Concentrate the Mind on the Present Moment

Concentrate the Mind on the Present MomentHello friends

I am still a bit discombobulated after the fantastic weekend at the Call of the Wild Soul Art Retreat.  I am still pretty much on a ‘high’ from the wonderful experience and all the lovely people I met.

This is a spread in my new altered book journal and I am linking it to the Fall Fearless and Fly challenge.  Click the link to see the rules and to find out more about the challenge 🙂

The First Set of Prompts:  Headline Prompt:  Inventing the Future:  Where do you want to be 5, 10, 15 years from now.  What’s holding you back?  What’s propelling you forward?  What do you need to do or stop doing to create your future? Color Prompt:  Warm colors (reds, oranges, pinks, yellows) Quote Prompt:  “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”  Abraham Lincoln

Well I have used warm colours and although I didn’t use the actual quote my spread has a ‘time’ theme.  First of all I collaged images of clocks, watches and hour-glasses all over the pages; gave them a wash of watered down gesso; finger painted with brown, red, russet, orange and neon pink acrylic paints; more collage with beautiful chinese papers (given to me by  Katie Flowers, one of the new friends I met at the Art Retreat, and who travelled all the way from Hong Kong to join us); I found a great quote about time which is attributed to Buddha – printed it out on my computer in Samarkan font, tore around the words and coloured the paper with Tattered Rose Distress ink and edged with Orange Stazon ink; the image of Buddha I found on the internet and I recoloured it in photoshop (to give it a warm hue) before printing it out and adding to the page; I edged and shaded the pages with brown and red Portfolio water soluable oil pastels.  Finally I added the butterfly which was also a gift I received at the art retreat (I am really sorry I can’t remember who gave that to me).

Well that’s it from me, I hope you like it.  (If you click on the image you can see it larger and in more detail).

Big love and see you soon

AJ 🙂


15 thoughts on “Concentrate the Mind on the Present Moment

  1. Love the bright colours. The quote you used fits nicely with the Abe Lincoln one – if we live each day to its fullest we build up a past and move into the future 🙂

  2. Hi AJ – I love your spread. The colors are fantastic and that is a beautiful quote. If we are able to follow this advice, we can’t help but be happy in our future. It is so hard to do, but one day at a time, right? Thank you so much for joining FF&F!

  3. You are glowing just like your page! Your retreat sounds so magical- that is what I love about workshops and retreats. Love where you took the prompt! So glad you shared this Fall Fearless and Fly!

  4. AJ, you have done a marvelous job using the prompts, especially the wonderful fall colors. Sounds like the art retreat was a rewarding experience.

  5. What a wonderful spread this is AJ… the warm colours and the bright pink that pops up.. the colour of the Buddha and the quote in fitting font… it all works together!!! The paper that shines through, with the Chinese (?) characters on it – is a beautiful extra.

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