Reflective Art-Making

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“Altered Books and Visual Journaling”: “All art-making is in some way about transformation and renewal; altered art empowers the creator to restore what has been lost and make changes to what already exists through symbol and metaphor.”

Once I started my academic studies my artwork moved away from realistic paintings of scenery and landscape to more emotional art working focusing on them using the materials and art-making process.

I redirected my journals toward the inner worlds of imagination and often to what was just below the surface of awareness—an implicit knowing that contains more than what can be put into words.

It also became a life-long process of learning through what is historically referred to as a reflective practice; in other words, it became a way of using art-making to manifest what is just below the surface in order to deepen meaning and understanding.

Doodling is not just a way to “think differently;” it’s a way to “feel differently,” too. From emerging studies, we are learning that art expression may actually help individuals reconnect thinking and feeling, thus bridging explicit (narrative) and implicit (sensory) memory.

The wonderful thing about doodling is that it is a whole-brain activity—spontaneous, at times unconscious, self-soothing, satisfying, exploratory, memory-enhancing, and mindful. In essence, doodling (and drawing and painting and making things in general) can be a self-regulating experience as well as a pleasurable road map of thoughts and ideas.

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