Monday, October 31, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Michelle Ward hosts a monthly crusade at GPP. This past month was "I'm a Believer". I have taken part in a number of crusades in the past and felt this one shouldn't be missed.
Michelle listed a number of questions about life as an artist. She asked that we journal about our beliefs about art and being an artist.
Most of my life I never called myself an artist or felt that I was creative. I could copy very well. I have fond memories of drawing cartoon characters.
But then I discovered Haliburton School of Fine Arts and for 7 summers, I spent a week or two with my children there and we all took courses. I took courses in basketry, silk screening, design, collage, watercolour. It made me realize that I loved to create and needed to create. I continue to take courses as I can.
Here are the questions from Michelle:
"Tell us about the artist you are. Tell us in your own way the importance of being an artist - do you have a philosophy or are you just happy to be spending time making cool stuff.?"
As I said above I have a need now to create. I know that I need to develop more technical skills.
As a teacher for 30 years at the elementary level, I know art is crucial for children, especially those who struggle with reading. They are definitely focused on the journey, the process. I really believe children (and adults as well for that matter) need to create, to make things, to draw, to make messes, to have fun.
"Are you a perpetual student and/or workshop attendee? Or are you mostly self-taught?"
I have taken a number of courses and I will continue to do so. I follow certain blogs and take part in certain challenges and lessons.
"Do you participate in swaps?"
I take part in the swaps at "ATCsforall. I really enjoy creating ATCs. I have tried different techniques and many different challenges. Creating art on a small scale isn't as intimidating and the community is very supportive.
I also take part in numerous art challenges: Shadow Shot Sunday, ABC Wednesday, Wishcasting Wednesday, Skywatch Fridays, to name a few."Do you find time to work daily or do you squeeze in a precious few moments whenever you can? "
I try to create several times a week. I know I should be drawing daily to improve my skills but haven't the time. For the month of November, I want to take part in AEDM at Creative Every Day. It is a great challenge every year.
" Do you have a studio space or do you work at the dining table? "
A little of both. I am slowly creating my studio, although I still do art at the dining room table.
Tell us about what you do, have done, and aspire toward. Do you paint canvases? Make books? Make jewelry...ATCs...Ceramics...Knit? Our need to be creative usually spills into several arenas - let us know more about you by spelling it out for us on a journal page.
These are the journal pages I created. I really believe that art needs to be a big part of our lives.
I have always been involved in crafts - I have crocheted afghans, made Christmas ornaments and decorations every year, tried new crafts.
I especially enjoy now creating:
Zentangles, Collage Tags and Cards
These next few pieces were done with a watercolour course and watercolour/collage course done at Haliburton. Following an instructor made the challenge a bit easier. I would definitely love to do more watercolour.
Mixed Media Collage
This piece was created at another week long course here in Cambridge. I learned new techniques and the instructor kept pushing me to go further. Loved the final result - a homage to my Mom and her roots. This is the direction I would like to explore more of.
As I get closer to retirement (1-3 years), my dreams of spending more time creating get more and more real. When I grow up (or enter the next chapter in my life!) , I want to create daily and teach art to children. They are such a joy to work with.
As I look back on my journey, I need to acknowledge that, yes I am an artist, one who is still growing.
Monday, October 24, 2011
15. a day off from school to rest and recuperate
Sunday, October 23, 2011
(Thanks to Paula for the gorgeous backgrounds for both sets of Hallowe'en cards!)
Just a few photos I took this week:
What a life! I guess at 19, she deserves her naps.
The sky tonight:
Earlier in the week:
Saturday, October 22, 2011
(We have inherited this horse statue - one of the many items from my father-in-law - and I love the shadow it made)
Be sure to visit Hey Harriet for great shadows !
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I think that, more than wish, I need to make time for:
weekly dates with my hubby
taking care of me
getting together more regularly with family and friends
It is so easy to let life take over and let the excuse of being tired prevent me from doing so many things. I just need to do those things first and put me and my needs first on the calendar.
"You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. It’s easy. Answer the wish prompt above on your blog . Support wishes by visiting other participants. It’s that simple. There is great power in wishing together."
Monday, October 17, 2011
I am grateful for:
9. having time for art and reading
10. music and dancing
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Be sure to visit Hey Harriet - home of Shadow Shot Sunday, that super addictive meme created by Tracy.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I loved the photo of the pumpkins and the background papers. I don't usually use a lot of orange but with fall and harvest, they all fit together.
The theme of health and getting active have appeared regularly, but the words of "new body" and "priority" really made me see that I have to really work this month at making that a priority.
The pictures of books and an apple relate to school I thought and I need to focus on reports and developing skills this month. The middle photo is of a room with new flooring which we are almost finished installing. Fresh new floors, new furniture and more decluttering will be in the works this coming month.
I have found these dreamboards to be very insightful - I usually start in one direction and then get turned in a slightly different one. They do act as a focus for the month.
Thanks Jamie for this wonderful challenge.
Be sure to visit here to see more dreamboards.