When I Googled for reference images I also found the following quote:
Be like the mighty salmon and swim upstream. Only dead fish go with the flow all of the time.
It seemed appropriate – as it alludes to overcoming obstacles and having to be tough to do it – so I have included it on my page.
This is something else I enjoy about art journaling … that you can create a page in homage to something/someone you admire. It doesn’t ALL have to introspection.
Thinking about the salmon and Scotland leads straight to how the salmon figures in Celtic mythology. They were fish that were seen as emblems of wisdom and there is a lovely story about that:
The salmon of wisdom was to be found swimming in the Well of Segais. There it fed on the magical hazelnuts that fell into the water. In accordance with prophecy Finegas caught the salmon in order to eat it and gain all its wisdom. However, when his apprentice, Finn, was roasting it for his master he burnt his thumb which he put straight into his mouth. By doing this he gained all the wisdom his master had been seeking. Forever after, Finn had only to suck his thumb to gain knowledge of the future.
~ paraphrased from trees for life and other texts.
I hope this post encourages you to make an art journal page about something you love or are impressed by whether it is celebrity, a family member, a pet, something from nature or somewhere.
Hugs, Ceri xx