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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Walk in the Woods

After coming home from vacation it took me awhile to get back in the swing of making art. This piece started off as a hot mess and I almost dumped it. But in the AWAKE class there was a video about creating for fun. Just play and see what happens. After all, I don't have to show everything I make - just my best work. This piece finally came together and I'm happy with it. The girl was from a wedding I was shooting, most of the path and trees was from a trip to Italy and the plum blossoms are from a tree in my garden. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

My First Attemps

Here they are. My first attempts at multi-layered digital artistry. After adding layer after layer and tweaking them repeatedly at some point I called them done. At this point I'm learning and my wish is to eventually find my voice and individuality in my art. You know how it is when you look at a piece of art and you know who composed it? That's the idea. I prefer not to say goal as that assumes you're done. Art styles evolve with time so this will probably be a forever moving target. But for now I'm pretty pleased with these two compositions. A year from now I'll look back and hopefully see how far I've evolved but in the mean time it's about feeling satisfied with what's been accomplished so far. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Year of Art Discovery

2018 brings a sense of renewal and a fresh start. I've neglected my blog for so long but am starting this year full of ambition and focus.

I signed up for a digital artistry course several years ago when Photoshop Elements was my photo editing program of choice. It's a simplified and somewhat limited version of it's big brother/sister Photoshop which holds unlimited editing and creative potential. Navigating through the course in PE had it's limitations and I didn't complete the entire course. I have since switched to Photoshop. Recently I decided to re-explore the Photoshop Artistry course and start from the beginning. Further into the course it became clear that I wanted more. Sebastian Michaels, the amazing creator of the Photoshop Artistry course, is also the creator of the year long explorative program titled AWAKE. On January 1st I took the plunge and committed myself to learning and creating digital artistry on a bigger scale through AWAKE. So exciting!

Adding to the 'year of art discovery' I also signed up for Tangie Baxter's Art Journal Emporium. I'll be art journaling my way through 2018. Most people participating will be doing hands-on mixed media art in paper journals. Me, well, I decided I already have so many digital art and scrapbook supplies that I would do my journaling digitally. One of my first assignments was to choose a 'word of the year'. I chose JOY. It resonates. Tangie suggested some ways to encourage you to keep your word close at hand all year. I'm going to wear mine close to my heart daily as I purchased a simple but beautiful JOY necklace from Etsy.

And if that weren't enough - CRAZY - YES - I signed up for Mike Dooley Love Your Life which is a 30 day project. It's a focused program to help you transform your year ahead. I think Mike is a wonderful motivator and speaker and truly wants to help others find joy in their lives.

What a ride this will be. The year holds so much promise!

Joyously yours,

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Becoming Artful

I'm taking a personal art discovery class at Peony and Parakeet called Imagine Monthly. The first project, pictured above, used watercolor, color pencils and marking pens plus a collage method using my own painted art doodles. The instructor, Paivi from Finland, teaches via video and PDF class hand-out. There is a special Facebook page for the students to post their work. It amazes me how each student has her own take on the project. They all turn out so different and fascinating.

This year my main resolution is to play more. Part of that is taking art classes online, connecting with friends who like art and making an art journal. It will be interesting to see where this leads. I've shoved art aside for too long. We all need creative time to do what we feel inspired to do. That could mean so many different things, just like the art instruction did for this project. We all took off in different directions with the same set of instructions and video to follow. I love that!

I'll post more journal pages as class progresses.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Christmas Card

Years ago a family friend, Tom, sent us a Christmas card with a black and white photo on the front. It was a picture that was taken of his family Christmas tree when he was growing up. It's one of my favorite all time Christmas cards and the photo is so simple and beautiful. The tree was spindly and plain. That's what I love about it. Unwrapped presents lay under it. It reminds me of my childhood Christmases.

Tom's card was my inspiration for The Christmas Card still life photo. I thought about each year how we use to sit down with a cuppa something and pen our cards to family and friends. These days my husband 'writes' our Christmas letter on the computer and we email to most and mail to those without email. It's not as personal but we still reach out to our loved ones with news of the year. That's important to us.
Here is a close-up of the metal container I recently purchased at a craft fair. I fell in love with it's simplicity. Just like the tree. 


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Love Grows Wild

No photo to share today but instead a blog worth sharing. While cruising a Pinterest board I made a wonderful discovery for a DIY project. It led me to Love Grows Wild.

Back in the day I was more into DIY projects but have grown away from them over the years. OK, I just buy stuff instead. Easier. BUT this website has me excited about heading to the local hardware/lumber and craft stores for supplies.

Click on the Project Gallery tab for photos of some pretty amazing projects. The blog owner, Liz, has separated projects by three themes:
  • Home Projects
  • Crafts
  • Holidays & Seasons
A couple that caught my eye are How to Make Rope Letters and DIY Photo Clipboards .

I'd like to make the clipboards a different size and paint them distressed white. She also shows you how to distress by clicking on other projects.

It would be fun to make the word Wine or Chef out of rope for wall art. She says you have to make the words short so they don't sag and suggests tiny nails at key points in the letters when attaching them to the wall. You could probably even paint the rope. White or black maybe. Hmmm.... Lots of possibilities.

Oh, and recipes too! There are some vegetarian dishes as well. I'd love to try the Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo, 30 Minute Fresh Tomato Marinara, and Spicy Cilantro Shrimp with Honey Lime Dipping Sauce, with or without the sauce or substitute light sour cream. Yum.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Peaceful White

There is something so peaceful about the color white. When you go outside after a big snow, you know how quiet it is? That's what white is. A room filled with white is calming and refreshing at the same time.

The birch candle holder was made by my friend Sharon's husband for a garden club fundraising event. I love the texture and the way the bark peels, the color and feel of it.

A recent class assignment for My Still Sunday at was Shades of White and Still Side Light. My Still Sunday is not only about still life photography but also about the quiet and calm. When setting up and taking photos of still life I forget everything else except what's in front of me. I look through the view finder, adjust my position or elements in the scene, take a photo, repeat. It's just me, the camera and the elements. Simple, quiet, still. I love that.