Saturday, April 19, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A new inspiration block. I love these little blocks of wood.
Piled up cups. I'm sure you've seen them before or maybe even created your own cup art. There's just something about tea and coffee cups and what they symbolize. Slowing down. Taking time to have a cup of tea and have a conversation with yourself, nature, or friends and family. Enjoying the time it takes to slowly sip your hot tea or coffee.
Live life one cup at a time.
Share today with friends and family.
Enjoy simple pleasures.
It's important to take time for yourself, even if it's a simple as a cup of tea at the kitchen table.
It's important to take time to spend with your family or a friend. No rushing. No hurrying. No busy-ness.
Enjoy the moments that make you smile.
Take time. Enjoy.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
On April 1st, I splashed some paint on one of my journal pages. I'd seen an exercise on a blog somewhere, (for the life of me, I can't remember where, I've visited so many blogs lately), where you splatter paint on a page and let it dry, then go back later and see what you can see in the paint splats. Pull the image from the paint. Perfect for an April Fool's Day page, no?
This is what I saw.
I really, really loved this exercise. The first thing I saw was the little cat/mouse in the upper left hand corner. I couldn't decide if it was a cat or a mouse, but I guess it doesn't matter. Then I saw the bunny shape and the face in the same splash. Then I couldn't really see much of anything, so I closed the journal and left it for a couple of days.
When I came back I could see the dinosaur, which I just love. He's so cute.
The silly upside down bird and the What Is This guy were the last things I saw. I had to turn the page upside down to see the upside down bird. I still don't know that the 'What Is This guy' is, but he is what I saw in the paint splash. I hope it's not like ink blots and reveals to the world just how strangely my mind can work. I choose to think it simply reveals how imaginative I can be.
I highly encourage you to try it. It's quite fun. Remember that not everything may emerge from the splashes at once. Keep coming back to your page over a few days, like I did, until you can see everything.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I love fantasy art and my digital work is full of fairies and elves, so I guess a fairy was bound to make her appearance in my doodle/sketch book sooner or later.
She wasn't a serious sketch. She was a "just to doodle", doodle, just for me, while I was watching television. I started with a simple face and kept adding little details to her, and now she has become my "Fairy Art Mother".
She's not perfect. Her proportions aren't quite right. She's a bit wonky. It's not stopping her from making her art. I think I'll keep her around my desk to remind me to trust my heart, that everything doesn't have to be perfect, and to "make beautiful things everyday."
Monday, April 7, 2014
To the dreamer, everything is possible.
This piece was inspired by our first true spring day with blue skies and little fluffy clouds. The message is so fitting right now, as I am up to my elbows in seeds and planting and organising for our other projects here at home and still trying to practice my sketching and painting and be creative every day. It is possible.
I worked with gesso, gel medium, Faber Castell Gel Sticks and white acrylic on 9 x 12 mixed media paper. She was fading a bit into the background because I went a little happy with the flowers, so I brought her back out with a little black ink outline. In reality the colors are much brighter. I am not normally an orange person, but I love the orange against the turquoise/aqua.