I can’t believe I haven’t been here since J U N E! Yikes. Time flies by when we are distracted by life emergencies, learning to do new things and being a full time caregiver with a capital “C.” My creative side has taken a back seat in my life, but I am hoping to find it again. My sister started it with a little gift, actually a whole box of gifts, just wonderful little things that I love. Included was a small watercolor sketchbook. One day I just decided to do some opening pages. It’s only 4″x4″ so I knew it wouldn’t take long and it would feel so good to feel paint and glue on my fingers again! And it did! So… a connection was made, wires were reconnected and my heart started to open up a bit.
thank-you little sister
Whew! Hard to believe Thanksgiving weekend is really winding down. It’s been special. I’ve also been working on two workshops: Mandala Magic with Julie Gibbons and Creative+Practice with Lisa Sonora.
Here’s one of the watercolor mandalas I did:
AND here’s the cover and 2 inside pages of my new “Map Book” sketchbook for Creative+Practice. It used to be plain black!
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?
I think the weather is affecting my art! Lots of dark colors here….looks stormy right?
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?