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Finding The Gift

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2017 has NOT been a healthy year in review,

Started with bronchitis and ended with the flu…

Had a big toe fusion and was rear-ended too,

Worked way too much which made me feel blue.

       Still I managed to blog almost every day,

       Created my weird birds every Wednesday.

       100 mixed-media faces and 50 fish, YAY!

       Art experiments in the spirit of play.

2018 starts with a few goals, sincere –

Take care of my body, like a friend who is dear.

Notice the small gifts of JOY that appear,

Live my life with clear intention this year!

This poem was recently inspired by this article in Uppercase Magazine, written by Melanie Falick on living with intention.

 

And this book I purchased from Amazon, Finding The Gift, by Angela Howell with daily meditations for mindfulness.

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I look forward to the small gems that I learn from this book to share with you on my art journey in 2018, after all, finding the gifts is part of the fun!

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Wishing you all a happy, creative and healthy 2018!

Cheers! 🙂

Where Are You Going?

In 2014, I took an online art class that suggested we choose a word for the year.  My word was SOAR!  It seemed appropriate as I was into birds – even then!  Here is the collage I created:

Soar - word for 2014

It is the first face (ever) I painted with acrylics.  I added some collage elements that had a lot of symbolism for me.  Can you find all my winged teachers?  An owl for wisdom, a bird and it’s nest for keeping my eyes open to nature’s beauty, a fairy for humor, a butterfly for beauty, a dragonfly for balance and a hummingbird for joy!  There are other symbols such as a map, feather, flowers, leaves and roots.  I really enjoyed creating this piece but it took me a long time to complete it!

On January 2nd of this year, I posted that I was going to keep a daily sketchbook for the year and weekly post my progress on my blog.   I discovered that I need more of a FOCUS!  I need either a weekly or monthly idea to keep me focused on drawing, sketching or painting.

Do you give yourself a weekly or monthly focus for your sketchbook?

I completed 3 days but then I got distracted.  This got me thinking about my word for this year and I have decided on… yep!  You guessed it, “focus!”

So today, I did a journal page on my word for 2016:

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I still have room to write things on my page.  Maybe you have some gems to share with me?

I am hoping that 2016 will be the year that I can figure out where I want to be going with my art and the mediums I want to explore in greater detail.

Do you give yourself a word for the year?  I’d love to hear what it is!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Keeping A Daily Sketchbook

One of my art goals for the new year is to keep a daily sketchbook.  I think to keep it interesting, I want to experiment with different art mediums and try different kinds of sketchbooks.

Today, I used my Strathmore 9×12 Visual Journal with Vellum smooth pages:

Strathmore Visual Journal

I decided to try sketching with a dip pen and Black Indian ink:

ink and dip pen

I sketched some spices that I had in my cupboard.  First, I held the dip pen loosely at it’s end and then I used the dropper from the ink bottle:

Day 1 of sketchbook

As you can see, they are a bit wonky in shape.  Yet, I kind of like them like this!

After the ink dried, I used my Neocolor II water soluble crayons and a new Pelikan opaque watercolor set to play with color.

I also made notes on my page.  I think I like the ink dropper sketches the best which surprises me.

I will be posting my sketches on my blog about once a week so you can see my progress.  I am hoping this practice will help improve my drawing skills in time.

I challenge you to start a sketchbook this year!  You could keep a weekly sketch if that is easier to keep up.  It really is loads of fun!  And as you can see from my sketches, they don’t have to be perfect.

Be sure to write the date on your page –

Happy sketching!  🙂

I Need to Pare Down

OK, I’m back to pears… here is a red and yellow one:

red and yellow pear photo

I decided to draw them with a black pen and color them in primary colors – with water soluble OIL pastels:

a pare of pears

I over emphasized the shadows this time (thanks Charlie for the tip!) which helped give them shape.

As I was picking up my house today, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the “stuff” I have accumulated.  I really need to “pare” down!  🙂

So I decided to help motivate myself, I need to make it fun – like the laundry post I did last week, which you can see here.  My goal is to write a weekly post about my progress in a creative way.  Maybe you will have some creative solutions to share too!

Happy Creating!  🙂