Thursday, August 28, 2014

#getmessyartjournal Aug Prompt

I am a little later on this post then my other art journal post but that is because my house has been switching schedules everyday so I never know what I am going to wake up too.  Anyways, here is my take on the Self Portrait in Objects. I went with a Totem Pole.
I know that I have Indian in my blood. You can't tell looking at me, but you can see the Indian in my brother. I also thought their culture and way of life was fascinating and sad. However, I do have a relationship with God. The one almighty. I believe Jesus came down, died and gave us the Holy Spirit/Ghost. Yet, I have always looked out to nature for peace and guidance. Not as a religion but as a reminder that God made this. For as long as I can remember I have had dreams about animals, usually only one type. Then to confirm my dreams I would usually see "signs" of that animal. Back to school supplies, greeting cards, gifts,ect. When I was younger it was always the beautiful unicorn. Then as I started to grow, my spirit animal became the dolphin. Playful, fun, curious. It surprises me how much that dolphin represented me at that time. Then about a year ago, I began dreaming of big cats, any and all. Tigers, lions, leopard. Though it wasn't til this year that the leopard was the cat that chose me. I still dream of it. To me, these animals represent me during times in my life. I topped my totem with the classic Thunderbird to syblom my heritage to the Indians. To me, it also represents my greatest wisdom and "protector". The animal I can count on through all of life, which to me is the red-tailed hawk. They are know through-out Florida and I can always hear them calling.

This Totem Pole represents so much more to me then just some animals that I like. This Totem has meaning and I will carry my Totem my whole life. Of course, as I grow older I will add more animals. My Totem will be a true representation of my life.
The text on the page reads- "This prompt took me almost the a whole month to figure out. At first I thought of using clipping of things I enjoyed. Then I thought about doing a painting of a girl. But one night. laying in bed, I realized the best would be for me to show off my spirit animals. That's when I knew I had to paint a totem.
My Spirit Guides=
Thunderbird (Hawk) [top] - Overall wisdom.
Leopard [second to top] - right now (20s)
Dolphin - my teen years; playful
Unicorn - my childhood; innocence"

I hope you enjoyed. There is going to be a video in this post, but I am still editing since my computer doesn't like my editing program. To see larger images go to my Flickr. These images were edited using PicMonkeyAffiliated link provided. 

Get Messy : An Art Journal Challenge | 02 // Caylee GreyGet Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal

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Carly Kaste said...

Love the representation behind each spirit guide. A totem pole was such a creative idea for this prompt, and you carried it out so well!

Vanessa said...

The unicorn is still with me (as you can see from my interpretation of this prompt!). I like the totem idea.

Briella Lane said...

I have never heard of a spirit animal. Very interesting take on the prompt.