It seems that "just begin" is easier said than done but that may be because you are thinking too much. You can't help it. You start thinking about what colors to use, what technique or material to try, what to write, what papers to collage. Pretty soon, you're just overwhelmed. It's important to be aware of your thoughts at this time, be kind to yourself and take a deep breath. You can mindfully make a choice of just one thing. You can write your ideas on slips of paper and pull one at a time if you need to! I know that there are many creative ways to begin your art journal spread and if you are mindful of the first step, you will be able to "just begin" with more ease each time.

"I Keep Coming Back" 36x36 acrylic mixed media

I spent some time this week decorating for Christmas and thinking about all the wonderful people in my life. This year has been such an expansion for me as I continue to answer my soul's call for creating and expressing through art. I am blessed to enjoy new and continuing friendships and the ever-expanding circle of love that surrounds my family.

I chose to hang this painting in my family room because I find the color palette soothing and I love the texture beneath the surface. After I hung it, I continued my Christmas decorating on the table just below it and when I stood back, I saw a nativity scene in the painting! The three main shapes became the three wise men, figures in the abstract became Mary, Joseph and Jesus in a cradle and there at the top, the North Star!

One of the things I love about abstract paintings is how they "speak" to you and guide you to their meaning. In another setting and with another's eyes, this painting can become something completely different without changing. The magic of that, of seeing and feeling a meaning, is a big part of what calls me to create and paint. I hope you capture a bit of that magic for yourself!