So far in my musings I have left this layer out. But I realized today as I struggled with what to do next to two very small pieces of art that I haven’t been writing every day. Yes, my journal is more about writing than sketching.
While it contains small drawings and mixed media, it is mostly writing— my attempt to figure things out, whether a tragedy in the world or just a problem with a painting. Just like my paintings are a process of addition and subtraction, for me writing is part of the discovery. Sometimes the “aha moments” come during the painting, but just as often they come during the writing.
So writing is a layer of sorts. It gives me the freedom to explore my head and my heart and hopefully use the two to create.