I believe everyone’s life has a purpose. We are here to discover that purpose then use whatever gifts were bestowed upon us to make this world a better place. Some of us are fortunate as we know at an early age what that purpose is. Others, well, we go along, often digressing from the road that will take us there. This is me. Now on the other side of 50, I am finding my way back to that road that will lead to my life’s purpose. Welcome to my journey.
Creativity does have it's consequences. My desk normally does not look like this, really! Since returning back to teaching full time it
seems I move from one project to the next with no time to clean and straighten
in between. My “clean as you go” rule
got way sided as deadlines seemed to speed towards me. This week I have been working on 3 journals
in various stages. On my desk there is
the Pocketsize Journal/Sketchbook Swap #7
and a John Cusack themed journal for Your
Turn In My Art Journal swap. I ordered some ephemera for several St. Patrick Day ATC's I plan to make. I will admit that I became lazy and tossed it on the end of my desk instead of putting it away.
Difficult getting any work done when your assistant decides to take a play break.
The third journal I was working on was a Magazine journal, a 40 day project
also for Swap-Bot. I kept meaning to
take photos as it was spread across my dining room table. Deep in writing, I continued to forget. However, I did take this shot of my “assistant”,
Allistair, who decided to sit smack dab in the center of it all. The assignment was to have 30 entries over 30
days incorporating magazine clippings. I had a difficult time getting this one
started. I had the perfect journal but
the size ended up being too small for the average magazine page. I ended up going with an 8 x 10 size page
with an 11 x 14 cover. I underestimated the amount of time needed to complete it and found myself working most of the weekend to meet the Monday mailing deadline.
For the cover I used my favorite Glamour cover from a 1956 issue.