A New Beginning

the big cry, art journal page, gallery juana
The Big Cry, journal page, july 2014

The last couple of weeks I've been reading The Tell-Tale Brain by V. S. Ramachandran and the section on perception complimented the journal prompt, tears, over at A Year in the Life of an Art Journal.

Although this journal page is titled the big cry, there wasn't any actual crying. It is more about my changing perspective and moving forward. This is the first summer I've had without any stressful life transitions. I've been able to focus more on living each day and appreciating what I encounter. I am amazed that even though I have been here for two years, there is so much I have not noticed and am seeing for the first time.

The fact that your perception of an unchanging image can change and flip radically is proof that perception must involve more than simply displaying an image in the brain. Even the simplest act of perception involves judgement and interpretation. Perception is an actively formed opinion of the world rather than a passive reaction to sensory input from it.
V.S. Ramachandran

journal page, the big cry, galleryjuana
the big cry, journal page wip

Man himself must first of all have become calculable, regular, necessary even in his own image of himself, if he is to be able to stand security for his own future.

art journal page, the big cry, gallery juana
the big cry, art journal page, wip

This journal page began with writing whatever thoughts came to me for the prompt tears. I wrote three pages worth but all on one page. To do that I would turn the page 90 degrees and begin writing again. I did that three times, each time with a different color pen. I was hoping that the writing would still show through the layers. To help that along, I covered key words with masking tape so they would stay clean throughout the layers. The words new beginning and reborn ended up being the only words that I kept visible in the end.

A short video demonstrating the journal writing

I also decided to block in the figure and leave only the outline of the figure. Toward the top of the journal page, I drew necker's cube which is named after Louis Albert Necker who discovered that our perception changes even though the image is stagnant. If you stare at the cube (first image on this blog post), it will change it's orientation. Let me know if it works for you:)

joining sunday sketches and A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

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