E Komo Mai! Welcome to my blog.

I'm delighted that you dropped in! E Komo Mai: WELCOME! This blog is basically an online visual journal is modeled after a concept I learned of in psychology 101... waaaaaaay back in college. That concept was somewhere in the chapter on The Significance of Dreams, where it mentioned someone's theory on dreaming about a house usually means that the house represents you. So I have used my actual house (Mauna Lea Manor) to structure my blog. In different rooms you will find different aspects of my life; different interests I like to blog about. This is a way to bring a little organization into my life and thoughts for myself... (dreams are in The Bedroom, Family updates are in The Living room, etc.)
This also, I would imagine, make reading this blog more convenient for you as well. If you are a grandparent interested in seeing photos and hearing stories about my boys, but maybe not so interested in my bellydancing obsession: you can just read what goes on in The Playground. But if you are an Art Collector more interested in my latest work and information on collecting, but not especially interested in my personal life: you'd enjoy The Office. Mauna Lea Manor is sort of the foyer to all the other rooms. If you would like to tour my online portfolio, please visit: www.stephaniebolton.com.
I hope you enjoy your time here ;) & continue to stop by!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Back to Highschool

A journal page from back when I was living in Santa Barbara and TAing at Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch and Santa Barbara High.
I got a phone call to teach a visual journaling class at a local private highschool.
The school is small and the school year is nearly over but for the next four Thursdays I get to share my creative obsessions.
I am excited because this is the kind of artwork that I always loved during highschool- but not the kind of work we got to study. The work of Peter Beard & Dan Eldon- they were my heroes- Sabrina Ward Harrison and so many others. I can't wait to share the wonderful world of visual journaling with these kids.
My hope is that I can give them a fun enriching experience that teaches them to honor the debri of daily life; something that they can grow with and continue using as a creative outlet all throughout the summer and beyond.
The journal is a "safe place" where they can retreat to whenever things are confusing, exciting, frustrating, etc. A place they can escape to & work it out in a constructive way.
On the menu is...
Photo Altering
Maybe I can post some of their work when we are done & you can see if I did a good job ;)

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