It's finished and ready to go a WHOLE MONTH early.
This is my art journal that I completed as my
Participants are provided with a blank
journal/sketchbook and there is a choice of
subjects, from which I selected
My encyclopedia is....
all about me!
Me me me me me me me me!
Tatty old front page of a 1950's encyclopedia
used as a front cover.
To make a connection with the reader
I drew around my hand and decorated it.
Should the reader place their hand on mine
I like to think that
an immediate personal bond is forged.
Quite simply, I like to sing.
behind closed doors,
without an audience.
(Although I have been known to burst into song,
specifically "Jesus Christ, Superstar"
when in the toilets at work. Much to the amusement
I'm absolutely rubbish at singing.
But I sing because
it makes me happy.
Like the sweet little bird.
Was when I was 9,
and still am,
My school reports throughout both
primary and secondary education state,
"Joanna struggles to understand new concepts."
That's probably because I wasn't listening,
but away with the fairies in my own
little dream world.
It's nice there.
(these are NOT voices in my head telling me
to kill people, that's quite a different problem
and thankfully not mine).
No, my mind chatter is a gazillion and one
thoughts flying around my head,
unchecked and unrestrained.
Since I've started 'arting'
my mind chatter has calmed down
to a quiet, manageable murmur.
I've never been part of the cool crowd.
Never have been and never will be.
It's taken me a while to accept it,
or even understand why,
but I'm ok with it.
And I actually rather enjoy being different,
or odd, although I prefer to call it quirky.
I love my husband Grant deeply
and I'm lucky enough to know that he
loves me right back.
And stay young(ish).
Anyone that knows me know that I do
like a nice cup of coffee.
Preferably in a
busy bustling coffee shop.
It sets me up for the day.
I love to spend as much time as possible
watching nature around me,
really looking at the small creatures living
their lives in their own environment.
It saddens me greatly that this natural world
is diminishing, and so many butterflies and
birds that I saw as a child
have now either disappeared from our
gardens or are now a rarity.
You all know how much I love my old girl,
Many of us could learn from the
guileless example set by dogs.
Becoming a mother is my single
most important achievement.
Raising Luke and Hope has been a
both a challenge and a delight.
I keep many very happy memories close to my heart
and am incredibly proud of the young adults they
I haven't seen much of the world yet
and plan to remedy that
once the children are a bit older.
The world is so easily accessible now
and I want to see the 'real' beauty of the world
not just those presented on the tourist trails.
An old photograph wallet was
used as a back cover.
I'll be sending this book off to USA tomorrow.
When it reaches the Brooklyn Art Library it'll be
digitized, and next year it'll go with all the others
on a world tour, including London.
I have signed up to take part in
The Sketchbook Project Limited Edition,
when the sketchbooks will be
published in a book.
The title I have selected this time is
"Pictures and descriptions"
and it has to be with the Library by May 2012.
I'd better get started........
Click on the pic at the top of this post
for more information -
there are still places available for the
Limited Edition event.