Sunday, February 19, 2017

More Journal Work

I have been spending a lot of time in my journal- finding that is the best way for me to get my emotions out of my head and onto a spread.  I can't seem to do  other art for right now at least.  I have posted these spreads in other art groups but those are closed groups so some of you may not have seen those.  I will include  what I wrote  about each spread. These spread were created from February 8th to the 18th. This first spread below was done on the 8th- the last was done yesterday the 18th.




I am in a group on Facebook, target resistance: first 100 days that is doing art to express ourselves using targets in the work some where. No Where To Run is the title- yes this is a political post do if you get offended please scroll by- Ted Cruiz has or plans to soon introduce legislation that will allow people to deny services to LGBT people and other groups including Muslims because it goes against their religion- so if my husband was hurt and went to ER and the attending doctor had an issue with gays he could refuse to treat him- so yes I feel like a target.






The next spread is Dive into the Fray. I am trying to do more active things not just signing petitions but actually calling my representatives and joining groups and giving money to organizations that are helping people. This was done for that Target group.

This spread is Be Brave.  This quote really says it all to me right now: Be strong enough to stand alone,
smart enough to know when you need help and
brave enough to ask for it.

I spent the morning going through things on the tables in my workspace and got things sorted and picked up a bit and couldn't resist sitting down again. This is really an illustration to this small story. Sharmon Davidson Jennings shared the story on her blog. I am in a facebook group Target Resistance-The First 100 days. It's a group for doing art that deals with our reactions to what is going on in the country right now. The only rule is you have to use a Target somewhere in your work. Here is the story.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Well with all the hearings happening in several states about why people should be able to discriminate because serving a gay person or a Muslim or other religions because it is against their religion is demoralizing. And the anti-woman tone from several lawmakers is also so disturbing- where are we headed? I filled the background of this spread with Love is Love over and over and over- it was cathartic and I believe that Love is love. I included the face of the statue of liberty- I can only hope we continue to have the liberties that we do now.

This spread is dealing with something I think a lot about- in the past I am amazed at all the vintage photographs of men being affectionate with other men- perhaps some of these men were gay but in my research I found that it was common then for men to be openly affectionate with one another- friends- holding hands and hugging. Why did this change to the point now where men have been beaten for holding hands or kissing. This spread is my wistful look at the past.
 
Well yesterday was a Wake Up call and that is the Title of this spread- cliche as it may sound. Our clinic recently had a screening for heart and vascular health- they sent me the results of my vascular scan yesterday but I didn't see the notice until yesterday morning. I am so glad we decided to go for those scans- they are able to tell now if you have a calcium build up in your pipes. Turns out I do and I will have to meet with a cardiologist soon- mine isn't super severe but is enough that I will have to deal with it. Some medical intervention will be needed. I already eat a very healthy diet and exercise at least 5 times a week sometimes 6. I do know part of this is hereditary. So yet another reminder that everyday really is a gift.
 
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

One Day At A Time

I will share a few journal spreads here.  I have been doing  a fair amount of journal work- it's sometimes the only way I have to release the anger- rage sorrow and  fear that I have about our country right now. The tone is so hateful in the states as well.  I just read in Iowa they have frozen the minimum wage and have made it illegal for cities to raise it.  Where is this coming from-  I am so upset and feel that the moral compass for this country is missing- it certainly is in the white house and congress.  Sharmon Davidson, a terrific artist I have met online had this on her blog today and I think it just might be the subject for a journal spread soon. http://sharmond.blogspot.com/.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

This First spread is The Search for America's Missing Moral Compass. I am raging with the approval of a woman that bought her way to the Secretary of Education. She hates public educations knows nothing about it but because she contributed so much money to the evil bastards this is what we get- as a career educator is just enrages me- they have NO caring at all for the children and students of this country- everything has a price tag now.






The next spread is Where is the Hero? I am hoping for us all to be heroes in doing all we can to make this government one that is for the people and not just billionaires and haters.




I love this quote-It was the  inspiration for this spread.  I am so very fortunate to have friends that have really had the keys to doors of mine that didn't even realize- I mostly have all open doors now.

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hard to Take

I am finding it hard to deal with the rapid pace of changes that this hideous administration is pushing through.  I am  still amazed at how selfish people can be and it really does feel like an evil force has grabbed our nation- but the incredible marches on Saturday- and thank you all for your marching-  that was huge and it was around the world.  I( am doing what I can- writing emails, signing petitions, donating to groups on the national level.  And I make art.  I have to-it's how I speak best.

The spread is titled what else but : RESIST!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Art for Activism and Expression

I recently had a very difficult experience.  I posted the journal spread in my last post in a private Facebook art journal group.  Well a firestorm erupted- seems there were a few and just a few that felt politics should not be a part of the work shared there- I was accused of using the group to advance my political agenda.  The comments went on for hours (there are over 6,000 people in this group) Not once did I say this is what you should do or this is what you should think but only expressed my own feelings being in one of the targeted groups from the new administration.  Well I was very much supported by the group as a whole I am happy to say.  My friend Laura Tringali Holmes, a terrific artist living in New York started a Facebook group: Target Resistance: First 100 Days. This is a public group and the art made there is using a target somewhere in your art You can read the specifics on the group page.   This is the piece I submitted for that group. Title:  They Didn't Ask to be Targets.  This is a digital collage.    .https://www.facebook.com/groups/396171314051338/  



Friday, January 20, 2017

A Sad and Scary Day

I have been trying hard to not let this horrible thing that will happen today January 20th consume me. It's hard knowing that the people soon to be in control care very little about the majority of the citizens. It really is about power and money on a foundation of greed. Many of us are targets- women, people that are not white male and and the target group I am in- The LGBT community. One of the  most troubling things were reading that Trumps pick for supreme court justice thinks gays should be jailed. Then reading that he intends to get rid of the National endowment for the arts. Most all of you reading this know the importance of art- for self expression for healing art is another language. I taught art for 36 years from elementary through university age. I have seen first hand how art has literally saved lives. As I felt my heart start to race I stopped what I was doing and went to my journal. Please join me in putting loving intentions out into the universe. This will help us to move through this scary time. Sending love to you all.

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Winding Down

Well this has been quite the year.  I hope to be better about posting in 2017.  My friend John Arbuckle is an inspiration- He posted over 300 days this year. I will share some journal spreads here to end out the year.   I wish you all a Happy New year.
I also want to share this quote that my friend  Marsha Salyer Jorgenson shared on a post. This is to my dear friends.


"When you find yourself tipped over by the gusts of life;
when you fall to the floor and shatter.
There are those who will walk around your pieces,
lest they cut themselves upon the scatter.
But others will pick up your broken bits,
they'll cherish all they can gather.
These are the ones to whom you must hold on forever -
not those who forsook you -
but the ones who glued you back together"
--- Shakieb Orgunwall

I think we will all need to have plenty of glue handy for each other. Thank you for looking at my art and for your supportive comments.










This is inspired by a song by Active Child.  The song is
 
 

 


 

Troubled Sleep

We will not be broken


 









Friday, December 2, 2016

Still Juggling Many Emotions

Well 2 spreads in 2 days- it was a very gloomy day and has been and will be for the next week- this time of year is so challenging for me- I have S.A.D. I use one of the blue lights- helps some but I spiral down sometimes in this. Not sure what to say about this- dealing with letting go of some things- well a lot of things really- The three figures are like my past self present self and my future self. As we head towards the end of the year I tend to get retrospective and reflective. I am sure many of you do as well. The burning of the paper with what I want to be done with or are done with was powerful for me today. The spread is called Stages of Release. This is the opposite of yesterday's as it's big for me the spread is 12 x 18.  The one below the first one is smaller-







Yesterday I carved a moon stamp and finally got to it today. I also found some stamps I had carved at least 20 years ago. They are the trees you can see in the spread- I like how they are there but not jumping out at you- Sometimes I do title my spreads- This is titled: Dark Forest Moon. The strip with the nude man is from a Muybridge motion study.Like many of us after the election are feeling very vulnerable - the house in the lower left was the first house my husband and I ever bought- many years ago- this history of connection is my foundation.  I did this spread in my sidekick journal- so the spread is small 6" x 9". Small for me. The second photo is of the stamps.