a guest house…

this piece was actually my first for this month’s Art Journal Journey ‘House’ theme but I held it back (I shared my ‘house of dreams’ here)…

this being human is a guest house (2)

it took me out of my comfort zone a bit sketching and painting after watching some Mindy Lacefield videos…

this being human is a guest house (1)

 I played like I was a kid again and when my open eyed girl wouldn’t cooperate I let her close her eyes for a rest…

this being human is a guest house

I was most excited to find this perfect poem when looking for some words to balance my journal page…

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.      ~Rumi

Loose journal pages with Heart Cover

the Rumi quote is so beautiful it inspired me to create a spread (two pages) in one of my altered Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedias (I have several art journals underway)…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (1)

collage has always been near and dear to my heart…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (2)

playing with images and bits of paper…scissors and glue with touches of paint and plaster too…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (3)

as a finishing touch for my pages I added some vines from my flower press

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages

the vines are actually naughty weeds that are having way too much fun frolicking in our garden          ~♥~

31 responses to “a guest house…

  1. breathtaking pages Patty! Oh MY!!!
    Love your style… maybe I always repeat me..but it is true!
    Lol.. we are a bit connected – at least within our creative souls…
    I did also some plaster work today… it’s not ready yet… but I love it !

    Fantastic pages do you share with us at AJJ Patty!

    A wonderful weekend for you and Jim!
    First hot days are predicted for us here… uff…
    so cold the last weeks>>>



  2. Perfect poem for this project Patty. Your resting girl seems to be dreaming.


  3. Oh, what can I say? Every page takes my breath away! I love your sleeping girl and the little houses; but every page is a delight! I really admire the poetry of Rumi and this one is new to me: what wisdom! A lovely and inspiring post. You always give me something to wonder at and to think about. Thank you. Julie Ann xxx


  4. Letting her rest was a great solution. 😊 Love the guest house page….the bees are just perfect all lined up. Great texture too!


  5. That’s a great quote. I love both interpretations. And fun to draw again. I had to smile at the second spread — the colors are so neutral! I think of you being like me and working a lot in blues and greens — the white SEEMS out of your zone! But it is just wonderful. I need to do that more — work out of my zone. Good discipline!


  6. Beautiful Patty. I love the bees and the Rumi piece is something we should all pay heed to.


  7. Fabulous Patty!!! Love your girl 🙂 ~Sophia


  8. Gorgeous pages – as always, liebe Patty.

    Have a wonderful weekend


  9. Your art is absolutely fascinating. Love all your creations. They are exquisite.


  10. Again such lovely dream pages and the poem is very true. Anything can teach us something. The vintage lady looks so nice, I love these oldfashioned photos.
    Nice weekend my dear.
    Sabine xox


  11. The fact her eyes are closed appeals to me all the more. The sense of peace, serenity, tranquility exudes from her and from the page. I wish I could step into this page and take a step into this house.
    Thank you for sharing this piece of poetry which is one that I have not come across before.
    It is late evening in my little corner of the world and I believe, reading this post at this time of the day has made it all the more magical.


  12. sparkledaysstudio

    Wonderful pages all. I love those words and have to ruminate on them for a while. Sweet girl resting. xox


  13. Oh Patty, it’s a wonderful post. Love your drawn journal page and the quote is great. Also the other pages are amazing.


  14. I spent a great deal of time studying these pages, because they are simply wonderful. I love houses, so they made me happy, as did the pressed vine that was really a weed. But I was also impressed with the plaster, the wonderful bees, and of course, the heart. You make art feel so original and blessed. These are simply stunning, for lack of a better word.


  15. pure delight!!!!!!!
    i love everything about it seeing your work wants me to pause digital and create with the hands more… the textures look so awesome!


  16. Your artwork is so beautiful & wonderful, love each page. Happy Sunday, Shirleyx


  17. Wow Patty your art is always so meanfull and full of beauty!! How I love your page with the amazing lyrics from Rumi…and then the other one with the bees!! Ohhh you are to talented, to bring it all together..I mean look at the vines..they fit soooo very well! Thank you for making me happy with your amazing post today 🙂 Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny


  18. inanoctopusgarden

    That plaster is spectacular what a wonderful feel you gave to those pages -love!!


  19. inanoctopusgarden

    Whoops more from me… Thought it was two entries…now for the sleeping girl and your houses ! Your drawing sketching painting is so sweet and full of grace and gentleness… I just adore it! You definitely need to do more of that!!!!!!!!! Xxoo


  20. ahhhh, too much to look at! Speaking about your first page, the girl is so dreamy and peaceful…Really sweet.

    Have a nice, sunny Sunday, Patty!


  21. Oh my gosh! Love your pages! I was going to write and ask you if you tried to make those primitive girls! I LOVE Mindy Lacefield’s girls. I drew and drew and drew yesterday….and painted, and used colored pencils…. couldn’t do it! I finally quit trying. Why are they sooooo hard? I really want to accomplish them……. maybe I’ll try again….


  22. Awesome! And the quote is perfect. I wish I could come stay a weekend with you collaging and glueing and painting and clipping and sticking. What fun that would be. And what a creative inspiration you are. Best wishes for a great week. Tammy


  23. I LOVE these pieces Patty…..your plaster texture fits in beautifully…..as does that naughty vine 😉 xx


  24. Oh I think this is my very favorite post, and I have many, how beautifully creative you have step out of your comfort zone, it was wonderful to meet the sweet child in you, this world a guest house, I agree we are here to learn many lessons, thanks for being one of the teachers, teaching all about Love.. Both pages are just exquisite, when I have a bit of time I’m going to fly around your FUNK & WAGNALLS, it will be inspirational to visit them again..


  25. wow Patty -you are on an amazing creative streak-I have so much to catch up with! I love studying all the gorgeous layers and textures you collage so beautifully in your work. The Rumi poem is beautiful and absolutely LOVE your sketched painting-a really heartwarming and lovely piece.


  26. Dearest Patty, your pages are just so extra beautiful , (extra meaning in loos for another word ) but they are so specially beautiful with the whiteness and green ,so serene, and filled with a kind of heavenly piece, that I often admire in your collages.
    Also your sleeping beauty, is so very lovely, in her land of dreams.
    I can feel how happy you was creating those pages ,dear friend.
    Hugs from Dorthe ,xx


  27. Beautiful pages & words Patty! Inspirational! xxx


  28. What a great poem, I don’t know this poet at all.
    Your pages are so wonderful, it’s hard to know what to say, they are so sensitively made, again with your subtle use of colours. Your two pages -the house and heart are outstanding. This is the third time I’ve been here and no comments can do your art justice. Fabulous artwork indeed.


  29. I love the subtle colors in your house and really like the bees.


  30. Oh Pattyy, these are gorgeous pages. Your sketching is simply beautiful and the plaster page is a dream. I prefer to sketch closed eyes *g*
    Have a beautiful sun(ny)day


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