I am trying my hand at some larger paintings. These are size 22″ X 22″ on watercolor paper. I used some of my hand painted paper and acrylics. I am not sure if they are done. Which painting is your favorite and why?
Today I play the role of teacher. I am stepping out of my comfort zone, my art studio and into the realm of the classroom. I think this helps me to become better at what I do because it forces me to think about how I do it. I have always been the student. I have been very fortunate to have found some excellent teachers and mentors….in the classroom, Online and Mother Nature.
I am active at two Arts Councils in my area. The Finger Lakes Arts Council in Auburn, NY at http://www.fingerlakesarts.org/ and Seneca County Arts Council in Seneca Falls,NY. http://www.artsinseneca.org/. We offer some great classes full of creative students. I would love to hear about YOUR favorite classes.
Last week my sister-in-law Julie came out to play. She wanted to learn how I do my mixed media pictures. She got right to “work”. Dived right in! I painted along side of her for instructions. I had my 30 in 30 to do. It was fun having someone to play with in my studio. Usually it is just me and the dogs 🐕 🐶.I really should look into this idea for future classes. Nice job Julie👩🏻🎨. It will make a nice gift for Rose and Joe’s new pad.
I can’t remember if I have talked about this before. I seemed to have developed a ritual before I start painting. I make a cup of coffee, set the timer and get my art apron on. Now it’s time to paint. I really enjoy the whole process of painting from deciding what my composition will be to what colors I want to use. Some of it requires a little planning and some of it I do intuitively. I am feeling so grateful that I get to do this almost every day.
Here they are, as promised…four of my mixed media collages from my January 30 in 30 Winter Pink Series. I used a great free app called photo collage to frame them like this for the post. In case your wondering. I can see I need to do a better job at cropping them. Better luck next time!
This is the Pinterest image that inspired my winter pink Day 6 to Day 10 thirty paintings in 30 days.
I am writing this post in a word document format and cannot figure out how to insert pictures.
I will insert one and publish it and then check on my phone to see how it looks.
From my point of view, it looks too large.
I am super excited to be spending every day in my art studio this month. Yes! I have an actual art studio in my home. My clever sister Mary Jo, also an artist adviced me to do this a couple years ago. Best advice ever!
If you look closely at my work you will see my own hand painted papers.This mixed media work is on 6″ X 6″ panel board. New to me. I really like this substrate. The theme for this month is the seasons. More on the reason for the seasons in future posts. STAY TUNED👩🏻🎨
My September 2016 thirty paintings in 30 days are on exhibit at the Artworks gallery in downtown Seneca Falls,NY for the month of November.This time I decided to try painting abstract landscapes and abstract figuratives.I LOVE participating in these challenges. It gets me in my studio everyday.
I am so happy and grateful for this opportunity.
Heres to practice, practice, practice!!!
STOP IN AND CHECK IT OUT!
I really enjoyed reading this article and wanted to share it. Embrace your ugly pages! Be willing to do your art badly…look at it as a study…or a warm up exercise. Practice, Practice, Practice!!! http://beautifullife365.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Make-Ugly-Art-Beautiful-Life-365.jpg
My friend Carol and I taught an Art Journaling class this week at Finger Lakes Art in Auburn, NY. What a great bunch of creative students. We used one of Traci Bunkers Self-Care exercise prompts titled Nurture List. The idea here is to, on the left page write a letter to yourself about why you deserve to be nurtured, and how important it is to love yourself. Then on the right page make a list of the ways you can nurture yourself. We also shared some tips on the different types of journals, styles of journaling and how to use a focal point. We are planning on doing more of these classes in the Fall. Hope you can join us!