i am a mountain

 |  November 12, 2008

visual journal entry

Still sick. Missing the pacific northwest. Missing my little quiet corner in seattle. Sad that I missed my dahlias blooming in late summer. And my poppies. The camellia may be budding now…

I’ve been listening to Bonnie Prince Billy’s album Ask Forgiveness quite a bit lately and for some reason it makes me nostalgic. I think it’s because we used to listen to it on our long car rides when we were taking trips to our favorite places in the spring.

One song in particular inspired this journal page:

i am a mountain
i am a tall tree
oh, i am a swift wind sweeping the country
i am a river down in the valley
oh, i am a vision and i can see clearly…

The image I used for my photo transfer is from a photograph I took when we were in Alaska in 2005.


Thank you to all of you who left all the advice on printing on tissue paper!! Once I get over this nasty bug and have more energy I will definitely try out the suggestions. I feel re-inspired to give it another go. Thanks!


  1. by azirca on November 12, 2008  1:34 am Reply

    Sorry to hear that you are still unwell and that you are feeling a tad homesick too.

    You take care and I hope that you feel much better very soon.

  2. by bridgette on November 12, 2008  1:45 am Reply

    thanks azirca. i think that being sick for so long is contributing to feeling a little blue. it will pass! thanks for your well wishes.

  3. by Dale on November 12, 2008  1:48 am Reply

    Hope you feel better soon too! Be sure to eat lots of fruit, especially citrus.

    I really like how this turned out with the photo transfer. The hint of an ocean with the blue... fantastic. Great job.

  4. by Jeane on November 12, 2008  2:31 am Reply

    ugh! - just hate to be sick! don't you? - the journal page feels sort of sad and blue but still strong - all misty whites, blues and blacks with that imposing totem - weather here very mossy and soggy with high winds and so much rain that it is flooding on some of the rivers! - get well!

  5. by LostLuggage on November 12, 2008  12:08 pm Reply

    happy thoughts...feel better!!

    (Lovely page...really nice transfer too.)

  6. by Judy Wise on November 12, 2008  2:08 pm Reply

    Leaving you a little fairy dust to help you feel loved. November is the homesick month; I feel it too and I'm not even away. xo

  7. by Angela Wales Rockett on November 12, 2008  2:43 pm Reply

    I hope you feel better soon. And the Pacific Northwest misses you too.

    This is a beautiful journal entry.

  8. by AscenderRisesAbove on November 12, 2008  11:49 pm Reply

    brigette; simply lovely. I really like the awaken piece below too. I have yet to master this encaustic process
    BTW; I dropped you an award here.
    Feel free to do the meme or not; just wanted to send a little traffic your direction.

  9. by Paula Scott on November 13, 2008  1:53 am Reply

    Nice! And a bit different too.

  10. by smith kaich jones on November 13, 2008  2:23 am Reply

    Oh sweetie. Get well fast!

    The instant I saw this journal entry, I was reminded of the book The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland, about the artist Emily Carr, who painted lots of totem poles, etc. If you've not read it, I recommend it highly. You can google it up & see what you think. Might be a good read while you're convalescing. :)

    Love, Debi

  11. by paulanm on November 13, 2008  11:02 am Reply

    Yes, you ARE a mountain, and from the top you can see home.

    Get well, dearie.

  12. by Susan Tuttle on November 13, 2008  2:30 pm Reply

    You have such a beautiful style that is so uniquely yours. I love it! Thank you so much for the wonderful music link -- I just bought the entire album -- it's only $3.99 on iTunes. I am so excited to delve into his wonderful lyrics -- such poetry! Such stories! Not many songs do that these days -- they usually repeat the same lines over and over.


  13. by Susan Tuttle on November 13, 2008  2:32 pm Reply

    me again -- hope you feel better soon my friend.


  14. by merci33 on November 13, 2008  5:45 pm Reply

    your work is elegant and beauty-full and soul-full.
    funny that I stumbled onto your blog today when just two days ago, in my media blend studio, at the contemporary art center of virginia two artists taking my studio class brought in the book 1000 artist journal pages.
    kudos on all of your wonderful accomplishments...and on your new studio high up in the air...what adelight. You mention the Orcas Island windchimes and I smile as two years ago I was the artist in residence at the fabulous international summer camp located there Four Winds.
    all best to you

  15. by tangled sky studio on November 13, 2008  11:56 pm Reply

    I hope you have turned a corner this entry is so sad sounding....your work is lovely as usual and full of emotion and unexpected color...
    once your feeling better drop me a line so we can get together.

  16. by seth on November 17, 2008  12:48 am Reply

    So much strength in that image and in the entire page!

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