Not until we are LOST do we begin to understand ourselves. Henry David Thoreau.
i get that. Totally get it.
There have been many times in my life where i have felt lost. At first it was a very uncomfortable feeling. Many times being lost evokes fear. But i have come to see the beauty of being lost. Getting lost in a new city is one of my favorite ways to travel. It means i am out there exploring and trying new things. Getting lost in a book is another favorite pastime for me, another great way to explore new worlds or shut my mind down to this one so i can let go.
"I lost track of time."
How beautiful are those words when we lose ourselves to whatever task at hand and soaked up every minute of it. Especially when we engaged in an activity we love: music, painting, reading, etc.
But how about losing yourself? It used to scare me too. i have felt lost and questioned what i was doing, where i was going, or even who i was. i know now that it's ok to have those feelings and actually appreciate them. i understand something good will come out of all those emotions. The beauty of being lost allows me to take a look at my life and change the things weighing me down. i have learned to embrace the fear, to let go, to trust i will find my way again and be a better person because of it.
i started this art journal page with black gesso covering most of the background, to me it represented lost and darkness. i journaled with a white sharpie on top of it.
i then added some tissue paper from Hazel & Ruby and some Dina Wakley Media paints. i went with both dark colors and light colors knowing my life comes with both of them.
i journaled more in both black & white to signify both my happy and dark thoughts. i continued using these two colors adding marks and doodles around the page.
i use a gel medium through the pie chart on my 6 x 6 And So On stencil around the page knowing these would be the main color pieces peeking through the next layer.
While i was impatiently waiting on them to dry, i added a white glaze over the entire piece to dull the dark areas and let the color just shine through those pie pieces. To me it represents all sides of my life, both the light & dark in being lost. i added the last journal thoughts on the top layer using india ink.
Are you ready to get Lost?