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Daily Art Devotions: Day 25

For today’s #dailyartdevotions #artjournal practice, I created a watercolor representation of my tidal wave of inspiration. Of course, I had to add a mermaid in the mix because…well…I absolutely love mermaids and just thinking about them brings me artistic inspiration.

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Daily Art Devotions: Days 22-24

I had to take a few days off to heal from multiple illnesses and a migraine, but I’m feeling better, so it’s back to making art.

For Day 22 of #DailyArtDevotions we were to go on an artist’s date which I took perusing Pinterest for mermaid inspiration which resulted in the sketch below. We also created a special pocket in our repurposed art journals to collect items that are special to us in order to create a well of inspiration. I used an art piece I had created previously and created the special well in my journal.

For Day 23, it was creating a page of gold. I created this page using only my intuition as a guide. I laid out all my gold media as well as my stencils and stamps and let my intuition do the rest. I absolutely love the results.

For Day 24, we were to collect items to fill up our well. I have been discovering all kinds of inspiring things going through my art supplies. I decided that I wanted to make a full commitment to this art journey I have begun, so I sold a bunch of things I didn’t need anymore in order to make space for a dedicated art space in my dining room. I still have much to organize, but I now have a space just to create art, and we can finally eat on the dining room table again.

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Daily Art Devotions: Day 20

For #DailyArtDevotions Day 20, I addressed the voice of my inner critic, then covered it over with rich watercolors. What was unexpected is somehow the art on the other page caused a mask on the canvas paper that showed up as I added the watercolor. It is a fascinating design, that looks like a tree getting ready to burst forth from the rainbow of colors. How amazing is this happy artistic accident?

To create a door as a cover for the inner critic transformation, I selected a sheet of scrapbook paper. As I situated it in the journal, I noticed there were marks on it that looked like a nose and mouth – another happy artistic accident. So, I decided to do a pencil sketch of the woman who is protector of my artistic transformation.

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Daily Art Devotions: Day 19

For Day 19/40 of #DailyArtDevotions with Elizabeth Foley, I engaged my inner creative child for this fun Picasso inspired piece. I did a pencil sketch first, then used black artist’s pen and Tombow markers. It was a lot of fun sketching this and coloring it in because I didn’t have to worry about getting anything “right.”

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Daily Art Devotions: Day 11

I know I should not be surprised by now about how just starting, even without motivation, works with creative practice, but I am. I have not been feeling well, and procrastinated in doing today’s #DailyArtDevotions #artjournal pages. But, I started with something easy – chaos – and then my creative mind took over and two hours later, I had created something I love.

For chaos, I sprayed water onto watercolor paper and then dropped several different colors of Bombay ink onto the page. This is a process that always makes me a little crazy because it never quite goes the way I want. I add too much water, too little water, too much ink, too little ink…you get the idea. Hence the representation of creative chaos.

Then an idea to put one of my favorite sketches on it as a representation of calm emerged. But it just didn’t work because keeping it on sketchbook paper would have completely covered the chaos page.

So, I decided to trace my sketch on tracing paper with my beloved blue sketch pencil, but that didn’t work because the blue pencil was too light and the mermaid was not visible over the chaos page. So, I decided to go back and trace over the traced sketch with a black technical pen. That worked.

I wasn’t sure how to affix my calm sketch over my chaos watercolor. I have tried to glue tracing paper before but did not have good results. I remembered I had some beach-themed washi tape and found the perfect one.

I love what emerged: a beautiful representation of calm over chaos.

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Daily Art Devotions: Day 10

I am not feeling well today, and in addition to that, I’ve got the beginnings of a migraine. It seems fitting then that the focus of this page for day 10 of #DailyArtDevotions is on my fear of creativity monster.

I sketched and colored my monster, and then decided I wanted a colorful background to symbolize the creativity he is standing guard over. It really does feel sometimes that I have to go to battle with him in order to gain access to my creativity.

And…after looking at him for quite some time, I realize he has a striking resemblance to one my exes…hmmm…interesting 😜