I recently came across the art of Maira Kalman and was drawn by its authenticity and tenderness.
No fluff, I like that. She illustrates what inspires her, what makes her look twice while she goes about her daily life.
In this short video she mentions:
I am always aware of the vulnerability of people. And the heroism, the stuggle to walk down the street, the choice of clothing…
It’s about taking the time to notice, it’s that simple.
What draws your attention or what is it that you notice when you are out and about?
I would love to hear about what inspires you.
This week, I am writing in response to Jill Berry’s call for Arty Cartophiles. Our mission is to make a personal map “however complex or simple you like, keeping in mind your intention for 2014. This should be a heartstring, not a masterpiece for the Smithsonian. Make it true rather than perfect.”
Starting Point and Technique
I used my usual journaling technique, starting with collage and writing. In this case, I had already glued cards made last year in my journal. This small deck contained words reflecting my values and objectives and a vision statement.
As I wondered what kind of map to make, I realized the cards created a pattern of streets and passages on the page, an ideal surface for a map.
I wanted to include the map in my journal, so I could easily refer back to it if I get lost or disoriented…
In December, I participated in a blo-a-thon and on day 29 (we blogged every day) we were asked to share a word to live by in 2014. I really wanted to include this idea of leap of faith in my 2014 map. So here it is. Can you see me leaping?
Today, I would like to introduce you to Strata Journal. It occurred to me that I hadn’t explained the meaning of Strata in this context and the reason why I chose this name for my blog.
Think about a rock formation, the Grand Canyon perhaps, with its layers of colorful minerals. Each layer, called stratum, has its own geological history and when several stratum are combined, they create a new structure.
Similarly, in my journals or on canvas, I tend to work in layers.
As part of Jamie and Shannon’s adventure Kick it Old Skool, I have been blogging almost day in December. This is my last blog entry as part of this challenge, but certainly not the end!
Today, we are asked to write about what we celebrate about this month and Kickin’ It Old Skool.
I celebrate being part of this diverse group of bloggers throughout December. It’s easy to associate with people who share similar ideas and viewpoints, but harder to come in contact with people who have different perspectives. I especially enjoyed this exchange of perspectives.
As part of Jamie and Shannon’s adventure Kick it Old Skool, I am blogging every day in December. This is a combined day 28 and 29 assignment. Today we are prompted to share a selfie that tells something about the person we’re becoming and yesterday, we were asked to share a word to live by for 2014.
I love words. I know how powerful they can be to encourage, to nurture, to inspire, to motivate and to do the contrary. All I need is pen and paper.
A paintbrush or two, colors and a sketchbook, it’s that simple. The possibility of reaching out online makes the experience even more exciting.
I am developing the habit of showing up every day at the easel and at my writing desk in order to further hone my skills. I am not sure why this is essential to me or how it will manifest itself in the future, and this is where I must take …