Finding your Voice

voice art journal 8 Feb 2014
art journal page, Voice, 8 Feb 2014
“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sakes. Now, I mean, I'm talking about singing in the shower, I'm talking about dancing to the radio, I'm talking about writing a poem to a friend--a lousy poem.”
Kurt Vonnegut
I have always known that I am not good at singing but that has never stopped me from singing. I sing when I am doing my art. I sing when I am riding my bicycle or walking to the store. I sing when I am afraid and I sing when I am happy.

February marks two years since my Mother passed away, and I've been spending time remembering her. This journal page pays tribute to her and something she told me one day. She had heard me singing in the other room while I was doing my art. When I joined her later for our lunch, she confirmed I was singing, and said,
"When you were a child, you sang off-key. I never told you. I'd just let you sing."

She went on to say she thought I sounded better now. This memory will forever warm my heart and make me smile.

Thank you, Mom, for giving me the freedom to find my voice and the confidence to express it.

joining a year in the life of an art journal and sunday sketches (links below)


  1. that is a sweet memory!

    singing is a joy
    and lovely to include in your art... .i love bird song too ~

  2. LOVE the little red bird. :o) I often associated birds with the voice. Like you, I'm no singer... LOL... But I sing and dance while I work at my art--it becomes and extensions of the art sometimes. Or the movement might inspire a different paint stroke or color--it's fascinating how it's all tied up! This journal page has a happy vibe. So sweet how this is connected with your Mother... A song in many ways. :o) Is is appropriate to say happy memory anniversary? ((HUGS))

  3. Wow, that's an amazing quote for me today and this is an amazing page. I love your delicate hand with the elements. The perfect balance of vibrancy and calm places.

  4. Tammie Lee, you're right about singing being a joy!

    Rachel good to see you.

    Tracy, so true about movement and song inspiring a color or stroke and thank you for your sweet words on the memory anniversary.

    artful, thanks for stopping by and letting me know what details you liked:)

  5. A beautiful memory and what a wonderful mother. She sounds so wise as does your insight into the gift(s) that she gave you. Thank you for sharing this reflective tribute to your mom. Beautiful

  6. Oh what a lovely memory.
    Love your journal page.

  7. I love the note you wrote about "finding your voice"! And your journal page is wonderful!

  8. Delightful post and lovely, creative collage creation ~ thanks, happy week to you ^_^

    carol and artmusedog

  9. HUgs beautiful friend..your story brought tears and happiness to my sacred and special ..and the art you have shared is inspiring..what a gorgeous tribute and message..and what a beautiful memory to treasure always! Hugs to you and sparkles to your mom!
    PS: your kind words touched my heart, thanks for your visit!

  10. This is a wonderful post. I really, really like this - powerful and inspiring. I LOVE the red bird and the confidence it portrays for one's voice. This is such an excellent piece. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

  11. Thank you everyone for your sweet comments.

    Mkae, you are so right about the gifts she shared with me.

    Victoria, thank you for your thoughtful comment and spreading the sparkles to my mom as well:)

    Alexandra, thank you dearly for hosting this meme and for taking the time to leave such caring comments.


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