Saturday, August 1, 2009

It's Personal

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(my handmade Art Journal)

Visual Journaling is a very personal thing. I have always felt that whatever we create as artists - it must be something we are passionate about. If we don't express ourselves in a true and honest way - then what is the point of our art? I have, more than ever before, been practicing this belief in my visual journals. I have learned that there is no benefit to censoring my creativity. Sure, some people may not like the 'politics' I express, or the experiences I have had in my 59 years on the planet, or the views I post here. But, I hope that in some way my ART connects with YOU. Just YOU. Not the masses. Not everyone who comes here to visit. Just one person may say..."yeah, cool, ...".

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My generation was the Hippie Generation. Love-ins, peace marches, flowers in our hair. And I loved every moment of it. I felt full of hope during those turbulent yet groovy years. Yes, we wanted a revolution and we sang about it and spoke about it openly and freely. And so, as I openly share my personal journal pages with you...love 'em or hate 'em...the choice is yours...and that is one thing MY generation stood up for....choice.

9 comments:

Kathleen said...

I loved this blog post and your art. It is absolutely beautiful, you inspire me!

Linda Woods said...

I love your journals and your art. So full of color, texture and LIFE!
Oh, I dig you too, hippy chick!

~jolene said...

Kathleen, thank you! I will take time to check out YOUR blog as well!

Linda Woods - your opinions mean the world to me - 'cause I love ya! Thank you! I dig you too, flower child!

Bea said...

These journals are lovely! So colorful and full of life!

~jolene said...

Bea! I recognize you from my daughter's blog (BellaKarma at www.thehappyhooker.blogspot.com)...so cool to see you here! Thanks for the compliments, and thanks for stopping by!!!

marita said...

aaah... the artist is back again spoiling us with explosive colors and vived pages held within childhood memories of feeling safe in soft summer evening winds and in mexican rythm of daily life...

"blesses are those who can see things in humble places where other people see nothing...
camille pissaro

~jolene said...

marita - my cherished sister in the Netherlands! I love the way you express yourself in the comments...making me smile & feelin' groovy :)

Stampmaiden said...

Finally, I get here and then I'm blown away by the beautiful and colorful art journals with a story too! I love the covers of your visual journal, Mija! Beautiful. I noticed a John Lennon journal too. Is that up for grabs or sale? Love it!
Keep on posting and sharing pages of your journal with us. Great post!
Linda

~jolene said...

Stampmaiden (a.k.a. Mija!), you are ALWAYS so supportive! Thank you! The John Lennon notebook is being given away at Jill's blog...enter to win at www.bellakarma.blogspot.com ! There will be John Lennon art JOURNALS in the near future for sale! :)