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update and journal challenge days 220-229

July 2, 2012

hello all! i just want to say a big thank you for all of your kind comments last week in regards to the waldo canyon fire. it really was scary how quickly things progressed on tuesday. within an hour my parents went from no evacuation orders to mandatory evacuation. it was unbelievable. my mother-in-law didn’t even have time to get home to grab things like many others on that awful day.

i am grateful to report that my parents home is still standing, the fire came close but didn’t hit their neighborhood. my mother-in-law’s house was fine too. they were the fortunate ones. i think around 346 homes burned down… a staggering number considering it happened in one night. i will never forget watching the footage of the fire moving into the city into an area that i knew so well. it felt so surreal.

the fire is now 45% contained and burning in areas that are farther away from homes… such an answer to prayer. the most beautiful thing that has come out of this devastation is the way in which our community has come together.

so last week was just extremely emotional for me. on top of the fire, my mother-in-law (who is a nurse) was staying with us. which turned out to be a good thing because i got really sick. a very nasty stomach bug that had me in bed for two days. it is the sickest i remember feeling in a long time.

i feel like i am finally getting back to normal now. so here are ten days worth of art journal pages. enjoy!

journal entry: i feel brave. when i am honest. when i let go of fears. when i choose to be present. when i engage.

materials used: collage, acrylic paint, pen, shiva paintsiks, graphite, white-out pen.

art journal challenge

day 220

journal entry: begin with your heart

materials used: collage, acrylic paint, acrylic ink.

art journal challenge

day 221

journal entry: wandering. wondering. becoming. and stretching. surrendering. into what i can’t control. unexplained. just trust. all that is left-over. knowing. all will be ok. dancing. i did enough.

materials used: acrylic paint, acrylic ink, graphite, ribbon, pen.

art journal challenge

day 222

journal entry: if i could tell you one more thing, i would tell you to be more kind to yourself.

materials used: acrylic paint, white-out pen, collage.

art journal challenge

day 223

journal entry: you have a story to tell. only you can tell it.

materials used: collage, acrylic paint, gesso, printed out words, watercolors.

art journal challenge

day 224

journal entry: ever reaching for more and more.

materials used: acrylic paint, acrylic ink, collage.

art journal challenge

day 225

journal entry: what is calling you? life. freedom. hope.

materials used: collage, acrylic paint, printed out words.

art journal challenge

day 226

journal entry: what if…

materials used: acrylic paint, collage, acrylic ink.

art journal challenge

day 227

journal entry: i am not my mistakes. i am not my shortcomings. i am not who i was before. i am becoming free!

materials used: collage, gesso, acrylic paint, graphite, pen.

art journal challenge

day 228

journal entry: i need to play. and dance. and give myself grace today. and really truly listen to my heart. i need to fly… i need to create beauty. i need to make a mess. and be ok with the mess. i find beauty in the mess and hope and truth.

materials used: acrylic paint, watercolors, graphite, pen.

art journal challenge

day 229




10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2012 1:30 pm

    I am almost lost for words, your artwork is so beautiful. I am pleased that you and your family are safe.
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

  2. July 2, 2012 2:00 pm

    Dear Wendy, Sending love from Wisconsin…and I too feel these are very beautiful pages. Ellen

  3. July 2, 2012 2:08 pm

    these are all wonderful and beautiful! i didn’t realize you were out in colorado – sorry – i kept my eyes glued to the internet and stalked facebook looking for news of the fires. we have at least 7 debate families/friends of ours in the colorado springs/monument area. scary times. glad you and your families came through unscathed. and glad you are feeling better!

  4. July 2, 2012 4:29 pm

    How quickly the fire came into the neighborhoods and seeing it on was very surreal and scary. At that point I wondered how the fire would get controlled.

  5. A Walk In My Heart permalink
    July 2, 2012 5:54 pm

    Glad that you and your family are safe. These are all beautiful creation, Wendy and if you have no objection, I will be posting some of them on my Blogger blog. They are inspirational and we could all do with some inspiration in our life.

  6. July 3, 2012 3:28 am

    Wendy-darling (that is my new name for you!)
    i like the color palette for your newest journal entries~
    these are the colors that draw me in to the mystery.
    i am remembering what i like as i art journal and sketch and paint…
    i am finding my voice.
    what i love about your 365 day challenge is
    the opportunity to watch you find your voice and artistic style~ amazing!

    *my favorite in this gathering: “begin with your heart”!

  7. July 3, 2012 4:55 pm

    More lovely journaling, Wendy! I’m always so inspired whenever I stop by and see your work! So thankful that everything is good with your family after this fire. We’ve been seeing the images on the national news each night and can’t imagine what it’d be like to know the fire is heading in your direction and only have a few moments to grab your family, pets, and the most important of possessions.

  8. July 4, 2012 11:01 pm

    I love your pages. Always inspiring and thought provoking. And I am glad you and yours are safe from the fire.

  9. July 8, 2012 5:30 pm

    All great pages! Wonderful job 🙂

  10. July 9, 2012 9:45 am

    I always, always, always love stopping by here and seeing your work.

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