Monday, August 23, 2010

More ALMBH journal

As the previous post proved I am not one to do the same thing over and over again in a row. That's why the ALMBH online class by Kelly Kilmer will probably take me years to really finish. But that's okay. I like working in that square journal every now and then and last weekend was one of those times.

I made two spreads which are basically collage with a little paint and penwork added. Both are devoted to the same theme: the freedom one feels when making art or playing and the constraint that everyday life sometimes asks of us. Hence the name of the above spread. I found this picture of a really rigid lady and one of a pretty leisurely girl in bikini. It wasn't until I put them on the pages that I realised how they were each other's opposites and how they could represent the opposites in my life. So it's one side VERSUS the other. Get it?

The second one is about my longing for more joy as a result of the previous contradiction between work life with its schedules and obligations and my free time with its possible pleasures. I do many things I enjoy, but I wish I had more time to do them. I'm sure just about everybody struggles with this, but I can only feel my own struggle, so that's what's this page is about. Even though there are pretty and happy pictures in it the writing is full of a lot of complaining ;-)