Poetry art journal 2.0 (part 1)

Last year, several poetically-inclined artists from the Get Messy community started a collaboration inspired by our favourite poems. We all had a fabulous time making art in each other's journals. You can see some of the pages I created for this collaborations here and here. Unfortunately, most of the journals went missing in the post …

My voice, the fire

The woman is tending my voice. Night after night, I see her, strong and deeply connected to the earth, the open air. I am unfamiliar with this language but I can see the golden heart she speaks of. A moment billows, comes towards me, even now, while the woman is shining in the clear blue …

Foot

I am never the same, one day to the next, shrinking close and down then out, out into the distance. Instead of being the universe, I fly into mind – a million drops of water reach the furthest edges. Cinderella in a mythical landscape, I am a beast. I swallow ancient cities searching for my …

Anatomy of an art journaling page

Many of the art journaling spreads I have done so far have been inspired by prompts and tutorials from the various classes I have taken and from the wonderful creative team over at Get Messy. One of the suggestions in the Initiation art journaling class I am taking with Juliana Coles is to choose a …

The Season of Contrast

The Season of Contrast at Get Messy Art Journal is drawing to a close. And what a wonderful season it has been! Over the course of the last few weeks, I have had all sorts of things going on my life plus I was very much involved with the NaPoWriMo poetry writing challenge. As a result, the season's …

Birth Story

It's turning out to be an interesting season at Get Messy this time round! During the last season - The Season of Art 101 - I followed many of the prompts and tutorials, and the pages I created were very clearly influenced by these choices. During this season - The Season of Contrast - I have …

Make the sounds

Today's poem is a form of found poetry. It was created from doodles made while on the phone to a good friend and fragments of our conversation. I love how weird it is! * * * an ordinary guy in a suit this is a weird practice shape your mouth in a particular way and …

All the best warriors I know are on TV

O! To rest On a great wooden chair, Covered with sheepskin, And drink a cup of ale Between battles! * * * Something troubling you? Why not follow Lynda Barry's sage advice and draw a monster? That's what I did today and found it so much more satisfying to see my fears visualised and externalised …

Folding the twilight

Hands circling, gathering the ancient air, my mother folds the twilight into night. * * * I created the background for this piece during a wonderful online art session this afternoon with some of my friends from Get Messy. Both the colours and the use of Jewish imagery were very much influenced by the paintings of …