Yes, last week was week two of my art journaling course with Effy Wild! Funny how the whole week seemed muddy, heavy, wet .......in other words very earthy! Thinking about reflecting in our journals the meaning of earth was quite new to me but by using Tony Buzan's mind mapping approach it became quite straightforward as it is an approach I have used in another context.
Given that at the moment I love abstract painting, there is a lot of scope for using Tony Buzan's technique in the near future do thank you Effy for this tip!
It's no secret that I love bright colors, oranges, yellows, cherry reds and yet, when it was about working on this journal page I found myself drawn to darker tones.
Who knows, in my subconscious it might be a subtle reminder that darker tones are connected with the engine of life on earth, the place where seeds are nurtured .......... or that the earth is dark red in one region of the world, in my beloved South Africa, a land of brave and immensely creative people. It can also be dark brown close to black in the old birch tree forests of my mother's Russia, the land of Chekhov and Tolstoy and it is brown in my garden, here in the British kingdom.
Just like life, one cannot define the earth in one color, or one word, or one emotion, or one musical note. The earth is an orchestra, the earth sings ........ the songs of our ancestors over time, their wisdom and discoveries, songs reflecting our challenging present and the songs of the future, the future we are all responsible for. The earth knows it all!