I have been wanting to do this for a while.....a long time actually. I have four 8x10 panels ready to go. They have been on my desk for over a year now. But I have been full of fear. The little voice in my head says things to me like, "nobody will want to play." Well, today I am embracing my new word FEARLESS (thanks Lee!) Email your address to me privately at email@example.com and I'll start sending them out. You just have to let me know who the painting is going to when you are ready to send it on so I can keep track. Let's try for four paintings to reach at least 10 people before it comes back to me. Let's have fun!
I don't believe in waiting for a specific day to start a new resolution. For me, today is the day that I start my New Year's Resolutions. Actually, it was yesterday. Started on Nutrisystem yesterday, today I made an art journal page so unlike me. I started with a black background and used colors I don't normally use. I just went with my gut.
Here is the beginning....
then I added some punches and used the reverse for a stencil.....
then I added some letter stickers, brayered some white paint, journaling and a picture of my sweet grandchild when she was only three months....
Journaling reads..."So unlike anything I've ever done. Today is a day of play, taking chances, risks with my art. A day to live, laugh, love and find harmony in play. Today is day One."
My mom died last June and since then it has been hard for me to post. She died a few days after my last post. Although I knew she was going to die form her illness it has hit me pretty hard. I am posting some old art journal pages, some that were posted before but most of them not...as we come to the end of 2010 I have been doing some serious reflecting on my life. If I don't start to move forward i fear i'll drown in self pity. Thanks for listening.
I am starting to find myself again.............last post I was lost and feeling scattered. I do not like that feeling. To start over I gessoed and collaged the Lost painting and pulled out my Sennelier oil pastels for my face. I like them so much better than acrylic. I am going to call this one Found. Will post when it is complete.
Been a little lost lately and feel like my life is a mess. I am going to start documenting my journey to recovery Starting today. Calling it a year in the life of an art blog. As I was walking my lake this morning this one word kept popping into my head...LOST...I feel lost. I started this painting on Sunday and am not liking it at all. Then it occured to me what the block is...her eyes, they look lost. So I came home and gave it a title. On the side it reads, "and she thought about the situation which was her life. And as she stared out the window she wondered what she should do." I am now considering this complete! I am starting anywhere.
I live right on a beautiful lake, thus the inspiration for my latest paining. Been working in my art journal and working through stuff. A peace came over me yesterday and I had to paint a tranquil angel....life is good.
It's been a long time since my last post. I think I am done hiding behind that mask. Been thinking a lot about Maya Angelou's poem, "Every Woman Should Have..." It reminds me of what my mother always told me when I was growing into woman hood, she said, "always have your own bank account, you shouldn't have to rely on a man for money."