For Day 39 of#DailyArtDevotions (only one day left!!!) we created a representation of “the sands of time.” I decided to go a little wild with my page. I wanted to try out new things so I used my new Daniel Smith watercolors and new Brusho Crystals. I used molding paste over a clock stencil for the clock. I used resist for some of the water, and then painted over it to add variations in water color. I used a script stamp with gold archival ink underneath the sand to add variation in sand color. I am pleased with how most everything turned out except the perspective. It is off so it looks like the whole world is weighing down on the clock, which now that I think about it, is pretty accurate!
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.
For Day 9 of the #DailyArtDevotions 40-day #artjournal journey with Elizabeth Foley, I turned my fears into flowers.
It is no wonder that I struggled mightily while creating this page. Layer after layer, it looked like a total mess. Parts of the paper even started to come up and peel off, and I had no idea how to fix it. But…I just kept going.
Maybe this experience was the Universe showing me exactly how to handle all these fears I have about creating: Just keep going in spite of the fear and something beautiful will eventually emerge.
Maybe that is the reward for not giving up.
For Day 5 of #DailyArtDevotions with Elizabeth Foley, I created an #artjournal page that represents my inner creative terrain. I started out with a tree woman that had come to me during meditation, but when I went to pick up my son, I was struck by the limitlessness and clarity of the brilliant blue sky, the wispy white clouds, and a single soaring blackbird, and I knew that that was a better representation of what my inner creative terrain looks like. There was a page in my #repurposed cookbook that already had birds and tree branches, so I added my own interpretation of my inner creative landscape to it.
Lately, I have been hearing song lyrics repeating in my head, some of them I haven’t heard in decades. Sometimes they even wake me up in the middle of the night. So, I added a music stamp and a script stamp with archival ink to represent the words and the music floating around in my inner terrain. I added Bombay inks over a patch of watercolor paper to represent the art and creativity that is inside me, and then sprayed Bombay inks on the original page to represent the expansiveness and texture of my terrain. I then used a mandala stamp with archival ink to represent the complexity and beauty of my inner creativity, and a tree swing stencil with archival ink to represent my inner child artist and my dreamy imagination.
For today’s creative practice, I decided to do more #SketchbookPlay and test out a technique I discovered while playing yesterday: dual brush markers spread out with a wet paint brush over gesso. It was AMAZING! I love the soft, glowing look it creates. I loved it so much that I kept on going. I added stenciling with distress and archival inks. Then I added butterfly stamps using more distress and archival inks. Then I added Bombay ink sprayed from a spritz bottle, and more water with a paint brush. I love the result…AND it’s been a lot of fun taking a break from my art classes just to play.
For today’s sketchbook practice, I finished up Marielle Stolp’s #Fantastic Beasts #EverAfter2018 lesson. I learned so much about the process of making art. I really love how Ever After’s lessons are comprised of several videos because they help me understand that everything does not get completed in a day, that art is a process, and that I can walk away from something for a day or two and come back to it, and everything will be okay.
This piece took me three days to complete and is my largest painting at 11 x 15. I learned so much about taking my time with the process rather than rushing it. I really appreciated how Marielle Stolp mentioned in her videos that she was taking a break to allow herself time to gain a better perspective on what she was creating. She modeled such great habits for beginning artists like me to learn. I loved her discussions on the best watercolors, and I loved her cats’ interjections. It was a wonderful lesson that I really enjoyed taking part in.
For my sketchbook practice today, I continued with Marielle Stolp’s #EverAfter2018 #FantasticBeasts lesson. I spent about five hours inking my sketch, adding stamps, and then beginning to add watercolor. My practice was derailed a bit by a migraine and being tired. We had severe storms here last night, along with tornado warnings, so I was up until three in the morning. That doesn’t lead to the most productive of days, but I showed up and made art, and that’s what matters. I’m looking forward to continuing to work on this piece tomorrow.
For today’s sketchbook practice, I did another two-page journal spread using a page from Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel. Using the torn out page, “Courage, dear heart,” I played with some new stamps and stencils I got in the mail today. Some worked out really well, and others did not, but it was fun playing with them all.