The diary of an art journal creative artist Jennifer Joanou

Creative Women Run Wild

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Please join me in Virginia Beach for Art and Soul Inspirational Mixed Media Retreats!

Want to run wild for a day in your art journal?!  In this one-day workshop, for all level students, I will guide you through my process of art journaling and help you find your own unique visual voice.  I will use stories from Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés Ph.D. to inspire our journal page spreads.  She says that a “woman’s flagging vitality can be restored by extensive ‘psychic-archeological’ digs into the ruins of the female underworld.”  Come dig with me, explore, experiment, play, take risks and see what you find.  We will combine writing assignments and various mixed media techniques using paint, paper, stamps, ink, etc. to create layers and help you find your true voice. In addition to the mixed media techniques, I will share some ways to incorporate your unique lettering into your spread. The magic is in the process!

Here are some examples of my journal pages inspired by stories that I read in Women Who Run with the Wolves.


The Lone Wolf

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
As usual, when I need some wisdom and/or inspiration, I look to Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. 

This time I read Chapter 8, Self-preservation: Identifying Leg Traps, Cages, and Poisoned Bait.  Powerful stuff.

These two quotes inspired this page:

"If you have ever been captured, if you have ever endured hambre del alma, a starvation of the soul, if you have ever been trapped, and especially if you have a drive to create, it is likely that you have been or are a feral woman.  The feral woman is usually extremely hungry for something soulful, and often will take any poison disguised on a pointed stick, believing it to be the thing for which her soul hungers."

"In order to avoid these snares and enticements that are tripped by a woman's time spent in capture and famine, we must be able to see them in advance and sidestep them.  We have to redevelop insight and caution.  We have to learn to veer.  To be able to see the right turns, we have to be able to see the wrong ones."