I took a few days off from my book recommendations and from writing my novel so that I could make some art that was swirling around in my head and needed to come out.
Now that I’ve fed the starving artist part of myself, I am back to writing my novel, and I am back with another book recommendation: The Sun and Her Flowers by rupi kaur. I had previously read her book of poems, Milk and Honey, and loved it, but the The Sun and Her Flowers reached me at my core. The poetry is as beautiful as it is brutal. It is about love, loss, and sexual assault. It is about the aftermath of sexual assault and how it affects every aspect of the self. It is about all the things we do because we believe we are not enough as we are. I related to so much of this book, and it worked like a salve for my soul.
I did it! I completed the 40-day #DailyArtDevotions Art Journal Journey with Elizabeth Foley. I have enjoyed expanding my creativity with the daily prompts. I really enjoy flipping through the journal and looking at everything I’ve created. I do still have to paste into the journal some of the entries that I created on separate paper. Along with those I’m going to add some other pieces I’ve created these last forty days, and I believe those together will fill up the entire book. Yay!
So, what’s next? Well, I’ve made a commitment to once again return to finishing my novel. I’ve joined a six-week writing program that offers support, structure, accountability, and fear busting so that I can fulfill my one main goal this year: having a polished first draft of my novel completed by 12/31/18. This novel continues to call to me no matter what I’ve done over the last seven years to avoid writing it. It’s clearly a story that must be told.
I don’t know how much art I will be doing over the next six weeks, but I am considering doing a short blog post each day to share my favorite line from that days writing. I realized today, as I was speaking with Elizabeth Foley, that I love art so much because of the connections I’ve made. Writing is a lonely process and there isn’t a beautiful piece of art to share at the end of each day. Connections get lost, and since I’m already fairly isolated, losing those connections is difficult for me. So, I will have to come up with a creative way to connect even while dedicating myself to completing my novel.
For the final day of this art journal journey, my page represents the gift of gratitude. I put gesso on the page first. Then I filled the entire page with what I’m grateful for in turquoise ink. I then added more gesso and some gold acrylic paint and used a brayer to spread them both across the page. I then added some Brusho Crystals in red and violet and sprayed them with water. Once the background was complete, I added my present made with cardstock with an embossed mandala (which is the first time I’ve embossed anything! Woohoo!). I then added a bow on the top with gold ribbon. And my gift of gratitude is complete as is this special journey ❤️
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!
For Day 38 of #DailyArtDevotions, I created a sketch that represents how I feel about being in nature…well, when it’s not thirty degrees outside. We went from very warm summer temperatures right into very cold winter temperatures skipping right over my favorite season: fall. Maybe I will have to create fall on the page!
Also, I started adding color to my latest mermaid sketch. I used acrylic paints and acrylic pens for her scales and my new Daniel Smith watercolors for her tale and the rock. Then I added shimmering color to her tale with a sparkling brush pen. I will keep adding color as the colors come to me. Each day I sit with her to see what comes to me.
For Day 32 of #DailyArtDevotions I created an art journal page inspired by candles and flame. I decided to use my favorite stencil over a page I had previously washed with watercolor. I used black and gold acrylic paint and then used a yellow Posca pen to add the light to the lanterns. I’ve always loved glowing lanterns and this page reminds me of all the light in my life.
My Day 33 #artjournal page is dedicated to Georgia O’Keeffe. I recreated The Lawrence Tree in watercolor.
For Day 34, I created sprouts that represent some of my biggest dreams. I added little blooms to represent hope for their fulfillment. And each one has a word that describes its essence.
For Day 26/40 of #DailyArtDevotions #artjournal journey with Elizabeth Foley, I decided to create my night sky representation using watercolor and Bombay inks. I really love how it turned out.
Something I learned in Tamara Laporte’s Creativity and Wellbeing Summit with Lucy Brydon is to put two layers of watercolor on the page to make the colors more vibrant. I also learned from Lucy how to make the galaxy stars using white ink and a toothbrush.
Something else I added for effect was salt, and I also used a dryer to move the watercolors around on the page. Then I put watercolors on a mop brush and slung them across the page. I will be doing a lot more of these. The effect is beautiful.
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.