I want to make sure I don't forget the journal part of art journal, and I completely do that a lot of the time. I get caught up in the pretty or the practice of the art and totally forget to put something about myself in the page. I'm working on it.
This page has been in my head for a long time, and yesterday it finally managed to escape:
There are certain things in life that I don't ever want to forget, and this page represents one of those things. It's a rough sketch of one of the best memories I have. I don't care who you are, but you've either had or one day will have a similar memory: the kiss. Not your first kiss, although you'll probably remember that too...my first real kiss was when I was 16 or 17...I was a late bloomer... The boy's name was Davie, and all I remember was that he was nice to me. And the fact that, when he put his tongue in my mouth, I pulled back and shrieked: "I don't know how to do that!"... Yes, I am forever awkward...
But I'm not talking about your first (awkward) kiss. And I'm not talking about the wedding kiss in front of a bunch of other people, making you feel like all your family and friends are a bunch of lechers and you just didn't know it.
This is about the best kiss you've ever kissed. The kiss by which all other kisses will be measured. The kiss no other kiss will ever live up to. The kiss you will think of on your death bed, when you look back on your life and remember that day and you will know that you were good and truly kissed.
This page represents that kiss for me. This is my memory of THE KISS.
I'm so happy with this page, not because of the art, because I think I've done better. The lines are off and the coloring is mediocre. But I love this page because it really represents me and something that happened in my life that shaped who I am. I got the journaling part of art journal right on the nose at last! It makes me smile every time I look at it for what it represents. And maybe in the end, that's what good art should do. It's not necessarily what's on the page that matters, it's what the page evokes; it's what the piece makes you feel that matters. It's always the thought that counts.