I am everywhere and nowhere..
Creatively speaking I hit a rough patch recently, I arrived at the point without a desire to create and my attempts to paint went awry. Refraining from beating myself up over this dry spell (ok I admit to a small temper tantrum), I decided to make an effort to do other things. A brisk walk around the neighborhood is one of my favorite things to do to clear my head. On occasions I would take time to observe, photographing interesting things along the way.
One of the images I photographed was an old house in the neighborhood which I have passed many times. I always admired the structure and unique ornate features of the house. This image was the spark to start me off on my little painting adventure.
Always fascinated with the stories behind the facade but alas the only information I could find on this old house was the date it was built, 1896.
9″x12″ acrylic paint and graphite on wood panel
I’ve been using a sta-wet palette, it helps keep my paints from drying out.
Painting of the trees
Progression of painting
Thanks for stopping by and letting me take you on my little creative journey.
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Oh hello darling, I miss you..
Yes I have been neglecting you old buddy, missed out on your ever changing landscape, your colorful words, exquisite taste of imagery, and inspiring ways.. You always had something new to say and I can always find an adventure or two at my fingertips…
Forgive me darling, my attention played on other playgrounds, it kept me away from hanging out with you.. I couldn’t resist your algorithm charm, I knew one day this gal would return to you with a spark of enthusiasm…
Have you missed me..WordPress? … huh?
Oh your silence is cruel..
My choice of play has been Instagram, and Facebook but I did miss writing… My goal this year is to get back to writing and posting regularly.. I really did miss reading my favorite bloggers posts, such a great community of talented inspirational people on WordPress.
Illustration: pencil on paper
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As a creative, there is always the need to make something and if your not doing, making, creating what you love you can feel lost. Well for me that is how I felt during the past three years. It started out well, I was happy to have a new job, experiencing new people but eventually the work just wasn’t for me anymore. I needed to make a change for my own well being and purpose. Over the course of my work days, I realized the work was boring, non-stimulating it was dulling my senses, kinda sucking the life from my soul (dramatic I know but its how I felt).
Taking time to contemplate my situation, realizing my life goals I decided to take a leap of faith. Now my goal is to go full throttle with my art and work with anything that promotes my creative and brings me joy. These days I am feeling happier and lighter in spirit which is carrying over into the art I create. I always had a love of watercolor, and recently have been working on small paintings on paper, inspired by nature.
I want to share a little joy with you. Because I enjoy giving and sharing my work, I am offering a giveaway this week. I am selecting three winners BUT the winners will have to gift the art away. (No spamming, or mailings etc.) You can visit my artist page on Facebook, like the giveaway post and comment with the name of person you would like to give art to if you won. (no tagging or sharing required) Just a little giveaway… You can just stop by say hello if you don’t wish to participate.. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts and view my art!!
Small works of art, 5×7″ watercolor and marker on canson 140 lb cold press paper
Visit my artist page on Facebook for giveaway details
My other works of art on paper now available on Etsy.
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Live it, create it, draw it, paint it, perform it, design it, write it out
and stay true to self.
Pen, color pencil, nail polish on paper
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Creativity is electric, it is everywhere.
Grateful for the people who inspire everyday, make art and share their creations for everyone to see.
color pencil, charcoal & ink on paper
November brings a host to creative challenges, including the National Novel Writing Month to Art Everyday. Currently Im taking on both challenges, this will be my third year participating with art everyday month and my second go around for novel writing.
Perfect timing, I randomly picked a creativity card of the day, from Julia Cameron’s, The Artist Way inspirational deck of cards. – “Take one small daily action instead of indulging in the big questions.”
Visit Leah’s website to participate in the art everyday challenge.
National Novel Writing Month Challenge
I have all good intentions to create, to draw out the ideas swimming in my mind. Over the course of the day life happens and I slowly dismiss all my creative nudges. At the end of the day when I didn’t make the time to do what I love, I am grumpy and irritable. And this brings me to the dreaded blank canvas, the one I stare at on a daily basis. My goal is to allow myself one minute, one stroke of the brush one line of the pencil at a time to make my art. Some days a few minutes is all I have, and by allowing myself to enjoy the process of beginning maybe that is all I need.
-where the white blank canvas lives…..
Inspiration comes in many forms, the following is a list of recent books I found helpful and thought provoking:
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Sound of Paper, by Julia Cameron
Hero, by Rhonda Byrne
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Happy 2014! Be bold, dare to dream and focus within.
Starting the year off with a return to Creative Everyday Challenge for the month of January. This month’s theme is:
Past Present and Future
A frigid snow day brought forth a creative fun day. I dusted off my watercolor box, sifted through piles- dug out some paper (ok organization should be my resolution) and created this months challenge.
To learn more about the monthly challenge visit Leah at Creative Everyday
Trying to accomplish my work, I was eager to complete sketches for a project. As my day progressed my focus seemed a little scattered I felt a jolt of inspiration and this is what happened:
I decided to finally paint over a new shirt that had dirt I couldn’t wash out. I came up with a simple design and using gold fabric craft paint, I painted over the trouble spots.
After a trip to the supermarket to buy only one item, I came across a bottle of vitamin E & coconut oil for $1. Bought it with the bright idea to make my own body lotion. So of course I mixed some up when I got home. Utilizing an empty lotion container, I mixed together, in equal parts, the oils, vaseline and left over sample of vanilla scented lotion. The result.
Needless to say I am still working on my sketches!