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 …

The ancient ones

I've never been into browns, either in my wardrobe or in my art. But having recently returned from a wonderful few days at The EarthHeart Centre in The Forest of Dean, I became curious about all the earthy tones at the bottom of my paint box. I decided to make a palette and discover what these colours actually look …

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 …

Floating

Okay, I'm really pushing the boat out in terms of what constitutes a poem here. As you may have noticed, this one has no words. It has a title though, so maybe that counts? Floating - it could be a one word poem, right? This piece was created using an intuitive painting method from a wonderful …

She

She is up there on the hill, clearing a path through the wild summer grass, making a nest for the little bird. She would like to meet herself one morning. She has sent an invitation. In winter, she removes her own skin, makes broth from her bones, dances naked by the fire. She will be …

Action Man and Space Woman Build a House!

This piece* is influenced by the Season of Contrast that's taking place at Get Messy right now. What happens when two seemingly opposite characters get together to work on something? Can each see and value the other's qualities? *Is this a visual poem? A comic or a comics poem? An art journaling spread? A movie …