Sunday, September 15, 2013

Art Journaling

I've been straightening, purging, and general piddling in my studio.
I'm sure I don't have to say that I have been disinterested in paints or painting this year.
So with a suggestion from a friend, I pulled out my giant Moleskin and tried to "get out of your own head".
It was great advise, but first I had to sit around and think about what that means.
I don't think I figured that out; however, I tried and I enjoyed the freedom of playing in my journal.


  1. Sharon/Norah, I saw this on Pinterest today and it said it all to me as I have been where you are in your head for quite some time.

    "The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up & get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part & a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you." ~ Chuck Close

    Hope it helps you like it does me!

  2. By the way...I love what you did in your Moleskine! Also, I meant I have been where you have been in "my head" not yours, how could I be in your head! Duh! I really should read what I write before I hit that darn publish button!

  3. I am so glad to see something Sharon, I am realy missing you paint. I very rarely paint either now and I may feel a little of what you are feeling right now. It would be such a shame not seeing your gorgeous paintings anymore so come on just get out of your head a bit more. I loved what you taught me and it has brought me a long way and I hope there is more to come. Sending you hugs. ManonXx

  4. This is a stunning piece in your journal Sharon. I hope you DO do more. Your art is so yours and it's so beautiful. I love the quote that Janine shared by Chuck Close. I wonder where that quote came from...a book perhaps?

  5. i so LOVE when people like you Sharon, tell the truth, and spill it out for others. it ALWAYS matters. i already know that you will continue to find your groove, whatever that may be on YOUR time! i just LOVE this painting, but then, i love all your work!

  6. Those dry times in our creative process can seem to go on forever. Glad you got out the paints and started again in your journal. I always enjoy looking at your work.


  7. Isn't it amazing that whenever you pick up a brush and paint something lovely shows up? I am becoming more and more intrigued by that simple fact - something that wasn't there before show up when we show up :-) Maybe that's the purpose of "getting out of your own head". This is more than a journal page, it is a painting in a journal and it is amazing!

  8. I really like this painting. :)

  9. Love this piece Sharon - and I can certainly understand the feelings of disinterest with painting.It's at these times I will journal ... crochet...even scrapbook. Love that you always share with us .. it helps knowing we are not alone.


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