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Laura Chenault writes about art and her life in Southern New Jersey. She enjoys exploring and hanging out at home with her husband and two cats.

Exploring Rancocas State Park

A photo of tree branches reflected in water with orange reflections of the sun. Exploring Rancocas State Park by Laura Chenault

Our first adventure exploring our new state! Rancocas State Park is one of many intriguing parks in our area. We hiked part of the creekside trail which winds through the woods and offers views of Rancocas Creek. The forest was full of mushrooms and filled with the remnants of piers and buildings.

Connections: Random Journal Page 187

Connections: Random Journal Page 187 by Laura Chenault is a collage with a map of Oakland on the left and an image of a man holding something unidentified on the right. Stripes across the man continue into the grid lines on the map.

Finally! I'm back and determined to share with you more work, more tutorials, and more adventures. I'm kicking it off with this random journal page. 

Beauty in Things: Random Journal Page 186

Beauty in Things: Random Journal Page 186 by Laura Chenault has a found word poem on the left side that's collaged with torn paper. The right side is dominated by a red mixed-media drawing that resembles a red rose or a vulva.

This week's random spread from one of my sketchbooks features a found poem and a mixed media drawing. As always, the poem text is in full below. O'Keefe would be proud!

Red Night: Random Journal Page 185

Red Night: Random Journal Page 185 by Laura Chenault has a bokeh-lit night sky on the top and a map of Oakland on the bottom. In the center, a large red figure made of negative space, torn paper, and watercolor pencils dominates the spread.

I really like how the negative space from the city photo creates the top of the figure in this week's random journal page.

Mine. Yours. Ours.: Random Journal Page 184

Mine. Yours. Ours.: Random Journal Page 184 by Laura Chenault is a spread from one of her sketchbooks. The left side has a palmistry diagram and the right has a photograph of a leaf. A red and yellow plaid pattern connects the two and the text "Mine. Yours. Ours." spans across the pages on the bottom.

This week's random page from one of my sketchbooks. I've been a fan of palmistry and phrenology since high school and I love how the hand and the heart work together symbolically.

Liquid Soul Window: Random Journal Page 183

Liquid Soul Window: Random Journal Page 183 by Laura Chenault features a large watercolor eye on and orange background. The iris of the eye is a circular, kaleidoscope pattern and the top half has images of metallic liquid and bubbles.

Another week, another spread from one of my journals. I've been drawing single eyes like this one for decades.  I especially like the collaged iris on this version.

Fading Hills: Random Journal Page 182

Fading Hills: Random Journal Page 181 by Laura Chenault is a spread from one of her journals with a cartoony map of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on the bottom half. The top half features dark brown and black watercolor hills that continue down onto the bottom.

Another spread from one of my many journals. Dark hills made up of torn paper, ink, and watercolor pencils.

Know the Mystery: Random Journal Page 181

Know the Mystery: Random Journal Page 181 by Laura Chenault has a poem found in a panel of text where the words are scribbled around with black ballpoint. The words "know the mystery" are stenciled at a 90 degree angle to the righ of the poem. The left side is red marker that looks like a chaotic heartbeat, but is really a visualization of a song by Tool.

This week's random spread from one of my sketchbooks features a visualization of a song by Tool and a found poem titled "Know the Mystery". The full text is below.

Miracle Rain: Random Journal Page 180

Miracle Rain: Random Journal Page 180 by Laura Chenault is a found poem with cut out words over a white and purple background that have been scribbled over with black marker.

This week's random journal spread features a Tzara-esque poem celebrating winter rain with a nod to Vonnegut at the end. The full text is below.

Parallel: Random Journal Page 179

Parallel: Random Journal Page 179 by Laura Chenault has an upside arched doorway surrounded by window panes. In the center of the arch is the outline of a man filled in with random text. The cut out figure is mirrored and standing on the bottom of the spread and surrounded by ballpoint pen scribbles.

This week's random spread from one of my journals. A parallel universe perhaps?

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