This is the first spread from my Red Journal.


The initial layer of clear gesso went over gangbusters here with the hand-made paper.

I found a rhythm with this piece for the background, where plenty of the original paper does show through, but it blends into the background without overtaking the focal image.

The focal image–blew me away.  Now, I am working on a canvas with a similar image:

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WIP. ..first layer of new painting

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but I didn’t think the image would be following me elsewhere…

There is more to the fox story than meets the eye–since I am still working with this story, I’ll leave it alone here for the moment.

The journal spread, however, seems to be kicking off something entirely different.

For years, I have taken classes that have taught me to draw faces, lots of faces.  Faces are my go to thing to draw–but they weren’t always.

I used to draw trees–animals–flowers.  In fact, when I doodle now, it is mostly trees and flowers.  I have lost the rhythm, I have lost the trust in myself to simply draw animals anymore.

When this spread was in process–meaning it was in between layers drying and we went for our weekly walk out in Nature, the whole family, it started to peck away at me.

Perhaps the journey of this journal is to reunite me with my animal rhythms again.

I have been a follower and a fan of Maya Zaido for many years now.  I am always eager to peruse her enotes from sacred spaces every time they arrive in my inbox.  One thing that I race to read, every time, is the Creature Teachers section — because it never fails that Maya gives us information and conversation on  a creature that has shown up in my life, be it in daily life or in my dreams.

I have long wanted to dive back into the mystic waters of the Animal Guides and Natural Awareness.

As I feel so trapped where I currently am, missing the mountains of my family as I do, perhaps this journal is a way to reconnect with much more than just animal essences,

As I said, this is a journey…the Fox here is merely the very first step.  I already have a list of creatures bent on appearing within this journal’s pages.  I am happy to dive in here and see what else appears.

Brightest blessings.