I've been threatening to clear out cupboards in the studio for ages, so today I'm pleased to report that one of them is done and the charity shop has benefited from the process. Still found time to journal of course, and this was one of the backgrounds made from scrapbook paper - where I needed to strengthen a page. I just added a bit of brown around the edges, and then started doodling (can you tell I LOVE doing that) ....?
The clock just seemed to belong and the stripes sort of grew. I didn't actually know what the page was going to be about until I wrote the word sanctuary, and then all the ideas and feelings exploded! Such an emotive word, with layers of meaning connected to safety, needing to retreat, having a space which is just mine etc.
Until quite recently I'd forgotten I could draw, and now it's a joy to be doing more of it. I suppose you can figure out that this little house in a tree is all about a safe sanctuary? Not sure why its in a tree but have to trust my own instinct, and at least I could draw up the rope ladder if I needed to be alone? The way it looks is a bit Hobbit-ish isn't it, but I think if I could design a house of my own that's the sort of thing I would build, with round doorways and windows, and lots of curves instead of straight lines. Did you ever see Ben Law's house on Grand Designs - I really really wanted to live there ...
And this is the finished page - another one I'm really pleased with (I still dislike some that I make). The satisfaction has to do with feeling that I've put down something I really wanted to communicate, and I like the way it looks too. It makes me happy. Like I said, I think I've found my "one thing".