Thursday, March 4, 2010

My Roots...

My pages for Orly Avineri's Art Journaling Lab, she's changed the name of her weekly art journaling group because it really is more like a lab than a class. I love the new name. This last weeks class was about "Roots". I would have used more photos of family pictures but my printer ran out of ink and I did not have time before class to head out to Staples. At any rate I digress. This has me thinking about different kinds of roots. The roots of behaviors, behaviors we can change, and those that run deep. the roots of life. The roots of fun. The roots of creativity. The roots of excess. The roots of style or taste.

I showed my art journal to my friend Stormy this past week and she said I "defiantly have a style" and my "art tends to be a bit dark." I thought it was amusing and interesting. I've never really thought much about my art journal having a style. What are your "roots"?

Click on any photo for a larger view.

The right side with my ink "roots" of my tree of life. The "trunk" of my tree is made from vintage papers, collage papers, and scrapbook papers, found vintage photos this page courtesy of Orly.

Right hand side. The photo with the pumpkins is yes of me...


23 comments:

oneartistjournal said...

Well, I'm glad you didn't have time to get more pictures...you came up with many 'kinds' of roots....mostly love the roots of behavior..these giant pages are GIANT!...oh so good...I was so happy to see them today in my 'lab' Ha...
XOXOrly

thekathrynwheel said...

This is brilliant Brian, I LOVE it. Love all the doodling (?) around the pics :-) Kate

Sharon said...

Oh My! This is fantastic. If this is considered dark, leave it there!! Love it!

Paula Phillips said...

Again, this is awesome. All the layers of collage is just wonderful!
Much Love

Marilyn Rock said...

Wonderful! Great theme and you've captured it perfectly. Love the layers and techniques you've used!

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

These pics are so inspiring, Brian. Wonderful! I LOVE blowing ink - the key word being "blowing"
Diana, aka Black LIps

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I think this spread is wonderful and really does look like roots. I immediately thought of a tree of life. I'm not sure I'd call your art dark. Thought provoking, maybe.

You were such an adorable child. The pumpkins were nearly bigger than you.

The Muse said...

i would not have said dark, but we each see in a different manner...and not all darks are bad :)

i always saw your work as intimate.

Seth said...

Sensational spread Brian. Really unique. Love the page on the right especially.

Shirley said...

This is an amazing set of pages! I love all the little bits on it.

Sea Witch said...

Your works is breathtaking. I am so enjoying your blog. Found you through that "original" called Tristen Blake. Sea Witch

Jennifer said...

WOW. Love your ROOTS!! Awesome pages Brian!

Elizabeth Golden said...

Love this spread. Roots are so important. Thank you for sharing yours.

mary ann moss said...

your journal pages are BLOOMING in richness an authenticity.
dig them!

xo

sweetcheeks said...

Wonderful journal pages. I just love them. Your style, what ever it is, is very eclectic and artful. Must one have a style anymore? I hope not.

Oxana said...

Fantastic!!! I love it!

More... said...

((((Gasp))))!!!!

linda said...

Wow, your art journal pages are just soooo lush! So much to look at it... beautiful! I especially like the black "roots" part and how it's interconnected with everything on the page!

Dawn D. Sokol said...

WOW, Brian! You DO have a style: I wouldn't say dark, I'd say edgy and amazing!!! GREAT spread!

Arteefaque: (är'tə-fākt') * said...

This is excellent! Wish more guys would be involved! Shay (Australia)

oneartistjournal said...

Wow Brian, gotta celebrate 20 comments with one more....
Here is to multi-level brilliancy..
XOXOrly

eb said...

YES!
me too...

xox - eb.

elke said...

this is fantastic! i love every inch! the lines throughout. the ink squid. oh everything!!!