To A Mouse ~ Art Journal Page

This week’s prompts for the Documented Life Project were to use writing and more specifically the phrase “words with friends”.

If you have followed my art journalling for long enough then you will perhaps have noted that I do not particularly write in my journal.  I certainly do not write anything overly personal.  I suppose I use blogging if  there is anything I want to express in a more public way but otherwise I am very private.  The idea of recording thoughts and feelings in a journal does not appeal to me.  I did actually maintain a journal from when I was about 10 through to my mid-teens.  However, as my sister could tell you (since she was sneaky and read my diary) all my journal recorded were my thoughts on current affairs, global issues and reviews of books and movies – nothing personal.  This week’s challenge, therefore, was not – on the surface at least – a comfortable fit for me.

The friends bit also had me stumped.  Writing about or even drawing my friendships felt too personal for a public forum (I share my pages on the DLP’s Facebook page as well as on my blog) especially because, having moved so far away from all my close friends, it is a more emotive subject for me, a vulnerable topic.  I decided, therefore, to be a non-conformist and ignore that second prompt entirely.  That decision made inspiration easier to come by.

Sunday was Burns’ Night, a traditional celebration of Scotland’s national poet.  We marked the evening as best we could – including a small glug of recently sourced Irn Bru, Scotland’s other national drink.  As part of that, I read ‘Address to a Haggis’ and ‘To a Mouse’.  Ping!  That was my inspiration.

I drew the little field mouse on the wheat stalk with coloured pencils and then sketchily outlined it with black gel pen.  I then used the gel pen to write the text of the first verse of the poem on either side of my drawing.  Yet again, I just used my own handwriting for the text but, following the typography lesson with Joanne Sharpe that I undertook as part of the Life Book course, I felt completely OK about doing so this time.

Week 4 - Words

I managed to find time this week for some of my “own” art work so, if you want to see my Zombie Woodland Creatures, head on over to my art blog – Pict Ink – to check it out.

8 thoughts on “To A Mouse ~ Art Journal Page

  1. I really like the look of this little guy…and I think this was a wondeful interpretation of the assignment! And if you are wondering if those of us in the blogsphere appreciate your artwork…when I thought I was still spending 6 months and not 1 in Scotland, I actually thought about writing to ask you if I could commission you to recreate a piece you did with a whale last year…I thought it would be great to decorate the flat with…and you’d be returning home, in a manner of speaking…
    So if pictures speak a thousand words, you share words with friends every time you share your artwork here!

  2. There’s nothing like taking a journal prompt and then completely ignoring it and doing your own thing! I also receive The Documented Life prompts and have never done one yet 🙂 Not even my own thing as a result – so you are well ahead of me.

    I love your little mouse and of course you had to do something for Burns Night – I read the poem about a toothache 🙂

    • I find the prompts quite useful. They spur me into action and get me trying new things. Sometimes, however, a prompt just doesn’t gel with me so I do my own thing. It’s my art journal so that’s how it should be.

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