Where am I going? No, not towards anything below.
What am I doing? I've been putting stuff away.
What am I putting away? All my old artwork.
For too long, I kept looking back over all the artwork I had done, thinking the answers were there. They were not. I made several large coptic-sewn journals. I glued in artwork, photos, and the many many MANY pieces of The Journaling Project. The rejects I burned (many many MANY).
They weren't all this good - many were just writing. Those many, many, MANY were burned away.
The Journaling Project was begun my last semester of grad school for my Master of Fine Arts degree. That was 1997. I worked on it for 12 years, daily writing and drawing on little pieces of paper. But then it became this obsessive thing, more about scribbling anything to not miss a day than a daily recording of my life, its original intention. It didn't help that I lived in an ugly place (Maryland), commuted to a miserable place (Washington DC) and had nothing of interest to draw, not even a furry baby.
Things are a little better nowadays. We have a furry baby.
I have been taking two Suzi Blu courses, A Lovely Dream (art journaling) and Fairies. Since 2011! I just couldn't get myself in gear to make much progress on anything. I still have some art journaling ideas I am working on, and one more ALD assignment (surreal dream images).
I have also been doing art journaling in the journals while putting stuff away.
I hardly worked in my Butterfly Journal at all (Fairies class), but am getting to it now, and I reworked my Dark Fairy so much that I finally just covered her up and started over.
I pulled the Fairies paintings off their stretcher bars and tore down the sketchy paintings until they fit into my ALD journal. HINT: Once you start glueing extra pages into a journal, in particular canvas, it gets kinda big and the covers may not fit. I pulled the back cover off (the one painted Phthalo Blue, of the famous Symon Paint-Bath incident) and will glue it back on when I'm all done with the journal.
For my ALD and the first Memphis journal, I made my own covers. I bought bookmaking chipboard, covered them in muslin, then canvas on the front. Then it occurred to me to buy pre-made canvas boards 12"x16" -DUH. I am putting them on the journals I have done so far (of old stuff). Two other Memphis journals, two Springfield, Misery and one for Childhood.
How long until I'm done? Not long, I hope. I'll guess June.
Then: Where am I going? I have a direction for my artwork, but I'm not ready to show it yet.
I've been clearing out a lot of clutter, both real-world stuff and mental clutter (thank you, Martha Beck). I just don't see the path yet. I thought it would take me all of 2012 to put everything away, and then I'd be done. What's that about the best-laid plans? Steve likes to quote an old miltary saying: Battle plans never survive first contact with the enemy. I did not finish the 'putting away' in 2012.
So my journey continues...