Finding your voice…

 

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is like finding your purpose. That’s such a big task! It is. I’m learning that the best way to find your voice is to simply paint, draw, write–CREATE.  The words of a podcast echo loud and clear. Get out of your comfort zone and turn off the negativity.  Yeah GOLIATH is in my head but David’s there too. It’s been a relief to let go and–Let Go. I feel like my journal is filled with these kind of thinks. BUT IT’S TRUE.  The hardest part is to let go of the labels and the noise.  There’s always pressure to please and to make money–to be liked and live what we always thought as…the safe choice. The problem with safe means you’re not adventuring or learning something new–BORING. I love learning about art history. There’s something amazing about painting in a dark cave or the breath taking Babylonian Gardens. Or what about the language of William Shakespeare. Oh the painting on Papyrus scrolls like the Judgment of Hunefer. This is all new!  Gives me a sense of how and why and artist creates. I love this! Makes all the right sense. I guess that means I keep on writing “weird things”

 

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New brush that I customized and I gotta say it felt good! I love the unpredictability.  I tried to apply the paint in a series of dots. Then the paint didn’t spread and I was left with these dots. I ran out of paper. I messed up this sheet. I could throw it away or keep going. So I played around. I let the brush SLIDE across the page. Suddenly the perfect quote happened. Love the not knowing no strings attached feeling–WAIT that’s part of stepping out of your comfort zone right. I’ve also been learning to draw and WOW! I need tons of practice which will be great for a side project. I’m exited to start that next week! Yeah just the right motivation to get back to The Tale of Anna Mary and George…wait maybe his last name should be Wild..George Wild

Imagine all the impossible things that are POSSIBLE.

 

 

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Get to know the ugly side of

success. I seem to be quoting James Arthur these days-twice. To succeed at anything you have to learn to master the ugly side. That about sums up my thoughts this week.

I’m going to paint and I’m going to write my heart’s content.

My heart’s content…

I don’t know why it was easy to keep on trying even when I fell and scraped my knees. I mean all I wanted to do was ride my bike.

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Working the straw was awesome and the color scheme–not bad

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There’s always a brighter day.

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Do I believe in all impossible things? I’ve got to.

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We are one but we each have a purpose…I painted this!

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Speaks for itself

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Think of all the impossibilities that are possible

The learning of a curious artist

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Sometimes it feels like there’s so much art and not enough time. I said this before. I realize that some art interests me far more than other art. Guess it’s the story and technique I’m after. Gold Leaf in Mesopotamian art! I want to enjoy art. So I’m reading a little on each piece. If it’s a piece that has my attention, I’ll take a closer look.

I was in a book store the other day. I found a table filled with $5 books. The one filled with fairy tales called me. Yes  magical worlds and motifs.   Sounds like good inspiration for my quotes and poems. There’s something about a world  be it fairy tale or Hogwarts that’s incredible.  I love Hogwarts and the whole good versus evil. I went with the complete plays of William Shakespeare. I love the times of kings, queens and horse carriages. I want to finish reading King Lear and it’ll be better reading.

I got back to the quick draw or 5 minute draw. I love not knowing what will happen or what the piece will look like. I get an idea and go with it. In the end I may have a layout that looked better in my mind BUT, hey it’s practice. It’s going from fear to freedom.

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The house is quiet now–good. I guess all books and draws just help me learn in a non- judgemental I can lose myself know thyself kind of way.  Wait… I need to make sure that I keep creating because that’s the best way to learn. I think next will be a great time to look at my old work and choose some favorites…

THINK of all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

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Finger Painting With Acrylic and Watercolor

I’m looking for a cool background or pattern for my poems and quotes.

I’ve been playing with acrylic paint and watercolor of course.

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You’ve seen the one with crayola here Note to self, paint more of these. There’s something about mixing color that excites me. You add color and drop it on the page like this and spread it. There’s no structure. The paint just takes on a life of it’s own.  I love that.

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I love dropping drops of paint and then using a flat brush to spread the paint in a horizontal motion. Use my  finger prints to create a pattern? Yes I will try that next time!

Instead I got this quote in my head and why not play around with it.

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Oh dear I need more space! Oh but I do love this idea! I love the color. I used the dot method to grab a couple of colors and then paint….looks awesome but I want to go back to the drawing board with this one.

Here it is! Yes I am also testing different paper and this is a store paper bag. The purple paint is done in acrylic and the dots were done with watercolor paint.

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I’m still going to try the fingerprint pattern.

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Paint With Crayons?

Yes I did and I LOVED IT! The message is pretty awesome!  The idea of melted crayons and painting with them had me for awhile. I had to try.

First step bake some crayons.

I preheated the oven- I’m melting crayons and excited for what’s to come! What 325 degrees?

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Then after about 5 minutes or so take them out of the oven.

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…and this is the FUN part, paint and paint fast because the crayon will start to dry and stick.

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Next time melt the crayons a little more, work faster and use these brushes.  Watercolor brush soap works great to clean the brushes.

Here it is! Takes about 30 minutes to dry. I must say I didn’t care too much for the waxy smell throughout the house. Maybe it’s because I used old crayons? Oh well…

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It’s clear how quick the crayon dries. The top part is where I started  and much smoother. I love the color! Overall I love the Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar feel here.

How will this look with letters?

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Love the color and there is a little darkness but I guess that’s part of stepping out and doing your own thing. The beauty supersedes.

Is there a better way to paint? Do I melt the crayon more or do I shave the crayon and somehow melt it? BUT I’ve seen this done and don’t like the texture. I like painting with crayons? Well see!

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Pattern and Watercolor

LOVE the idea of using patterns and collage art to express emotion.

This project is inspired by works of Eric Carl and Paul Klee. I learn about artists and their techniques out of curiosity and to WAKE-UP the wow factor that kids have. I’m  inspired to do what I want with my art. Art can be everything you want it to be. Open you eyes the proof is here.

I’m using color and shape to express the meaning I want to convey.  Love is all of these emotions…like a puzzle all these pieces represent emotions-memories and people. I’ve painted many of hearts with this collage type idea. Each color or shape represents a section or emotion of the heart.

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Here’s another one.

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I will definitely use this in my lettering and painting quotes. I have this idea to create letters using vibrant paint and the shape of my thumbprint.  YES I will play around with this idea.

To think all of this started with a 5 minute sketch.

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Wait I love the way the squares and rectangles are overlapping. Maybe I can borrow the collage process that Eric Carl used to create his wonderful caterpillar.

Everything is Possible

 

 

 

 

Tempera Paint, You Warm My Heart.

Okay did I just write that. Well okay why not. There I was, in high school ceramics art class. I had flashbacks of holding the clay in my hand and twisting it along the cold table and then piece by piece pinching it together to create an awesome vase- wait get back to my guest teaching. It was amazing to walk around and see everyone’s projects. What’s the story behind these projects aside from I’m just here to earn credit. I found them all to be amazing. Then the tempera paint kept calling my name.  I kept thinking paint. Oh I can practice the principle of rhythm.  Rhythm is visual movement in your piece.  I’ve got 15 minutes of free time at lunch and I’m doing this. I chose to use the element of shape and color to express rhythm with color.

Yes I felt like a kid in a candy story.  Here we go.

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Didn’t have paper so OKAY I’ll use a paper towel. That’s the great part of creativity. You learn about working with what you got and make magic.
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Mixed up some orange. Ooooh do I see hearts. I love this color here and feel like I should mix paint right on the canvas or should I say paper towel in this case. I SHOULD AND WILL. Add that to my calendar right now.

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Here we go. I wanted to create a rhythm with the dots pattern. The emotions are happy and calm leading up to cheerful yellow…what I felt from start to finish .

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Up close just look at the texture. I just painted these and no pencil sketch or anything. I really need to buy some of this paint. What a powerful example of how curiosity can lead to amazing art.
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So pretty.
Not bad for a little time, tempera paint and an awesome lesson on rhythm. Wait next time I will make the E’s a little thicker.

-everything is possible.

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Happy Saturday!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend-as you should be! Just want to say thank you for reading. There are a few changes on my blog and a few to come. Check out my pages for fun tools, my interview. As a reminder I do teach online courses.

That’s all for now because I’m going for a quick snack and then it’s blob painting time.

 

Cute Easter Bunny Cards and Curiosity

It’s been good to be away from here.  I really enjoyed working on my posts for a few weeks and getting lost in my own world.  I was able to fully focus on me and my art. Still need to work on eating healthy and getting in shape, but that’s another conversation. Yes being able to focus on my art and just paint is awesome. I feel so much more carefree to be curious! Y-E-S.

Which brings me to how things are going to roll. I will post weekly every Friday. There will be an occasional surprise.  You are going to see awesome projects and yes one of them is the love poem. Each month I will wok on projects and at the end of the month I will work on posts. This way I spend the entire month working on my art. It can be hard to divide my days with blogging and projects.

So here we go! I painted a few cards for Easter. Kraft paper looks so beautiful with acrylic paint.

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I used a pencil to sketch out the design. Then I just painted.
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I kept mixing color until I found these awesome shades of brown and pink. This one is my favorite. Not sure about the expression. I am working on creating facial expressions for my bears and horses.
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I then used an angled brush to create the petals for this pretty flower. White paper would have been better to emphasize the color and create more contrast. Well at least I know that now. HaHa
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I want more practice with drawing. These days looking up a picture online to reference is a great idea. I observe shapes and paint what I see. No pencil this time. Not bad but I messed up on the inside. I tried to use a mascara wand to create the perfect shape.  It was awesome but the proportions were all wrong.

 

See you next week

Everything is possible

Be a Fan of Your Own Work

This goes both ways. Yes I know that I’m on my mini vacation right now. BUT I thought I’ d set up four journal entries of some awesome lessons that I know I’ll be thinking about.  I HAD to add them to my journal. So goodbye journal! I will see you Easter Sunday! Yippee I love Easter! I love all holidays!

I went from this

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to this

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to this

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ugliness happened…well I’m proud of this piece because it was great practice. Now I know not to use color like this. I mixed it too much brown and didn’t like the shade of orange here but the orange in blue is heaven.

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All of my practice led me to this!

I am proud of my work. STOP comparing my work to others. THIS BUGS ME. My work is not suppose to look like anyone’s work. IT’S ME! Yes I have to figure out how to use a camera. LOL  I have lots more ideas. Practice and more practice!

-nothing is impossible

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