New Book by Sabrina Ward Harrison
I've had a really big, artist crush on Sabrina for years. I love her work so much and wish I could meet her. I remember when I first stumbled upon her 2nd book; Brave On The Rocks.
I was in the local Half Price books, just roaming the aisles and the title caught my eye and I pulled it from the shelf. I paged through it and was instantly drawn into the pages. I felt a very strong and powerful connection with what was I seeing, the images, the paint, the rawness of them and instantly understood the title. I was holding another artist's journal in my hands. I bought it of course and then learned she had another book out, her first; Spilling Open, which I then purchased from the local Border's at the time. I read both books the same day. I devoured them. Even tho I am quite a bit older than Sabrina, her journals and writing reminded me of my own journals from my early 20's and how I had a very real need to capture my experiences, write, express and commit them to paper. The need and desire to journal ran deep and true in my heart. I had never seen anyone journal in such a profoundly expressive and deeply personal manner. I was touched and moved by the honesty that Sabrina shared through so many different mediums. It was my first brush with mixed media journaling and I was forever changed.
After discovering Sabrina's work my own journey to connect with other artists began in earnest and I found a vast network of others whose need to express themselves visually, matched my own passion. No one in my immediate family really quite understood my creative needs and so to find others who 'got it' was awesome to me. I no longer felt alone on my creative journey. Over the years my journals continued to take on different forms, first I used purchased journals and then I learned to create my own which ignited a new found obsession. I discovered so many amazing journalist's. The amazing Mary Ann Moss, the delightful Pam Garrison and of course Teesha Moore and so many others. It is a journey I am still on and will be for a very, very long time. It is a passion I will feed and explore for the rest of my life.
Sabrina's brand new book; And The Story Is Happening which I found yesterday at my local Blick is a wonder to behold. It's very much like her previous book, The True and the Questions, a book intended for the reader to journal in and make your own but with more punch and impact. The pages in this new journal are alive with paint, collage, photography, and the book is so well done that you can almost feel the texture and layers that are captured in print. If you've wanted or needed a little inspiration to jump into visual journal keeping, this book will do the job. No instruction is really needed. Sabrina's work comes from her heart and are cleaely passion driven. There is no wrong way to create in this manner. It's hard to ignore the vibrancy that is captured on the pages. The pull to pick up a paint brush and run it over blank white paper is wildly strong. Sabrina has also included a few printed scraps of her own that live in a pocket on the inside cover page. A little something to get you started. It's a book to be added to or simply a delight for your eyes as seen through your heart. I highly recommend it along with her other books. I keep these books close by and look through them time and time again. I think you will too.
On other fronts, I've been working on my painted wall and will post part 2 of Painting Big and Bold tutorial soon. I also have journals in the works that I hope to send out into the world which are taking longer to create as I am pouring more into them and ideas for new journals come at me faster than I create them. It's going to be a busy summer.