Cathy of “wander essence” is a very energetic, organised and well travelled person. Her posts are full of interesting stories of her travels and enhanced with photos of the many places she has been to. She sets herself challenges and invites the community to join in. She has photo , poetry, prose and travel challenges and this is the latest…
“ART JOURNAL” INVITATION: I invite you to post a journal spread on your own blog about your travels. You can do collage, watercolor, acrylics, stamps, drawing or stencils — whatever art form your heart desires. These are my first art journal spreads and drawings, so I can only hope I’ll become more creative as I practice and play. I invite you to do the same!
I have been keeping art journals for a number of years and find them to be quite addictive. A great way to practice art techniques, keep a record of things I have done, make quick sketches of places I have been and maybe just doodle. There are no rules.
Recently Jack came across the Japanese word “ikigai” The Japanese recipe for a life filled with calm and contentment is ikigai – a philosophy practised by Okinawa residents, who happen to be the longest living people in the world.
An excellent book I am reading that explains Ikigai is “Ikigai” by Hector Garcia.
We became interested in discovering more about this fascinating Japanese culture. Then I read this and thought it to be so appropriate to my journal keeping…
“The meaning of ikigai
Ikigai is translated as life’s enjoyment and substance. The Japanese verb “iki” means “live”, and “gai” literally translates to “reason”. The ikigai philosophy is described as a motivational system which makes us want to get up each day. In a narrower sense, the term applies to specific activities and states which we attach some value to, thus finding in them the purpose of our lives and actions. These can be both everyday small things or great plans that we become engrossed in when turning them into reality. Its core is finding enjoyment and purpose in what we are doing in a given moment, without expecting a spectacular result, success or applause of those around us. Ikigai emphasises the value of activities which we do for ourselves – such as writing stories with no intention to publish them, or painting pictures that no one will see. Such an attitude helps to get to know oneself.”
So my journals were done for my own enjoyment and are by no means perfect works of art, but with Cathy’s encouragement by posting her journals (see them here) I will share just a few of mine.
Sometimes I add quotes I have found. This quote was inspired by seeing the movie “Pavarotti”Photos and notes and a sketch of a local pub are reminders of time spent with our son and his wife in Grafton during Jacaranda time.
We had another visit to Grafton for the 5 day art workshop and I put my new found pen and wash sketching to practice.
A great way to remember the highlights of the year is to put them in the journal…
Finally because of Jack’s request I will share with you sketches and a painting I have done of the beautiful, exotic and sculptural Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia). The acrylic painting is rather stylised. The 2 drawings were done at the weekly art group I go to on a Wednesday. Denise, our extremely talented tutor, challenges us with different styles and types of art each week. This time it was drawing the Strelitzia from life in ink. When I got home and showed Jack he said it needs colour so I used coloured pencils on the second drawing. I think Jack was right…
So I will link this to Cathy’s new “art journal” invitation.