Reaching for Freedom

This was a fun collage I created in my art journal several years ago.  I was working full time in the corporate world.  It was a difficult time of making a decent income but at the same time knowing that I was spending all my energy on “pushing paper” and “feeding the machine.” I was constantly asking myself and searching for the answer to these questions, “Am I contributing something useful and beneficial to the world?” and “Am I making a difference in this world?”

I know as a mother I was definitely making a difference, but could that be the only difference I was meant to make? It didn’t seem to be my only purpose in life. 

I am and have always been a creative being. There isn’t a time in my personal life that I wasn’t creating something useful, something beautiful, something that made my heart, mind and soul happy.

This collage was created as a symbol of who I was at the time and who I felt I was meant to be.  I was a stressed out exhausted corporate paper pusher.  I knew that I was a Creative being that needed the freedom to create and share my gifts with the world.

Your Assignment: Think about who you are, what your dreams are, and if what you are doing is in alignment with what you desire to do with your life.  Now using symbolism by cutting out images from a magazine, create a collage that you feel represents how you are feeling. Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself for getting this right.  Make several different collages in order to find which represents your current situation. You can paint the background before adding the collage elements, and you can alter the images with acrylic paint pens.

I would love to see what you create.  Feel free to share your image on Instagram and tag me @karenpruzansky so I can see it.  

Enjoy this exercise!

Imprintably yours,



Childhood Memories

The photo above is a snippet of an art journal entry. You can see the seam of the journal in the photograph. It is one of my favorite paintings. Why?

This painting was based on a simple afternoon when I was a child. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old. My mother told me that my neighbor was sick. As many youngsters would, I felt compassion for my neighbor…I knew how aweful one felt when sick. So outside I went (back then, and in the area I grew up, that was not uncommon to go out to play without your parents watchful eye), over to the wildflower patch to pick some flowers to give to my sick neighbor.

This was a story that stands out to me because I didn’t give it much thought to do something like that, I didn’t ask permission, and I just did it. If only everything in life were that easy and carefree!

Your assignment: Think about a story from your childhood that stands out in your mind. Use that as inspiration to paint your picture. What was it about that story that stands out? The scenery, the people, the weather, the animals, your feelings? Whatever seems most important about that story, make it stand out. For example, in my story it was the freedom, compassion and flowers (so I made sure I painted wildflowers, and not shown here are the big eyes which represent the compassion).

Imprintably yours,

Karen Pruzansky, Multi-Media Artist