Saturday, 23 August 2014

ITS NO GOOD ...

 
This is me doing self-therapy again!  Because its difficult for me as a disabled person to get out of the house unless I have help (ie somebody takes me) I do spend rather a lot of time at home ... albeit mostly contentedly occupied in my studio making stuff.  But while I can stand a lot of my own company (especially when I've got Radio 4 on) I'm also a social sort of person and if it weren't for online groups and art communities I might have gone quietly bonkers by now, and its got to be said that I do get lonely at times for "real" people and conversations.  However, I  sincerely thank heaven for the internet, because without it my limited life would be a whole lot more  impoverished!

But there are times when I think ... what can I do to get out there, or find artsy people who like me have their days free, so that I can go out and meet them, or invite them here for mutually satisfying artistic encounters and exchanges of skills etc etc.  So that's what was on my mind during the making of this page: the background below is my usual Neocolour II crayons, but laid down before I discovered just how much more intense the colours become on a gesso base.  The glasses thingy (it must have a name but I'm blowed if I know what it is) is a stamp I've had for some time and never managed to use before!
So there I was, talking to myself and God bothering all at the same time, when it came to me that it was up to ME to do something about it.  By the way, the light bulb is another stamp, a hand carved one bought from Etsy, and telling myself "its not Facebook friends you need (nice as they are) but a few more real ones". Anyway, having written all that down, out came the collage sheets to beautify it - lots of Teesha Moore images here.
And then I drew the doodly seams and strata - for me they kind of represent the complex layers that go to make up a life, any life not just mine.  I like drawing and decorating these, especially because they start with wobbly lines, and in all the doubt and self questioning I was doing wobbly felt about right!!
So did I get out there and change my life into a giddy social whirl?  Nope, but I thought about it a lot and the conclusion I've finally come to is that, although I love the art journalling groups on Facebook, if I want to attend a real life one I'll probably have to start it!  So how about it - are any of you nice kind followers based in the north of England within reach of Preston?  It really only needs a handful of us to make it work - I've got the table if you want to come and sit around it!!  OK I'll settle for one or two ... just make yourselves known and I'll put the kettle on .....

10 comments:

Mary said...

I love your page here dear Rosie. And if I lived nearby I would be there in a heartbeat. Will pray for one or two kindred spirit friends to join your gracious offer.

Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Can totally relate but, alas, I live in the US. Hope you find some people near you.

Anonymous said...

I wish i was near you ,but i m not i live in scotland! But i love reading your blog,and seeing what great journal pages you make.i get some inspiration from that and i try making mine.but it is much better when you are in company of like minded people ,and chatting and getting new ideas .keep up the good work and sharing your achievements ,many thanks.mary

Monica said...

I am not disabled well my hearing is very poor so verbal communication is frequently difficult. I feel the same way you do and love groups and classes on line. Spend many hours in my studio on projects. Often wish there were some like souls around but there are not. Love your blog and journal pages.

Muckypup said...

Oh Rosie, I do sympathise with you. Hope that you find someone to join you, you are so creative and talented, I'm sure that someone would be thrilled to journal with you, I know I would. I have an old friend who has recently launched into the art journal world, on your side of the pennines, I'll send her a link to your blog and see if she might be up for it, or know someone who is!

Giulietta said...

Rosie, I will be passing through Preston on Friday 26th September. I would happily arrange a stopover to vsit you.
Would this date suit you?
I will be returning to London from a week in Scotland. I need to be back in London on the Saturday as I am due to lead our service on Sunday 28th.
Its quite easy to buy a ticket to Preston and then one from Preston to London.
Just let me know - I'd love to meet you.My email is juliettmann@gmail.com

Lois McArthur said...

good luck with your search. would love to join you but live in Canada. Love all your artwork!!!

viv said...

I've just realised that I hadn't commented on this page. Once again it is superb and I relate to the sentiments. Would love to see you sometime. one day soon I hope

alexa said...

I love those thingy-glasses! The colours feel quite ardent and energetic, matching your words, and life's mostly about wobble from where I am. Well, I'd be delighted to wobble with you in person - I'm not actually very arty, though. (On the other hand, you could teach me?)

Faith said...

Oh don't I wish! I'm disabled as well, so I can totally relate. Sadly I'm far off in the US. Perhaps you could find FaceTime/Skpe buddies to art with? I know it isn't the same, but I have often found it magical.