The prompt for Week 3 is You Make Me Smile. I really didn’t use art to express what I wanted to. Instead I spent a bit of time writing about the things that made me smile. I could seriously sit there and write pages and pages of things that make me smile. Life can be very difficult at times. But, there are still things that I can smile about.
The journal prompt for Week 2 is Somewhere, Some Place Simple. I had thought about what that means. And I may have taken it slightly out of context, but for me, I had to think as to what this place would be. I have a few places that I like to go venture to. A place where I will go. But, those places aren’t always so easily accessible. So, where is the simple place that I always go to. And it’s my heart. The past several years I’ve done a lot of reflecting. Part of that reflection was learning to love and accept myself. To do this, I had to turn within. I had to find my truth, to listen to what my spirit was saying. To hear without judgement, to accept. There is no other place, than my heart, where I can find simplicity in truth.
I’m still working on the not being so critical. And I’m finding myself adjusting to what I make. It’s definitely not as filled as my other artwork from before. It’s coming out with very little embellishment. I’m not sure if I like it completely. But, it’s me settling in to find my hand again. To find how I work with the mediums and relearn how I want to express myself. I’m not using or doing the same things I’ve done in the past. Those felt a bit uncomfortable. Trying to see who I am now and how I express that through art. A little choppy, not as clean, not as refined or complete. But, I’m happy I’m learning a new way of expressing me.
I was wandering around the web and I stumbled upon Journal 52. It’s a free workshop hosted by Chelle Stein. Lucky me I finally found something to participate in that’s currently active. There will be 52 prompts for the year, which is about once a week. Or for me starting late and they’re already into the 21st week, it’s about 2 a week. I’ve been looking to getting myself back to working on some art. And this time, just allow myself to let go. Not be so critical. I’m not trying to be featured anywhere so I don’t need to try and be perfect. I’m not being judged in anyway. Well you can judge me, but I’m not putting myself in any type of competition where there’s pressure. I’m just going to allow this time to be fun. If you want to read more about the workshop you can go to “About” Journal 52.
Week 1 Prompt is called Up, Up and Away. For me the first thing that came to mind were bubbles. I love bubbles. And when I’m stressed I actually go blow bubbles instead of having a smoke. I’ve never smoked, but I think of this a way for me to release negativity, stress and anything that’s on my mind.