Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope you had a beautiful day surrounded by people that you love and that love you back! I know today was a great day at our house (despite some tears and a clogged toilet <--one of the new ones. Yes, really! They were separate incidents, both involving the kids - one for little #2, the other for little #1 . But Mike saved the day with a trip to Home Depot for an auger(?) that got things, ahem, flowing again. All is well and the kids are nestled all snug in their bed).
Last week I started and added another layer to canvas #2. This second canvas is 30"x40" The first layer was done with my eyes closed. I had my eyes wide open with the second layer.
At this point, I don't like what the canvas looks like (at all!), but I'm having a LOT of fun making marks all over the canvas, playing with color, experimenting with different brushes and color combinations, listening to music while I create... so it's all good! I am putting my complete trust in Flora and enjoying the process as it unfolds. I'm trying very hard to remind myself to let go of my expectations, so stay tuned to see how this progresses. And if I still don't like it at the end of the class I can gesso on top of it and start anew, right?!
The comforting things about this is that I know that there are MANY, many, MANY more layers to come in this process.
Sorry for the poor photo quality... the low lighting of my basement and a smear on my iPhone makes for icky photos. Grrr!
I didn't get to today's BLoom True painting lesson as I had hoped, because I taught 2 yoga classes in the morning, 1 after the kids finished with school, went to lunch with my Valentine at our favorite romantic place, helped the kids with homework, called both sets of grandparents with the kids, made dinner, tucking in at bedtime, all the normal stuff of life. BUT I have 2 hours carved out for tomorrow. Just me, my paints, and my 2 big canvases. I may even need to postpose getting my oil changed to make this happen. Yes, in fact that's exactly what I think I'm going to do. Great idea! Let's GO and make good things happen!
Below is canvas #1 (24"x48"), layer #1 from Tuesday for Bloom True, an online painting class I'm taking. Being able to paint outside in February with only a light jacket is crazy, delirious goodness! Normally I'm in complete hibernation this time of year but, man, am I loving this warm winter!!! I'll post more photos as the painting progresses.
This is the finished collages art journal page. It was completed in 5 and 10 minute increments squeezed in between errands and feeding my little guy snack after snack after snack. He must be going through a growth spurt because he's been constantly hungry the past 2 days despite the constant feeding!
Here's a collage page I'm working on in my art journal as a part of Misty's Open Studio. I glued stuff on last night during the Super Bowl and today I'll add writing and color (using a few of my watercolor artist crayons - Caran d'Ache Neocolor II and some Pitt brush tip markers).
Bloom True starts today but there was no painting prompt or art exercise so I need to get out some of that energy. This is the last week of Misty's class but I have a bunch to catch up on from previous weeks. Good thing the online class will stay open for a while. I'll need the extra time!
Today I have another pair of happy socks on. You wouldn't think socks could make such a big difference in your life but they do. My new sock collection rocks!!!
This is my Project Life spread for the week beginning December 25, 2011 and the final installment for this project. This week included more nights of Chanukah including a new holiday tradition of making dughnuts (sufganiyot), taking the kids to our favorite Indian lunch buffet on their first Monday off from school (they love getting mango lassis), custom Pokemon cards that the kids were making this week, a trip to get Jessi a hair feather, catching Ryan's cold, going to froyo with J's friend, J gives her first best friend charm necklace, more recovery and progress for Mike and taking him to and from PT, J reading a good book, including a list of songs that Jessi bought with her iTunes gift card that she received as a Chanukah present.
I decided to use 2011 coming to a close as a good stopping point for this project instead of going a full 52 weeks. My album is completely full and I didn't want it to spill onto a second album. I was ready for a clean start in 2012.
I enjoyed this project much more than the 365 (photo-a-day) project I did in 2008 because of the flexibility it affords... there's no worries (aka guilt) if you miss a day. You can take all 7 photos on the same day if you want, you can leave out photos entriely and use memorabilia instead. Those notes and drawings from the kids were my absolute favorite!! It really is whatever you want it to be.
Project Life is a versatile album kit that comes with everything you need to for a fun life-documentation project in which the whole family can get involved. For more information about using and customizing Project Life visit Becky Higgin's website. You can purchase it from Amazon.com.
I finished this painting that I call "Stillness". For me the process was about creating many colorful layers one on top of the other and creating stillness from chaos. And also showing that there is movement within balance and stillness. Just because something seems steady and solid doesn't mean that there is no action and movement going on. Often it's quite the contrary.
At the moment the original painting is not for sale but I will be offering giclee fine art prints of it soon!