Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Inspire Me Thursday - "Dear Diary"


I came upon the website of Inspire Me Thursday while looking at art blogs and it inspired me to post this. The topic was "Dear Diary" and I thought since I have so many journals, I figured I could find something art-related.

It is a self-portrait of me as I remembered and saw myself in New York City. The 90s were a pretty tough time for me. Living in a place I didn't want to live. Friends moving away and having my fill of meeting a lot people that reassured my faith in not trusting or getting too close to people and off course family life was no better.

It took seven years after that entry to finally to get my crap together and leave.

Thank you to the people at Inspire Me Thursday!

21 comments:

steve said...

This is a great entry V! I didn't know you kept journals. I'll have to check this site out then.

Yeah, we all feel this way sometimes, at least I have, regarding friends and family and whatnot. It sucks to feel this way and sometimes those you consider close to you might simply be preoccupied with whatever else in life, but sometimes, when you know they're just being plain neglectful, that sucks the most.

Anyhow, have you thought of trying to start any new journals? I'm sure you seen me mention Danny Gregory's "Creative License" book before at my blog. It's a great way to get started back into journaling.

xolondon said...

That drawing is very I-D magazine! Very Liquid Sky. You should have been like 23 in 1982. It would have worked well for you!

V said...

Thanks, Steve. I kept journals pretty much since I was 18 years of age. I haven't done much of it since on-line blogging. I will check out "Creative License" sometime and see where it leads for me. I want to get back to doing it.

V said...

XO. Wow! ID magazine! It's weird that you mention both Liquid Sky and 23.

I was EXACTLY that age when I drew that picture and made that entry in my journal!

Things sure would have turned out different for me (and in a good way) if I was living here during that time.

Bee said...

This is a great reminder of how keeping diary record the emotional place we are at in our lives....both the good and the bad. I love it!! Thanks for sharing.

V said...

Thank you, Bee for your comment. So true what you say. I can feel the desperation at the time I wrote that and how much I wanted to be somewhere else - and being here now makes me feel better about myself.

Red Sonja said...

That is awesome! A really emotive sketch. Thanks for sharing :D

V said...

Thank you for visiting Red Sonja!

Royce Addington: said...

Authentic. Raw. Powerful.
Happy to see that you more than survived that particular storm in the 90's! Letting go of people you once cared about...but they don't necessarily care about you is one of the hardest experiences we can have...but once you cut them loose...the sense of freedom can be exhilirating! It's their lose.

Pattie Mosca said...

Ah youth...powerful..honest and raw! A blessing to see where you were and how far you have come...growth is an amazing thing when we allow it to happen!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks for sharing this glimpse of your life back then! Glad you finally got away to a better place

Julia said...

Thanks for sharing and I love your post ! That was a hard time for you and that shows on this pages !!

just me said...

I soooo agree with previous comments! Good stuff. There's something about the combo of the drawing it self and the fact that it was hand drawn in a diary that makes it even more powerful and evocative.

V said...

Thank you all the nice comments. I really appreciate them!

Miriam said...

I think this is wonderful that you shared an actual journal entry. And it's so honest, too....an amazing bit of sharing on your part.

Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing something so deeply personal, about a place in your life where I'm sure many of us have been. Your drawing evokes very strong emotions. And congratulations on setting yourself free!

Angela said...

How I can relate to living in a place that you don't want to live. Ohhh New York though. I have to say that I would love it there. Anyway, wonderful post! *HUGS*

platinum blonde said...

i love your illustration. this is how i felt two years ago when i first moved to NY. I don't think it is inherit to NYC though, because I love it here NOW, but I can definitely relate to those words even today...it always hurts when friends & family seem to turn their back on you.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Really great work! Thanks for sharing it.

Cheryl Finley: said...

Hi,
I'm a little late...but I'm so glad I found your post. I'm glad things have turned around for you. Thank you for sharing your words, your art...and your heart. It's so good to see how far we've come...isn't it? Good for you! Thank goodness for journal-keeping. You're inspring me to make entries more often. Thank you!

Lisa McGlaun said...

V,
This post was very touching. I've kept journals most all my life, too. After reading this, I spent some time trying to remember what I was doing on Sept. 14, 1990.

I remembered...:)

Lisa