Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I am an ARTIST.....

...ARE YOU.????

In last months journaling classes, one of the challenges was to create a journal page with the words

I am an artist

written on it.

After much moaning and gnashing of teeth, this was completed and the feeling of self empowerment and feeling of achievement was immense.!!

I believe we are ALL artists, each and every one of us, just that somewhere along the way we have lost the confidence in our ability to be one. Ask any group of five year olds, that question and every single hand will reach for the sky. As we get older, everything in our life starts to become right or wrong, black or white, and we are constantly doubting our abilities.

But to me, ART is the journey we take, not the finished result. It is the process of picking up a pencil, a brush, a spray and actually committing to paper. It is an experience that YOU go through, for the purpose of feeding YOUR soul. 

Take yourself back to nursery school, and scribble with no thought to the outcome, paint with no concern of the colour choices and spray with no fear of making a mess. Sing or hum along to your favourite tunes, stop every now and then and twirl, take yourself back to the 5yr old child inside you who had no fear, and was confident in their ability to be an artist. 

See how it feels to be free..

See how it feels TO BE AN ARTIST.....

I belong to a little friendly group on face book. Art Journaling for women, 

and a few on there were oohing and aahing over others work and completely disregarding their own. So I decided to set a challenge. 

To challenge themselves to "BE AN ARTIST".... and here are the results, in alphabetical order.

Anne Johnson

Alda Van Groen

Anneke Van Groen

Bernice Hopper

Carole Furlong

Cynthia Yeomans

Debs Mitchell

Diana Hetherington

Donna Bowman

Laura Cooper

Lesley Farrell

Louise Robertson


Marti Wills

Nancy Chrissinger

Nicki Foster

Pauline Butcher

Sarah Cooper

Sherry Goodloe

Sue Roberts

Tina Bayfield

Trish Bee

Each and every one of them...AN their own right....

Why don't you join us...??

Enjoy xx


Kaz said...

Thanks dyan for breaking down the walls to be that five year old again.......( I know I act it sometimes! No comment) but you are so right, we are all artists in our own different ways, this proves it, these pages are faberoonie......thanks for sharing, love it xxx

Kaz x

PocketSize said...

Thanks for this post, Dyan. I've been in a massive dry spell lately, now I think it's time for me to be getting back to my art.

Debs said...

Oh Wow!!! Dyan.. Thank you sooooo much! What a fabulous Blog Post and how amazing to see them all together.... You did it.. You made us Artists!!!! Mwah! x

Rainbow Lady said...

Wowee when you see them all together don't they look fab. Thanks so much for the challenge and for publishing them all... roll on the next one. Love n hugz xx

... said...

i was told all my childhood i was not artistic by my artist mother. turns out i just don't do her kind of art. but how i do LOVE to make MY kind of art and it is MESSY! my funnest friend to make art with is my 5 year old daughter! thanks for the wonderful post. i love that group and everyone's pieces are wonderful and so fabulously different!

Nathalie Kalbach said...

Totally love this! Wonderful idea, wonderful artwork by all of you!

Marjie Kemper said...

Loved seeing all these beautiful pages, and so much individual style. I'm skipping off to join your group!

Anneke van Groen said...

Wow...I love all the art!! I feel so honoured to be part of a group with woman who share the same passion as i do!! Every piece of art is beautiful in my eyes!! I feel blessed!! Thanks Dyan for making us feel ARTISTS!!! Big hug from Anneke, AMsterdam, Holland! xxx

Trish Bee said...

Fantastic artwork featured here, and never a truer word spoken, we need to stop worrying what people think and concentrate on enjoying the ride.

Linda M. Cain said...



Nancy said...

Look at all of us! Thank you for bringing us along!

Chris said...

Oh they are all wonderful pages... I think I have to do one myself.
I love to draw, paint and jounal BUT I have such a problem calling myself an 'Artist'
Am off to join the group x

Tina said...

Thanks Dyan for the continuous encouragement and inspiration.:) Lovely to see all together

Marianne/skorpionen said...

this is just gorgeous!! Love all the pages , such fun to see them all together here in your blog!
Marianne x

Sue said...

Stunning, amazing and flamming fantastic. Well done all of you.

Ycarruthers said...

Beautifully put, Kaz and thank you for being such a fabulous enabler Dyan. I do hope you realise what a massive positive effect you have worldwide...and now also through your team. My 4th trip to Art from the Heart last weekend for Kate's course... it's in my top 3 of 'Happy place'. You're such an inspiration, doll! xxxxx

Alda said...

Woop Woop.... I am an artist! Thank you so much Dyan for making me feel like one!

Linda said...

Love all the pages shown, so inspirational! now I know what to do with my very first dylusions sprayed pages! Yes, I got my own dylusons in the mail yesterday and got inky right away!

Bonnie McLain said...

Oh wow... hope that I have joined this group of greats... I love doing my art in all kinds of ways... love your SPRAYS and goodies... and hope that I can join in... HELP me and see if I am a member... I am on this slow as all get out dial up internet service... best I can get.. I live in the extreme country in USA.. not fun... but hey my art is the heart I live by... Thanks for all the inspiration that you are always giving... Love it all..
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Bonnie McLain said...

Love all that you share and create... the energy is wonderfully exciting... I hope that I have joined this group you have listed.. not that good on Facebook, as I have a very SLOW dial up service for the internet... can't get to see a lot... but love making art of all kinds... HELP me to see if I am a member and let me know PLEASE... I love joining in on things...
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Nicki said...

They are all so fabulous:0)
I love every single one!

Donna B. said...

Thanks for inspiring us Dyan!! I know we all might have been a little hesitant to do this, but once we did it felt great!!! :)

My name is Erika. said...

My mom said to me recently, it is almost like you are a real artist. And I replied, I am an artist. It was the first time I had said that aloud to someone-and it was quite freeing creatively.

susiesu said...

Thanks Dyan for bringing all our 'I am an artist' pages together. Don't they look fabulous? You said that we should write these words in every Art Journal we do so I am now starting on my second 'I am an artist' pages with much more self belief and creativity. Thank you Dyan. Can't wait for what you are going to challenge us with next!!!!!! Keep on twirling lol Susiesu xxx

Miranda said...

fantastic pages love them all
fabulous blogpost, cheers me up...

Sue said...

I have come to the conculsion that like beauty, ART is in the eye of the beholder. What you deem beauty (or art), I may not. Doesn't make the way we each see it right or wrong, just makes it different.

I think all of the ARTIST'S works are beautiful. For totally different reasons. I'm gonna check out the FB page! Thanks for the link.

Sherry Goodloe said...

I am so glad to have met you Dyan. Your work, your style, your personality - I just love it and you! I had never followed through with journaling, but have found inspiration in being a member of the group. Thank you so much for kick-starting me ;)

Looking forward to seeing you again when you return to California for the Rubber Stamp Convention in July.

xo Sherry

Dawn said...

Amazing pages from amazing artists, you should all be so very proud of yourselves. Thank-you so much for sharing. Hugs x

Holly said...

What a wonderful post - your words really resonate with me (& my inner critic) right now & I am going to challenge myself to go home tonight I create my own page! Thank you :)

Holly said...

What a wonderful post - your words really resonate with me right now (& challenge my inner critic head on)! I challenge myself to create my own page - thank you ;)

Chris said...

Well you certainly made me think Dyan so although I forgot to send you the page I blogged about it and what I thought. Thanks so much, you are a gem :)
It's here if you'd like to see what I thought x

Dottie said...

We are all artist and what a wonderful time to be an artist! There is so much crativity and inspiration so easily available and so much loving support!!

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