Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Once again, Julia Cameron has inspired , challenged and rescued me.
I'm reading her The Sound of Paper, and loving the simple profundity of her insights and gentle wisdom. She seems less pedantic than in The Artist's Way, which just got on my nerves when I first read it about five years ago.
Today, Julia helped me see that 'In order to work freely, we must be willing to work badly, and once we are, we are often able to do good work indeed.'
I don't think these are particularly 'good' pieces, but they are free and they are fun - I was playing with oil crayons in the first and bits and pieces from my collage box in the other two. There was no planning - which I often do with collage - it was all free flow...
Saturday, February 24, 2007
And look - a real canvas!!
My first EVER!! OMGosh, what a milestone! It may only be 5"x7" but it's HUGE to me!!
Be sure to click on the image so you can read the words - some more of my favourite quotes are spilling out of this gal's head! And yes, she's another of Teesha's amazing creations :o) Some day soon I'll pluck up the courage to create some of my own - but one step at a time...
... some true, honest, unadulterated artistic expression!!
This is going to be my best art journal yet! Not least because it's made of 'real' art paper, so it can pretty take whatever I slap on it - which is giving me so much freedom of expression... including making my favourite acrylic ink splodges! Don't you just love the intensity of the fire they spread across the page???
I have been well and truly sprinkled by the Creativity Fairy - that's her on the first page - one of Teesha Moore's creations - how I LOVE that woman's art!!!!!!!! And I'm finally 'allowing' myself to use the collage sheets I bought from her ages ago!
The second page is pure experimentation with my new Stewart Gill paints - wetting, swirling, dry brushing and finally a light iron over...
... and then, of course, I have to scribble all over it! I'm rapidly realizing words need to be a key part of whatever picture I make :o)
Oh, and be sure to click on the first image so you can actually see the words - some of my all-time favourite quotes are spilling out the Creativity Fairy - all part of the magick!!!
Monday, November 13, 2006
There HAD to be some doors...
Second blank card
First blank card
Wee paper bag book
These are the front & back covers of a wee paper bag book I received from my Artella Spring Sprite earlier this year. The basic elements of the book were there - and each open-ended 'page' contained a blank card. What follows are the pages of the book and the various tags and cards I stamped and embellished. I had so much fun with this and realized I'd probably really enjoy an altered book round robin when I feel more competent in my skills.... The covers bear the words 'believe', 'create' and 'everyday art'...
The eyes have it...
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The greatest of discoveries....
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Letter D atc challenge
Letter G atc challenge
Putting it all together
Playing with polymer clay
Friday, November 10, 2006
Out of Africa atc
Now this was a whole other challenge - to make a completely paperless atc!! We were allowed to use paper for the envie and if the piece needed some stiffening for posting it. Thank goodness I still had loads of cross-stitch supplies - and the mask is from a bunch of ebay goodies I bought from Fran Burras - I hadn't discovered the fun of polymer clay for myself yet :o)
Second Romance card
Romance in Paris challenge
This is my interpretation of the next group challenge. Those who took part were sent a bag of goodies by the list mum and we had to make a card for our assigned partner using those pieces. On a recent trip to the States I'd found this wonderful book 7 Gypsies in Paris which I just HAD to use. So I scanned the cover and changed the title, and added a few of the challenge pieces inside. An important thing I learnt making this piece was which glues do and which DON'T work with thin paper. It wasn't the most professional-looking thing I've made, nor did I use enough of the challenge pieces in it, but I DID enjoy doing it!