Here is the next video of my journal page (click here to see the first). I started by collecting some colourful leaves and using a varnish to seal them onto the page-Hopefully this will stop them from crinkly up and turning to dust over time. Then I played with India Ink, acrylic paint and a brayer, and alcohol ink.
Some of my most favourite pages come from just playing, experimenting and not being attached to the final outcome. My attachment grows and fades and grows as I work through the process. I found it hard to make the leap and actually put something down on the background. I really liked how the background had turned out from part one, but now I am really loving how part two turned out.
I hope you enjoy part 2.
A little blast from the past. My little fox-only 2 months old last Halloween. He is so tiny. Now he wouldn't sit still long enough to do this.
This week Kieran has wanted to look out our front window...but he isn't tall enough to see out of it so he perches on the heater on his toes and peeks out. I put a little basket there for him to stand in on and it is the perfect size for him to stand flat and look...except her dances on it while he is looking out the window.
He hasn't been enjoying any meat lately-with the exception of hamburgers, but tonight he ate his Grampy's delish BBQ pork tenderloin-score one for Grampy.
Smiling with Daddy in our matching jackets!
Kieran is so curious. He looks into everything, bags, boxes, cupboards, climbs up the heater to look out the window. His latest favourite things to play with are the wooden spoons, the icing pump (no idea what to call it, he likes to pull the thing that squeezes the icing out, up and down). Yesterday we were at Walmart and bought him a big ball for $2. Best two dollars we've ever spent-he loves it. He laughs and laughs-especially when it bounces into him.
Yesterday he was at a birthday party and I could see how independent he is getting-he was interacting with everyone. The most spectacular thing was when he busted a balloon and didn't even flinch-just went on to the next one. And hilariously when it was time to go he grabbed mine and Peter's shoes from the pile and brought them over to us.
New on the Menu: On Saturday his Nanny made kibbeh-a Lebanese food- and he loved it.
He won't eat my cooking, but at least he will eat at others homes.
Here it is...my first art video. I Am trying to practice my art more-trying at least to fit something in everyday, even if only for 5 minutes. I have been redefining what art is for me. For me art is a meditative practice. I have been learning to focus and enjoy process and the excitement of just experimenting. I learn so much more that way. I am working in letting go of the expectation of the final page or canvas. I find I lose the joy and authenticity if I worry about how "good" the final product will be. I find doing creative moments, like the one in my video, help me to let go and relax. Practice enjoying the process. Where can you sink into your process, instead of thinking about the end? Whether is a creating art, reading a book, writing a journal-try focusing on the now, the process-slow it down and sink into your practice, whatever it may be.
Kieran had a busy weekend-another round of apple picking, and two thanksgiving dinners-one with turkey and one with ham. He got to pick a pear with his Grampy from his Grampy's own pear tree.
One set of his Nanny and Grampy (he has 3 and that isn't counting the Great Nanny and Grampies), just got back from Florida and picked him up some goodies. He hugged and carried his Mickey Mouse all around the house. He wasn't a huge fan of the ears though. He is looking pretty serious.
It has been a while since an art post-but I haven't stopped creating. I have finished the first cycle of my Color of Woman training and what a ride it has been. When I really sit and think about how far I have come in my creative path and my confidence since April, the growth has been incredible to me. I find myself checking in more with my heart desire-asking myself what do I really want. It is so easy for ego to take over, or worry about what others think or what they might feel, putting others needs above my own constantly-and it is hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between the two. but it is getting a little easier each day.
In a way I feel I didn't go as deeply into the training (thus far) as I would have liked, but another side of me encourages me with the other side of things. The other side being-with my new status as mom, I needed to learn to balance and set priorities for my own wellness, and know that I did the best I could do during that time. I think that I went deeper than I think I did-I think that my struggle over my expectation, and time forced me to look at things differently-something I am still struggling to balance, but at least I recognize it now.
Now I am moving into the teaching cycle of the training, and I am feeling refreshed and ready to move forward. I have been working on putting together some online content for classes, working on on person content, and thinking about what my soul work is.
I am so excited to be a part of the intentional creativity movement that is happening all over the world (and is not just done by Color of Woman). This path is one that I have been working towards for a few years-and to finally have the confidence to voice it feels so magical.
In November I am going to California to graduate from my Color of Woman training. Every time I think of it I get giddy. I will be staying with a few other women from the class and I know we are going to have a blast and learn and discover so much.
The above painting is titled "Soul Waker" she is the final painting for the first cycle of Color of Woman. She has the eye of the visionary woman and is wild at heart. She speaks the language of the heart that is heard as a whisper between the silence. She represents that which we know and that whihc we don't know we know. She is Alchemical. She breathes new breath into each step.
So Batman's weakness is Goldfish-just thought you should know.
Kieran is having so much fun getting into things. He can often be found in the pantry dumping anything he can find on the ground-for example: cherrio's, goldfish, rice, and pasta. He can also be seen carrying cans of soup around the house. He has enjoyed the taste of dog food, but prefers the cat food. In Fact he and the dogs both come running when they here food hit the dish, but homemade chicken dinner-no thanks he says.
At bed time he loves getting cream squirted on his tummy-and likes to rub it in himself and slap his belly. His sitter said that yesterday when he finished his lunch he lifted his shirt and slapped his belly while laughing.
He is working on all sorts of syllables but hasn't come out with too much more than mommy, daddy, and woof-although he has come close to some words.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.