Nurture the Inner Child
The prompt is to go through magazines and intuitively choose images that catch my attention and elicit a reaction . I started with a background, and once that was glued down I began looking at the various images that I thought I might want to use on my page. I began arranging the images on my page, but was surprised that some of the images I thought would work, didn't. When I was happy with my arrangement, I glued everything in place. I studied my finished collages to see if I could find some meaning for myself in what I had put together.
In Nurture the Inner Child, I see the background as being a setting of peace and serenity, like being on vacation. The dream-like woman represents me and my dreams of what I want to accomplish. The clock tells me that it's a time in my life to throw off any constraints and let my inner child come out to play. The child is standing in the water which represents life - placid on the surface, but with currents flowing beneath. The bird represents a time of stillness to enjoy the process; the butterfly symbolizes freedom to fly with my dreams.
In The Journey, the woman walking on the road is myself. I'm larger than my surroundings because I'm confident I can overcome whatever diversions come my way. In my hand, I carry a plant, symbolizing growth. I am growing and maturing as I am on this journey. I have been on this journey for some time. The various buildings in the background indicate that I have stopped along the way. The mountains represent my inner strength, stability, and endurance. The clouds tell me that I will not always have blue skies, but challenges will come. The stone arch is my protection and shields me. It also emphasizes that the focus is on me - I am the one who decides which direction I will travel. The flower reminds me to see the beauty all along the way. The open door represents new opportunities that await me as I travel along my road.