Until this year, another aspiration lingering in my “someday” file was to utilize art journaling as a springboard for inspiration, ideas and intentions. Fortunately (and conveniently!), a dear friend, talented artist and life coach, Alana Puryear, has been leading a quarterly “Journal Journey” workshop at one of my favorite creative locales, Bella’s Studio in downtown Monterey. This “Journal Journey” has been a valuable source of guidance and motivation not only for getting started with my art journal, but for remaining committed to working on it, referencing it and actually using it as a creative tool. In this process, my art journal has become yet another helpful healing tool.
Pushing my self-critic aside after she told me this entry is too amateurish to share with others, I decided to go ahead and share anyway as it is more about the insights than the aesthetics. I created these two pages based on Alana’s directive to layer multiple copies of a selected image over an orderly background of outlined and painted squares, then contemplate the serendipity and symbolism related to our pages. My image was the dragonfly, my favorite insect, and as I researched its symbolism after the workshop, meaningful insights surfaced. It seems timely to share this post after my last post prompted by the honeybees!
Dragonfly, now more than ever before, I deeply connect with all that you symbolize – change, self realization, regeneration, harmony, happiness.