mixed media

15 minutes of colour explosion { #99of 100}

when we moved to portland the only space for my studio was in the corner of our bedroom.  so the walk to work takes all of 3 steps { heehee }.  the other day feeling totally yucky but, knowing i had work to do, i gathered my computer, a notebook, my fave coleto pen and snuggled under the covers.somehow i knew i'd be working in small bursts cause as the tired 'n yucky and can-do-no-more-or-my-head-will-burst feeling arose all i would have to do is push everything away and rest.  that was my day.

...till about 5pm when the push and pull got to me and i needed a change of pace.  that's when, 2 feet away, my muse began calling to me.

you ever have a conversation in your head where 1 side says "DO IT!" and the other side says "nahhhh, let's not...no really.....don't."?  i was fighting and urging myself at the same time.

my muse won with 1 compromise.  she got 15 minutes max then back to bed cause i could feel  my body still wans't feeling all that good but my mind needed the distraction.

i began with a swath of watercolour across a page in my art journal that had already had the papers glued down.

it needed bold strokes.  i felt the muse direct me next to a big flower stamp.  most of the rubber stamps in my collection are much smaller, less bold.  when i bought this { and another one like it } oh so long ago i did wonder what the heck i would do with them.  last time i think i used either of them was at least 3 yrs ago, but today, i was just doing as i was bid.

i stamped them twice.  at first, this unnerved me because  i usually don't use stamps in this way but then, was called to stamp a few more all over the page instead of my usual of smaller stamp used for detail work and sprinkled throughout but, as this was just supposed to be 15 minutes i didn't argue with my muse.

wanting to add more colour but not knowing where to head next i rummaged thru my art cabinet and came upon my cray-pas oil pastels.  because i love colour sooo darn much i pulled out 6 - orange, green, blue, pink, red, yellow - and coloured each flower in.  the thought popped into my head "where the heck was i going with this?".  yet i stayed the course.

there seemed to be a competition between the watercolour background and the oil pastel flowers.  you know who won out don't you?  watered down gesso came next to tone down the background a bit.  and then in a move that made no sense { since i had just muted things } i sprinkled colorburst watercolour powders all over the page in just warm colours at first { see video of them coming alive with water }.

looks a total mess right? and yet still, i stayed the course.  i came upon a quote to use but ended up using something different in the end, not wanting to add too many words.  i wrote using the white oil pastel to act as a resist to the colourburst powders.

 

as the watercolours powders dried the colours receded a bit.  i like where i left it but i think there's more to be done and will revisit this page another time.  for now.....my muse was satisfied and let me lie down again.

G

#99of100    #ARTPLAYeveryday    #redbarnstudiosart

100 days project :: a new twist

for my 100 days, you know i have to twist things up right?  one cannot be like everyone else after all. i tell ya......i gotta be me, the only me there is.

so here goes.  i've talked before about the "art every day month" { #aedm2015 } challenge i joined in november last year.  that was a total blast!  no pressure to create.  no committing to pushing out one type of artwork.  nothing but having fun sitting in my creativity pool, dabbling, getting serious, taking 5 mins art breaks or sometimes getting lost in my art.  whatever me and my muse wanted to get up to, we did.

ahhhhh...it felt so damn good.

after the month finished i knew i wanted to recreate that feeling about art,  that air of laissaez-faire* that i had somehow lost whenever i approached my art before.

*lais·sez-faire { ˌlesā ˈfer/ } noun
   - a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering.

the #aedm2015 instagram challenge brought it all home to me.  it let me know that it was okay to take a break for art just for the sake of art.  i mean really?  is it that hard to get to my studio { a mere 2 ft away i might add, ha! } and create?  no, not at all.  but apparently i must have rescinded permission to play.  doing any art was either for classes or for work.

so what's a girl to do after feeling that good?  step into it more often of course!  over the last 2 months i thought and thought about how i could incorporate that feeling into my everyday without feeling the pressure to commit.  and that's how the "counting backwards 100 days of art" began to take shape in my mind.

my twist on the 100 days project

i knew i couldn't do 100 straight days in a row.  i'd drive myself bonkers after day 3, knowing i had 93 more to go.  ha!  but 100 sounds like such a good and solid number to strive for.  the other thing for me was i didn't want to arrive at #57 and find i was totally bored, fed up and quit right then and there, forever left that i didn't attain my goal { that's cappy brain thinking for sure }.

that's how i came up with 100 days in 366 / 2016 and counting backwards was the twist i put on it.  i get the high numbers  out of the way and end with the biggie....Number 1.  if i get 15 finished in one month and only 3 in the next that's all right by me...it'll all leads to 100 completed works.

sweet right?

no medium or type of artwork is off limits.  i might go thru a period of time working with just one medium...but then again, i might not.  no limits.  no parameters. no deadlines each month.

with that said, here's #100of100

No.100 of 100_100daysofart

i have a class coming up { one BADASS art journal - starting Feb 1st } using alcohol inks { AI } and wanted to explore it some more went ape sh*t crazy playing with them.  i made a few others but now, from these #artplay session with AI, i came up with a series that i'll turn into a class later in the year.  oh.em.gee. how i love serendipitous moments, don't you?

ok. now that i've let you in, it's back to work for me.

toodles,

G

WHAT NEW THINGS WILL YOU BE WORKING ON THIS YEAR?  

How will you bring forth your creative spirit and let it shine?   Tell me in the comments section below.

#ARTPLAYeveryday    #creativeflow    #100DaysofArt

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p.s.  there's still a chance to enter the giveaway for 1 FREE spot in the SPECTRUM holistic creative workshop.  find out more about the teachers and their offerings here.

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living in the light

living in the light

one of the things i know for sure is......i always have to be true to my voice, my truth and stand in my light.

i am a journaler, and my journals are where i hold space for the words and the art and the ideas that matter to me so that i'm always living in the light rather than hiding in the dark.

i have a few journals where i create art { my art journals }, a couple of journals where i write my heart-words { to work thru issues and record my gratefuls } and then there's this virtual space, my blog, my public journal where i journal about creativity and business and laughter and everyday life,  a space where i choose time and time again to shine my light { altho hard this might sometimes be }, a place i get to share ME with YOU.

i started blogging years ago, { btw, this link is a hoot } at first because i wanted to share my work.  at that time i was an art quilter and loved the audience i built.  over the years i have made some wonderful cyber & in-person friends who are brilliant textile artists { susankarenwho are 2 very cool peeps } and, even tho i'm a mixed media artist now, this space has remained true to who i am as an artist and as a person whose touchstones remain....

light,   truth    &     JOY

yesterday i wrote a post about the new workshopthat i'll be teaching in ... SPECTRUM and......i have to tell you, i am blown away by the beautiful and heartfelt comments old and new friends are leaving and also by the release of control i'm hearing in these words to finding one's path to creative spirituality and development.  you guys have made my heart smile ...WIDE.

breath.

i am now working on the content for SPECTRUM workshopand knowing that what i'm create for YOU to enrich your creative spirit and that you are ready to embrace it all makes working on this so much more satisfying and brings much JOY to this heart of mine.

T H A N K   Y O U.

G.

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....to sign up for this beautiful workshop go here.

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#livinginthelight    #holdingspace     #JOYworkcircle

working in the round art journal

what type of art journal do you like to use? for some reason recently i've been called to work in the round.  what is that you might ask?

for me it means working within the confined parameters of a circle, my favourite symbol and one that finds itself in showing up in my artwork time and time again.

Art Journaling in the Round

this week i began with this watercolours from my new grumbacher transparent pan set { santa must have thought i was real nice last christmas, huh }, a recommendation from this book.  the green around the edges you see is masking fluid i applied so that the watercolours stayed within the boundary of the circle.

WIP Watercolour Round Art Journal

still struggling with using watercolours in abstract { which is usually how i like to work in acrylics } i then went to my regulars and added torn paper and a birds-on-a-wire stamp.

I Will Shine My Light

i worked it a bit more, covered up my initial beginnings, got to this place  ...i will shine my light...  and stopped there.  not my fave piece by far and truth be told,at one point i even wanted to throw it away.  i didn't.  but i think i'll be reworking this so i can include it in my round art journal and, i definitely will work in the round again.

still......i got to work on some art today.  my aim is to do this much, much more often this year of 2016.

toodles y'all, G

p.s.  are you guys a part of JAM2016?  you should be.  tiare smith runs the embrace your art challenge and this year it's all about creating a "journal about me" { JAM for short } and i'm a guest artist this year.  how flipping cool right!  so look for more JAM/journaling-in-the-round journal pages from me this year and check out and sign up for the challenge. 

 

#creativeeveryday   #watercolour   #artjournal

do you journal regularly? you should...here's why.

my journaling tools

i am not a scrapbooker.  i generally don't buy or collect items to do memory keeping.  at heart, i am a writer or better still, a journaler, one who chooses to record her life in two ways......with a pen and/or with a camera.

i'm lucky.  i remember things in pictures in my mind.  if you ask me where something is a picture of the item pops into my mind of where i saw it last and, usually, i can direct you straight to it.  

i remember details of all sorts of events and conversations { much to the chagrin of my kids, lol } but the feelings of any given moment surrounding those happenings are fleeting and that's the bit that's important to me. journaling my thoughts about these happenings is why I journal.  

and for me, the bonus is rereading the recordings of my life from the past, whether it be last week's musings or the writing I did a year or 5 years ago.

i am also a visual artist { mixed media in particular } and combining these two aspects, journaling and visual artistry, i get to do something called art journaling.  

now by no means is this a new thing...far from it....but for me it is a fairy new way to journal....in words AND in pictures with a little bit of colour thrown in.  haPPy place!

small SLPC journal
SLPC front

since discovering the sheer joy of art journaling and since i make books

....i'm also a bookbinder

....i've combined the two and am now making my own art journals to practice my art in with while also getting to add my writings in them as well.

i've enjoyed it so much i've turned one the journals into a class.  check it out here.

art journaling is the symbiosis of images and words ~ olga siedlecka

i believe you need to practice giving time back to yourself.  a perfect way to do that is to journal the everyday.  begin your journaling habit* now to record all those bits of your life.  

journaling regularly helps you reach far into your soul to not only find the answers you seek but the tap into the wholeness of you.  now go do some writing.

toodles, Grace

p.s. new shop update coming soon but if you can't wait, email me so we can begin discussing how to get your own CUSTOM handmade journal created { last day to order in time for Christmas delivery is November 10th }