Monday, February 14, 2011
Monday, October 18, 2010
The prompt from class this week was to get out of the studio!
But take your supplies with you.
My Furry Assistant went along for the trip.. curling up in my lap while I worked, snapping at a bug here or there like a little fly trap..
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns
in order to look at things in a different way. -- Edward de Bono
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This flower has been sitting to the side of the easel.. feeling extremely unfinished.. I had no idea where to go with it.. and it sure wasn't telling me where to go either.
So this past weekend I put it back on the easel.. and just went to 'paint pushin'..
I did have an attachment to the flower - so I was uneasy about possibly destroying how far I had gotten.. but then.. How was I to know if it couldn't get Better, if I didn't try?
So after many layers, and a rather big mess... I had something I am feeling MUCH better about now..
A little 'paint pushin' can go a long way..
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I've used Scupley before(the oven bake kind), and even took a few traditional pottery classes in college..
This stuff is super cool.. of course it probably isn't as rock hard set and sturdy as the traditional stuff.. but it IS just as fun.
Through a prompt from an online course I am taking.. I rocked out some Rocks..
Yes, you're probably thinking, just like my sweetie was.. Why would I make Rocks out of Clay?
Well.. Why not? A very non-threatening form.. making it easy to not fear 'perfection'.
I made a little family of 4 rocks. Making them all progressively smaller.
After playing with making some rocks.. I went old school.. remember rolling clay into long 'snakes'?
Well that is SO not easy. How did I do this when I was little?! My ropes did not turn out circular, moreso oval-ish. Maybe since we had weak little hands this came easier when we were little..
But after much diligence, I had enough coils to make a container.
Here are all the pieces mostly dried out:
After much deliberating.. I found a 'theme' for my rocks.. retro-ish.. well, for those who know me, that is noo surprise. I'm all about painting stuff Loud and Patterns..
However, incorporating that look into my household could use some help.. ha.
My little rock family all dolled up.. I am in love with them.. <3
This little dear will probably hold my long brushes.. since I doubt it's waterproof.. ha.
So.. go have some fun with some clay.. It's ok to be messy sometimes..
Friday, September 17, 2010
Dirty Footprints Studio has been rocking some awesome classes lately.. Personally I enjoyed rocking out BIG in Fearless Painting: BIG during the summer. And even joined in on the Art Journal Love Letters workshop and make some juicy juicy journal pages using some tips and techniques it offers.
I'm here to talk about...
Can you tell I'm excited??
We're talking 21 Artists.. 21 Art Journaling Secrets baby!!
Where can you read more about this? Why right HERE.
- Well the hostest with the mostest Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio, of course.. I'm sure she will have LOTS more to inspire us all as she has been doing alll freaking summer!! Wooo!
- There's also a few ladies I took BIG with taking on the Teacher role.. Tracie Hanson, Lisa Wilson, Lis Hofmann, Tami Chacon.. These ladies were wonderfully inspiring through BIG so I can't wait to see what they have in store for this worky shopy.
- And my curiousity is also with Sarah Whitmore.. whom I have been peeking at through the Yahoo Soul Journaling group..
LOVE and CREATIVITY.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Life got in the way and Tuesday rolls around and I end up at the hardware store.. I had made plans to really commit myself to having a space to GET BIG!
We got some supplies - 1x2's and tempered hardboard.. and guess what it turned into..
A Gigantic "easel" - A whopping 6.5 Feet by 4 Feet.
That green square in the middle? That is a 8.5x11 Inch piece of paper. Yea.. it is BIG!
So thank you to my wonderful other half for making my BIG workarea!
Now onto the assignments..
I looked over the videos again before starting to work Wednesday night.
Tape up my paper..
...Oh.. My... Gracious... big.. White.. BLANKNESS... I procrastinate another half hour before I manage to make myself stand infront of it.. brush in hand.. pallete of colors in the other..
And I make a mark... oooo.. ok... I can do this... I keep going.. Ugh. what a waste of paint.. NOOOO.. Go away you Mind Monster!!.. More color... More scribble...
At the beginning of each painting I feel myself not liking where it is going... but I don't stop.. I keep going...
So I kept on until I was satisfied with what I saw.. It was rather liberating to just scribble wildly.. paint dripping, sliding down the paper.. I didn't let those muddy colors stop me when they showed up either.. I felt resistance at first.. but the more I kept working, moving color, adding color.. the more natural it started to feel..The line drawing I felt myself trying to work with it.. trying to get it to feel normal and free at first... but each time that Blank Paper was on my board.. I had to start over inside again... Fight the Mond Monster.. "This is dumb.. what a waste.. that looks messy.. your lines aren't even.. the colors are blending wrong"
That Thing was refusing to go away!! I had to keep going. I wasn't stopping.. Fine.. Blue doesn't look right. How about some light your lil A on Fire Pink, Mind Monster!!
The Line drawing felt much more relaxing and I was much more content with it by the time I found myself saying I was finished with it..
I moved on to the Shape Drawing...
Here - I chose a shape I don't tend to work with much.. the diamond.. No matter what I did to this thing.. nothing looked right.. at moments.. it would.. then I would look at it again and it would remind me of something you would see in a 16 year old's bedroom.. it reminded me of jeans for some reason.. This thing was dead silent.. I think it got mad at me.. I want to explore this one again most certainly.. and I think I know where it went wrong.. the diamond.
Upon showing this piece to my other half.. his first comment was.. "why a diamond? You KNOW you are all about circles!!" UGH! He was right!! What was I thinking? WHY did I fight my feeling and choose a shape I didn't feel passionate about?? I LOVE circles.. they show up in every other thing I make practically.. just look at my WreckThisJournal.. They were Every Where!
The Literal BIGness I still fought hard with.. this has always been a tough issue for me.. I find myself with two fights.. Mind Monster yelling.. and my utter Fear of BIGness.
The good news? Once I get past the first baby step of the Big fear.. I'm good.. then it is just hushing Mind Monster.. That thing has been active for too long, so I think it will just take more effort to hush it...
I'm so glad everyone has had such fun this week.. and made such progress.. I'll catch you!
Let's get better.. Get Bolder.. get BIGGER!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Just a few more days until BIG starts. I've been anxious to get started. I've been thinking about the last time I did a large scale work. It probably has been 10 years. It was a mural on the outside of a building.. I never found any pictures of it.. It isn't there anymore.. It didn't last long. The business changed and the painting was painted over a boring neutral color.
The original mural my mother and I worked on. It had numerous birds intertwined in vines. I remember especially a pair of love birds I painted at the very top.
That mural experience seems to have fallen into solely the destruction.. I have to wonder if part of my fear of painting BIG has to do with the fact that nothing I've done BIG has survived.. All my highschool projects I tended to go above and beyond and BIG.. and they all ended up tossed..
I do think of one lonely painting every once in a while.. It was 18x24.. A former highschool history teacher asked to keep it and have it framed. It was an illustration of the Black Plague that I did to go along with a paper I wrote. She also kept a giant map I made of Europe, probably 5 ft x 4ft, made of felt. I've always been thankful for that teacher's interest in my work..
So now I sit here thinking about those two pieces that have survived.. they are out there somewhere.. perhaps used as teaching aids in lessons..
And yet every time I stare at a piece of paper or canvas.. I look up at the quote above.. Reminding me that it's ok to move forward and just make a single mark..
I don't want to be scared of the whiteness anymore..