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In Context—Grumpy Roz

July 3, 2017
This is a journal page made on Strathmore’s Toned Mix Media Paper, using collage (the white paper dog) and brush pen. I’m starting a new series today, “In-Context.” It will be postings of journal pages containing more writing than the pages I usually post. I like to show students and readers that there are tons of different ways to keep a visual journal, but it struck me that lately I’ve been posting a lot of journal pages that don’t have any writing on them. I do a lot of different things, but it all comes down to spending a little bit of time thinking about my day, my life, what I’m drawing, and so on. This entry happens to come from my loose sheets/single sheets or unbound journal. It’s 9 x 12 inches. The papers vary as the days go by. I’m sure I’ll include some entries from bound journals in this series. There won’t be any discussion about the page in the blog entry. You can click on the image and see an enlargement. Read the journal entry if you want.

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  1. Reply

    I fool myself from time to time that I have mellowed, but working at home ‘alone’ for the last few years, so that I don’t have to deal with stupid people is what’s really happened. Your page today made me smile, I usually draw a crab when I’m feeling crabby… snottaaay… I’ll have to remember that one. Hope today is better… go get those glasses.

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      Maybe that’s all that’s happened. I’ve been working at home for 30 years. Going to pick the glasses up on Wednesday when they open after the holiday! Thanks Elaine.

    • sandra p mac diarmid
    • July 3, 2017
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    THAT IMAGINATION DOG IS GREAT!!… he made me smile as did your well-deserved rant and rave…I am sooooooo tired of the comment ‘old age aint for sissies’ (s–t I said it) but need a new, more clever phrase.. you bring much joy to all of us, addicted to Roz… so there…the eyes have it..

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      Thanks Sandra. I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

    • Susan Becker
    • July 3, 2017
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    Love the writing, love the dog, love the page. Sorry about the eyestrain, but I think many people are feeling cranky these days. Looking forward to the In-Context series.

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      Thanks Susan, I am hoping that the new prescription (they are redoing it because it didn’t work) will take care of the eyestrain. It won’t cure the crankiness as you understand, but it will make life more fun again. Thanks for the kind comments.

    • Frank Bettendorf
    • July 3, 2017
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    Love the honesty of your thinking and writing! Too many of us have too many filters that get in the way of expressing what’s really going on with us. Thanks for the great post.
    Frank B

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      Thanks Frank, I appreciate your kind comments as always.

    • Jennifer
    • July 4, 2017
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    I have a word for what I do when I “just can’t deal” with THOSE (raised eyebrows, snot-tay tone) kinds of people and interactions: hermiting. Just googled it, and I am not the only one using it. Now I may prefer “non-engaged contentment” instead! Always love your collage pages. Looks like the dog is listening, and quietly contented, too.

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      Jennifer since I’m the one being snotty you’d be “hermitting” from me. But I am glad you have a work around. Glad you liked the post.

        • Jennifer
        • July 9, 2017
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        Yet another reason why comments are not the same as talking out loud. I meant that I was talking in the the snotty tone, as Dick described, about annoying (“those”) people and situations that you were experiencing. It came out wrong. Back to hermiting…and hooray for writing all over sketchbook pages.

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