Have you ever been haunted by that critical voice inside your head that tells you you can’t do something, that you are a horrible artist, such a klutz with no talent? Well I hear that voice and have to find ways to silence it. Sometimes if you give it a face and a name it takes the wind out of it – I like to call it the Gremlin. In the above sketch I was illustrating what gets in the way of my dreams…….and I came up with an illustration of me! I’m taking Sark’s Dream Boogie online class and this was one of the exercises she gave us – to illustrate the monster. The class by the way is excellent. It speaks so well to the creative person in me who enjoys whimsy, colour and fun plus there is so much interaction with the teleseminar and the ability to participate in polls on the phone. I think this is a new feature which is supposed to mimic attending a real live workshop where you break up in groups and share your dreams and ask for feedback. It’s sort of like a mini virtual mastermind group!
Tracking your Gremlin Progress in your Art Journal
Anyways, as usual I’m digressing. Every year I create a Gremlin Journal Page and notice how over the years he has changed – he’s not quite as vicious as the previous year. Therapy and EFT (emotional freedom technique) has helped me in dealing with the gremlins and the demons that stop forward progress. It’s pretty cool if you can keep your journal pages and refer back to them at a later date. You’ll hopefully be able to notice a pattern – a pattern of growth where you are in fact moving closer and closer to your dreams and in fact are living them. That’s one of the things that excited me so much about art journaling – the journal pages which almost magically appeared before my very eyes had a message for me. They told me what was going on in my life, where I needed to change, what was important and what wasn’t. I was told to take a break, go on a retreat to recharge my batteries. I can’t say it often enough….art really has saved my life! I know that it can save your life too – it can help you deal with and overcome some pretty trying times. On the flip side art journaling is a great way to document the joys and simple pleasures in your life too!