The Red Umbrella – a new art journal page

Sunday night, check.  8 pm, check. @Strombo on the radio, check.  Yes, it’s time for another evening with my art journal.

For those who don’t know about art journals or haven’t played with one – they are a space to free your creativity, to play and work out your ideas, before committing them to canvas.  Sometimes my journal serves as a template for a painting, but more often than not, it’s a place for me to express what’s going on in my brain and how I’m feeling about it.

Last weekend I’d spent some of my time in a coffee shop – writing and such and had unfortunately forgotten my head phones, which left me little chance of blocking out the conversation around me.  And what a negative conversation it was…grey, dark and all about the things wrong in life.  The woman doing most of the talking at one point commented that no one liked her – my guess is that the constant stream of negatively coming out of her had something to do it, so I was inspired to create the red umbrella page.  I aspire (and don’t always get there) to see the good and beauty around me and not stand with the negative masses.  I take down the umbrella that is blocking my view and while sometimes I may get a little wet, I see the rainbows and other delights that so many others miss.

Here is the page from start to finish – in total, this took about 3 hours to complete.  I’m already full of inspiration and ideas for this week’s edition – stay tuned.

art journal page the red umbrella start© art journal page the red umbrella background© art journal page the red umbrella trees© art journal page the red umbrella masses© art journal page the red umbrella complete©

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I'm an avid birder and naturalist, with the good fortune to work as a park interpreter. I get to spend every day in a beautiful park, so no matter how challenging, all I have to do is look out the window and the natural world is there to greet and soothe my soul.

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