Monday, February 27, 2012

new art journal pages

The secret message style quotes are from Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia. The left-hand page is Watson's lament and the right is Holme's response.

The cool eye page is from a page in a medical book, which I marbleized using the oil marbleization method.

The quotes behind the 'secret message' are various quotes on creativity and the ability to see. Here they are if you are interested.

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. Ansel Adams

'If the individual viewer realizes that for him what he sees in a picture corresponds to something within himself-that is, the photograph mirrors something in himself-then his experience is some degree of Equivalence.' Minor White

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation. Richard Holloway

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine

The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus. Thomas Carlyle

SAVE our blessings, Master, save From the blight of thankless eye, JOHN KEBLE

Everyone who enjoys thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed. -- Herein lies the difference between them that create and them that enjoy. Friedrich Nietzsche

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.William Blake

To see things in the seed, that is genius. Lao Tzu

When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before Cliff Fadiman

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. Robertson Davies

I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun; not because I can see it but because by it all things are seen. C.S. Lewis

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The quote on the bottom of the page is 1 Samuel 16:7: The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

The thumbprint journaling is an idea I found via Pinterest from the blog See Jamie Blog.


  1. WOW I love these two pages and the meanings behind them. The thumbprint idea is amazing, so cool!
    You are such a creative thinker!

  2. Wonderful journal pages and selected quotations, I had forgotten about that Robertson Davies one! That thumbprint journaling is amazing, when I was a kid - I wanted to be a detective and did a school project on fingerprint classification, I just love fingerprints!

  3. That is way cool Melissa. I especially like the quote about rereading a classic.

  4. Cool pages. That thumbprint writing is neat.

  5. It's interesting to read in those lines the relationship between Watson and Holmes...

    I agree with the others. The thumbprint is very beautiful. At first I didn't even see the writing in it. It's almost hidden.

  6. Those are awesome! I like the hidden message idea. Pinterest is addicting I have to go check out that blog, too!

  7. Love the hidden message idea! Hugs and blessings, Cindy