Carlene // {right brain} planning as liberty and art-full expression

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. – William Wordsworth

My journaling has and does take many forms. It has been a process of unfolding just like life. The diary style journals in the bookstore were always so appealing but it usually sat on the shelf in its loveliness, unused. It was intimidating. Continue reading

Anna // {right brain} planning as meditation

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I currently exist in a fragmented life. I am wife, mother, daughter, friend, employee and supervisor. I am artist, scientist, cook, housekeeper, and teacher. With all these winding paths to traverse in each set of 24 hours, I am learning to allow space for all the fragments to shuffle and settle.

The Fall of 2013 has marked my entrance to using collage as meditation. I am finding it to be the perfect way to take the fragments of each day, and integrate them into a work of art. In this way, patterns emerge from the apparent frenzy … seemingly of their own accord. Continue reading

Carly Rogers // How do I use my {right brain} planner?

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I have developed a (sacred) ritual that I follow when I work with my Right Brain Planner™. It usually begins with a spot of silence in my house, pouring a steaming cup of green tea, curling up into a blanket on my couch, and then surrounding myself with my favorite tools – pens, markers, scissors, glue, word sheets. Continue reading

The existence of {another self} …

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The greatest loss in life is what dies inside us while we live. ~Norman Cousins

In the midst of living our {wild and precious} lives we find ourselves in situations in which the proverbial light shines down upon a different facet of our personality, illuminating a shadow within us, one of {our selves}.

I have been reflecting upon these alter egos, these “other selves” of myself … about career paths, detours, rabbit trails and roads where I opted for a u-turn; about the people I knew, and situations that required various {other selves} patrol the front line of confrontations and declarations within the stages of my personal-onward. Continue reading

Mistaeks are Mandatory — words and art by {courageous} Syda

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I had heard of art journaling, but I had no idea what it was or what it would mean to me when I pulled out my oil pastels and a few collage clippings in August of 2010.  I was not an artist.

I wasn’t very impressed with my initial attempts at art journaling and I wasn’t even sure I was doing it right, but it was therapeutic and I found great joy in doing it. Continue reading

Remembering to Dream — by Jeanne-Marie

Maybe somewhere in us living life, surviving things {really difficult things, at times} and moving swiftly through the child-raising years… we forgot to dream… Dream out loud, dream impossible dreams.

And sometimes, when we give ourselves permission to do this seemingly frivolous thing, just sometimes they come together and they become real gifts. Stolen moments in time. Precious and cherished memories.

Last year I knew how unhappy I was with my life {where I was living, what school my two beautiful girls were going to and who I was becoming}. I felt stuck, burnt out and desperately unhappy.

I didn’t really know how to move forward. I have never really known what I wanted for my life partly because I haven’t ever really known who I am or what I wanted… but all I did know — at this all-time low point of my life last year — was what I didn’t want and inadvertently found what I did want.

I knew something had to change in my life but where did I start when clearly everything needed to change. Well, in a nutshell – within 3 months, we actually changed everything. We moved back home to Cape Town and we basically started over. And it has been pretty incredible. Simplifying is a real gift.

I have been painting on and off for almost a decade… and I knew I wanted to try and pursue it on a more full-time basis. I knew it was a shot in the dark, maybe a bit of pipe dream.

But I did know the great sense of joy I feel when I am painting or doing anything arty. It’s a joy and peace I haven’t felt doing anything else. I guess it’s what helped me know it’s what I wanted to do full-time.

From the moment I made this the decision this year – things have moved forwarded and things have happened that have completely changed my life and my journey to be more in line with who I am.

It’s also a journey that took me to Italy this year to paint with some very special artists… I guess it’s been a journey of self-discovery as I head into my 40’s. I have had so much excitement and joy this year… It’s been pretty awesome.

.: about Jeanne-Marie — In figuring out what I didn’t want for my life anymore, I inadvertently discovered what I did want. And finding the courage to pursue it. Maybe it has to do with finally feeling like a woman and questioning – how I do 40 and still be vital, relevant and even beautiful, in this new way as my world is shifting into my new decade.

It’s both scary and exciting and I don’t want to miss a single thing about this journey I am on.

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About this series: I am a collaborator … and a story-scribe. That is why I have invited art journaling friends to share images from their art journals. The focus of this series is visual expression {collage, doodles, painting, photography, music, etc.}. The mission of this series is to present a wide variety of art journal pages — different styles and media, utilized by women from a wide variety of personal beliefs and backgrounds.

Because planning and dreaming {envisioning} what we want for our {wild and precious} lives begins with creative expressions {and excavations}, Braveheart. And our choice of expression is unique and specific to each of us … Dare to experiment with various artistic techniques and discover what you enjoy, what expressions “feel” right for you — what allows you to creatively remove layers and uncover your dream seeds. ~stargardener