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Stand.

Standup_1 Had a bit of time tonight to play with my art journal. It has been neglected as I travel and work on other, more linear, projects for the magazine.


Man, this medium is addicting. I love it. Sometimes I want to live it. I love the sense of play and experimentation and just slap-that-down-
there-and-go-for-it. I also love the layers. The depth of meaning that is translated through all the "stuff" mixed onto the page. Or, it can mean nothing at all. Existing for the pure joy of play. Cool.


This page was assigned to begin with the word stand - and where I went from there was up to me.


Journaling: In the face of everything we get up each day and put one foot in front of the other. Standing up and moving forward...just moving at whatever our pace. It is simply in the standing up that we survive. In the midst of it all...we stand. We may feel like crawling. And yet, we stand. One foot in front of the other. Moving. Going. Maybe just standing still. Such is the life we encounter. The process of getting up, standing, moving forward.


It may be awhile before I can do another page. But I love that it is there. Waiting for me.


And I just have to say thanks again to Shimelle for putting together this amazing art journal adventure. Not sure you will ever truly know the impact this has made on my own journey. Hope our paths cross in person one of these days.

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  1. Jen Merali says…
    08/09/2005

    Hey Ali! I haven't been around for a while and just happened to stop by your blog tonight. I just have to say that I LOVE this entry in your journal. LOVE it. And man oh man, can I relate to the journaling. Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. Kerry says…
    08/09/2005

    I like the euphemism: "linear". Very good. This is super... glad you're having such fun.

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  3. Celine Navarro says…
    08/09/2005

    AMAZING! thanks for sharing, Ali!

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  4. heidi says…
    08/10/2005

    wow, ali, this is amazing! i love the texture! glad to see you were able to get back to your 'non-linear' projects!

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  5. dee says…
    08/10/2005

    Hey Ali,
    Love your new header -- it just makes me smile out loud to see the joy evident in your expression. You're too KEWL! I'm glad all is well with you, albeit busy with your travels, teaching, etc.
    Just wanted to pop in a say a quick hello.
    Ciao,
    Dee

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  6. Shelley R. says…
    08/10/2005

    This post is something that will indeed feed my soul today Ali! Your words always hit the mark. Thank you!
    Oh, and that banner with your smile!! Just wonderfu! It made me smile to look at it! Awesome!

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  7. Michelle OKeefe says…
    08/10/2005

    Wow, as always, very cool.
    Is the white stamped onto transparency or something? I love that look.
    I agree, I'm having a lot of fun with the Art Journal Challenge and now that I've done a bunch of pages, I know I'll keep going and adding to it long after the class is over.
    Thanks for sharing !
    Michelle

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  8. Michelle OKeefe says…
    08/10/2005

    BTW - can't wait to meet you and take your class at CKU Kansas City !
    Michelle

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  9. Melissa Blair says…
    08/10/2005

    Hey Ali, just thought I would check out your blog today to see how your travels were going and get some inspo. LOVE the new banner. You look so fresh and pretty. Have a great day! Melissa

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  10. Kristi the Fashionista Effer says…
    08/10/2005

    Horray Ali! So glad to see an AJ page from you.

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  11. Kass says…
    08/10/2005

    Ali I really feel the same way - I love the sparks of inspiration. I can see myself developing and learning daily because of it. I love it too and I am so glad to share my artist journey with you.
    Kass

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  12. Sharyn (Torm) says…
    08/10/2005

    ooooooh, this is definitely my favorite of your art journal entries. Love it! The white makes me think of venetian blinds....standing, looking out the window into the world at all the possiblities......
    Awesome.

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  13. donna downey says…
    08/10/2005

    you rock my friend...this is amazing!
    "get up, stand up, stand up for your right..." thanks now i will be singing this song in my head all day.,

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  14. melanie says…
    08/10/2005

    wonderful journal page... I love all the layers and the mix of materials. good message, too.

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  15. tracy says…
    08/10/2005

    Ali, love your new banner. Just can't help but smile...YOU jump out off the page!

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  16. Carrie says…
    08/10/2005

    :) Makes me smile to see you play. Such creativity at work!
    BTW - I got to see some of Aunt Chris' art journal work while we were at Miraval. So cool!!! She is really loving the process.

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  17. May says…
    08/10/2005

    SO very cool. Rock on Ali! I think I will devote today to art play... =)

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  18. Rachel says…
    08/10/2005

    COOOL page. Love your title work and all the cool colors :)

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  19. Rhonna says…
    08/10/2005

    OOOHH, MAKES ME SMILE!

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  20. Mary says…
    08/10/2005

    Ali this is simply wonderful! Complete & total inspiration fo rme--I just love what you have created & I am glad to see that you had the time to add another wonderful page to your journal!!

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  21. Susan says…
    08/10/2005

    Fabulous entry, Ali! You floor me sometimes. WOW!

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  22. Betsy Cruickshank says…
    08/10/2005

    Verrry freak'n kewl!!! Thank you for introducing me to the AJ. I haven't been able to do much lately, but love it when it happens.

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  23. Rosemary says…
    08/10/2005

    Woohoooooo!! So glad you pulled it out :)

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  24. MarilynH says…
    08/10/2005

    totally awesome!! I had some time last night and was playing, too!!

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  25. Jen G says…
    08/10/2005

    love it. so great, especially the journaling.

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