -- thank you!

Shannan said...

Beautiful page. Beautiful blog.

Joanie Hoffman said...

I do "like" it, and it is gruesome.
Which is sadly the image death seems to have in some places. It's a hard topic to journal/illustrate and I think you did a fine job.
Maybe the train tracks are part of the "journey"? I have to stop using "quote marks" so much...
Happy days,
Joanie

Zom said...

That is interesting about the bats Vicki. I am glad some rebirth slipped in.

Joanie, I don't pick a theme and then illustrate it. I wouldn't necessarily pick the gruesome for death either. I enjoy letting the page 'happen' and then I title it afterwards. I love your interpretation about the train tracks.

thanks for the comments you guys.

carlikup said...

I haven't been around for a while ~ love this page!

p.s.: check your e-mail, I sent you an invitation

Renee said...

I love the page. Death is a definite reality and coming sooner for some of us than others.

Thanks

Renee

Lu said...

I really like how you shared your process. nice work.

Connie said...

I'm going to be honest here. My aunt died just a couple days ago, and yesterday I learned that my friend only has a few months left to his life, since his lungs have been overtaken by cancer. I have been consumed by death lately. And, many people I know are having deaths around them in their own lives. I think at the end of the year, during the winter solistice, or whatever significance you might attach to this time...there is alot of death around us. Your journal page is only tapping into that collective conscious of the season. I find comfort in this.

Peace & Love.

Zom said...

Dear Connie, I am so sorry.
Reading your comment I was so worried that I might have caused you pain. I am so glad you found the page some comfort.

Walk in the Woods said...

Indeed - *I* like them! But then, I have what many might coin an unusual relationship with darkness and death. I love your creations! :)

Gia said...

It's morose and gloomy. Exactly how I'm feeling right now even though it's Christmas Eve. You are right. We all need a death page.

luthien said...

i actually really like your death journal.. the feeling it gives out is not frightening, in fact it looks real calm and matter-of-fact, intellectual even... and inevitable. i really like that you didn't purposefully make it all scary and cliche.

luthien said...

btw... last night i just had a session at my friend's place doing rumi card readings!

Kimmie said...

Amazing Death Journal....what a concept!

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Chris said...

I'm just now looking at these pages. These are really good. textural and interesting, but I also like the subject matter. I'm still learning. Forgot about using borders to tie things together. Thanks!

Zom said...

Yeah, I use borders a lot. They kind of keep all the stuff from flying out the edges!

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