All In a dream

HI ALL!

I am hosting a new workshop coming up in August on the 17th. We will be designing, drawing and painting our own personal Dream Catchers in our journals. If you live in the Durham Region (Ontario) you should RSVP on the Facebook group ART JOURNAL LOVE and come check out our group of awesome women who have ART in there heARTS. If you don’t live in Ontario – no problem! You should still join the group because it is a place where we can get inspiration and share ideas. Here is the link….

https://www.facebook.com/events/1750161118574779/

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Into the Garden

Sometimes I am not sure what I am painting. Sometimes it is down right ugly. Sometimes I know that if I never finish the painting we owe each other nothing.

By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey

Then I take a break and come back to it. I give it another chance. The painting…and…SHE… gives ME…another chance. Another chance to give her a life, and to make a difference. Sometimes it works and sometimes, it still doesn’t.

By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey

Another day passes and she reveals herself to me. She is the face of my garden. She is the soul of a colourful sunny day. She is the moment where flowers kiss the earth. She is my soul. She and I merge. She is complete.

By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey

I came to your garden – saw you there, saw you there

I hovered up above – in the air, in the air

Moved your hand with intention – as you dug, as you dug

I longed to touch it again – feel the mud, feel the mud

I am proud of your garden – my love, my love

I will smile down on it like the sun – from above, from above

Thank you Mom.

Where Are We Now?

I am sure everyone has asked this question of another at some point in their life. I know I have. It is a relationship checkpoint question. It is a question used for clarification. It is a question that possesses a tone of longing.

When I decide that it is time to work in my art journal I do not always know what I will write about or what picture will come to life until I begin to write and paint. I feel as if I am merely a vessel or conduit that art flows through. When I enter into an “adventure” I experience it as a meditation or a trance like state and I am not even really sure how I paint what I paint. I am like a medium. I channel art.

If I asked any one of my artist friends who paint, draw, or work with fibres and fabric, they will agree that their medium owns them as well. The doll births itself. Fibres join together in the way they wish. Paint touches the page exactly where it wants to touch. Any artist will know exactly what I mean when I explain this concept. It is intangible, yet it is real.

This new painting is a mix of collage, paint, and doodling. I used acrylic paint, a charcoal pencil, old sheets of music and book pages, matte medium, Krylon workable fixatif, stencils and a permanent fine line marker.

My Friend Randi-Mae wrote a poem to go along with my drawing and a piece of original magical mystical music with the same title as this post that you can listen to on Soundcloud. It is truly beautiful. I hope you enjoy our collaboration. I hope there will be many more!

By Heather Gailey
By Heather Mitchell Gailey
By Randi-Mae Stanford-Leibold
By Randi-Mae Stanford-Leibold

A woman living on the edge of a new adventure

paint hands

HI there everyone!

When I started my blog back in 2012 I was truly a woman living on the edge of many adventures – One of them being ART JOURNALING. I came to WordPress because I wanted a consistent platform where I could come to share my creative works of art with others from all over the world. Additionally, I wanted to inspire others who had never made art before to fall in love with something I call “doodle meets diary” , and allow me to share this amazing phenomenon with them.

I regularly shared my own works of art and the beautiful creations of the friends I met while online. I developed inspiration Fridays, where I shared with my readers what inspired me that week, and even had a tutorial day where I taught my readers a technique they could take back to their art room and use in their own art journals.

We all know that life has a way of leading us in directions that we are sometimes not ready – sometimes down a path with many unexpected twists and turns. I experienced many changes at once such as: a new job, a chance to go back to University, and a wonderful new partner. The good news is that I never stopped creating art during that busy time…the bad news is…I just stopped blogging. Now I am ready to begin again and to learn more about how to make my blog more interesting and up-to-date. I can’t wait to begin this process and meet all those involved in the current blogging 101.

My first post back in 2012 was “The Fun Starts Now!” and now today I should say I am looking forward to the Fun Beginning Again!

ART Heals the Troubled HeART

Healing a Troubled Heart
Healing a Troubled Heart

Last weekend I attended a Christ Light Healing Session with Karen McBride in Whitby, Ontario. “Christ healings are a gentle and passive way to unblock negative/stuck energy to assist us in moving forward in life and reconnecting with the soul self. This healing may release physical pain and emotional stresses from the mind, body and soul. All you need to do is be open to receiving so the healing will take place”. During this session I felt energy shifting in my heart and body. In the past I even experienced visions during the meditation.

When I cam home I went directly to my journal and took the time to express what I had felt during the session. This is the best part of journaling as it is a way to immediately get thoughts and pictures and feelings down on paper. These feelings can then be effectively processed at the same time or at some time in the future. Even though the heart picture ended up looking very dark, that is not the what I wanted it to represent. It does however represent a heart being cleared of all negative and unwanted energy.

Before the painting was completely finished I put it aside to do something else and when I came back later to finish it the word ART jumped out at me. That is how I came up with the title of this post and why I put the white border around the word ART. Anyone who is an artist knows that ART heals.

Just remember, there is no wrong way to art journal, and if you end up not liking what you have created there is always Gesso or simply turning the page.

That day, I was able to fully, and whole-heartedly turn to a new page.

The Love Puzzle

Love is a puzzle that artists, poets, authors, historians, and scientists have tried to piece together for infinity. The intricate pieces that come together for it to work are so precise that it is wonder that anyone ever falls in love, however when all the pieces magically snap into place there is a beautiful rush of emotion, attraction, excitement, and contentment. Sometimes it takes awhile for love to grow, and it does so, slowly over time, and sometimes you can experience the split second experience of love at first sight – When you see a person for the first time and you know that you have a strong connection that makes you want to get to know them better…immediately!

Have you ever been on the edge of new love? Have you ever been on the edge ready to jump off from an old love? Have you ever had issues loving yourself enough or a member of your family? We all have been through the ups and downs that being in love and loving ourselves and others brings. How many times you have been through it depends on your age and life experiences.

It is no secret these days that all the “gurus” on television and in print say that Intentions play a big part in who and what we attract in our daily lives. It is just as important to take time to think long and hard about what would be acceptable traits in a life partner as would be in the case of what you wanted in a new career. The key is putting it out to the universe in the form of writing, prayer, or meditation. You can then just sit back and wait while the beauty of love unfolds.

Finding an artistic way to illustrate this was easy with the use of an actual blank puzzle. The Love Puzzle is a workshop offering for those looking to carefully place intentions with the hopes of finding a new love, for those celebrating the love they have, or for those who want live large and are not scared of learning how to love themselves. When the puzzle is complete, take it apart and put it into a small box and give it to someone special on Valentines Day or keep it for yourself as a daily reminder of how awesome you are!

Here are a few photos of the stages of building a Love Puzzle of my own. You will see intentions for desired traits for a new love written with a black Sharpie marker on the blank white puzzle. The words will all be covered over with paint and you will only be able to see them faintly when the puzzle is complete. Of course for this example you can’t see all the pieces because some things are secret.

First hand experience – It works!

Love Puzzle with intentions
Love Puzzle with intentions – yes it says…sexy. Gotta ask for what you want.

The intentions are then painted and collaged over with pieces of tissue paper and vintage stamps and are like a secret message hidden from all except you.  The next photo shows the painting stage which comes after all the collage items are completely dry. Which may take up to an hour.

By Heather Mitchell Gailey
The painting stage – in progress

Below is the finished puzzle, You could write a message on it or a favourite quote about being in love before you take it apart and put it in a gift box of your choice, ready to give away or to keep.

Completed Love Puzzle by Heather Mitchell Gailey
Completed Love Puzzle by Heather Mitchell Gailey

Why not share in The Love Puzzle “artventure”? Gather a group of your friends together before Valentines Day and I will come to your home (within the Durham Region) and guide you through the process of designing and creating your own.

If interested, you can message me here or on Facebook.

LET’S GET CREATIVE!!

Heart Bubbles

It has been a very long time since I have sat down and taken time to blog. I started out feeling bad that I have been away for so long, but then quickly reminded myself that sometimes art has to take a back seat to life. Which is a bit weird in itself, because when you are an artist…your art usually IS YOUR LIFE!!!! That being said, it has been a tough year for me personally and I have had to focus all my energy towards family and work. When change is on the wind it breeds uncertainty, and uncertainty is not conducive to providing a safe place to create in my opinion.

On a more positive note, I did still manage to create some works of art and was also able to find solace in teaching art to others in lieu of creating my own. It was a good distraction. It is my plan to begin blogging again regularly and hopefully you will welcome me with open arms.

Heart Bubbles is the name of the piece I am posting tonight. It is an entry in a journal that does not belong to me unfortunately. It is part of a journal pass that is slowly coming to an end. The watercolour paper in this particular journal was quite thick and maybe a bit thicker than I would usually have used. It was also highly textured. I used acrylic paints and found objects for stamps. The background was a complete work of art on its own and then I decided to paint a face on top. I am sure by now you know I LOVE painting faces. I named it heart bubbles because of the hearts I painted around the circles in the background. Some of the changes I was going though over the last six months had to do with matters of the heart and so I feel this sightly sad, contemplative woman is feeling the hard lesson of a love that has been lost.

I hope you enjoy it, and I promise to write again soon

Heart Bubbles  Sept 2014
Painted by Heather Mitchell September 2014