Friday, May 10, 2019

ART on Friday


Another week has gone by and we are almost mid month. Mother's Day is on Sunday and I am going to a potluck tomorrow with my children and granddaughter and then a barbecue for supper with my stepchildren and their kids. What a treat!

Here are a few things I've worked on this week:

"Steal Like an Artist Journal" Challenge
There are so many fun prompts to do in Austin Kleon's journal. Here are just 2 I did this week:





Blooming Marvellous May
This week I only did a few flowers for this challenge Kick in the Creatives..Ii worked with watercolour - these were my favourites:


CHALLENGES

Sunday postcard Art
The theme at Sunday Postcard Art this week is "chair"

I thought this an appropriate quote for the times.



Take a Word Challenge
The theme at Take a Word Challenge is "Mother and Child".
I decided to use one when I was a month old and my Mom is holding me.



Tag Tuesday
The theme at Tag Tuesday is "Sea World".
I was looking for some fish photos I had, but found this seahorse statue I photographed when I was in Puerta Vallarta several years ago. It is truly amazing.





Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Friday, May 3, 2019

ART on Friday - a return!



A new month, a new resolve to do more, a return to art and ART on Friday. It has been a while since I posted but I'm back with focus and resolve to do better.


Steal Like an Artist Journal Challenge
I have started a daily entry in Austin Kleon's "Steal Like an Artist Journal". I even emailed him to be sure it was okay to post pages from his journal and he gave me the go-ahead. He is one of my heroes. I have read several of his books several times. They really do help one's creativity. Be sure to check his website here (and don't forget to sign up to his newsletter - filled with awesomeness!)

Here are my entries for:
May 2nd

Create a spine poem from books you have on hand.

May 3rd


Create a poem from headlines cut out from the newspaper. These are some of the headlines just from the pst few days. Really show just how destructive the PC (Con) government is in Ontario.


Focus
I created another card for my OLW (Focus)




Blooming Marvellous May
At KickintheCreatives, there's a new art challenge - create a piece of flower art every day.
I love the artwork of Alisa Burke - especially her flowers. I have signed up for her "Inky Blooms" course and hope to share some this month,
Here are my first three blooms inspired by Alisa:




CHALLENGES
I haven't been taking part in any weekly challenges for a while, but am jumping back in.

Sunday Postcard Art

The theme at Sunday Postcard Art was "No focal point"
I used a piece from when I needed to clear paint from a roller and then added the quote.



Pairs/Wings

I used the following card for both: Take a Word Challenge (theme: pairs) and Try it on Tuesday (theme: things with wings)




Tag Tuesday

The theme at Tag Tuesday was "Faces"





Linking With

Paint Party Friday

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Steal Like an Artist Journal - Day 1


Day 1 of my low-key challenge using Austin Kleon's "Steal Like an Artist Journal"
If you haven't read any of his books, you should. Check his blog here.
If yoou haven't subscribed to his newsletter you really should do it now!

I skimmed through his journal and the page/challenge that drew me was to make a collage from junk mail.
Here's just from 1 day's junk mail. I especially love envelopes.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

SOL Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday - the weekly writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers"

In March i was consistent in the March SOL challenge. In April, I tried a couple of challenges but was not successful. One wss an art challenge (A to Z), the other NanoWriMo writing challenge.
I know I am capable of a daily challenge - it is finding the one that resonates with me.

I have decided to create my own.

I receive a weekly newsletter from Austin Kleon and have read several of his books. (Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work, Keep Going)

 As he says: "I’m a writer who draws. I make art with words and books with pictures."

I recently bought "The Steal Like an Artist Journal" , having read the original book and loved it. I really want to have fun with it.


So I plan to do a page a day and do something creative every day.
Some of his suggestions throughout the book sound like fun:
"Steal a title from a book you've never read and invent your own story"
"my top 10 guilty pleasures"
"Make a collage from items in your wastebasket."

I hope to post every day - and draw, write, collage in the journal - I plan to just have fun.
'Hope you'll join me.

Monday, April 8, 2019

A to Z Challenge - G


Today is Day 7 of the A to Z April Blogging Challenge.
I am creating 3X5" collage cards - with a focus word and quotes.

G is for Gratitude
We should all have an attitude of gratitude. It lightens the heart, makes us happier,  lessens stress, and improves our health. (check here for more benefits)



"A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles"


I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude
Brene Brown



Never lose the childlike wonder. Show gratitude... Don't complain; just work harder... Never give up. 
Randy Pausch




Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you
Eileen Caddy

Saturday, April 6, 2019

A to Z April Challenge



Today is Day 6 of the A to z April Blogging Challenge.
I am creating 3X5" collage cards - with a focus word and quotes for each letter.

F is for FOCUS




Focus is my OLW (One Little Word) - and I have written about it here

Here are some other pieces I created for focus.







Friday, April 5, 2019

A to Z April Challenge -E



Today is day 5 of the A to Z April Blogging Challenge
I am creating 3X5" collage cards - featuring a focus word and quotes.

E is for Explore
There is a whole world around us - we should explore, learn, discover, enjoy, experiment.


(map is of southern British Columbia - what a place to explore!



It's in our nature. We need to explore and find out what's going on outside of who we are.
 Billy Dee Williams


 just like to explore all sorts of different forms - no, 'explore' is not even the word - enjoy. You don't want to limit yourself to a particular form.
Yoko Ono


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Mark Twain