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4/52 Portraits – My Many Lives

It’s week 4 of 52 weekly self portraits.


Both images taken with iPhone 6s and edited in Enlight.

Both images taken with iPhone 6s and edited in Enlight.


I have lived many lives, and had many loves. I have flown dragons over the skies of Pern, helped a Dalesman birth a cow and discovered the key to a secret garden. Tonight the magic of Louise Penny’s words brings me into the winter world of Three Pines to help Chief Inspector Gamache solve mysteries of the flesh and of the heart. I live not only through the brilliant characters but revel in their relationships.

Do you think my stalwart companions take those journeys with me? Or do they know that soon my eyes will grow heavy and I’ll take up the adventure again tomorrow.

Thank you my friends for taking this journey of self-discovery with me. You guys rock! xoxoxox

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

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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.


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“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.


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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

Art Journal Noob

I saw an art journal page on Instagram at the beginning of January. I loved the idea so I made an art journal page.

Art Page Number One... #onelittleword for me for 2016... Blossom

Art Page Number One… #onelittleword for me for 2016… Blossom

Then I made six more art journal pages and shared them on Instagram. And then I joined an online art journaling group, Get Messy Art Journal… and a new season of inspiration and expression starts with them on Monday, Feb 1. It’s been a whirlwind romance!

As part of the Get Messy group, I’ll post my weekly projects on Fridays. As today is Friday I’m posting what I’ve done on my own this month just experimenting.


Then I learned about #blackoutpoetry.

For my second one I learned about #blackoutpoetry.


And it's awesome inverse colors!

And it’s awesome inverse!


Loved living with this thought for a few days, not so happy with the outcome.

Loved living with this thought for a few days, not so happy with the artistic outcome.


Not fun to live with this word for days, but really like the outcome.

Not fun to live with this word for days, but really like the outcome.


Love everything about this one... my spirit animal Bear.

Love everything about this one… my spirit animal Bear.


And his photographic inverse effect is cool.

And his photographic inverse effect is cool.


Used my own colored pages and zentangles for this busy piece.

Used my own colored pages and zentangles for this busy piece.


This last one I made this week. Hubby had just left to go out-of-town for work for three days… and the power went off in our motorhome… (long story but basically a knock on the head from Spirit)  I did rig up one extension cord for my little heater and a work light for those three days. I did most of this double page during the day when I could tell what color I was using! Anyway, I was feeling distraught that first day and decided to find ’59 rich wonderful words’ that were about me. It ended up all over the place in energy… it has more than my RV did!

See the little cocktail umbrella the cartoon me is carrying?

See the little cocktail umbrella the cartoon me is carrying?


 

I’m excited to begin more guided art journaling work next week. It helps to have a focus and a deadline, not to mention some tutorials!

See you later friends and have a good weekend!

take care

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet