jeudi 15 mars 2018

Force et vulnérabilité || 02

Et nous revoilà pour une deuxième semaine à explorer notre force et notre vulnérabilité! Sofia et moi avons décidé de travailler chacun de notre côté mais de travailler sur le même thème. Voici ce que j'ai exploré cette semaine.

J'ai parfois (ok, souvent) l'impression d'être l'artisan de mon malheur. Je me rends compte que j'arrache la galle souvent au lieu de laisser guérir la blessure. Et je fais cela parce que je trouve qu'il y a eu une injustice de commise.

Le hic est que bien souvent l'autre ne se rend même pas compte de ce fait. Donc la seule personne qui souffre, c'est moi.

 J'ai fait un peu de couture. J'aime manier le fil et l'aiguille, ça me ramène au moment présent.

Mes deuxièmes pages poursuivent un peu le thème du ''l'homme est un loup pour l'homme'' avec l'arrivée du Petit Chaperon rouge.

Attention, il ne faut pas la sous-estimer celle-là! Elle n'a pas peur de se salir les mains.

J'ai sorti mes crayons solubles à l'eau pour celle-ci.

Merci de votre visite! Et n'hésitez pas à aller voir les pages de Sofia ici.

lundi 12 mars 2018

Wolf Women Art 09

Today's archetype story from Women Who Run with the Wolves is Sealskin, Soulskin. This story I knew as the Scottish Selkie, but this version seems to be of Inuit origins. In this story a woman is part of a tribe of seal women, they take off their seal skin and dance and sing together. When they are done, they put on their sealskin and return to the sea. But a hunter falls in love with one of the women and steals her sealskin, condemning her to be his companion for seven years.

After bearing him a child and the passng of the seven years, he refuses to give her her pelt. So she slowly dries up. Thanksfully, the child one night guides her back to her undersea home where she lives forever until they can be reunited. It is a tale of women falling into identity traps. Of trying to be someone we are not and our creative well dries up, atrophies, is parched. It takes the appearance of our intuition (the child) to guide us back to our ocean, to hand us back our sealskin and never lose it again. 

This story is similar to The Ugly Duckling but in this case the woman is trapped by the hunter who is forcing her to be with him by withholding her skin. There was a sadness to this story that reminded me of The Little Mermaid, only in this case the woman has no choice and that is what really touched me. She longs to return to herself.

We've all gone through this to some measure: bending over backward to please someone or to fit in somewhere. Problem is, in doing that too long, you kill something inside. I loved exploring this tale. When the woman dons her sealskin and is no longer parched, it's like I felt it. It was a powerful read.

The photos don't render it but I used lots of shimmer, glitter and shiny texture for this one.

Note: Ana is taking a break from our collaboration to regroup and wanted me to carry on without her. If anyone wants to jump in and carry on with me, please let me know!

jeudi 8 mars 2018

Force et vulnérabilité || a collaboration

Today is International Women's Day. I am starting a new collaboration project with Sofia. I had the pleasure of being a guest on Sofia's podcast (in French) late last year. It was so interesting to chat about art journaling and creativity in French. I don't often have that possibility. You can listen to the podcast episode here.

During that conversation, we figured it would be interesting to collaborate on a project. So here we are, a few months later, with a common project called Force et vulnérabilité (strength and vulnerability). We will be art journaling around this theme in our journals and sharing on Thursdays.

Here is my first spread:

This is in French, which I have hardly done. Most of my art journaling is in English. So I am so excited to try this. A fresh take! It says ''a cage can exist for more than one reason; it protects and keeps in''.

It's not easy to translate, but what I am trying to convey is that when you are a sensitive person, a cage can protect your heart from too much emotion. This is the vulnerable side. But it also contains the heart that is too full of emotion, so it doesn't explode outward when it comes into contact with the rest of the world. This is where the strength lies.

I liked playing with ink and a few bold paint strokes. I am using a small notebook that has yellow pages.

I made a quick second spread using a really old Fatma hand stencil. This was a stencil that my sister-in-law brought back from India many years ago. I've just now started to use it.

It says ''a hand can invite, a hand can push back''.

I am thrilled to start this exploration of both sides of my feminity and doubly so with Sofia. Please check out her work and let us know what you thinks of Strength and vulnerability. Which side calls to you more?

mercredi 7 mars 2018

V's Daily Diary || February

Soooooo, month two of this project. I am finding difficult, time consuming and not really up to par with my expectations....which means this whole idea is a good thing. This is where growth happens. I am not an expert drawing nor do I aim to be. But this is a step in being more comfortable doing it. Here goes, my pages for February:

I am the worst at drawing kids. Who knew it wold be so hard?!

I am pushing myself to use a realistic style of drawing but to be honest, the pages below are my favorite because I am using my own style of drawing. More of this will creep in because although it is good to get out of a comfort zone, I also don't want to abandon the project out of frustration.

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