my source

 |  May 19, 2008

my source, 6×6 inch blank journal

I haven’t done a window piece in a long time and wanted to revive the windows theme. Windows seem like good entry ways into a journal. The inspiration photo for this piece was taken at an old fort on Orcas Island. I think the fort/tower is located on Mt. Constitution, where on clear days you can see all the islands as well as Canada blanketed in shades of shimmering blues and grays. It’s really breathtaking.

I added the words “my source” to the bottom. What that means to me in particular is being in tune with myself. As well as my Higher Power, God, the Universal Energy, whatever you want to call it. And the way I stay in tune with myself is through my art, through journaling, through mindful observations. Through gratitude, as well.

This journal is a new size journal that I’m offering at amanobooks, measuring 6×6 inches. It has a nice square feel in my hands. The first time I made a book this size was for a personal project that took 2 years to complete. Several visual journal spreads from that project are actually going to be published in Dawn DeVries Sokol’s book 1,000 Artist Journal Pages. I can’t wait to see it! The release date is coming up soon.


The garage sale was a big success and actually lots of fun. I talked to a lot of our neighbors who were sad to hear that we are leaving. I will miss our neighborhood a lot. We got rid of a lot of stuff. A lot. I feel so much lighter now. The rest that’s left that is in good condition will be donated.

The best part was three particular garage sale buyers. The first one was Lisa Pettit who is a printmaker. I have seen her work all around town and knew that we both lived in the same area, but I had never met her. Her prints are beautiful and really must be seen in person to appreciate her delicate lines. I hope she will have fun exploring with the canvases she bought from me.

The second special visit was from Tina. We have gotten to know each other through our blogs these past couple years and finally met in person! It was so nice to meet her and her family. I wish we had more time to chat. And she bought my daylab! At least I know it’s going to a good, creative home.

And last was Jeliza who I also have known through our blogs these past few years. She was smart and came at the end and whisked away my paper ladder and book press. My husband had bet me that no one was going to buy my paper ladder. And I was like, why not?? Paper ladders are the coolest and absolutely essential! They were just waiting for the right person. Thanks Jeliza for helping me to win that bet. It was fun talking kids, photography, encaustic, and art with her.

The fun thing about meeting people in 3D after getting to know them through blogs is that there is already that familiarity. Even if it’s the first time we met, it’s like picking up mid-sentence where our last conversation left off. It’s pretty neat. I think it’s because we all share a common bond of creativity and art. A sisterhood of the net!


  1. by Dale on May 19, 2008  5:43 pm Reply

    living near the portland area, you must have such a great art community!
    How wonderful to have so many like-minded people around! I am pleased your garage sale was a success :)

  2. by bridgette on May 19, 2008  10:32 pm Reply

    thanks dale~although I live in seattle, not Portland! It is lucky to have so many creative people around...but why do I wait until right before I leave to meet them all?!?! I better be more proactive when we move...

  3. by Tina on May 20, 2008  12:11 am Reply

    It was great to meet finally! I hope we can get together before you go. I feel fortunate to have picked up the daylab! Take care.

  4. by Carmen on May 20, 2008  1:27 am Reply

    I'm loving this journal! Your vision is truly amazing Bridgette!

    Wow, sounds like an incredible yardsale and how cool that you got to meet some people you've gotten to know online! It's such a small world and the Internet makes it even smaller and opens doors that may not have been there otherwise!

    Have a great week!



  5. by smith kaich jones on May 20, 2008  10:46 am Reply

    Ooooohh, a square journal. My very favorite format.

    And for someone who's in the middle of such a big move, you are staying very busy art-wise. I don't know how you do it, and it makes me feel somewhat ashamed of myself for being so lazy. But please keep it up so I can enjoy your stuff! Love it!

    As always!

  6. by Stacy Kay on May 21, 2008  1:12 pm Reply

    Your journal is such a beautiful piece! I admire your work so much - it just has such a dreamy, deep feel that pulls me in and makes me want to just keep looking at it! I have book marked your blog because I have been admiring your work for some time now, and I don't want to miss anything.

    I am glad that your yard sale was such a success. They are so much work to put together, but when you have a good turn out like you did, it is so worth it!


  7. by San on May 22, 2008  6:54 pm Reply

    Bridgette: another lovely journal. That cover does invite one to look within the pages, and look within the self for the Source, and write about it. It evokes potential!

    Congratulations on your upcoming publication. That is just marvelous.

    Yes, it's fun meeting other bloggers. I have met 3 to date. You put it so well--"it's like picking up mid-sentence where our last conversation left off."

  8. by Lorie M. on May 23, 2008  8:54 am Reply

    Very nice post, it is nice to meet those who share your interests, it's like people who 'get it'..your encaustic work is really nice, very creative.

  9. by bridgette on May 23, 2008  2:51 pm Reply

    thanks tina for coming out. and for buying my daylab! :)

    hi carmen, yes it's so true how all we have to do is reach out at times. And the internet does make the world smaller.

    well debi, it looks like i'll be slowing down now since i have to pack up my art supplies. It's going to drive me nuts not having access...but maybe it will be a good, needed break for me. :)

    Hi stacy, thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment! I really appreciate it.

    hi san, thank you! Well, if I'm ever in New mexico, I hope we can meet up. I love N.M. so I do hope that one day I can return.

    hi lorie, thanks for your comment. It really is nice to meet people who get it. I had some pretty odd stuff for the garage sale, but there were people there who definitely were creative types too and could see beyond the oddness!

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