Mixed media journal page

Grungy texture and Soft flowers 10-31-21

October 30, 2021 | 9 comments

This journal page just makes me happy…. It has the best grungy goodness! But still has the softness of the flowers.

I really wanted to let out how I was feeling in this season, how I feel like everything is hard and yet how tender and right at the surface are all of my emotions.

How life can feel hard and soft at the same time. How we as humans can do the hard things and still be tender.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a season of hard, where everything feels like I’m sloshing through mud, how even the littlest things can bring me to tears or frustration.

I know it will pass because I’ve been here many times before, but the waiting is hard. And I know that the way through is gratitude…

Small actions of noticing good, of noticing smiles. Small actions like naps and space, like prayer and meditation, small actions like letting the tears fall. Gratitude for friends, kids, Creator and my partner. It’s the small bright lights in each day that help me on this journey.

The hard seasons also brings clarity… that’s one of the things I’m most thankful for during this time. I become very clear about how I want to spend my time, money, energy. How I want to live and simplify things.

So if you’re in this kind of season, know that it’s just that…. a season. And it can have a purpose if you let it.

Have fun watching!

You are loved!!

Ps… I had a lot of issues with my camera turning off…. ahem….. oh this season…. So I’m sorry and hope you understand.


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  1. Jacqui

    This is an absolutely wonderful piece of art and I love it. The depth and the richness add so much to it! As for having a hard season, remember everybody goes off the boil, sportsmen and women who can no longer score goals or play tennis for example for a period of time. You however, are still producing gorgeous art so be positive, be grateful and things will improve soon. Take care!

    • Shawn

      Jacqui, thank you so much and thanks for your encouraging words! Hugs and love!

  2. Debbie F

    Just beautiful, Shawn! I love the colors and especially the juxtaposition of the grunge background and the flowers. I was sharing with a friend yesterday that I love (here in the AZ desert) how there are prickly cactus that live in and survive the harshest of conditions that also produce some of the most delicate and feminine looking flowers I have seen. Your project brings that to mind again. Ah, the lessons of nature. Peace to you.

  3. Marguerite

    I love this journal page. And I love the message you shared. I’ve been heard to tell my grown boys – one of the only benefits of aging is that we come to know, really know, through hard won experience, that this too shall pass. The seasons of hard are still hard. But knowing that the darkness and storms will pass helps me stay calm in the fray. May your faith and your generous spirit carry you through this season of stormy weather and may the mud that slows you down also give you time to just breathe and appreciate the colors of even the darkest sky.

    • Shawn

      Yes, yes they will pass! and your right time teaches us that. And I always learn and grow so much during these times…. and take things sometimes moment by moment searching for gratitude. Thanks for sharing and being here. YOU are loved!

  4. Maria Mar

    Hi Shawn,

    When you were talking about the graphite pencil being hard and that you liked it as the juxtaposition of hard with soft, and as you talked I was looking at the flowers ~there was a magic moment there.

    At the beginning, the main flowers were a muddy mess, with just dark strokes. They were ugly and did not look as flowers at all.

    Then came the highlights, and I was “stop! Stop! Too much” I thought now it was too light and the flowers were lost again. JAJAJA!

    But when you applied the “hard” pencil, it harmonized the whole so that the dark and the light went into balance to reveal the beauty of the flower.

    So this is your hard time. And your heart is soft and vulnerable. And all the problems! So hard! But how could those problems that make it hard be the pencil that harmonizes the dark and the light and brings the shape and beauty of new things into the foreground?

    That got me thinking that you as an artist knew this. You knew what you were doing, you knew where you were going.

    What if the Divine knows where s/he is going when the hard things show up in the design of your life? What if they are there to expand your capacity, to reveal what needs highlights and lowlights in time, space, emotions, body or resources and to nourish your softness into new beauty and fresh possibilities?

    I’m going to explore these questions for myself, so thanks for being the channel.

    Thanks again for the beauty, inspiration and for your living from empowered vulnerability ~to help us stay in that vibration.

    • Shawn

      What a beautiful analogy… and I truly believe that the Diving always know the way and only allows what I can handle and what will teach me.
      Thanks so much for sharing and for walking with me on this creative journey!! YOU are loved!

  5. Françoise de Boorder

    You make beautiful things. God carries you true this season! He knows everything you going true! He loves you!

    • Shawn

      Thank you and I completely agree! Thanks for being here!!


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