Art-Making: A Companion in Solitude

Exhausted from just the thought of trying to fill another covid-isolation “Blursday?”

Coming to the rescue is “Art-Making: A Companion in Solitude,” a new book published in December 2020. Written by a friend of mine, Dr. Irene Naested, her book couldn’t come at a better time.

Irene encourages us all to start an artist journal (any size will do) where we draw, paint, doodle, or whatever in our journal every day. Her book is written in a series of letters (38 of them!) to her readers, making it an engaging, entertaining, and enlightening read.

Irene presents us with images from her own art journals created over the years, plus she serves up easy-to-follow art instructions to keep us occupied and engaged during isolation. Fancy or expensive tools and equipment are not necessary. Just bring your curiousity, along with some colours or pencils or paints — whatever you happen to have — then begin. It’s a great way to learn about art while experiencing it, especially since Irene is a national award-winning teacher of art. Her way with words is totally motivating. I doubt it will take her long to convince you to start your own artist’s journal ASAP!

Perhaps art-making in our journals can become a point of light in our months of Blursdays still ahead. And, just to make things even more interesting, Irene is hosting an online Book Club in association with “Art-Making: A Companion in Solitude” for the first three months of the year.

As for me, I can’t think of a lovelier thing to do than to start an artist’s journal as we start 2021. I wonder what it might say when we look back at it years from now.

You can find out more about Irene’s latest book, including where to purchase it, at