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April 2020 Full Alder Moon in Libra

It’s been quite a while since I made any art. Stress, illness, and numbness have all taken a toll on my creativity. However, a member of an art group I am in mentioned that we could view this time, this full moon, as a portal into a new world of our own creation rather than trying to return to our previous normal. This resonated with me instantly. Over the past month, an image kept returning to me over and over again with a full moon split and an opening in between. This mention of a portal finally solidified that vision and motivated me to start making art again so that I could put the image down on paper.

So, for my full Alder moon in Libra art journal spread for Effy Wild‘s Moonshine 2020 course, I created this full moon portal using black gesso, metallic watercolor, traditional watercolor, Golden fluid acrylics, white and gold Posca pens, and Strumpet Stencils.

It felt good to get back to making art. It felt good to get lost in the process and give my racing mind a much needed break. Moving forward, I’ve made a commitment to #the100dayproject to draw a face every day for 100 days. I posted my first face here on the blog earlier today. I’m hoping that making this commitment will help me get back to my daily creative practice.

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Watercolor Play

Today’s creative practice was derailed by a fall down the stairs this morning. Judging from the continuous pain, and where my body hit, I believe I may have fractured a rib or two. I’m so very lucky it wasn’t something more serious. Over the last two weeks, my neighbor fell and broke her leg, my brother-in-law fell and fractured his arm and elbow, and my mother fell and broke her ankle and is in the hospital and may require surgery. So strange all this falling happening. I don’t believe I’ve ever fallen down stairs in my life.

So, to practice some self-care, I made today’s creative practice fun and simple. I began a video for the Art is Magic 2018 Extended Creative Retreat (of which I was lucky enough to win a year’s access to) and in the first video, Galia Alena shows her art journals. They are so incredible! What called to me before I even began her instruction, was a few pages where she mixed her watercolors so she could reference back to them, and I just loved what she had done, so I started mixing my favorite MozArt Komorebi watercolor set. I’m only about halfway through the set, but I just love how the page has turned out so far. I’m going to stop for the evening, and give myself the gift of some rest and relaxation.