I have many projects going right now!… Dream Catchers with doilies, painted zipped pouches, a 20″x20″ painting, journal pages, and these little Mandala books that are made from one sheet of 8.5 x 11″ paper. I add encouraging words after the mandalas are done, fold it up and it’s like a little greeting card or keepsake booklet. It’s very meditative to make these. I think it might be my next monthly challenge.
My watercolor-a-day project has been a lot like visual journaling. I have just gone with whatever drew my attention in that moment. I am thinking of doing another project-a-day challenge for myself in September. August was just too busy and being away on a road trip with lists of visual stimulation didn’t leave me with much quiet time for creative endeavors. It was inspiring… Asheville, NC is a place I’ve always wanted to go. It didn’t disappoint. We spent a whole day wandering around artists studios in the River Arts District. Many artists were working in there studios and were happy to stop and talk about their process. Many used cold wax with oils and I might just try this out. I love my hot wax encaustic paints, but the hot weather here in the summer just isn’t the time for it. What creative fun are you up to?
Rainy and dark today… so appropriate images. I am thinking about ancestors, grandmothers and ancient medicine of the earth and moon. Where does our wisdom come from? How does it continue on after us? Heavy thoughts, not really melancholy, just contemplative. That’s what dark rainy days do to me. How about you?
Actually, I am showing you 2 watercolors! I have been really enjoying this challenge I set myself to… as long as I remember not to judge the outcome! It is a creative “practice” after all. It has successfully gotten me into my studio every day this month. Only a week and a half to go. What challenges do you create for yourself?