I’ve just realised that all my art journaling at present seems to be the face or form of a woman. Hmm, without psychoanalysing myself too much it seems like I’m on a bit of an inward journey at present, things are bubbling away inside, there is wrestling and pondering happening.
The background is done with my gelli plate and again I am reminded how much fun it is. I like that i don’t have full control how it looks, the paint just goes on and when you smooth it all and then pull it back, something delightful (usually) peeks back at me. My tip is start with the darkest colour first onto the plate and be sparing with it. You can always add more dark colours but it is somewhat difficult to lighten up a dark background.
The ‘freedom starts with me’ quote is reflective of the swirling that is going on in my mind/life at present, I am reminding myself and I need to let go, the prisoner is me. Birds always say to me freedom, release, I can fly!
I think C.S. Lewis gets it right: “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present.” And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.