A few days ago I joined a Facebook group called Art Journaling for Beginners. I’ve been keeping a journal since I was ten and I’ve even added a few little sketches to them from time to time, but I wouldn’t call them “art journals”. The idea intrigued me though and I’ve decided to give it a try. I posted a little bit about where to begin and several people commented with ideas and tips. That was pretty cool.
A couple days ago I posted in the group about how my art studio used to be a large, well-equipped studio back East, but now its this little table in my RV where I’m sitting as I write this. I drew a sketch in my little art journal. It was kind of (well, it was REALLY) rough, but it was so much fun. I added that to the post. Oh my goodness! The last time I looked 235 other art journaling people had “reacted” to my post and 46 have responded with comments. I have been so touched by this. I read every single comment and responded back, because their encouragement and kindness is amazing and makes me feel like I’m part of something. Wow! While I read the comments, it felt like every one of those people were right here with me in my RV. A clap on the back. Kindness. Support. Sharing of their own stories. It was like each person stopped by for a cup of tea or coffee and we were having a real live visit. I’ve had this travel blog for a couple of years now and there are eight people following it (THANK YOU so much, you eight!!!). So to get hundreds of “likes” and so many great comments has left me stuttering and stammering for words.
I see the importance of reaching out to members of the group and encouraging them. It really means a lot to get that affirmation and to feel like what you’re doing matters and is actually SEEN by someone else. Maybe the right words would be that YOU are SEEN. Its so easy to feel invisible in all the busyness of life. When someone gets you…sees you…that is a moment to remember.
Keep on keeping on, fellow art journalers!