Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Creative Space

what it looked like a couple of days ago. as my daughter slept i ignored the mounds of laundry and when she woke I felt so much better. art really is so good for your soul.

i hope you are having a fantastic week
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Week 3 Painting: GYPO

Thankfully, my son is o.k. He had all the symptoms of the flu but I think since he had the vaccine it didn't turn into anything serious. He is back up and running. :)  I had a couple of hours last night to begin my painting assignment for week 3. The assignment was pick 4 colors from your surroundings/objects to match and include them in your painting. We were to get out of our comfort zone (if we had one). I wanted to steer away from pinks as these seem to appear very often for me. I chose canvas, graphite, kraft paper, yarn and a purple paint swatch. 
I can't say I love these colors together. The first one I did in an effort to be free and play. I wanted the paint to be mushy and smushy. I wish I had just done some color studies and not tried to add in any motifs. I do really like the tan dots.

Then I started this one. Which I will go back into at a later time.

All in all this was a great challenge. I think we pick (and use often) colors that we love because they stir something in us but of course it is great to step out and try something else. Which was what this was all about. After the course ends I am going to plunge back into all the assignments and give them more time.

I hope you all had a great weekend.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Creative Space

It has looked like this for a few days. This weeks assignment is COLOR. Love it but haven't painted a thing yet. Little guy has what seems to be the flu now. :( So it may be like this for a bit longer.

This was on my Yogi tea last night. Love it. Just what I needed and of course perfect as Strength is my word.

Getting really inspired by this vintage crochet throw. It is making me so happy to look at.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

In the studio+Love

O.K. so I don't have a "real" studio, one devoted only to art making. It is a very bright room that I share with lots of toys, a cat and a computer.

She loves to be in on the action.

Wishing you all a day filled with LOVE. Happy Valentines Day! We have already had our fare share of chocolate and the thermomter has reached a whopping 55 degrees and the sun is shining! Despite all of the snow it is so great to have a warm day! 

And speaking of LOVE....
this artist

Beautiful, right?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Keep making ART

my scribbled notes made while listening to a podcast.

Recently, not directly, I have been told KEEP MAKING ART. Through podcasts, the e-course, blog posts. Make LOTS of art. Lots of it will SUCK. Keep making it anyway. I guess the old saying... Practice makes perfect can apply here. Commit yourself. Earlier this year I made the decision to really commit to my art and the different twists and turns that can take. It is very easy to start something, get frustrated and give up.

Here is a video that can be applied to all creative acts. Mati and Lisa shared it with us. Maybe you will get some use out of it.What are you committing to?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Painting: Week 2

Week 2 of GYPO is coming to an end.This class is SO great. It is stretching me in so many ways. I just want to paint, paint, paint. If I am not painting or thinking about painting I am looking at other artist's paintings.

This is my painting for week 2 of GYPO. Our assignment this week was to pick another artist's work that we love and be use that for inspiration in whatever way we want. This was VERY challenging for me I have to admit. 

For one there are SO many art works that I LOVE. How do you choose only one? I began with a different inspiration.

Matisse, Vuillard, Nathalie Lete, Bella Foster.See told you, lots of favorites! And this is only a small bit.

I wasn't feeling good about where I was going with this. So I stopped. I will go back into it. I think it has potential.

I ended up going with Susy Pilgrim Waters whose work (on the printouts) I just adore. I am not loving the colors of this mixed media piece on paper but I REALLY had a great time working on it. Love the stenciling, playing with paint, cut paper. Really fun.

The talent in this class is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! So many varied styles. It is great to see. I am so thankful that I am able to be a part of it!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

GYPO Painting: Week 1

This is my week 1 painting for GYPO. 8x8 acrylic on canvas. The inspiration for the piece Gee's Bend Quilts.

I have to tell you this was pure bliss for me.

1) I LOVE the Gee's Bend Quilts. They have been in my inspiration file for years!
2) I got to just work with COLOR! LOVE!

So needless to say I am REALLY enjoying the class. So much I am going to make some more similar paintings on the kraft paper (above) that I applied clear gesso to.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

An Interview

Awhile back lovely Nutty asked me to do an interview for her new Inspired People series. It is now up and you can read it here! It was a pleasure!

***Day 2 of Get Your Paint On and I love it so much. Inspiration for this weeks painting.... Gee's Bend Quilts. I will share it with you when I am done.