Working my way back!

Let’s see…what’s been happening in my world in the last six months:

– I moved;

– My daughter graduated from high school and is now in her freshman year in college;

– My son moved to Austin, TX;

– I started I a new part-time job (non-art related);

– Setting up my Studio Nookery…again’

– We are now semi-empty-nesters!

So I’ve been a little busy!

BigJ-StandingWebArt-wise, I’ve worked a lot in my art journal. It’s my “go-to” place, when things get hectic or out of control or any of my whatever moods.

When life was at its most hectic, it’s my go-to option. I’m often asked what about this is so inspiring and what keeps me doing it. So if you`re wondering, if this is for you or if it`s something that will take up too much of your creativity or not, here are some of the things that it continually helps and supports me with: 

  • It`s art practice in a safe free style/way, practice keeps adding to your art skills;  
  • It`s a tried and true friend that keeps your secrets;
  • Keeps record of your journey, your feelings, thoughts and colors of the seasons of your life;
  • It’s no pressure;
  • It can become a source of inspiration for larger projects;
  • It helps to “let it all out”, hard life stuff, great life stuff and gives your mind a release;
  • It opens new ways to be creative through non-traditional art making
  • It helps organizing thoughts
  • It`s creative time and gives a lot of value and strengthens your life
  • It`s a great surface to experiment in, try new ideas or put at practice new techniques



Every creative practice adds to your artistic journey, I used to think,it was better to work on a canvas, but over time I’ve realized that restricting in art activity wasn’t allowing my desires of exploration to be fulfilled (and very restricting). I want to feel free with my art and because art is not about the surface, it is an expression of the soul. It is a way of allowing your soul to manifest into an artistic expression, a way to share yourself in a visual form that expresses your life and its unique experiences.

Now that I have a somewhat less hectic schedule, I hope to be blogging and sharing more of my artistic life.

What’s happening in your world? How are you expressing it?


  1. i think everyone was missing you especially me :)) hope all is going well! i need to turn off fb and work so i can focus on my tasks at hand these days myself as it can be distracting… but i am happy to see you here :)))

    Comment by valgalart — November 11, 2013 @ 3:44 am

  2. I can see why you enjoy journaling! Your list of the benefits makes a lot of sense. I've been working on plein air landscapes. Now that the weather is cold and the landscape drab, that will be on hold until spring. Nice to read a post from you.

    Comment by Vicki — November 11, 2013 @ 7:15 am

  3. Hey Indigene! Great to see you back blogging!!!
    You've had some big changes, moving part-time work and birdlings flyin' the nest!

    Yes haveing an art journal certainly is a wonderful tool. I'd me lost without it.

    I am always amazed how my what seen like small ideas/drawings transform and grow. Like little seeds that are planted and then they start growing fast. Next thing you know you have a full bloom creation!

    Wishing you lots of creative growth and process!!!


    Comment by Catherine Meyersa — November 11, 2013 @ 7:16 am

  4. Oh my Indigene, you've been very busy since I last checked in! And still making your creativity a priority too. I envy your steadiness in that regard. My year has been filled with a lot of self-doubt about the value of art (relative to others, not to myself) which has been triggered by frustrations in moving my work beyond my studio. All grist for the mill, as they say, and definitely a character builder–these 'other things' besides the making of art in an artist's life, yes? Thanks for stopping by my blog recently, and my admiration goes out to you for your continual planting of those creative seeds. ♡

    Comment by Susan Sorrell Hill — November 12, 2013 @ 11:05 am

  5. If you had check boxes beside each item you would find my check mark there. Art journaling is the best. I think I like it the most because there is not pressure. Can't wait to see more of your beautiful artwork.

    Comment by Teresa Cash — November 18, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

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