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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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March 5th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)

Edited at 2010-03-05 11:15 am (UTC)
March 5th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you. This one is one of my favorites. Something about blending the oil pastels on the page made me feel like an artist.
March 5th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
feel like an artist....
...maybe cuz you ARE!

Great work, Susan! I see a book written and illustrated by Susan Taylor Brown.
March 5th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: feel like an artist....
You and Laura are very good for my ego. Thank you. The thing is, not being able to draw (and I mean REALLY not being able to draw) I don't know how I could do anything for sale since I'm using magazine photos which are all going to be copyrighted. Perhaps buried under layers of paint and gesso?
March 5th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there are rules—legally—what can and cannot be used. But there's got to be some leeway—like sampling. Certain advertisements don't bother to keep copyrights for any length of time, etc.

I wouldn't let it discourage you from working in a meduim you seem to be a natural in.
March 5th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
THEY ARE GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am glad you are using the day timer pages so you can put them all together!! Your muse has been very busy!
March 5th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Aww...thanks, Laura. I am trying to figure out how to put them together when I am done. There will be 90 pages when I'm done. I have some rings that I tried in them but so far I'm not liking the feel. Not sure if Office Depot could bind them with their ring thing or what.

I am really itching to go large but that will have to wait until I finish the museum display with my poetry students.
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March 5th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Melodye. I'm going to try and do just that. I had hoped to start doing a post about the process/learning with my journaling once a week but then that last teaching experience took all my energy. I'm getting closer to my version of caught up so hope to be able to do so soon.
March 5th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Your art journal is gorgeous, Susan!
March 5th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Barb!
March 5th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Susan, these are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing them. You inspired me; I went back to the post where you posted links, read around, pulled out my collage and bookmaking supplies, and am going to start a "soul journal" this spring. Thank you!
March 5th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
They are really beautiful. Look forward to posts on how...
Is that true about your father?
I had a wonderful experience with writing myself a letter from my father in which he said everything to me that I had ever wanted to hear. He was already dead, but from my own experiences as an imperfect parent, I know he would have told me those things if he could have. He just didn't know how... So I wrote the letter and then read it and cried and felt a lot of healing.
It sounds nuts but it worked.
I read about it in Forgiveness by Sidney and Suzanne Simon years ago.
March 5th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, that's true about my dad. I never knew him and on and off all my life I have looked for him. I wrote about finding him here: http://susanwrites.livejournal.com/268342.html

Great idea on the letter. I will think about trying that and checking out that book.
March 5th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
These are amazing, Susan! Thank you for sharing them with the lj's corner of the world.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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