I’ve kept many versions of a visual journal over the years. This little pocket of the universe has been my saviour in challenging times. On that blank page your inner world can be explored with sometimes remarkable insight. I often return to my journals for inspiration and guidance. We all have an inner wisdom, a wise Self , but its voice is often ignored or unheard amongst the clamour in our heads. Keeping a journal gives the opportunity for regular communing and an ongoing dialogue and record of your psyche’s life journey.
Please feel free to comment on how Visual Journalling has helped you!
I recently took my 4 year old niece to ArtPlay, a City of Melbourne initiative that provides a space for artists, performers and writers to develop arts based programs for young children and their families to enjoy.
My niece enjoyed the installation Colourbox, which aimed to teach children about light and colour. The only things provided in this space were rolls of coloured tape, scissors, punch stamps, paper and magazines. It is surprising what you can do with simple materials. We cut lengths of tape and stuck them on the wall and floor, adding to the already vibrant mural of designs by the young artists who preceded us. Normally young children are discouraged for making marks on walls, but here there was a liberating sense of anything goes!
We made a castle and a colourful snake as well and she enjoyed seeing her shadow cast on the large screen that changed colour.
Afterwards we had lunch on the banks of the Yarra, ice cream and posed with the vibrant Chinese New year animals.
Over the weekend I ran an art therapy workshop for the Planetary Healing Artist’s Association on the theme of “Healing the Self”. This follows on from last year’s theme of “Healing the Family”.
Using the tree as a metaphor for self we explored what nourishes us (the roots), how we are in the world(the trunk) and what we aspire or reach for (the branches/leaves).Then with our forest of trees we created one collaborative tree. We considered what fruits each of us brings to the matrix of community.
You can see more images,including the group artwork here
The finished art will be unveiled at the Solstice Global Healing event at Catani Gardens on 20th December.
“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”. ~ Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth