ExtraordinaryPosted: January 20, 2014
Good Monday morning to you! (Though I find a good Monday to be a rarity, mostly because of my own poor attitude about it.) I thought I’d share a page from my art journal, created for Viva Las VegaStamps!, using a gorgeous picture of children in the great depression. I was searching for vintage images with a less lavish feel (all of the beautiful Victorian/Edwardian clothing, hats, furniture and backgrounds are amazing, but not what I was looking for at the time),and came across several of children sitting around barefoot on porches. This one had a decidedly less desperate feel to it, and the children look sweet and contented. The dirt on the little boy’s face tells me he was probably playing too. ;)
For some reason, this page came together SO quickly. I really enjoyed the process, and expressing my creativity. I felt no pressure to create a masterpiece. I think that’s the beauty of art journaling….it’s a beautiful experiment.
I titled this page “extraordinary,” because I think about the extraordinary circumstances families in the US at the time faced. No rain, little money, harsh wind and dust, desperation. My grandma (who was married during the depression) was still hiding cash in random places in the 1990′s. I know personally, that living during a recession is hard enough. I am lucky enough to be employed, and to be married to someone employed. But the extremely high price of health care (especially when you have to use it frequently, and it is mental health care), rising costs of food, and gasoline…..well, they make life rough…..but you probably know that all too well. :)
Thanks for having a look today. I hope you have a lovely Monday (let’s be optimistic), and find the extraordinary in something.