Thursday, March 30, 2017

artful practice

This week, my attention has been on getting my art ready
for a boutique plus prepping for 2 art shows coming up. 
I got caught up in tasks.
 I realized  had abandoned an important artful practice,
 to be in my studio simply creating. 
Well... once it came to my awareness I knew I had to change it. 
I allowed myself playtime.

I wholeheartedly resonate with the quote by Picasso:
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working"


Friday, March 24, 2017


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.  


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.

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