Monthly Archives: May 2014

Lately in my Journal

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I have been in the middle of many projects in the past couple of months, but with Connie Hozvicka’s  Painting the Feminine workshop winding down this week, looks like I will be able to finish some things that I have already started, but put off for awhile.

The painting above is in my 8×5″ Stillman & Birn journal & is a result of trying something new that I learned in Timssally’s Sunday Mornings group. I have never done anyhting like this before & have never really been drawn (pardon the pun!!) to those faces that I see floating around many sites. But, I decided that I need to practice portraits (something I did a LOT of many years ago). This one is a combination of collage (underneath the face) & acrylics. I loved doing this! It was much easier than I thought it would be & it got me back into actually wanting to try my hand at portraits again (oh my goodness, portraits & hands…so intimidating!). Anyway, I like her & will try more of these soon.

These 3 are done in acrylics & are straight from the Painting the Feminine Workshop:

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The invitation for the painting above was Healing. I felt really led to using these bright colors & as I was painting I began to see two women hovering over something, almost as if they are nurturing something/someone? That’s the thing I am learning with Connie’s direction in Fearless Painting…just go with what you see & bring it out. It is so therapeutic to paint this way! I really get involved with just the process.image

The painting invitation for this one was Community & I wanted to use the same color pallete as I did with Healing to create a series, but now that I look at them side by side like this, I realize I could have had a heavier hand with the paint! It’s so hard to see the vividness in the 2nd one. Anyway, while I was painting this one, I kept thinking about the group of people that I have in my life (no, not that large of a group as in the painting!!) & the many ways in which we all support each other; they are my community. Also, those spirals appear in my work a lot…I see them representing things that come & go, in & out of my life: good times, bad time, all times.

imageRestahh yes, the ever important rest, that as a mom, is very fleeting! But that is my own fault, as I find myself needing my moments of solitude late into the night. Again, I had no intention of painting a person, yet, I began to see some facial features emerge, so I went with it. I keep going back to this similar color scheme…not sure why, but I find that it is uniting my paintings from this workshop. Last time I took PTF my colors were darker, bolder, & I used many different color palletes (I really have to spell check that word!).  There were many images referencing water & mermaids…not sure why, I haven’t really thought about it too much. It might be time to reflect on the workshops once this week is over. This time around, my work feels a bit more cohesive & grounded, to me at least!

I have also been feeling a shift in my work, an understanding or connection with the paints & the movements of the brush. I think the best thing I can do for myself right now is to keep on painting, everyday. So, if I am a bit quiet here, it’s because I am immersed in my paints!

What have you been working on? I would love to hear about it!

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Creatively speaking…

I have met some really wonderful kindred spirits in this art journaling community. One of these lovely spirits is the delightful Natasha White, who’s work (both paintings & writing) I adore! She always manages to inspire & get me thinking & her blog posts always make me smile. So when she asked me to take part in this blog tour of course I said Yes!

There are 4 questions to answer…just 4 little questions? I thought, that will be so easy! Then I read the questions…<gulp> & got a little nervous as they are real artist-like questions! A label I am still trying to settle into. But I will try my best to address these creative issues from my perspective.

1. What are you working on?

Oh my gosh, way too many things right now! Aside from working in my journal everyday, I am enrolled in Connie Hozvicka’s 21 Secrets Painting the Feminine Spring. I also belong to the Documented Life Planner group & work in my Moleskine planner (although that has been the subject of much neglect lately). A few other workshops here & there, but pretty soon I am cutting myself off to go workshop free for at least a month! image This painting above (acrylics) was in response to the Cycles prompt in Painting the Feminine which I painted last week. It might not yet be finished – I have a feeling I will revisit it. I have dedicated my {luscious!} Fabriano Venezia journal to that class, which I also took in the winter & I love seeing how much my work has progressed. My main goal with this particular workshop is to learn how to paint more intuitively which s something, despite all of my art training, I have never explored. I am hoping to find my voice  using this medium. Here are a few more paintings from this workshop. All were done last week. image

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I also track my creative thoughts & color combos that resonate with me in my Right Brain Planner (Teresa Robinson’s brilliant system & another beautiful kindred spirit!. I find it brings out subconscious messages & hints about myself & where I’m headed. A glimpse from April:

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2.  How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t even know if my work fits into a genre! If I had to put it in a genre, I guess it would be art journaling? I think the things that make it different is  that my work is done from my lens, my perspective, my experiences that influence me. I know that I don’t like to copy current trends that are out there (I.e., the formula scrapbook look, etc.)… my goal is to find my own voice, so right now I am trying a whole bunch of things to see what resonates with me. Lots of it will be not great, but I have to get through that muddy/junky phase before my voice/style can shine through. Lately I can certainly feel a shift happening which feels really good!

3.  Why do I create what I create?

It’s the best way I know how to express myself & get my feelings out. Plus…and this is a big one…it keeps me calm & happy. I cannot go a day without doing some kind of art,even if it is just 15 minutes. It’s part of who I am.  

4. How does your creative process work?

I wish I knew!! Lol! I get inspiration mostly when I am not looking for it! It could be from a certain color combination I may see in my travels, anything from flowers or even a sign on a passing truck! It could be from patterns in nature or architecture. More often than not, ideas always come when I’m not {consciously} looking for them! Once I get an idea, I’ll quickly sketch it out in my idea journal, let it marinate in my mind & then start laying down some paint in my art journal. Or…I just start playing around with paint & see what happens. Sometimes I find pictures & text in magazines that I am completely attracted to but cannot even say why, so I cut them out & paste them in a composition notebook for future reference.  I’m actually not really sure that I can adequately explain my creative process. I know I am currently obsessed with the creative process of others & will read anything I can get my hands on about it. I recently read Stephen King’s “On Writing” as well as Creative Habit (Twyla Tharp) book & was fascinated by both!

And that is about it! I, in turn asked 3 people to participate in this next week, but unfortunately they were all swamped & were unable to do it. Should things change for them I will update here…(why do I feel like the party pooper who was unable to continue this little tour. But, I tried! 🙂

Lately…In My Journal

Lots of creative happenings around here lately, which is why I haven’t had a post in over a week! I have to get on a schedule for this blog…as I often “wander” around, get distracted by all things life & art & then I realize it’s a few weeks since I last posted! That’s what did me in on my previous blog life. So, I am trying to hold myself more accountable.  I need a schedule! Maybe it’s time to put my {Documented Life}Planner to some practical use! 😉

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(Acrylic paint in my 9×12 Fabriano journal)

Last January I enrolled in Connie Hozvicka’s Painting the Feminine workshop & I absolutely loved it!! It was just what I needed to paint more intuitively.  Having been traditionally trained in art school, “they” never teach how to be more expressive in your painting…it’s all about studying “the masters”, so this workshop has really helped me.

Anyway, Connie has a Spring session going on now & about 2 weeks ago, prior to the start of it, she held a free “Painting the Feminine” Spreecast so I joined in! The above painting is what came out of it after about an hour.  I have since enrolled in the Spring session (more on that in a future post).  I noticed myself painting much more freely than previously & was very happy with the results.  I definitely feel a shift happening in my paintings which I know is coming from me doing the work! Yes, it’s really true, it must be a daily practice for me to see change & slowly but surely I feel it & see it.

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(Acrylics & a little bit of washi tape & a found number; in my altered book)

Above is a smaller painting that I did  in my altered book art journal.  That’s where I experiment & play. I recently got some new paints, colors that I did not have & just had to try them out! I went into my journal with no plan whatsoever, I swiped down my cadmium red & then the cobalt blue. Normally I wouldn’t use these 2 colors together for fear of them blending into mud (very warm red, bordering on orange, mixed with the cobalt= not pretty). But, I was just playing, so I didn’t really care (ahh, such freedom in playing!). After swiping the colors on, I began to “see” a window, with a flower box. Something about the colors also reminded me of my beloved American Southwest. So, I kept at it, adding a few additional colors here & there. When I was done, I thought about the journey of color, which is why I wrote in gold: “Let the colors take you there”… Because in this case, they truly did!

I would love to hear what you’ve been working on!