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Monday, August 15, 2011

My Journal, My Friend


It always comes back to the journal.


This is where I bring all my questions, celebrations, depressions and boredom.


With a pen in hand, coffee nearby, relaxed and receptive, gifts arrive.


Sometimes it's just about the fun of pasting, doodling, playing in color.


Sometimes it's about time to fill while I should be doing other things. Dreaming of adventures. Lots of dreaming.


All I know is that it is a part of what I need to feel whole and hopeful.


It helps me gather myself in and give myself the gift of time and solitude.

I've heard from my friend the incredibly gifted art teacher that I get to spend time in the classroom showing this year's crop of high school kids how to make books. I love the classroom; any classroom. Eager minds, clean slates, and OMG their beauty of which they are mostly unaware. It fills me with awe to spend time with them, to tempt them to acquire the lifetime habit of journaling. Something bright on my horizon, a happy feeling!

25 comments:

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

Thank you for sharing Judy!
I look forward to every post on your blog :)
Hugs and love,
Dawn

Whispers and Wishes said...

thank you so muchfor sharing your pages, Judy. I'm excited for you to be teaching highscool kids and share with you that passion of watching minds unfold. Journaling can be such a scary thing for people. I'm so glad I found your blog (via Tracy Verdugo)!. You can bisit me at http://www.whispersandwishes.blogspot.com

Kim Mailhot said...

I wanna go back to high school. I never ever ever thought I would say that but having you to teach me and to play with in my journal would make it worth it. ;-)
I know that gratitude for the gift the journal as well, Beautiful Judy.
Journal On...
xoxo

Clare Wassermann said...

Your journal always makes my mouth water!!x

Meghan @ Life Refocused said...

Oh I want to come over and art journal with you!!

Pattio said...

OOooooo I love the portraits.

I agree with the others that journaling has given me so much and I would like to teach or show other people. I never thought I would want to go back to school either but lately I have been considering that my next "career" will be as a teacher. :)

Hugs

just me said...

I'm going to get my journal out...I have something to say as well! I'm always inspired by your work and love your journals! Mine is calling to me!!!

rita maria said...

oh they are so lucky to have you judy! you are so great!

Kathy said...

Judy, I love your journal pages. I don't journal in the consistent way that you do but I know that journal pages have helped me to focus in at specific crossroads in my life and I also know that when I really need to just relax then it's time to work in my quote book. Your work is always inspiring and I thank you for sharing!

doro K. said...

the first picture is so absolutely wonderful! very very pretty!

best wishes, doro K.

Annie Bodelier said...

I always enjoy your journalpages; thank you for sharing them.
best, Annie - the Netherlands

Brian Kasstle said...

Thank you for sharing your personal pages. They encourage and challenge us to do the same. My dear friend Orly has such wonderful things to say about you, "wait until you meet her, you will love her all the more!"

dorylyn said...

Your journal pages are so beautiful! Lucky high school kids!

rebecca said...

i needed to land on a hope filled horizon this morning...
and i found it here,
with you.
xoxoxoxoxo

Laura A in OR said...

Judy: fabulous journal pages! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us! I am relatively new to art journaling (not journaling, tho). Wondering what size and type of journal you prefer? Moleskine water color...8x10?
I have been using a 5x9 or so, and think I need something larger.

lilasvb said...

i am impress, this is beautifull

Judy Wise said...

Laura A., my journal is 8x10 with an assortment of papers for pages. I make them and have used the same size for years.

Lynn said...

Your pages are a joy to see...where did you ever find S&H green stamps...boy is that a flash to the past!
We have a new baby in our family Judy, my son and his new wife have a tiny baby girl. So sweet, just had to share with you.
Enjoy that classroom work/play...lucky kids to get you for a teacher!!!

Karla of Dreamaginarius Arts said...

Gorgeous Journal!

jill nalette said...

dearest judy, these pages are gorgeous! i wish i could have had you as one of my art teachers in high school. very lucky kids!!

take care of yourself!
love, hugs and smiles~ jill

Christina Carnoy said...

Pretty pages! I am a teacher also, and I love teaching art to kids. It is so gratifying to know that you are helping them to embark on a lifelong journey of creativity.

jsantini2 said...

How I love, love, love the look of your journals.

Colette said...

I am so in love with your style. Beautiful. Hope you might give an online class to show me how I could try to do this.

tessyluv45 said...

I just found your blog and what a treasure it is. I love your journal! I am very new at art journaling but it is so much fun. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work!

Hannah said...

You have a talent for journaling! I think it has helped me connect with my self and be more comfortbale in my own skin.

If anyone wants to contact a fellow journaler you can find me at my blog 'Journal Obsession'.

http://www.hannah-journalobsession.blogspot.com/