Why Journal?

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I have been asked why I keep an art journal.  What is journaling all about, why bother?

My own reasons for journaling grew out of my teenage diaries.  Growing up, my diary was my confidante, the recipient of the most dreadful, melodramatic teenage angst ever written.  One rather traumatic event became a recurrent theme and acting on pure instinct, I made a decision to burn all of my diaries when I was seventeen.  It was cathartic and instantly put everything into perspective.  I didn’t realise at the time what a smart move that was, but my older and wiser self knows that venting the feelings was important, but letting go was absolutely essential to allow me to grow up.

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