I like to glue. And draw. And paint. And write - which I like to do a lot. In short (or long?) I like to create. My first major in college was photojournalism; this came after two years of college-level art classes to prepare for a artistic photography major. My journals from high school are a hodgepodge of paper ephemera taped and glued onto pages. I covered journal pages in acrylics and water color to write on later. In a stroke of genius, I used vellum to make a page that resembled stained glass so you could see what was written on the page behind it.
That being said, I love to journal, and I still, to this day, love collecting ephemera. There is nothing quite as wonderful to me as the feel of a new, good sketchbook in my hands, along with new pens, and though my chalk pastels have not been used in a little while, I still love the sound they make sketching across textured paper. Physical art, in addition to written art, used to be my primary means of expression. Since taking photography back up last year in a big way, I've been really into the idea of creating, though not quite back to using my pastels just yet.
More recently, I've been channeling that creative energy into this blog. Combined with my Project Life album, and I feel pretty satisfied creatively. In fact, my Project Life album is really coming along - we (I?) decided that the first album would start at our wedding and go through our first married anniversary, at which point I would start a second one. The goal is to document each year of married life, individually and as a couple. I'm wrapping up the wedding and honeymoon section (which is like, the first half of the book?) and I hope to catch up to where we are now over about five two-page spreads.
It seems like a quick catch-up, but considering that my iPhone has over 700 pictures on it from the past seven months, I think I can pare it down to the basics and the best, starting with the kittens we fostered this summer, to the music festival we attended this summer and our trip to Pittsburgh in September. I have written a lot about these events and milestones in my paper journal throughout the year, and I'm excited to bring all of my creativity to the table as I assemble this and other projects in the coming months.
As we move into Christmas and the new year, I'm eager to see what I can make. I have plans for more pictures, especially as folks in my neighborhood put up more decorations for Christmas, as well as some paintings and hopefully some sketches (I've already dug up some of my sketch paper). I want to work on more writing, and I'm already working on picking my verb to focus on for 2014. My biggest goal right now is to stop being afraid of putting myself out there and to, well, own it. I have some fun posts planned in the coming weeks, and wanted to share a little more of what's happening in my Project Life album for 2013-2014. I can't wait to share more with you!