Simplicity

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Good day to you!

It’s a long weekend here in my part of the world. It’s a hot one as well, almost 40C with the humidex! We’ve got the AC on and I’m planning to spend most of this weekend indoors and I won’t get bored! I’ve many things to do, not pleasurable things, but stuff that needs to be done. One of them is to clean up my art room or studio as I like to call it. Now it’s more a messy room! I’ve already filled up one large box with items for recycling and a bag with nonrecyclable items.

My focus is on simplicity and minimalism. I’m working hard on them for many years, but still, lots of things pill up over the years. I’m getting rid of almost everything in that room. I’m saving my journaling notebooks, of course, and few tubes of paintings, only my favourite colours.

I’m debating if I should keep my large art journal notebooks, I’ve lots of them, they are heavy and take lots of space. I keep them because just in case, I wanted to look at them in the future. But I never look back at the pages I’ve created.

I need emptiness, space to feel free and create, I don’t want to carry the past and things on my back.

Another reason to clean up is that I’m playing to exchange rooms with my older son. Right now my studio is downstairs, and since I’m still recovering it isn’t easy to go down as much as I wish. My son’s room is beside my bedroom so it will be much easier to keep up with my creativity.

Hoping you have a wonderful weekend!

E.

 

Monday musings

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Finally, I’m getting my journaling mojo back. Few scribbles here and there, but I’m writing much more now than I’d done in the last few months.

I’ve been journaling, almost every day, since 2013. This year I had my first long break of it, I can say a forced break. I’m so glad I hadn’t lost my journaling practice forever. It is part of my morning routine, and my day is always better when I put down a few or lots of words on the paper.

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This is my tiny red Moleskine, 5 x 7 inches. I’m using it mainly for collage, and sometimes acrylic painting. The pages are thick enough so the painting doesn’t leak to the back page.

Today I added few magazine clips, words and the moon cycle to these pages. I’m pretty happy with the result.  The words and the moon cycle are from my Right Brain Planner kit.

Have a great week!

E.

 

 

Hope

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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all
And sweetest in the Gale is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm
I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet never in Extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Emily Dickinson
Sharing with you one of my favourite poems. Have a great weekend my friends!

published!

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Well, one of my photos has been published in The Phoenix Soul magazine!

It was a nice surprise when I saw the photo in the magazine. The title of this edition is Passionate Purpose, and yes, journaling and photography are 2 things I’m really passionate about.

A few years ago, hubby gave me a NikonD3200. I haven’t used it much. First of all, it’s bigger and heavier than my iPhone, so it’s easy to put the iPhone in the pocket and go. Second, it has lots of functions and options that I don’t know how to set them. I hate to read manuals!

Recently, I’ve been brave and using my camera more frequently.  I’m taking lots of photos of flowers and insects in my garden. The quality of the photos taken with the Nikon is much better than the ones taken with the iPhone, there isn’t a comparison.

I’m learning little by little how to manage the camera. Hope I’ll be a camera pro (like my kids say) by the end of the summer.

Have a great week!

E.