As you know I am in several circle journals. I enjoy them very much, but I seldom really use them as an express of my emotions. It is more about practicing new techniques with people I trust and enjoy. As with most artist I am insecure about my art at times. So when I try something new it is a wonderful thing to be surrounded by like minded artist.
Now, I normally try to stay away from political topics. I like my blog to be about things I love and that is art and my search and rescue. But, as with most of the United States I cannot help but be heart sick with what is going on in the Gulf with the oil spill. I do not want to get into the blame game; I do not have the knowledge nor do I live where this is impacting so many people and animals. I love the beauty of nature and every time they show the birds, dolphins covered in oil it breaks my heart.
This time when I was creating my journal pages for a friend I used what is happening in the Gulf to inspire me. It helped that the this journal has a color theme of greens and blues.
The above piece is the first page. I wanted to create an underwater world. I do not use photoshop so I have to depend on my paints and pencils to soften my images.