Monday: Two Minute Sketch Journal

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It’s Monday–and I don’t know where to start.

It’s been a long couple of weeks for me and things are beginning to sort and shift into some semblance of order amidst the usual chaos here–and Peace is slowly opening Her wings amongst us once again.  Hers is a welcome presence.

Today was the last day where we had scheduled issues with which to deal…and now all of that is behind us and we can move forward, with compassion and love, in gentleness and gentility.

That, above all else, feels good.

But that is not what I am here to write about this morning.

I’m going to talk about art.

I am currently working in three journals–and my wonderful partner brought me another small hand-made journal back from his trip to Central America–the paper is thick and yummy…and tiny…which is interesting for me.

The first journal I have talked about in one of my weekly check-in videos lately.  My daughter and I decided to do two minute sketches–and this week she decided we need a theme–so this week’s theme is horned self-portraits.  This is a handmade journal I bought at a craft fair, spiral bound, thin paper throughout, even if it is a lot of mixed papers.  It is mostly thin printer type paper.  Nothing fancy.  I originally bought the journal expecting to write in it…and now…charcoal sketching.

When we started this project, I just grabbed whatever was close by that made me feel good to sketch with and didn’t think about the rest.  The next day, I painted my sketch out…but the day after that–I found a groove with which I am now quite happy to explore.  All the sketches are done with charcoal pencil…when I come to add color, I use soft pastels and my fingers only.  That’s it.

I had no idea how much fun it would be.  I have used limited palette, limited materials–but nothing like this.  Some days the fingers only thing can be bothersome–especially when I start smearing things around…but … I am learning to embrace that facet of this work.

I will talk about the other journals at other times…

Here’s a peek inside my 2 minute sketch journal.

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