Nurt Thurs :: Expression

Refreshing and creating

Expression is the essence of thought.

Tony Calderone

We all need fresh air from time to time, to open up our mind and let our feelings surface. It’s like that say: Thinking outside the box!

Expression is the mystery of beauty.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

There are so many rules and directions to be followed for each task at any moment. We get lost in the middle of them. Where is the creativity in all of this?

To express one’s inner self so that others can understand you, is art. If your expressions are elevated and beautiful, it is good art.

Anonymous

Sharing with Nurturing Thursday.

A random page # 17

Good Morning! Here are a few pages from an IG art party this weekend:

prompt 1: yellow and turquoise
prompt 2: a quote

It’s the journey that’s important, not the getting there.

John McLeod

prompt 3: growth

Today is starting #100dayproject, where we choose one creative project and stick with it for 100 days. I’ve joined it for many years and it’s great to see all the work done at the end of the project. This year I’ll make an art card per day.

Have a great and safe week!

A random page # 15

Journaling is helping me to stay grounded during this time of lockdown. I’ve been up and down with my feelings, but in a way or another when I sit at my desk and start to write it’s like the world is back to its usual flow.

I haven’t done much art journaling recently, but here are the pages I did a few weeks ago.

Acceptance and self-care
Letting go
Being comfortable at home

And you? How are keeping your sanity these days?

Art party

This weekend was busy in the online world for me. Saturday I co-hosted an art party on Instagram and Sunday I joined a blogging party organized by Bella from Thoughtsnlife blog! It was lovely! I met some wonderful bloggers and caught up with some old friends.

My friend Yvonne @yvonne.creates from Instagram invited me to co-host the #febgluebookparty2020 with her. We chose the theme Valentine’s Day, I know it isn’t the day yet, but it’s not too late to spread love, so we decided to do it all about self-love and -care. Below you will find the prompts and my pages.

Prompt 1: Be your own beloved

For this prompt, I chose images that pamper me up, like gorgeous shoes, flowers and healthy food.

Prompt 2: The colour Red

Red lipstick, so glamorous, but I don’t own one! I think it’s too much and doesn’t match my lifestyle, but of course, I can still admire it. And flowers, always the red ones call my attention.

Prompt 3: A quote

For the 3rd prompt I chose Rumi’s quote: “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love”. Isn’t this quote wonderful?

I chose flowers to represent nature, one of my greatest sources of inspiration and quiet moments at home, represented here by the cup of tea and a kitchen table.

We had so many lovely ladies joying the party, including my blogger friend, Rupali. I’m so happy she decided to give a try and shared some awesome pages.

All the parties have a giveaway, so I put together a journaling set for it.

Giveaway: A journaling set

One of the new ladies at the party was the lucky one, I’ll mail it to her this week.

Hope you had a great weekend and wish you a lovely week ahead!

E.

Creating

Old art journals

Art journal, visual journal, collage journal… there are so many names for it. I don’t know which one I prefer to use, but I do enjoy to express my feelings adding images to the pages of my notebooks.

This weekend I joined a art party on Instagram, few hours creating together with other ladies from around the world. Three prompts in 2 hours.

Polka dots

The first prompt was Polka dots. This is my new journal, you can see the cover on the first photo (bottom right). I was using it for the first time, it’s not easy to start a new journal, the first page is always a challenge. I wanted it to be messy and full of possibilities to give me freedom to work on the other pages without boundaries.

Travelling

Second prompt was about travelling. Places we want to visit. This is a difficult one, I want to go to many places from deserts to mountains. Of course, beaches are always on the list.

A quote

The third and last prompt was a quote by Oscar Wilde “Memory … is the diary that we all carry about with us.” We always want to carry good memories, things that have made us happy and loved. Tiny moments along the road.

I’ll be co-hosting next month art party, please let me know if you would like to join it.

E.

A random page # 13

I joined an IG art party this weekend, a much needed time to play with collage and relax a bit. Here are the prompts and my take on them. Hope yo enjoy and be inspired by my pages.

Prompt 1: River

Prompt 2: A quote: “My work is loving the world. Am I no longer young and still not half perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” Mary Oliver

Prompt 3: Brownness

Have a great week!

A random page # 12

Happy Sunday to you! Yesterday was the first Saturday of the month, and as usual, I joined an online art journaling party on Instagram: #septgluebookparty19.

Journaling and art journal (visual journal, creative journal) are part of my being. I write morning pages almost every day and during the weekends, I also express my feelings using collage, acrylic and watercolour.

Here is my take on the prompts. They were all related to Autumn!

#1 – Autumn colours

Autumn is a season for coziness. To both, stay at home with a cuppa in the hands or outdoors enjoying the beautifulness of the season. My colours for the season are the outdoors colours: sunrise, sunset, and colourful leaves. Earthly colours for my outfit and shawls, like brown, grey, and dark green.

# 2 – A quote: “A fallen feaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye” – unknown

For sure, Autumn is a season of letting go! You do know that I love trees, I’m always hugging them and I’m never tired of learning from them.

I’m always impressed by their stillness, strength and now, during this season the lesson of letting go! It’s time to let go of their leaves, they don’t need them anymore for photosynthesis, no much sunshine, but they need to keep all the focus on the roots to get energy from the earth and survive the harsh winter.

We need to do the same, focus our energy on what is necessary to keep us strong and happy. We need to let go of what doesn’t add up to make us a better and healthy being.

# 3 – Picnic

Well, a picnic! When my kids were little, the picnic was simple. I only need to grab a towel, take some fruits in a basket and cross the street to go to a park in front of my home. It was a blessing, the kids playing in the playground and I’m laying down and reading.

Now the meaning of a picnic is other. The park close by isn’t enough, we need to plan a trip to someplace far away, this place needs to have lots of trails, I need to take lots of food, and the towel has been replaced for a large blanket to fit all of us. Still is a blessing to be cozy up with my family in the middle of nowhere!

Hope you enjoyed my way of expression and please let me know if you like to joy this party next month.

Hugs,

E.

Hello!

Hello my friends,

How are you doing? I’m doing OK! Busy with certain things and lazy with others. Getting work and chores done, and letting ‘me time’ for the gap in between. In main while getting lost away from myself.

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” 

Leo Tolstoy

I’ve realized that there are few spring days left, I should be more productive and catch up with my projects:

Beauty in my garden

Photography: My main subject is my garden, it’s blooming with flowers and birds.

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 

Rainer Maria Rilke

Writing the stories of my thoughts

Journaling: I’m writing and writing, but I’m changing my style. I used to write in the 1st person, using I/Me. I’m trying to write using She/You, like if I’m a character in a story. Not sure if it makes sense, but when I read about the others, I’m compassionate, I’m not judgmental, I try to understand the reason behind the acts. I need to have more compassion towards myself.

“Art has a voice – let it speak.” 

Rochelle Carr

Finding my way through abstract art

Art Journaling: Trying to put together colours and images that speak to me. I’m always attracted to abstract art, I think that our mind sees what needs to be seen. I want my pages showing freedom, no rules, only feelings.

Wishing you a great week, enjoy the last days of this season!

E.

a random page # 10

Pieces and bits! I felt all over the place this weekend. Many things to do and the time going by fast. I managed to squeeze a little bit of journaling and art journaling to my busy schedule. These little things helped me to stay focus and keep me grounded.

Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

Edward de Bono

I joined an Instagram art party on Saturday evening, the prompts were about spring.

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

Mary Lou Co

Hoping you had a creative weekend and have a great week ahead!

a random page # 6

It isn’t only about acceptance, but understanding, transforming and adapting.

This is the first page I worked on after few days without any mood for journaling. I posted here about my feelings these last days, lots of up and downs and insecurities.

Well, it is the weekend, hoping to have lots of me time for journaling.

Have a great weekend!