The sun is shining today and it feels like a good time to post my latest art journal pages, inspired by the Get Messy Art Journal 'Season of Happy'.
Happiness as a concept is so different for each of us, but here's a few thoughts, images and ideas that make me feel happy"
I love the image of blowing bubbles because it takes me back to the carefree days of being a child with wild, chaotic, outdoor summer fun.
I've used a contact sheet of thumbnail images that came with the processed analogue film from my fisheye camera - the images were all taken on the beach at St Andrews in winter but the sun was shining and the waves were crashing and it was beautiful.
Being happy is about perspectives. Viewing life through a fisheye lens certainly makes me smile!
Smiling is key to happiness I think, and I love the idea of secret doors (through the clouds, in phone boxes, odd numbers - anywhere).
The last image features a radio (sewing box) because music = 'happy' for me. Different moods require different sounds and there's nothing better than creating a playlist of happy songs or making a mix-tape for someone special.
Taking the radio into the garden conjured the idea of music 'dancing on the petals of flowers'. I love that.
I also love a well-stocked and organised craft room. Those threads in a rainbow of colours make me want to get my own sewing box out...
I've designed a new blog banner for 2016 too. It makes me happy because I love the pastel colours - mint, lilac and lemon reminiscent of spring-time and summer and flowers and leaves. Oh leaves!
Be kind, be grateful, be happy.
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