As I usually do this time of year, I begin to wind down and reflect on the past year before I wind up for the next year! This was a year filled with challenges that bumped up against my comfortable daily routines and forced me to reconcile with different parts of myself. I had to draw lines in the sand and re-establish boundaries. I went within myself on many occasions to "feel" for my next move rather than rely on the opinions and ideas of others.


One routine that's been a steady constant for me is creating art. Whether it's on the canvas or in my art journal, I create to sustain a healthy relationship with myself. It's been that way for a long time now and I always love this form of expression.


I want to thank you, yes you! for checking in on me, for reading my blog, for viewing my art. All of that encourages me. I am looking forward to another year of creating and sharing my art. I will continue creating online art journaling workshops, I will continue painting and exhibiting (and selling) my paintings, I will continue asking myself the hard questions and I will continue showing up for the answers that come.


I hope you do the same.

love,

Susie


Here's a journal page I recently finished. There's always a lesson for me in there.





As busy as my life gets, and sometimes as quiet as it gets, I feel best when I maintain certain habits. Art journaling is definitely one of them. I have a small table against a window in a quiet part of my house away from the traffic patterns.


I don't bring every supply in my studio, just enough. I don't take up a lot of space, just enough. I put on my headphones and quiet my mind with some "spa" music and begin slowly. Gesso, one piece of paper, a word or phrase. I add some paint and push it around. I am patient as I add and subtract layers, knowing the page will reveal itself to me in time. I might "finish" in one sitting or several. No judging, no comparing, no criticizing. Just a creative habit that keeps me going, keeps me balanced, keeps me...creating.



Art Journaling Exploration - Claim Your Space


Create an art journal spread that focuses your energy on your unique inner landscape.


Art journaling is a powerful way to re-connect with your soul, set your creative spirit free and express yourself. Painting, writing, collage, mark-making and more all collaborate in layers of expression. Learn ways to invite your intuitive flow, discover ways to use your materials, and enjoy your creative process.


In this workshop, I'll be guiding you on an art journaling exploration. I'll be giving you prompts that help you tap into your creative flow. Together we'll be exploring your inner landscape with gentle prompts in writing, painting and collage.


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I'm really looking forward to sharing this exploration with you!