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10/52 Portraits – Interests

It’s the 10th week of my #52portraitsclass. What are my areas of interest?

Now that I am retired I am able to make art every day… I relegated visual creativity to an “interest” when I had my administrative analyst job, supporting my family. Now I am art journaling to explore where my artistic drive and abilities will take me. I am DOING my interest. I thought it would be fun to art journal my face for this portrait.

Xoxo my friends! (I’m practicing posting from my phone so no fancy ending this time! lol)


Get Messy | Season of Happy | Week 1

It is the Season of Happy in the Get Messy Art Journal challenge.

I finished an art journal double page expressing my ‘happy place’ on Wednesday, although I worked on it for 3 days.


“I grew up in a forest. It’s like a room. It’s protected. Like a cathedral… it is a place between heaven and earth.” – Anselm Kiefer


I grew up on a 20 acre farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and our forest was my favorite place. I now live on a 22 acre ranch in the mountains of Idaho (McCall). The woods on our ranch are magical and the two nature photos in the art journal page are from that ranch. The pic of my shoes and socks? Still a little mysterious to me why they are meant to be on the page, but my personal theme this year is duality so…  The woods ground me and maybe my feet symbolize that. And yes I often wear socks that don’t match. (All three photos are mine.)

Right now I am using paper as the main medium for my art pages. I see a lot of other people using paints but I’ve never been much of a painter. I predict that will change as the year of Get Messy progresses.

The second ‘happy’ page I made is another in the series of my spirit animals (see Bear here). This week I was led along a fringe of trees in my RV park by a lovely little hummingbird and since she is one of my spirit teachers, I was inspired to make this page.



I love to color with my Prismacoler art markers and this particular coloring book is Art Nouveau Figurative Designs by Alphonse Marie Mucha rendered by Ed Sibbett, Jr. The drawing and saying about the hummingbird is from the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson. I love the pink material I used around the woman and bird… it came with a bouquet of fresh flowers my hubby gave me last week.

Since I love of my photo apps, I played with both the images of the pages and came up with these:

The inverse colors of the forest art journal page using Enlight for iPhone.

The inverse colors of the forest art journal page using Enlight for iPhone. I think it’s awesome! Talk about duality.


Block print filter of hummingbird art journal page using Enlight app for iPhone.

Block print filter of hummingbird art journal page using Enlight app for iPhone. The block print look seems to be well suited to the Art Nouveau art.


I have three different art journals ready for pages. This particular one is 11×9 hard cover Pentalic art paper book. My others are ‘found’ books and I’m looking forward to filling these as well. Blank pages used to intimidate me, now they are inviting.

Have a great weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


What exactly is art journaling?

Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts, random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet.

Lauren Hooper and Caylee Greyvenstein founders of Get Messy an Art Journal Challenge

We Have Come to be Danced

tinker bell

Deliciously dancing me at age 14.

We have come to be danced
not the pretty dance
not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
but the claw our way back into the belly
of the sacred, sensual animal dance
the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
the holding the precious moment in the palms
of our hands and feet dance

We have come to be danced
not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
but the wring the sadness from our skin dance
the blow the chip off our shoulder dance
the slap the apology from our posture dance

We have come to be danced
not the monkey see, monkey do dance
one, two dance like you
one two three, dance like me dance
but the grave robber, tomb stalker
tearing scabs & scars open dance
the rub the rhythm raw against our souls dance

WE have come to be danced
not the nice invisible, self conscious shuffle
but the matted hair flying, voodoo mama
shaman shakin’ ancient bones dance
the strip us from our casings, return our wings
sharpen our claws & tongues dance
the shed dead cells and slip into
the luminous skin of love dance

We have come to be danced
not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
but the meeting of the trinity: the body, breath & beat dance
the shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance
the mother may I?
yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance
the Olly Olly Oxen Free Free Free dance
the everyone can come to our heaven dance

We have come to be danced
where the kingdom’s collide
in the cathedral of flesh
to burn back into the light
to unravel, to play, to fly, to pray
to root in skin sanctuary
We have come to be danced

by Jewel Mathieson