Thursday, 8 January 2009

Quickening Art Journal Page

I didn't really want to post two black and white journal pages in a row, but these pages were the only ones in my journal finished that I hadn't already blogged. 
I have 16 double-spread pages "on the go"; meaning started but not finished. How does that feel? Good! 32 pages of possibility.
These pages started with removable masking tape and black gesso. I wrote a post on this and other methods to begin pages here
I found it a little difficult to know where to go next with such a strong black and white contrast. Next time I might do it with a softer colour to have more options.
I ripped strips in a magazine picture and fit them inbetween the grids. Now it is no longer checks.
I added a photocopy of an old photo of my mom and dad together when they were young. And some words from a computer print-out. Just what I felt moved to add, there was no thinking or logic to my choices.
My childhood photo in the bottom right was photocopied onto clear acetate. So the grid reads through the photo.
The writing is from the folk song "the Drowners"  written down in the book "the Ill-made Mute" by Cecilia Dart-Thorton.
After that, I added the silver line border. Do you think it is finished?

Once again, I didn't plan these pages. I just slapped down what I felt drawn to. And once again, I feel there was a message for me in the pages. A message about letting go of the past, that the past is not real. And that this is bringing the Quickening. Yippee!

Perhaps doing pages like this is kind of like dreaming. Dreams bring messages too.


~Barb~ said...

I'm learning to trust my intuition when it comes to what images I choose and how I put them on the pages. I've got to learn to quit rethinking every little bit. I love your black and white pages...they have impact that color doesn't always convey. Super piece!
Peace & Love,

Zom said...

I think the art journal is the perfect place for that jump because it is kinda private. It is easier for me to go with my intuition than on a piece that will go onto the wall.

lynne h said...

ooooh, i love this, zom! the page and the letting go of the past and quickening thing! yes!!

boy, putting down those strips of magazine picture really made a difference... very, very nice...

Chris said...

really REALLY cool. love it. Love black and white anyway, but you've done it justice!
It helps me to see the process. Thanks!

PJ's talking2.... said...

Zom, I love these pages. Then when you added the torn magazine pages, it all changed. Amazing! I love it. I've got to try this. Like you said, with a softer color, but I do love the black & white... decisions, decisions... ~PJ

Zom said...

I hope you will give me a heads up if you do PJ. I would love to see what you create.

Walk in the Woods said...

I love it and I'm amused ... I've been working/playing with ripped strips of paper myself!

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Zom, thanks for visiting my blog. I was by yours yesterday, and saw your beautiful work. I did not comment cause I feel a bit like an intruder when I visit someone's blog - silly I know.:)

I love your work. I love this work of art! I agree, there is healing that comes from our creating. My creations always reflect where I am at the time. May be the reason some of us need to create, to find ways to heal?

Zom said...

You are welcome anytime Sixpence. Certainly not an intruder!

I believe we all need to create - it is innate in us. IMHE it heals and nourishes.

Anonymous said...

Uncanny Zom, like you have done on this journal page and like Walk in the Woods was saying above, I too have been playing with ripped pages to create 'new from old' art. I even, just before going online, went through the kids art and put aside some pieces for them to tear into strips tomorrow and then have then weave them all together to create a big new picture for the lounge...after seeing your work tonight I can't wait to do this with the kids!
These journal pages work so well, I love them :)

miz katie said...

Love the b&w checkerboard look.

Gayle said...

I love playing in art journals and altered books. I've enjoyed seeing how you've played with yours. The pages are lovely. Thanks for sharing and letting us play with you.

Anonymous said...

I really like your work. The idea of there being no logic to the choice of images. Probably the hardest thing is to just let go, no control. I am trying to work my way there.
I, too, love playing in art journals and altered books. One the books I collaged over was my own!
The Gypsy

Connie said...

I love the ripped pages too. I especially am drawn to the grid you created. I have a thing for grids. I like to add them to my own work alot--in one sense or another. But, I like how you create the grid--then play with pushing it and pulling it. The images and words seem to weave themselve through the grid, like a very bold tapestry.

Peace & Love.