I hope you are all keeping well and happy.
I am pleased to report that I have been feeling pretty good for the last week and have not had to collapse onto the couch and watch daytime tv for several days now.
Anyway first things first the page above is from one of my Teesha Moore inspired journals. I’ve been wanting to use the phrase ‘It’s Nice to be Nice’ in a piece of art for a while now. I first saw this phrase on my first visit to Tobago in 1999. On the very short drive from the airport to our hotel (it was short drive as the hotel was on the other side of the fence from the end of the runway!) I saw this:
It was a lovely way to be welcomed to the beautiful Island and when we started to meet the local people they all very friendly, laid back, chatty – all things nice. This is what I aspire to be although I don’t always succeed…
I have now started the de-clutter of the art room and so far I’ve chucked out a couple of big bin liners of rubbish and filled a big box with stuff to take to one of the local charity shops. I have discovered that I now have 22 completed journals, 10 journals that are in progress and enough blank (not started) journals to last me several lifetimes!
I have made the declutter slightly difficult for myself as I am insisting that before I throw something out I have to try and use at least some of it in one of my ‘in progress’ journals. I also found a big stack of plain, thick paper so I made some journals:
I am thinking of having a ‘Give Away’ to celebrate my final round of chemo-therapy at the end of the month. I’ll include one of the smaller journals in each pack (there are three packs in total). But more of this later…
I have to say at the moment the art room does not look any tidier and even when I’ve finished I think that most people would still say it’s too cluttered, but at least I will know it’s an improvement on the chaos I’ve been living with for the past few years.
I wanted to start documenting all my journals, I tend to share images from the journals but rarely show the whole thing. So here is the very first journal/altered book I created when I had no idea what I was doing and very little art supplies. It’s not very good, but it was just my first attempt and I was just playing, I don’t think I’ve ever shared any images from this book before:
Take good care of yourselves and I’ll see you soon
Big love from me
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