It's been ages since I have done any real art journaling. Which seems insane since I used to be completely consumed by it. Now when I have the time I tend to go bigger, wall sized. But I've been looking closer at my old journaling day dreams and thinking how now is probably a necessary time for me to go back to art journaling 101. Why? Because art journals can act like magical places for ideas, desires and dreams to work their way into your consciousness. And I could use that kind of synergy in a time of major change in my personal life. There's so much change I can hardly catch my breath. Time to get it all down, without thinking things through too much. That just hurts-me-head. Looking back on pages like the one above really reminds me that everything unfolds in time. I did this page about 10 years ago. My mom and I had barely started PAPAYA!. In fact I don't think we had sold a single card yet. We where living together in a cramped apt in LA and lets just say that starbucks was a real luxury. Today this image is framed in the entry of my new home. A reminder of how much things have changed with hard work and the support of my mom, and eventually a whole company. But this image is personal. About community, studio space, a yard, a place for my son to flourish. All before we could even get a wiff of the life to come. Looking back it was a time of alchemy. That desire was so strong it put an unstoppable fire in me for 7 years- round the clock. Art and spirit working in tandem. But at the beginning I didn't know it would grow to sustain our lives. Now I'm ready for a new burst of creative and personal energy to fuel a new decade. New meaningful artwork ideally and rebirthing of my personal life. Back.to.the.drawing.board... It's a good place to start.