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Welcome to another Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang Tuesday!

For my Artist Gang feature this month I decided to create an art journal page since it’s been awhile since I have had the opportunity to create anything.

If you’ve ever read any past posts of mine then you’ll know that for me, art is not about the finished product. Although I embrace art as an opportunity to grow and develop my creative side, more often than not, art is an exploration of my inner mental and emotional world.

The last 5 months have been difficult ones for me. I had a couple of fairly major surgeries over the summer, and my recovery was much more difficult than I had anticipated.  For so much of that time I was able to do very little physically, which left me with a lot of time to think and reflect.

As I tend to be a very self-reflective person, I spent a lot of time thinking about how the way I feel really affects the way in which I see the world. This art journal page evolved from those thoughts. The colors represent life when it’s going well, and the dark area represents life’s challenges.  There is always challenge in the midst of beauty and beauty in the midst of challenge. Which will we choose to see – the beauty or the challenge?

I chose to create my page with the black over the color, because to be brutally honest with you – over the last number of months I’ve really let the challenges cast a shadow over the beauty in my life.  This page represents a turning point for me – a recognition of what I allowed to happen to my mental and emotional state, and the decision to actively choose to see the beauty going forward.


You can watch the video tutorial on how I created this piece below.  A full supply list can be found on Donna’s Blog

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