Friday, November 26, 2010

Creative Soul Day #13

Look!  Two days in a row!  What a fabulous day as well.  My friend Laura came over this morning and we talked artist and soul speak for a few hours while we created.  She worked on a watercolor of a butterfly wing on special paper that she created.  It was coming along beautifully.  I can't wait to see it when it is finished.  We also came up with some creative projects to do with our Monday night crazies group.  :)  Hopefully everyone else likes the ideas as well.  Our Monday night groups are amazing.  We are all women who share food, creativity, and a zest for life.  They are a beautiful group.  Anyway, it has been a brilliant day from then on.

So I have started a new piece of art for a submission to one of the Sommerset Magazines.  I may need to do a series of works before I turn it in, but it is due in just a couple of weeks, so I am not sure how many pieces I will be able to come up with.  The one above is just the beginning of a piece that I am working on.  I have some other pieces to it, but they have not been adhered, and I do not want to spoil the surprise of a finished piece.  So you will have to wait until tomorrow to see more of what will be included in this "Fearless" piece.  That seems to be my theme in the past couple of journal pages that I have completed.  I think that I am calling for myself to be more fearless in all aspects of my life.  My fearlessness began in college when I decided that I needed to speak more in classes if I was going to become a teacher.  That worked for me.  Then it surfaced again two years ago when I began this creative journey that just keeps getting better every day.  I wonder what my fearless nature is calling me to add to its repertoire.  It will reveal itself to me, as God wills it to be.  As soon as I know, you all will know as well.

Good night everyone!  Sleep well, and have imaginative dreams.  ~Peace~ S.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Creative Soul Day #9, 10, 11, & 12

Okay, so I totally stink at posting every day.  I have been trying, but obviously not diligently enough.  So I will work on that.  I have, however, been working on art every day.  Today all I did was mat the picture I am about  to show you, but I am going to do some art journaling after I get finished here.  I just wanted to make sure that I got my post out today.  So I will continue to do art every day, but I'm not sure it will get posted every day, although I will do my best.  One thing that I have noticed though, is that I am a slow artist.  I am just a slow person overall.  I have been ever since I was little.  And for those of you reading, I don't mean I'm slow in the head (although some would argue otherwise).  I'm a slow walker, a slow cleaner, a slow eater, and a slow artist.  It drives my husband crazy sometimes!  My daughter also inherited that trait from me.  You would think that since I am the same way, I should be patient when Ava is that way.  I try, believe me I do, but I now understand my husband's frustration when you are trying to get somewhere by a certain time, and someone doesn't have any sense of urgency.  It can be infuriating.  But I try to be patient with her.  Anyway, back to me being a slow artist.  What takes my friends an hour to do, can take me two or three.  Plus, I don't usually have two or three hours to do art all in one chunk.  So the painting I am about to show you took me quite some time to finish.  Keep in mind that I have not worked with watercolors for long, nor have I worked with painting portraits for very long.  The piece I am about to show you was given as a gift to my brother-in-law.  He's a big hunter, and he is really tough to buy for.  So I thought this would make a nice gift for him.  He doesn't have any paintings of himself as a hunter.  So this is what I have been finishing up for the last few days - working a little bit here and there.  I'm happy to say he seemed to genuinely like it.

I'm also very excited about tomorrow morning because my friend Laura is coming over to do art for a couple of hours.  Whenever she comes, I do get to sit for a couple of hours and work on art.  So tomorrow night I should have more to show you.  It's also my older sister's birthday - Happy Birthday Michele!  I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, and are thankful for many things.  I know that I am very thankful for my family, as well as for my friends - new and old.  Life is good, even when it's tough.  See you all tomorrow!  Have a magnificant day, and treat one another well.  ~Peace~ S.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Creative Soul Day #8

I did it!  I finished my journal page!  And you thought I wouldn't get it done (or maybe that was me).  Anyway, it's finished.  Check it out below and let me know what you think.  Facing my fears is a big thing for me, and has been since I was at IUSB.  Personal challenges have helped me accomplish goals that I never really thought I could come close to accomplishing before.  Since then, I have become a teacher, a mother, and have embraced my Soul as the creative being it is!  Life is grand.  But I'm not sure that I would be in this place if I hadn't faced my fears.  I no longer try to be who everyone else wants me to be.  I am me; and yes, I still get self-conscious from time to time - worrying what others think of me - but I have not let that run my life anymore.  I am who I am, and I am proud of and embrace that person.  Life would not have been so good if I hadn't.  When you focus your energy on letting your fears take over, you never get where you are supposed to be.  Don't worry about what others think.  Enjoy who you are; who you were made to be.  This page is to remind us of all of that.  So if you  want to order a print of this just so you can look at it daily to reach your goal, please let me know!  Just remember that when you go to bed tonight, it won't be everyone else who has to think about how you lived your day - it will be you.  Live it to the fullest, and enjoy it by letting you be you!

Sleep well everyone!  Stay tuned for more tomorrow.  What will I come up with?  We shall see!  Until then, good night! ~Peace~ S.

Creative Soul Day #7

Okay, I skipped Friday,  I know!  But I have a really cute excuse!  It is small and furry, and completely cuddly!  She is the newest member of our family, and her name is Lola.  She is a seven week old Shih-tzu and Australian Shepard mix.  I brought her home on Friday night, and haven't done much art since then.  But I have done a little.

Check out my artistic journal page.  I have made a little progress.  I also tried to post this all last night, but it wouldn't work for some reason, so this is for day seven, but I will still post day 8 today as well.  I pledge that I will be finished with my journal page today, plus start my two paintings from my earlier sketches.  I am also going to meet some women who are associated with the National Women's Caucus for Art.  I am thinking of joining and enjoying being associated with a group of women artists.  Plus they have opportunities for getting your art into exhibits.  Today we are meeting at a museum to talk about surface tensions.  It should be pretty interesting.  I'll tell you all about it in my later post. 

Have a great day everyone!  ~Peace~ S.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Creative Soul Day #5

Good evening everyone!  It's been a nice day, followed by a very busy evening.  I've been puppy shopping.  My daughter and I went to pick up a collar, leash, bowls, and toys for our new puppy, Lola.  We will be picking her up tomorrow.  So we did not get home until late.  But we are very excited to be adding to our family (although my husband is not so much).

I did have time to start an artistic journal page today.  Mind you, it is only started.  But I have much more to write.  Lately I have let myself become intimidated by people and circumstances that I thought were beyond my control.  But really, what I need to do is stand up and face my fears.  I have a fear of confrontation, as well as a fear that I am not as "worthy" as I know I am.  My fears are mainly irrational, and as an artist there is always the fear of not being good enough.  I am usually comfortable with myself, but I have low points where I let  my fears get the best of me.  Usually I just write about it to work things out in my head.  But this time I am artistically dealing with it.  Let me know what you think of the piece!

Good night everyone!  May you find happiness in just being.  ~Peace~ S.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Creative Soul Day #4

Okay, I completely finished my piece that I had slowly been working on.  I'm happy with it, and I think that I will make it into a mixed-media painting.   I'm actually excited to get started!  Just recently I found out that a friend of mine is sick, and I'm not talking flu.  She is such a strong lady, and I was thinking of her when I made this drawing.  I may even do the paintings and give them to her as a gift.  Hopefully it will bring her peace and positivity.  She is going to need it.  If you pray, please say a prayer for her and her family.  Thank you.

Okay.  Now I am posting the pictures and going to see my husband.  He has been sick, and I fell asleep so early last night, that I feel I haven't really seen him for days!  Good night to you all!  As always, let me know what you think!  Hope to hear from you soon!  ~Peace~ S.

Creative Soul Day #3

Sorry I missed last night's post guys!  But I have a good excuse.  I fell asleep with my daughter as she was not feeling well last night.  So I am posting this morning to show you all that I did not forget about you, and that I did do a little work on my piece yesterday.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Also, as I am home with an ill child today, I should be able to get some more work finished to show you all tonight.  I'll see you then!  ~Peace~ S.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Creative Soul Day #2

Hello everyone!  It's been a great day, and I have gotten a lot of things accomplished that I needed to.  The day is winding down, and I wanted to make sure that I gave you guys an update before I went to bed.  I got a sketch going tonight, but it's not finished.  I plan on working a little bit before going to bed, but I had to get on here first.  This is a sketch for my sketchbook that I am submitting to the Sketchbook Project.  I have a lot more to do to it, and I may end up turning it into an actual painting.  We'll see.

Okay, well I'm  going to get back to work, and watch Rules of Engagement.  Stay tuned to see more of the sketch tomorrow.  Log on and tell me what you think so far.  Look forward to hearing from you! ~Peace~S.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Creative Soul Day #1

Yay!  Day number one, and I accomplished my task.   A friend of mine taught me how to make these.  She taught me using wool sweaters.  I enjoy the wool sweater ones.  They have a fullness about them that the ones I made do not.  However, the ones I made have clean lines.  For some reason, a lot of my artwork has clean lines.  I think that is part of the style that I have honed in the past two years.  Each has something good to say.  I'll have to see how these look in my hair.  I definitely think that they look adorable in Ava's.  I'll have to make some and add embellishments to the petals - like ribbon or beads.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think. 

I'm not sure what project I will have for you all tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure it will be fun.  Now I'm off to watch Parenthood, and maybe even sketch!  Have a peaceful night everyone! ~Peace~ S.

365 Days with My Creative Soul

Okay ladies and gentlemen!  I'm really doing this.  Every day.  Each day I am going to give my creative soul it's wings.  No matter how large or how small, it will get to fly each day.  I am challenging myself to do art every single day.  This means, that I will be posting every single day - even if it's a small post with a picture and a small explanation of my creative journey that day.  Here's where I need your help - anyone who is reading.  If I miss even one single day (except around Christmas time when I am on vacation), you need to call me on it.  Send me messages - angry messages - hold me accountable!  I am going to hold myself accountable, but it's easier for me to stick to something if I know that someone else is invested.  So please, send me those messages! 

Today is day one of my 365 Days with My Creative Soul.  It's only seven in the morning, so I do not have any art for you as of yet, but I will post later today with something for you.  I'm not sure what yet.  I am also going to use this blog to finish my tree lady.  She is a painting that I have started, but I am intimidated by.  I'm always afraid that I am going to mess her up.  So I will also post pictures of her as I work on her.  By the end of the year, she will be finished (hopefully sooner than that).  So stay tuned to see pictures, and engage in conversations about the creativity found in life, and how we can get it to seep into our everyday, and let the creative soul shine constantly!  Talk to you later today!  ~Peace~

P.S. Check out this amazing artist over at Bijou's Whimsy.  She is amazing!