Sunday, January 17, 2016

Inspired by Basquiat and Jodi Ohl

I believe in the healing power of art journaling, so decided to share a very personal example.  JumpStart's challenge recently inspired me to study the work of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who said, "I don't think about art when I'm creating, I think about life." Here's an inspiration from his graffiti-like style and my life experience. My dad lost his battle with heart disease yesterday, so I wrote a letter to him and covered it up with this art. The song by the Rascals "Asked my family doctor what's ailing me -- All you really need is Good Lovin'" came to mind for me. Here is what I expressed using paint, gesso, water-soluble crayons and Sharpie paint pens. Special thanks to Jodi Ohl for her interpretation of this challenge.
I included "depart/go in peace" because he said that at the end of every church service.

5 comments:

Nathalie Kalbach said...

I am very sorry for your loss! I am sending you love and hugs and I am glad that you are taking on to art journaling as I believe that art creating can heal and help healing. thank you for sharing your wonderful and meaningful page!

Linda Kunsman said...

So sorry to hear of your father's passing Betsy. May the many sweet memories be of comfort for you.

Kevin Leibold said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad passing. I noticed the obituary in the Reading Eagle and it made me think of you. I just had a conversation with Bryan Zeiner about you and the good times during the early 70's. Very nice blog indeed. Kevin Leibold

betsy said...

Thanks for your note, Kevin. I agree-- the 70s were the best!

Kevin Leibold said...

I shared your blog with some folks you know from high school - via Facebook messenger - Donna, Sherry and Gail. Your blog is so neat - especially the photo of you in the tree!!!! I retired last March and spend time on the Internet and Facebook among other things. Two years ago my wife and I spent 9 days in the South Pacific on vacation - my Olympus TG1 was spectacular - I love it.