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.

44 thoughts

  1. Mary

    2005-08-10 04:08:02 -0400

    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!!

  2. Susan

    2005-08-10 04:13:28 -0400

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

  3. Betsy Cruickshank

    2005-08-10 04:27:41 -0400

    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.

  4. Rosemary

    2005-08-10 04:34:11 -0400

    Woohoooooo!! So glad you pulled it out :)

  5. MarilynH

    2005-08-10 05:58:27 -0400

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

  6. Jen G

    2005-08-10 06:38:05 -0400

    love it. so great, especially the journaling.

  7. Trina Jaynes

    2005-08-10 08:50:21 -0400

    Great new banner, Ali! A great photo of yourself. I need to get better at the whole banner thing. Mine really don't have that umph! that your's and others do. Guess I just need to sit and play with Photoshop for a while. What dimensions do you set your banner to? Maybe that would help me get started!

  8. Caroline

    2005-08-10 11:13:55 -0400

    AH-MAZ-ING! :)

  9. Lee

    2005-08-10 11:20:11 -0400

    WOW WOW and more WOW...... Ali you never cease to amaze me with all that you do.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Christine

    2005-08-10 12:41:40 -0400

    gorgeous, gorgeous layout! Wish I can do one too!

  11. Rhoda

    2005-08-10 14:38:33 -0400

    Awesome work!!
    You inspired me to just spend a day crafting for me. No family books, no work, just me. TOO MUCH FUN!!
    Thank you for all you do :)

  12. Sugar Aunt Chris

    2005-08-10 14:50:35 -0400

    Ali-- I read about Shimelle on your blog and took the plunge. This class has opened a whole new world to me. Your art and words inspire me in so many ways. Thank you, thank you.

  13. shimelle.~*

    2005-08-10 17:20:03 -0400

    girl...i check my email on the road and think huh? what's with the SURGE? and then i *think*. love it. :) but hope everyone is happy to bear with me until i am in a location where i can actually get people signed up! :)
    and *sigh* i love your layer work. and after packing kits for tulsa? i'm too tired to...stand. :-P
    and that last bit reminds me...must e-mail you. *after* the OK show, though. :) but *thank you* and *you're very welcome*.

  14. marygrace

    2005-08-10 20:55:34 -0400

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

  15. Kelley

    2005-08-11 05:38:45 -0400

    Great journal page, BUT I absolutely LOVE your new banner!!!!!
    I love pictures of people laughing! You look happy and fabulous!

  16. kah-mei

    2005-08-11 14:22:12 -0400

    loving your playing, ali!

  17. Christina

    2005-08-11 20:27:27 -0400

    Ok...this is seriously the coolest page EVER! LOVE it Ali! :)

  18. traci

    2005-08-12 01:32:33 -0400

    This is so gorgeous, Ali! Love the colors!

  19. Lou

    2005-08-12 04:18:10 -0400

    This is really great!
    I would never have thought to attach the petals with staples. Crazy :-)
    I just used those and used the big fancy mm brads to adhere them. (the name of those brads escapes me right now lol!) The project is up on my blog, if you have a moment to leave some feedback on it, I'd sure be flattered ;-)

  20. Nicole

    2005-08-12 15:56:50 -0400

    gorgeous - love the colors and the mediums

  21. Christy Tomlinson

    2005-08-12 16:16:21 -0400

    Hum.. am I doing this right? Never posted on a BLOG before. Wonder if I will get into trouble? HELLOOOOOOOO Ali?? anyone there? hum.. well okay then! just wanted to say when I saw this last week I got really inspired (as I usually do when I hang with you). Well I have started my own now. It's going to be my travel journal. About the places I go and have gone since I started working. The people I have met, the good times and the bad times I have had. The lessons I have learned and have learned NOT to do again. (go all night without sleep and expect to live to see the next day??). I am doing it more for my children. It's hard being a working mom and I don't think my kids will ever know or understand what it is I do. I want something for them to have when they are older that will explain and hopefully shed some insight on why I "always" seem to be gone. Or maybe it will be more for myself.. just to give me a little peace.
    well enough talk.. thanks for the inspirtaion.. you rock..

  22. Christy Tomlinson

    2005-08-12 16:19:30 -0400

    oh! hey! I just saw donna on here! Hi donna! :) Good to see you. How come no one is talking back? This is too weird.. and why I don't blog..

  23. Sonia

    2005-08-12 17:52:05 -0400

    I love your banner! You look so happy!

  24. Christian

    2005-08-13 17:31:35 -0400

    I love your new banner. Great photo of you!!! Thanks for sharing.

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