Monday, March 29, 2010

A Rose is a Rose...

The picture does not do justice to how well this came out! One of my favorite journal pages from Orly Avineri's Art Journaling Lab. It was one of those classes that was a long process and I loved every single step. I knew from the start it was going to be a magical page. I love the vintage timeworn look it has. Yes, it is wrinkly, I have wrinkles too... I earned them. After we were finished I was sooo nervous about doing lettering and harming how beautifully it came out. The quote from Dale Carnagie says "One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden instead of enjoying the roses outside our window today."

As always click on any image for a larger view.
Left side.

I had a landscaping business for several years. I love climbing roses. I tend to love things that climb and cover, clambor over things. I love how after only a few years they look as if they have been there for ever. My wisteria & clematis are just about to bloom in my back yard. I love plants that are tucked in and you have to walk around and really look at. They are my little treasures. I will take a few pictures and post of my back yard soon. I love my backyard, it is completely enclosed and is like my own secret garden and sanctuary. I love my yard so.
Right side.
How does your garden grow?

15 comments:

Diane said...

What beautiful journal pages!!

Lori Saul said...

These are magical pages! Your use of deep, rich color adds to their mystery. My garden is now waking up and I'm busy photographing all of the new life coming forth. Wonderful and expressive art in your journal work!

Sea Witch said...

Lovely post. My father also adored roses, clematis and wysteria. We had several hundred roses buses around our home and the wysteria grew up along the patio roof and down the wrought iron posts. It was lovely. I remember those huge bees always visiting during early spring and my dad would whack them out of the yard with a badmition racket. Sea Witch

Seth said...

These pages are quite beautiful. you have really captured a wonderful depth here and the contrast between the darker background and the white lines is verey striking.

Cynthia said...

Your pages are gorgeous. I can almost smell the roses scent. Love the white outlining against the deep rich colors. Love the mix of drawing and paint. from BAJ

freebird said...

I am in the desert and my garden grows with a struggle. I have the few plants on the end of the house where my rosebush is surrounded with chicken wire as the rabbits have done their best to destroy everything. But my rose bush is blooming right now and it has survived for 6 years so that makes me happy.

This is a beautiful page. I love it. The quote is so very true also. Wonderful work.

lee said...

So happy to discover you I love your work it is beauriful and individual!
Lee

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, I had some catching up to do on your blog. The last time I looked you hadn't updated. Now I feel sorry I didn't check soon. All of your pages are gorgeous. I'm sure you must be quite proud of them. I know I would be.

Happy, happy Easter, Brian.

sweetcheeks said...

As you say, I would be afraid to start writing on these beautiful pages. They truly are magical. Your journal is a treasure.

Elizabeth Golden said...

Great journal spread! I love those climbing roses also. I have always felt that gardening is great therapy for the soul.
I come from a long line of gardeners and nursery people. I am fortunate that they passed this wonderful love on to me.
I must also comment on living in the moment. I do so agree. What was and what might be are so draining. What is - is so much more exciting.
Thanks for sharing your journal pages.

ginnycartersmallenburg said...

Just lovely, Brian.

rachel said...

I love the rich layers of the spray paint and other materials. Its inspiring and exciting how you are pushing the boundaries with the mediums!
There is a mysterious and magical feeling to gardens and nature that I think comes through in these pages... really beautiful work.

Angie said...

Came across you by accident ...love your art journal pages...looked back at your past posts ....can see where you are comming from. They say a great deal and are pretty, bold, meaningful and fun...all at once ...the rose gave me a shiver too.
You are very talented

Pattio said...

Hi Brian,

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my site. Wow your big journal is so cool and this page is so rich and beautiful. I was really into big journals and now I have been going really small and both are fun.
I love my garden as well. Right now the tree peony is spectacular. Unfortunately we have lots of deer so roses are out of the question. I wonder if they like wysteria? I adore them.
Cheers

Oana Roxana said...

Oh!I love it!Roses are my favorite flowers.Great job! :)