Creativity: Day 89 of 365

20140301-190135.jpgCreative Practice:  I worked some more on my recycled art page for The Documented Life Project. I just found this wonderful site, and am trying to catchup.  It is a group of five artists/friends who have come together to create this awesome project and community.  This was actually this weeks assignment, I’m trying to catch up on a few more!  If you are a visual artist, you should check this out.  They have also set up a Facebook group for the project.

I had the background done, but I could not decide what to do.  My guilty pleasure of taking Facebook quizzes added my inspiration for the face.  I take those things like crazy.  I don’t post them all because I don’t want everyone to know how addicted I am.  This one was for your style icon or something like that.  I thought it better be Audrey Hepburn, because she is my number one style icon.  I did get Audrey, which then led me to add her to the page since it already had the word fashion on it.  I don’t want to say I was guided by spirits, but….  It could be Ms. Hepburn herself giving me a nudge.  Maybe?

I am trying to work faster and looser, so I quickly drew and painted her.  My nasty little perfectionist is going nuts because the eyes are not symmetrical.  But not too bad for working quickly.  I have to constantly remind myself that my art journals are for practicing, not for 100% perfection all the time.  You know, because that perfection thing has worked so well for me in the past.  I tell my students all the time that art is a skill. Like any other skill, say soccer for instance, it takes practice to get good.  You wouldn’t expect to skip practice and show up at your first soccer game and play brilliantly.  We even talk about how some of the most well-known artists have paintings under their most famous works of art, because they covered up the not as good ones and reused the canvas.  If I can give master artists a break, maybe it’s time I let myself off the hook a little too!

This needs something more, but I’m not sure yet what that is.  I’m waiting for the muses, or Ms. Hepburn herself to provide the right guidance.

Creativity: Day 88 of 365

20140301-190203.jpgCreative Practice: I did this quick mini watercolor of a bird of paradise from a lovely photograph I took a few years ago.  I love the picture.  The light was perfect.  It was taken  in one of my favorite places, the Self Realization Meditation Garden in Encinitas.  For those of you who have never had the privilege of going there, let me describe this place.  It sits atop a cliff on the Northern San Diego Coast.  Below the sheer drop-off is a beautiful beach always full of surfers. Pelicans fly by you at eye level. The garden is shaded and lush with many kinds of flowers.  There are benches all around for quiet contemplation, even right next to the cascading koi pond.  It is such a calm and stunningly beautiful place.  If you are in San Diego, it is a great place to go.  It is free to the public.  If it’s not too crowded there is some beautiful sketching and art to be done there.  The only drawback is that it is often crowded especially on weekends and during great weather.

So this is a painting of one of the flowers.  I have never really had any water color training, nor do I have any clue what I’m doing.  I have been trying to figure it out by just playing.  I let this one be a bit more watery than some of the more recent ones I’ve done.  This is part of my art journal.  It’s actually about the size of a playing card.  One of my practices lately has been to detach from outcome and play.  Learning to play is laborious.  At least for me it is.  To be honest, it was difficult even as a child.  I remember often overhearing the elderly church women telling my mom I was an old soul.  I have been practicing relaxing a tremendous amount, but I am still stumbling awkwardly toward that goal of relaxation.  At some point it has to get easier.  Right?!!!

Creativity: Day 85 of 365

20140301-190337.jpgCreative Practice:  Watercolor.

If you’re like me, you probably have something that makes you feel awkward.  Maybe you don’t have much knowledge on the topic, or maybe you’re lacking practice.  It could even be both.  This is watercolor for me.  Somewhere along the line while studying art, I got it in my head that watercolor is not real art.  I’m not quite sure where that came from.  Probably the fact that it was so often pretty, and real art is not supposed to be pretty.  At least that’s what one of my mentors drilled into my head.  I’m trying to let go of my pre-conceptions regarding art, and just make art: good or bad.  So since I have always been intrigued by watercolor, I thought what better time.  It was also part of the Planner art journal I have been working on.  So I guess it’s a sign I should try it.  I recently picked up some very cheap watercolors. (I hate them, they literally rub off when dry.  They are so cheap, but I can’t afford too much with only part-time employment right now!)  While the  quality of the paint may be poor, I am enjoying a new way to work with color.  Most of my work has been with acrylic, and has been very graphic.  The transparency is interesting to work with.  This is definitely a learning process!

 

Here’s a little peek into my studion (ahem…corner of my tiny, tiny living room).  This is my assistant, Parker.  At almost fourteen, he’s a bit of an old man.  He likes to contribute to my art by snoring.  Although every once and awhile he does beg to climb into my lap for snuggles, which is not really so helpful for art making, but  I feel the  snuggles contribute to my art on a deeper level.

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Creativity: Day 82 of 365

20140220-213018.jpgCreative Practice: Documenting in my Planner Art Journal

The water color from last week wasn’t working so well on this thin paper.  It bled through to this week, so I tried acrylic to cover up some of the bleed through.  It worked pretty well.  I think I may drop the daily weather report.  I live in San Diego, the weather is the same about 90% of the time!  It seems to be taking me awhile to hit my stride with this, but I am really enjoying myself.

Creativity: Day 81 of 365

20140219-223531.jpgCreative Practice: Monthly Collage for my Planner Art Journal

I have been sick.  While I was able to keep up with my creative practice, my blogging has suffered.  When I started this project, I wondered what I would do while sick.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up.  It turns out that eighty some days in, the creative practice has become a wonderful habit in my life.  I’m still struggling with regular blogging.  I will try to do some quick catchup posts on what I was working on.  For now, I feel good that I have not broken my promise to myself.

This is from an Art Journal I have started in a weekly planner.  I love this format!  It has been most of what I have been working on while sick.  I seem to have an obsession with calendar journals lately.

Creativity: Day 80 of 365

20140219-223546.jpgCreative Practice: Monthly Collage for my Planner Journal

I prepped my paper and cut out circles for my February monthly collage.  I love the set up of this journal, but I think I will change it up a bit.  The repeated circles seemed a little sterile to me.  I will probably change it a bit for next month.  I’m finding there are a lot of things I would like to tweak with this project to make it suit me better.  In the past, I would have followed instructions exactly, but I think now I will change it up a bit to work for me!