Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I'm continuing to work on this piece. It is a rewarding process since I didn't care for my original take on it and really like it now. But liking it is holding me back I think. This is the sketchbook project book so I don't want to mess up. But I am willing to go deeper. I'm pausing here for tonight to see if anything else comes up for me on another day.
file this under: Sketchbook Project
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I'm happily continuing on my Sketchbook Project. I really like the theme I ended up choosing: First Aid Kit for the Soul. Here are some more quotes that are filling my pages. The one below is probably still a work in progress, but it's a good example of the creative process. I originally filled this page with little doodles made with my new metalic markers (same ones used on the above quote). Although the doodles themselves were nice, I didn't like the way they were spread out on the page. I didn't feel a flow in the design. So I really disliked this page. You can say I hated it. But, I love the fact that I was able to push through that block and keep on working with it. I whipped out my gesso and covered the parts I disliked. I then had some fun with my inks, spray inks, watercolor pencils and spray water to create interesting drip work. I think the piece is much bolder now. And the messy appearance really demonstrates the fact that it's not being "good" or looking good or perfect that makes us great. It's being real, whole and sometimes really messy. I love how it's coming out so far.
|Me after our Studio Clean-Up Day at the Old Stone House|
Recently, at a meditation retreat, I heard the teacher share how it is our egos that want to know exactly what we are doing and where we are going in life. And that when we don't know, we tend to fall into fear and discontent... as opposed to choosing to live in wonder and excitement with a sense of curiosity about what's around the bend.
So in my reflections this morning, I did just that - I switched gears to wonder and gratitude for my art journey thus far. I'm so thankful for my design career, my art classes, my creative friends who let me go on and on about the latest art supplies I'm in to. Just feeling so much gratitude for all of that. And from that space, I was able to come back to this moment. I might not know where I'm heading just yet, but I know what feels right right now. I made a little bullet point list, and one of the items was the silly fact that I love wearing art smocks. :)
So with gratitude for art smocks, art itself, and all of you... I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 15, 2013
My #sketchbookproject is officially started tonigh. My first quote is now etched on a random page in the book... I don't like to start on the first page... too much pressure. I'm contemplating what the title of the book should be. First Aid for the Soul. Or, Soul First Aid Kit... First Aid is one of the themes this year, so I'd like to make that work with this somehow. Seems so fitting with what's going on for me right now, and some close friends too... Seems like we all need some soul care right about now. Here's a collective hug to all of you, my soul sisters.
file this under: Sketchbookproject
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I'm so excited.This is my third year doing the #sketchbookproject. The first time I just jumped in without much thought. The second I thought I could do the same, but ended up doing a handful of pages last minute. So this year I decided to make a plan! I'm going to make a little first aid kit for my soul ("First Aid Kit" is one of the themes they're offering this year). I'm getting together with my friend Eryn on Fridays online so we can collaborate and keep each other inspired. I think it will make it much more of a process for these next 8 weeks instead of a last minute rush.
Wish me luck.
And if you want to join in, let us know. Tomorrow is the last day to signup for the sketchbook project, but we're happy to have you join us on our Friday arthangs if you want to just get arty.
Friday, May 03, 2013
A little bit more about our art class…We are a creative community of adults and children (ages 10+) who support one another in our artistic development. We are all equal, no matter our age, talent, or experience. We simply come together to share a safe space where fun, expression and beauty can flow freely.
Our classes offer ample art supplies for students to experiment with. The format we mostly use is mixed media art journaling, which may include drawing, painting, collage and whatever else we imagine.
Some instruction and direction may be offered, but students are encouraged to experiment and learn from their own “mistakes”. Emphasis is placed on acceptance of one’s art and working through those “mistakes,” which often are the fertile ground for true creativity to grow. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. One-on-one supervision is preferred for young kids to ensure a comfortable working environment for all, but children are accepted as equals and often teach us adults about the creative freedoms we might have forgotten. Adults, both male and female are also welcome to participate without children if they promise to behave themselves.
file this under: Art Class