My journals allow me to explore and experiment and tap into my own inner wisdom. Sometimes they let me rant and whine in a safe container, other times a happy accident of colour or composition can lead to my next painting. They are not always for sharing, though students of my art journal classes are welcome to look through them in person.
I always like to start the year with some art journaling. My first journal entry for 2017 is a completely unplanned and intuitive mix of paint, collage and ponderings which is rich with hidden meaning once you start to read the clues.