Friday, March 24, 2017

Experimenting

I have been experimenting in my studio.
I've selected a few of my favorites to show you what I've been doing.

It all began with a National Geographic magazine that I randomly added Citra Solv between pages. 
(Citra Solv is a liquid natural citrus solvent and powerful degreaser)
I waited approx. 45 min. then I removed those pages from the magazine and laid them out to dry.
After they dried I did one or sometimes more than one of the following steps:
*added more Citra Solv and moved it around the page
*added India ink
*added alcohol drops
*added acrylic paint
*added chalk pastel
*added charcoal powder
*added instant coffee granules

 
                    


 

I think they turned out rather awesome!
I'll hang them in my studio, for now, awaiting inspiration to strike.
It will interesting to see what comes of them.  I'll let you know.

Monday, March 20, 2017

using my non-dominant hand

There is an amazing artist, Ivy Newport, that I take on-line classes from and follow regularly on FaceBook.  I am in awe of her talent along with her persona.  I've learned lots from her!
For a while now,  Ivy tells us she has been starting her drawings/paintings with a contour drawing, one continual drawing without lifting the pencil.  Here's the kicker... using her non-dominant hand. 
I believe she surprised herself with the results and found this practice to be valuable.   She says that she starts most of her paintings this way now.  
I had my super-artist cape on Saturday and thought, "If Ivy can do it maybe I can, too."  I was willing to give if my full effort.  I smudged my studio with Palos Santos, said my intention prayer, and put my headphones on to listen to mellow music.  Stood up to my easel with pencil in hand, took a deep breath, and off I went.  I finished this drawing within 2-3 minutes.  The big challenge was to not lift the pencil.  
Yep - she's a little wonky.  Which is to be expected.
Most of the placements look good.
It was freeing to not spend so much time on the beginning sketch which is what I find myself doing.
This just may be a technique I implement for the future.
I switched to my dominant hand and the extra fun part began as I got out my
charcoal + chalk pastels + pan pastels.

Here is the finished piece.

Monday, March 13, 2017

What a mess we made!

I invited my creative muse to come play in my art studio today and she made an awful mess!
I could barely walk around. 
She had art supplies all over my table, on the floor, and on the chairs. 
There was charcoal dust floating in the air and instant coffee grounds all over floor.  

OH ~ BUT WE HAD ALOT OF FUN!!!  

I think I'll invite her back tomorrow.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

All of Me.

I have been taking an on-line class, SoulBearers by Jeanne Marie Art where I am learning to sculpt.
When I saw the promo for this class I felt this prompting, deep within, as if it was something I was
suppose to do.
Since I have been developing a practice of quieting my mind ~ asking for guidance ~ listening for the answers ~ following where I am guided, I knew with every fiber in me I was
to become part of this class.  
So... I signed up.
I just finished my 2nd sculpture.  She's titled, "All of Me".
3.5"w x 5"h
click image to enlarge
She will be in my on-line store by mid-March.
IF you want her before then just message me.  We'll work it out.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Not at the top of my game

When I got up this morning I didn't feel "at the top of my game".  
I felt off - I couldn't pinpoint any reason why, I just did.  
Because I am an avid believer in the Law of Attraction I know how important feelings are.  
Good or bad, your feelings conjure up very strong chain reactions.  
Setting all sorts of things into motion to reinforce your feelings.
I wanted to shake this feeling. So... I did what I knew best to do.  
I went into my studio and created art with abandon, no concerns for the outcomes.  

I did a spread in my art journal.
Worked on four sculptures that I have in progress.
I was enjoying this time creating in my studio.
By late morning I was getting my groove back.

I finished the day off with this lady.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January was a good month

January has been full of creativity.
spreading my wings * trying new things *  having a blast.

I've been saving my tea bags for awhile, waiting for the ideal time to use them.
Now is the time.

Tea Bag Art
Each bag measures 4.5" x 5.5"



Custom Encaustic Art

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thank You

I recently finished my first sculpture, title "Thank You"!
I am taking an on-line class, SoulBearers by Jeanne-Marie Art.
The work from the students in this class is exceptional.
 I had never done anything like this before.   I will admit that I was a little leery.
All I knew is I like to work with my hands.

Here is one of many lessons I have learned on my creative path.  When you feel fearful of something you have never done before is a sure sign you are moving in the right direction.  You don't have to know all the answers.  Just begin, right where you are.
The excitement is in the journey.  The fear you feel is an integral piece to the excitement puzzle.  I know it doesn't feel like it when you're in it, does it?  I've been there.  I still go there with each new step.
It thrills me when I acknowledge these lessons I learn while on my creative path run parallel to life lessons.   
Which is why... my art is from my heart.
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