Monday, December 26, 2011

A page for an album of hope...

I'm embarrassed to say that I have deserted my blog lately. I hope there still are some loyal followers.
Just a few hours ago we returned from Cozumel, Mexico so I was planning on sharing some memorable photos of our trip.
However, while checking in with my online friends, I noticed that my dear friend Nadia has decided to share an album page that I have created for her (along with an entire design team of Once Upon a Sketch). 
This art journaling page is for a collaborative "Album of Hope" for Nadia (to view other contributors' pages to this project please click here). 
My sweet friend has endured such a profound loss which would be a darkest nightmare for any mother - the loss of a child. She openly shared all the raw emotion of this life altering event on her blog, and I was even more amazed and in awe of her openness, sincerity and willingness to bare so much when majority would disconnect and disappear. Nadia is one amazing and strong lady!

This was truly a challenging project, because no words and no art - however well designed or executed - would ever take away the pain of a mother's loss...my friend's loss. Also, I wasn't sure on how my message would be perceived. It would be an understatement to say that this was a true challenge. But nevertheless, I persevered and created a page from my heart.
It is laden with symbolism, which I believe is apparent.
Title: Watching over you...
The journaling states: "I will greet you on the other side. But for now...Know that I am watching over you."
I will not go into the specifics of technique here, but if there's any questions, please DO leave a comment.



My youngest son Adam was adamant about adding hearts with the raindrops. He kepst saying: "Make it rain hearts! Make it rain hearts!" I let him punch a LOT of hearts so he would feel like he contributed. I hope that Nadia feels the rain of hearts!

9 comments:

Nadia Cannizzo said...

Oh what can I say? You know how I feel about this and to see that your little boy also contributed just made me feel so special. As I said on my blog I have the whole book very close to me and each time I glance over I feel just a little better . THANK YOU :o)

Vibeke said...

Hi you:)
Your page is so beautiful!!:)

Meadow of the sky said...

Kaip visada, tavo simbolizmas net neskaičius tikrai daug pasako.
Fantastinis palaikymo projektas, šaunuolės. Nadiai tikrai tai labai svarbu.

Ignas said...

Nuostabus darbas! Man taip norisi uzsiimti art journalingu, taciau juk tai meno DIENORASTIS. Atrodo juk i dienorasti rasai pacius slapciausius dalykelius, o juk noretusi parodyti ka as pridaryciau, bet juk dienorascio nieks neviesina, ar ne taip? :))

Irma said...

Nadia I am so flattered that you liked it. I read your blog today, and I agree...it is so so difficult for other people knowing what is the 'right' thing to say - or in this case make something- that would be a comfort not an irritant or annoyance. But I hope you feel that my heart went into making this piece.
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Thank you Vibeke :)
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Ačiū Glide
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Ignai visokiu dienoraščių būna... bet kuo skiriasi vaizdiniai dienoraščiai - a la 'Art Journaling'- nuo tipiškų kuriuose rašoma dienos įvykiai, tai kad meniniuose dienoraščiuose slapčiausius dalykėlius gali paslėpti įvairiausiais būdais: tik tau suprantamu simbolizmu, koliažu/žurnalų iškarpom; gali ant viso puslapio 'išlieti' kas galvoje o po to uždažyti dažais kad nebūtų viskas įskaitoma. Art Jourtnaling'ui nebūdingas tekstas...aplamai nėra taisyklių...daliniesi tik tiek kiek pats drįsti parodyti pasauliui.
Jaunuoliai kaip Dan Eldon ir Sabrina Ward Harrison labai daug asmeniškumų pasidalino savo meniniuose dienoraščiuose, bet manau kad dėl to pagrinde ir susilaukė tokio grandiozinio pripažinimo. Tokiam atvirumui reikia nemažai drąsos bei 'kietos skūros' ;) Skeptikų bei kritikų visada buvo bei ir bus. Neperseniausiai Amazone skaičiau kelis negatyvius Sabrinos dienoraščių įvertinimus...panašaus plauko kaip: "ko ji vis save piešia?..kaip egoistiška; kokia ji depresuojanti ir t.t"
Aš pakolkas dar nepasiekiau tokį lygį kad dalintis labiau negatyviais gyvenimo periodais, bet bandau ir siekiu vis daugiau ir daugiau atskleisti. Norėčiau pasakyti kad kitų komentarai man dzin, neužgauna, bet pakolkas dar to nepasiekiau.
Kas man labiausiai padeda pajudėti iš pradinio taško kuriant meninius dienoraščius tai apsimesti- ne, save įtikinti kad 'šį puslapį gaminu tik savo akimis'. Tada būnu atviresnė ir nejaučiu stabdžių kūryboj. Jei pradedant žinosi kad ketiniesi dalintis kūriniu internete tai atsiras labai daug stabdžių....tai paraližuos kūrybiškumą. Apsimesk kad niekam nerodysi o kada pabaigsi tik tada rūpinkis kaip galėtum šį ar tą paslėpti, ar gal ratušuoti kad visgi galėtum pasidaliinti interneto galerijose.
Nu va, romaną parašiau šį kartą.
Ne kokia aš patarėja meninių dienoraščių srityje kadangi man pačiai tai dilema: kiek tų asmeniškumų viešinti?
Tikiuosi visgi kad išmėginsi ir parodysi mum ką nors ;)

Ignas said...

Aciu, Irma. Tikrai manau, kad ateity drisiu isbandyti art journalinga. Dar karta dekui us sugaista laika rasant man atsakyma :)

Jennifer Larson said...

That is utterly beautiful and heartfelt.

Cynthia Lloréns said...

Hi sweet !!!This is just a STUNNING and MARVELOUS page all the details are simple perfect!!!
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you have written in my blog in 2011!!!
I wish a wonderful 2012!!
Big huges and kisses with much love.
Cyndi

amber said...

Your page is so thoughtful and magical that it is able to symbolize hope and loss in one. Simply beautiful!