Saturday, June 25, 2011


It was quite a battle for me to actually get going with the commission I'm working on. This is not unusual! The angst I feel at the beginning of each commission almost takes the joy out of it but I know that if I soldier on the work begins to flow and I can't wait to wake up each morning to get back to it. This time I decided to journal my way through the resistance to help me focus on the task at hand.

I find artists journals about their day to day trials and triumphs very inspiring. I've been reading a self taught artist's blog for several years now and though there are times when I worry about Paula's struggles I am more often than not, spurred into action by her sheer guts and determination. You have to take your hat off to Paula ....... A few weeks ago she stopped the mayor in the street and asked him to display her art on his walls..... and maybe sell it (with commission of course). That story kept me giggling for the rest of the day.

Here are a few of the many inspiring images that have motivated me into keeping a record of my work day.

Notebooks by Jacque on Flickr. See more here.

Notebooks by Jacque on Flickr. See more here.

Tiempo al Tiempo IV by Argentinian artist Carlos Gallardo. See more of his art here.

Finale XV by Carlos Gallardo. See more of his work here.

My Secrets by Zea. See more on her Tumblr blog, Working Log, here.

My favourite artist at the moment is Sophie Cauvin. Though the next three images may not be old dusty artists journals I like to think that they are.

See more of Sophie Cauvin's work here.

......... and one more image I found on Tumblr.