We're now in Week Two of Tam's awesome online course, The Heart of Art. Here's my (work-in-progress) painting which was part of the Week One assignment. I still need to add some embellishments and text to the painting.
Tam, founder of Willowing.org, is a wonderful teacher. In fact, her course has exceeded all of my expectations. I've picked up new techniques and gobs of inspiration. You can still register for the course here.
Witches is this week's theme on Sunday Postcard Art (SPA). I decided to go the humor route with this challenge. I apologize for the color. The yellow background, of my main image, distorted the overall color, in my postcard, when I tried to manipulate it in Phtoshop Elements.
Head on over to SPA to see all the other Witches. Good Witches? or Bad Witches? I'll let you decide.
I'm a book addict. I especially like books focusing on Art and Crafts... and Creativity too. I was in Barnes & Noble a few days ago and found this book: Watercolor without Boundaries (Exploring Ways to Have Fun with Watercolor) by Karlyn Holman.
I was impressed by the techniques, demos and beautiful paintings in the book. I told myself that I did not need another book on watercolor painting. But, I know that I'll probably end up ordering the book from Amazon. I blame it on my Curiosity Imp.
In fact, as I write this post, I just realized that I recently ordered another book (yes, on watercolor painting). But this book was a bargain (excuses, excuses) for a total of $10.10, including S/H. The book is Painting Flowers in Watercolor with Charles Reid.
On October 14, I attended Marney K. Makridakis' free teleclass entitled,The Awe of Attraction: Using the ARTbundance™ Principles to Break the "Law" and Find The Love!Marney is the founder of Artella. You can find out more information about her, and her offerings, on the Artella site.
Over 1000 people, from all corners of the world, signed up for the class. You could feel the energy through the phone lines. This was the first time that I heard Marney give a presentation - and her talk was both enlightening and inspirational.
As part of the class, we received the “Awe of Attraction” Workbook - Part 1. To receive Part 2 of the Workbook, we had to create a Ka-Love-ascope. Mine is listed below.
Why not visit Artella today and take a look at her site. Personally, I'm glad that I participated in her class.
I recently found an information-rich site, for artists, called the EmptyEasel. It is essentially an "online art magazine with practical advice, tips, and tutorials for creating and selling art." In addition to art tutorials, the site offers business advice, research information, artist interviews, contests - and a free EmptyEasel newsletter.
I recently put the final touches on this Blue Holiday Vignette Scene. I used colors of pastel blue and silver with the goal of making a shabby chic style keepsake. You can visit my Etsy Shop for more information.
Even though the making of these creations are labor-intensive, I really feel relaxed during the whole process.I guess that's just one of the benefits of making art. Some people say that when you Create Art, you are Praying. Many others say that Art Heals. I agree with both of those sentiments.
Sometimes, I’ll have days when I can’t immediately settle down to serious art making. At these times, I need to slowly ease myself into producing art. Here are some creative starts that I use to help me get into flow.
In your Art Journal, create background washes for future, mixed-media art projects. If you usually use acrylic paint, try watercolors, oil pastels or diluted ink.
Design some quick, simple borders on your background sheets.
Go on the hunt for uplifting phrases that you might use in future mixed-media art pieces. Sort through travel brochures, catalogs, magazines, advertisements or old books.
Search for unusual images (either in printed materials or online) that you could possibly use in your collage work. Or, look for images to add to your collection of reference photos for your drawing projects.
Make an inchie. The goal is warming up for art and not perfection.
Create a background for a postcard, or Artist Trading Card (ATC), using small scraps of assorted paper. I actually collect small pieces of decorative & wrapping paper, old watercolor scraps and small rubber-stamped images in business-sized envelopes. See my postcard background example above.
Instead of writing out a list of art project ideas, doodle up a list. Create small drawings to represent your ideas.
Thumb through various books (fine art, mixed-media art, crafts; even zines) to help jump-start your idea making machine.
Work with embellishments. Choose an unfinished piece of art - dive right in and start embellishing it. Or, take out a tool that you haven’t used in a while and begin playing. For example, try Stickles, a white gel pen, or seed beads
Take a 30 – 45 minute walk outdoors to clear your mind and prepare you to create. Today, I did just that and came up with the creative starts for this post.
We were given a fun theme, for this week's challenge, on Sunday Postcard Art (SPA). Our first theme, in our month long celebration of Halloween, is: Dark Marie.
I decided to focus on Marie's dark sensual side. It took me hours to create the postcard. What gave me the most trouble? Finding the right arms for Marie. I guess my Marie has a little bit of Frankenstein in her since her torso comes from one body and her arms from another body. All she contributed was the head.
Tam, from Willowing.org, is offering a free online course entitled, The Heart of Art. The fun begins on October 18. She has even put together a 4- page Welcome Pack for the classes. You can find out more information - and sign up here.
If you do register, please spread the word about The Heart of Art to other bloggers. It's a nice way to thank Tam for so generously offering her time and talent.
BTW, Tam creates beautiful Art - as well as Art Workshop DVDs. Check out her Etsy Shop.