Sharing a prayer journal feels pretty personal, but I am not known for holding back a whole lot. These are pages from this summer mostly, during the preparation and transition to Costa Rica. They were made out of the ache and longing of my heart, some out of the immense rejoicing and inability to come up with words of my own to pray. Maybe don’t read them too closely…but if you do and feel concerned about anything, just let me know 🙂
I have been cutting silhouettes out of dance and bridal magazines for months, something I saw another artist doing and loved (although hers were just fashion models). We talk about posture so much in prayer and in worship, and I feel like these silhouettes capture the expression of my heart at the moment of the prayer. The colors too… for the most part, I am drawn to the blue/green/turquoise palette, but sometimes a color can express the attitude/mood/longing of the heart better than words as well. When I am feeling particularly exuberant, reds and oranges capture the heart better!
For anyone interested, the book I used was a children’s picture book I found at a thrift store and I painted over all the pages. There’s about 6 left to finish in this book and then I’ll set it aside with all the other full art journals.
As for some other art pages and projects through the summer season, here we go! Most of these have been shared on social media at some time or another, but it’s fun to put them all in one place and track growth throughout the years. I loved participating in Daisy Yellow Art’s “Index Card a Day” (ICAD) challenge through June and July, and the cards are currently hanging up in my new guest room/office space as a collage.
And here’s the normal journal pages, mostly with quotes from books I was reading or song lyrics of significant songs throughout the season. If I have learned anything these last months it’s that a) I’m still pretty terrible at painting faces and thankfully the art journal is about the learning PROCESS, not the final product. b) I’ve been creating a lot of pages and I think some of them are totally lame. As much as I learn and practice, there’s a world more of growth possible. I guess that’s true in any area of life, isn’t it? The more I learn and explore, the more I realize I haven’t even scratched the surface. The more I know the more I realize I know nothing at all. I am so eager to get into teaching art some here in Costa Rica, but Spanish is required first (yay classes!) I’m curious to see what my pages start to look like once my brain turns to applesauce and then later when I start thinking in another language.