Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Art Everyday Month November 11-12: Going home and Decluttering the mind!
So this is what it looks like during the heat of the artistic moment.....the blanks start to get some faces and the world begins to make sense again....
then suddenly....it all becomes much clearer and you see where you are going in this chaotic world.
After making, oohhh 30 or so different cards, I decided to go back to my quaint village in my favorite colors. You get to know an artist and then she decides to change her shoes...ya it feels weird but ya know, a girl can never have too many shoes. She has a right to change her style every so often :)
I didn't quite make my internal goal of 60 cards, but I did make about 42 I believe. I experimented with watercolors, india ink, graphite pencil, water soluble graphite, water soluble oil pastels, charcoal, and acrylic paints, and a couple of collage. ATC or ACEO's are great for experimenting. You can try out new tricks and and learn new treats :)
Oh yes, my elusive portrait work...I dont' know if I will ever master this skill. I'm getting better though, although my girls still look like fairies or victorian women..it is what it is, maybe she is SUPPOSED to be a fairy and I had no control over the situation. The pencil did it, really!
I've never been that great at getting my holiday house in order. Maybe next year I'll have more holidy geared items but so far my only holiday creations are these cards and then my new originals that are in modern holiday colors.
**To see the entire lot--please check out my flickr page!
Late last night, I had a wild hair to rearrange my furniture. I was sick of looking at my art mess and while it's still there, I have magically opened up things by moving my furniture around. I also came up with a brilliant idea to take over a whole built in book shelf and turn it into art shelves. Now...I did say idea, I didn't make this happen yet other than move some supplies close to their new home...but now at least I'm not caged in by chaos..lol. Isn't that funny that the things that give us joy can also give us pain?? I am inspired by all my supplies but I'm also at times overwhelmed by all th things that are everywhere. I've bought quite a few bins lately and other storage but there is still a ways to go before I have it to a mangeable level. Once the books get rearranged so that my art stuff can go onthe shelves in a more orderly fashion, I'll be good to go. Lia, our fearless Art Everyday leader is also working on the Soul Coaching program. One big healing/growth activity that they recommend is cleaning and purging to cleanse your soul. I can see how it helps. I feel slightly less stressed today. It also could be because I finished and met a few deadlines in the last couple of days so I have that off my mind. I do think the purging of the old and organizing of what is left is very neccessary to free my mind and soul so I can move on to the next big project. Time is what I'm lacking so I plan to do a little everyday. Tonight, I got a late start so I just cleaned the kitchen and took everything off my art table so I could start fresh with new paper and new supplies. It does feel good :)
Hope you can cleanse your palette and free your mind even in a small way this week!!!