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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Travel Journal- US13

Mixed Media Travel Journal, Galia Alena
Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that

first, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart. David Whyte
 
A journey to a new place or a journey through a blank journal page can both take you on a pilgrimage to the centre of your own heart, to an understanding of your own truths and to a knowing and comfort within yourself. Both will bring you closer to the peace of home within and still that wyld spirit that wants to fly freely on the winds of desires, of greener grasses and the whispers of dreams.
Mixed Media Travel Journal, Galia Alena

There are as many ways and reasons to travel and to journal as there are people. For me the two are similar in that they both are a way for me to embody the journey. The journey to align with my inner world as well as my outer, a journey in trust, a journey where on the path one is expanded and changed forever, a journey on which you can meet yourself. A pilgrimage.

Mixed Media Travel Journal, Galia Alena
Journaling and traveling can both be a journey on which, if you are receptive, you discover a deeper connection with yourself and the conversation with life. Both can act as a pilgrimage from which you are forever changed, giving you both new awareness and knowledge of yourself and the world, journeying simultaneously out into the outer world and deep within the inner world.
Mixed Media Travel Journal, Galia Alena
  Traveling allows one to strip away the usual masks that daily life demands which can 
bury the true self, it becomes an opportunity to get to know yourself without all the usual baggage. When you travel the normal linear day to day time is suspended and you step into a time where routine has been suspended in favour of the fullness of the moment. When you art journal there is also a suspension of time. Your hands set to work busy moving paint about, making marks, selecting papers while your monkey brain watches and hopefully is quiet and distracted long enough for deeper thoughts and awareness to come forward- a moving meditation where the heart and hand are aligned.
Both require me to stay open and curious, to watch and notice attentively, to respond with trust and wonder at unexpected opportunities. Both allow me to engage fully in  the conversation with life, with wonder and amazement. Both can be a home coming. Both gift me with myself.

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

Henry Miller

rnalrMixed Media Travel Journal, Galia Alena
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

12 Artists, 12 Days- Last Day {Day 12}

Today is the last day of 12 Artists, 12 Days for the year and it occurs to me how much the artists that I featured last year are still influencing and inspiring me, so I thought I would revisit a few of those who are still a strong interest. Finding lots of new artists is easy, finding artists whose work you like is also easy, but finding or narrowing down to artists who are truly inspiring my own work or interests is harder. Most of the artists from last year are still inspiring my work but these two in particular.

Peter Doig

Peter Doig- 12 Artists 12 Days

Peter Doig- 12 Artists 12 Days

I'm loving diving into this book at the moment which has multiple workings and reworkings on the same theme:
 

Francoise De Felice
Francoise De Felice-12 Artists 12 Days

Francoise De Felice-12 Artists 12 Days

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brett Whiteley, 12 Artists, 12 Days {Day 11}

Art is an argument between what a thing looks like and what it means. Brett Whiteley
In a couple of days I get to attend the opening of a Whiteley exhibition just down the road at our local gallery and I'm so looking forward to seeing some of these in the flesh so to speak. I'm loving the dialogue they have with the landscape on my doorstep.

 Brett Whiteley, 12 Artists, 12 Days
 Brett Whiteley, 12 Artists, 12 Days
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Brett Whiteley, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Brett Whiteley, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Brett Whiteley, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Brett Whiteley, 12 Artists, 12 DaysBrett Whiteley, 12 Artists, 12 Days
To find out more visit here: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/brett-whiteley-studio/

The most fundamental reason one paints is in order to see.  Brett Whiteley

Monday, September 22, 2014

Helene Schjerfbeck, 12 Artists, 12 Days {Day 9}


I wipe away line after line until I hit on the right one. Helene Schjerfbeck

 Helene Schjerfbeck, 12 Artists, 12 Days


Helene Schjerfbeck, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Helene Schjerfbeck, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Helene Schjerfbeck, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Helene Schjerfbeck, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Helene Schjerfbeck, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Helene Schjerfbeck, 12 Artists, 12 Days
To see more of her art and how it developed and changed over the years visit here: http://kokoelmat.fng

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Claire Basler- 12 Artists 12 Days {Day 8}

The observation of nature brings me the ability to listen and to be open. 
I am but a link for the transmission of its vitality, its force, its gentleness, its violence, its sensuality.
Its wealth is an inexhaustible source ; its tenacity is a teaching ; its
beauty is an emotion that finds itself every day renewed. ~
Claire Basle
Claire Basler- 12 Artists 12 Days

Claire Basler- 12 Artists 12 Days

Claire Basler- 12 Artists 12 Days

Claire Basler- 12 Artists 12 Days

Claire Basler- 12 Artists 12 DaysClaire Basler- 12 Artists 12 Days
To see more of her beautiful and luscious work visit her site here: www.clairebasler.com

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Giorgio Morandi, 12 Artists, 12 Days {Day 7}

"Nothing is more alien to me than an art that sets out to serve other purposes than those implied by the work of art in itself." Morandi

Giorgio Morandi, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Giorgio Morandi, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Giorgio Morandi, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Giorgio Morandi, 12 Artists, 12 Days

Giorgio Morandi, 12 Artists, 12 Days
"I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see. We know that all we can see of the objective world, as human beings, never really exists as we see and understand it. Matter exists, of course, but has no intrinsic meaning of its own, such as the meanings that we attach to it. We can know only that a cup is a cup, that a tree is a tree." Morandi

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