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:


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.

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:

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.


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

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A to Z April Challenge - D

Today is day 4 of the A to Z April blogging challenge.
I am creating 3X5" collage cards - with focus words and quotes.

D is for Dream
We all dream - some have bigger dreams than others, some work hard to make their dreams reality and still others don't believe enough in their dreams.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. 
Walt Disney

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams. 
Donovan Bailey

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
 Harriet Tubman

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A to Z April Challenge - C

Today is Day 3 of the "A to Z April Challenge".
I am creating 3X5" collage cards, with focus words and special quotes for each letter.

C is for Choose and choice 

Life is not a race to the finish line, but rather an amble along the path, taking time to smell the roses along the way and choosing wisely as you go along.

Pause and remember-- Every moment is a choice. Every thought, word and deed is creating your future. Choose wisely and positively!  
Jennifer Young

We all come into this world the same: naked, scared, and ignorant. After that grand entrance, the life we end up with is simply an accumulation of the choices we make.    Darren Hardy

Our lives are composed of a finite set of moments that we choose how to spend.   
John Green

Your choices decide your fate. Take the time to make the right ones. If you make a mistake, that's fine; learn from it & don't make it again.
Robert Kiyosaki

Our future experiences will be colored by the choices we make in the present.  
Noah Levine

This fork in the road happens over a hundred times a day, and it's the choices that you make that will determine the shape of your life.
Liz Murray

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A to Z April Challenge - B

Today is Day 2 of the "A to Z April Challenge"
I am creating 35" collage cards, with focus words and special quotes for each letter.

 B is for Believe

We all should believe
 - in ourselves
-in the good of others
-in equality for all
- caring for the environment
- in love
- in helping the poor

As Nike says: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."


B is for Books

I cannot imagine a world without books. Books can take us to so many places and worlds.

Here are quotes about the value of books:

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

 Books are a uniquely portable magic.  Stephen King

No two persons ever read the same book.
–Edmund Wilson

We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
–Dr. Seuss

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
–Frederick Douglas

Monday, April 1, 2019

A to Z April Challenge - A

Today begins the “A to Z April Challenge

I have decided to focus on creating 3x5 collage cards, with focus words and special quotes for each letter.

This quote by Myrna Wacknow expresses exactly why I love to create:

Art is in the doing. It isn’t important how it turns out. The process is where the pleasure, the learning and the experience take place. A day without some sort of creative endeavor is a wasted day.

Here is my first collage card:  

A is for ART

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A to Z Theme Reveal for 2019

Tomorrow is the deadline for the A to Z April Challenge. I have seesawed back and forth this past month about whether I’d participate or not.

I have taken part for three years and have enjoyed the process. I have done both writing and creating quote cards.

I finally decided to participate again last night, after revisiting Linda Gardiner’s blog “Pulp. Paper, & Pigment”. She is calling herself a Curious Creative – a perfect description of exploring what inspires her.

My Theme Reveal:
I too plan to be inspired each day to create. There are so many arts and crafts I am interested in and want to try, so why not explore these in April? I am looking forward to this challenge.

Here is a link to the A to Z Challenge

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ABC Wednesday - F (and E)

This week at ABC Wednesday F is front and centre.

F is for FAITH

I wrote more for the ABC Wednesday blog - check here.

Last week, I did not post for E - but did create my journal page.

E is for Extraordinary

I couldn't include all the quotes I wanted to - so here are some others:

We are not called to do extraordinary thigs but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. Jean Vanier

Be more splendid.
Be more extraordinary.
Use every moment to fill yourself up. Oprah

Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary.  Diane Miller

Monday, February 11, 2019

Art Sharing - a little late!

We already have some snow - and now more is on the way tomorrow!
I am a wee bit late for my usual ART on Friday share, but I did not want to let two weeks go by - so here are a few pieces I worked on this past week.

ABC Wednesday
I missed last week's E entry so here it is:
E is for Extrordinary

Take a Word Challenge
Last week at Take a Word Challenge, the theme was "Year of the Pig"

Try it on Tuesday
The theme last week week at TIOT was "Romance".

Here's my card last week for my OLW :

29 Faces
Here are a couple of faces I sketched last week:

Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Spread the Love (February Link-up)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

ART on Sunday

I usually post this on Fridays - but the past few days I have been working on finishing a writing piece for a competition tomorrow (AND ALMOST DONE!.)
I needed a break today so finished off a couple of art challenges.

Here's a few of the things I was working on this week:

29 Faces
Over the past few years I have participated in 29 faces - a month long challenge to practice drawing faces. I am cutting out some interesting faces from magazines and using them as models.
Here are my first 3:

Sunday Postcard
The theme for Sunday Postcard Art last week was "Ballet". I had already carved the ballet slippers stamp so used it for this postcard:

Tag Tuesday
The theme at Tag Tuesday is "Hearts"

Take a Word Challenge
The theme at Take a Word Challenge is "roses"

Here is my latest focus card:

Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday