Saturday, March 30, 2013

haircut and the fortune cookie

haircut 2013
haircut, journal page


Against my better judgement, I tend to be superstitious. Back in February I had eaten at an asian restaurant and received a fortune cookie. I love opening these little origami-shaped cookies to see what chance I have at a good fortune. However, that particular week offered some challenging questions in my life, and as silly as it may sound, I didn't have the courage to risk opening that little fortune cookie.

I brought it home and it sat on my art table for weeks. At the same time, I started thinking about cutting my hair. It had grown quite long, just like I had hoped, but I was craving change. Perhaps it was more about wanting to have some symbolic control of my life when outside forces were threatening to take away that control.

So I waited and thought about whether or not I really wanted to cut my hair. Then one night as I was getting ready to go to sleep, I studied my long strands of hair and decided: I no longer wanted them. I grabbed my husband's scissors that he uses to cut his beard, and chop ... chop ... gone. It felt good.

The above pencil sketch is based on a vintage photo of a young girl. I then filled in the figure drawing with acrylics and embellished the lower page with leaf shapes from my cork stamps.


This week your expectations are reasonable and should be met.


The day I worked on this journal page, I decided to open that fortune cookie. Based on certain decisions, a sense of hope had come back into my life and I was ready for whatever might come my way. It turned out to be perfect timing for that fortune.

15 comments:

  1. Hi there, Juana. What a lovely and engaging journal page. Funny - I have been seriously cutting my hair that has grown very long. I think I'd just really like the change and would love to feel a little lighter. Glad o find you through Sunday Sketches. Have a great week!

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  2. This is a really great journalling page. I like it!

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  3. That's a lovely journal page. I have to say, while I've spent the last few years getting my hair cut pixie short then growing it out only to repeat the cycle - I wouldn't be brave enough to cut it myself!! Good for you!

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  4. I loved reading this post, you have wonderful style in both art and words!
    Happy Easter.
    ManonX

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  5. Lovely post and creative art work ~ Glad you liked your fortune cookie ~ Happy Day ^_^

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  6. lovely sketch, I like the leaves! Glad you got our haircut!

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  7. an amazing story! A CHinese compsoer I once knew told me that you cut your hair when you will experience a new beginning in your life. Sounds exciting! I really like your piece and actually your handwriting is really cool!

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  8. Lovely and interesting art and very engaging story! Love your style! <3

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  9. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments.

    And Alicia C, thank you for sharing the chinese thoughts on cutting one's hair. I really enjoyed that cultural insight.

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  10. Your journal page is wonderful. I always love your work. :) I've only cut my hair once. Not ever attempted it after that. lol hee

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  11. I love your jouranl page, the stamp you made is really cool!

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  12. Love the journal page...funny how things turn out. I cut all my long hair off...and hate it... never mind at least it will grow back.. :) Happy Easter

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  13. It's very brave of you to cut your own hair!

    Great journal page :)

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  14. I love the feeling of serenity in your art journal page. I'm not really superstitious, but I do think it's funny when situations like the one you describe come up. Blessings!

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  15. That is pretty much how I felt when I cut my hair short last August! haha. It was so nice. And now I am keeping it short! :)

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