Thursday, July 24, 2014

bringing me joy

This week I've been devouring Juliette Crane's newest online class, Abstracts & Backgrounds. I am loving it. It is exactly what I need right now, as I struggle with getting my creativity back. It is simple and messy and loose.




Thursday, July 3, 2014

thoughts on 26



I have been creatively lost lately. I have had no desire to create things. I turned 26 last weekend, and I haven't made a list for 26. 
I've been spending a lot of my energies on organizing my life. Decluttering. Cleaning. Trying to simplify. It is a hard process and something that I am not naturally very good at. Perhaps there is a feeling that if I can streamline my life there will be more energies for living a creative life. Perhaps I feel that if I declutter enough, there will be more space in my life for the things that make my heart sing. 

I have decided to not make a list of 26. My goals and priorities seem to change so much throughout the year, that by April I feel like I have to rush and cross all these things off a list that doesn't inspire me anymore. 

Here is my 25 list and what I managed to accomplish. 

1.                 improve my 5k time
2.                 Take a drawing class
3.                 explore a new city
4.                 go surfing
5.                 make real hot cocoa
6.                 drink sangria
7.                 make salad dressing from scratch
8.                 Take a staycation
9.                 Get a design *out there*
10.               do something spontaneous – I’m counting my octopus tattoo, which was not planned, or drawn in advance.
11.               do yoga daily for one month
12.               read seven deadly sins  - I read about half of it, and that’s enough for me. I’m getting rid of it.
13.               make a fire
14.               declutter studio – Well I did a bit of decluttering, but more is needed…soon
15.               slip n'slide
16.               paint a big canvas
17.               make ice cream
18.               clean out my closet
19.               screenprint something
20.               chinup – Well technically, I still can’t do a chinup. But I did swing upside down from the flying trapeze.
21.               draw a self portrait
22.               finish my quilt
23.               ride a bike
24.               live with less
25.               grow something – I did grow something. Mould, but I don’t think that counts. 

I did get inspired enough to make this little birdy stamp this week. And I'm quite smitten with him. And my heart sang. 
For now, I'm happy with that. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

my new favorite shirt

I made this design a while ago, but I just turned it into my new favorite t shirt from society 6.
Don't ya love it? Get one of your own here 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Feathers - A painting

Well I've finally finished my second large canvas that I started during Bloom True in October. You can see my other big painting here. This canvas hangs in my hallway, and its the first time I've really painted a piece of art to hang in my home. As you can see from the evolution below, the first feathers were there quite a while ago, either hanging from the top or the bottom. 






Sunday, May 18, 2014

spray paint


Inspired by the Daring Adventures in Paint class I’ve been taking, I picked up a few cans of spray paint today. Outside in the sunshine, I played on some of my on-the-go canvasas. All of these are still a long way from being finished, but I’m pretty in love with spray paint. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

a mermaid from my sketchbook



These days I am trying to keep afloat in the Photoshop Elements class I am taking. It is a great class, but very technical and lots of info!
This week is also the end of the Daring Adventures in Paint class I have been taking. I've started three canvas's and I need to figure out my plan for them, and what direction I want them to go. '
I feel like I am closing in on my final layers in my 2nd big canvas that I started during the Bloom True class I took last year.
And when I have some spare time, I am still loving my Jane Davenport, I Heart Drawing class.