the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
I am planning on posting some inspiration and ideas to help me (and possibly others) on my creative journey. I envision this as a quick list of ideas that I have tried or plan to do that is supporting any part of getting into a creative space. There are many ideas swimming in my head; some get jotted down in a notebook, some I apply and get to do and some get lost in the wind. Perhaps this space will help me stay focused, celebrate the successes and acknowledge the realities. I also hope that this helps remind that I am doing many things – both conscious and intentional and those less clear cut.
I am hoping to be kind to myself – I know that perfectionism, distractions, second guessing and life events will seep in. I am almost hesitant to do this declaring my creative journey in the first place – I just got a promotion at work and will be starting a new mental health program at my agency. I fear that this stress will pull me away from my artwork. It is not the “perfect” time to add this to my plate, yet at the same time, is the right time. I know me well enough to know that having a creative space is so critical for my well being.
- Have a small stash of art supplies ready to go. Get a bin and load it up with supplies that you can easily access. I have gouache, palette, brushes, pens, pencils, charcoal, watercolors and paper in there. I hope to be better at putting things away!
- wake up early. This is easy for me – I am a morning person, like crazy early – a 3 or 4 am wake up is not that uncommon for me. I like working on some art while it is quiet. For me, this is when I am the most productive.
What are your art supply must haves? When do you prefer to work?
Some examples of paintings that will be at the ArtWalk festival in Livermore – October 13
Prints will be available soon!
These paintings were inspired by a visit this summer to the Buffalo Botanical Garden. We were lucky to be there at the time when “Morty,” the corpse plant, was in bloom. He wasn’t that stinky when we visited.
I will have a booth at Art Walk again this year. Mark your calendars for this fun-filled day of art. I will be near the Bankhead. More info and details to come!
Having some fun in the studio this morning. I am working on this VW series. I do not have a personal relationship to these cars but always loved their look. Any good Bug or Bus stories to share?
I have not been posting here on my blog much. I have been busy and have been active on instagram. (Feel free to follow me there) I am still trying to figure out which venue is best suited to me. Here’s a few paintings that I have worked on lately:
As I see these all together, the common thread is how much I enjoy the various subjects. From that quirky Centennial Bulb to my nail polish addiction, it brings me joy to work on these paintings.
I will be making some prints from these paintings. Do you have a favorite painting from these? Let me know which one in the comment here or on Facebook.
I’m taking a portrait class (Drawing Faces – Make Art that Sells) and I am totally having fun. I am focusing on my favorite “four eyes.”
During elementary school, I was fairly obsessed by Elton John. His music spoke to me. It was always entertaining to see what outfits he was wearing. I still listen to a Spotify playlist of my favorite Elton John songs, mostly from this period.
During High School, I started my next obsessions – David Bowie and Elvis Costello, both of which still melt my heart, some 30-plus years later. I can say that I do not think more than a week goes by without me listening to their music. It is still so fresh and enjoyable and I am so stoked when my daughter admits to liking their songs.
So here’s my first drawing faces subjects – Elton and Elvis who definitely rocked those glasses! (I’m sure that I will include a Bowie in this class soon enough!)
Do you have a favorite Elton, Elvis or Bowie song or memory?
I am doing a giveaway! I’m trying something new, so bear with me!! I have this lovely notebook with my Avocado Love painting on it. The original painting recently sold and I hope that it’s adding some whimsy to its new home!! I’m happy to offer this notebook in a free giveaway. Just leave me your name and email in the comment section or fill it out here Here
I will select a random winner on Sunday Feb 18. I will also not share your email information with others.