I took an art class with Sarah Whitmire called Soul Journaling Advanced Techniques. Unfortunately, I was so busy with work during the time when the class was held that I wasn't able to do the activities during the time when the others in the class were during them. Still, I wanted to take part, and Sarah said she'd help me along whenever I got to it, so a few weeks after everyone else, I did mine. Here are the pictures of my art journal pictures -- I love the way it turned out. Over the next week or two I would like to add the tags that finish up the project, but for now I'm just very, very happy to have gotten this much done!
This piece was inspired by some postcards I found online that were from a family's website and originated in Italy (used with the family's permission). Inspired by the Italian heritage, I decided to make a stylized version of my grandmother Flora Mezzo on her wedding day. The butterfly with the word "hope" represents the feelings all brides have on their wedding day, and especially for a young immigrant woman.
This is my first mandala. I started with an ad in a magazine - a picture of fruit - for an inspiration, used pens first, then scanned and then used Photoshop to brush in details and add words and background swirls. I made 2.5x3.5 sized ATCs of these to send in to a swap hosted by Megan Warren in Australia, one of my soul sisters on my Soul Journaling group. I love to look at the mandalas of Patricia Mosca at From the Inside Out, whose work inspires me in this area. It took me a while to get the hang of mandalas because they are so different from what I'm used to doing, so I'm extra proud of this.
Originally a Jersey girl, I moved to Manhattan in 2004 when I married my handsome husband. I have two funny, amazing, grown-up kids (and a kid-in-law) who are the light of my life, a sweet little dog and two goofy cats. All these people make me smile daily. I own my own business and like my job a lot, and when I'm not working I like to play with art, photoshop, my camera, books, writing, and of course, i love to shop.