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Daily Art and a commission!

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I really enjoy the daily painting exercise. From deciding at the last minute what I am going to paint to prepping the support and working through the process it is turning into a very meditative process. I don’t listen to music or have the tv on. I stand there, most days in my pyjamas and explore lines and shape and colour without overthinking it. In fact I think the days that I “plan” something are the days that I struggle the most. Those are the days when I fight to try and make the paint do what I want rather than collaborating with the paint. My favourite paintings have been more of a collaboration and I’ve been able to get into a good “art mode” and the entire process has been pretty quick and seamless. 

Here are this weeks paintings.

Day 106

Day 107    

 

Day 109

 

Day 110 


Day 111 


Day 112 – I decided to change sizes ans worked on a 9×12 canvas.

 
Day 113 -then for this one I thought “Paint bigger! You’re on vacation, you have time!” So this on is 16×20

   As I have been working on the everyday I have been doing a couple of other things. I was going to start filming for a online course that I was going to help create…and then it was cancelled…then it was back on with a few different woman. So I had time to take on some commission work and then I had a lot back on my plate again. Oh well I’m having fun creating the commission work and I get to figure out how to film and that will be a good thing!

So the commission work is a 22×30 pan pastel drawing. The original picture is a sunset proposal but I am going to “artsy” it up and keep the faces looking realistic. So the original picture is this one 


And I have started this composition on paper to get the sketch right. 


And I started on the sky and mountains.

  
Loving it so far and thank goodness I have two weeks to work on this because this is about 3 hours of work so far. Next up is the water!

I post updates of my current work on Facebook and Instagram so follow me if you would like to see updates and progress!
  

Connect with your Creativity!

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I am so close to finishing my 100 Days of Painting project and I have learned so much through this process. As I was painting it became more clear to me that I could share some of what I learned with other people that are struggling to be creative.  With that in mind I am developing a 7 day creativity kickstarted that will help you start and maintain momentum in being creative. Honestly it’s not just for painting or drawing. Being creative could be cooking, woodworking, gardening, decorating, writing! Really it comes down to what do you want to do with your hands and heart…what is calling you and what would you like to try to do if you could do anything?

I am working on the videos and PDF’s this week and will hopefully have something organized and ready to launch next week. 

  
I have also been getting so close to the end of my 100 days challenge…and planning my next one! Silly me but I really am just brimming with ideas and plans.

Day 85 – I really love this one and think that I will be painting from life more often.

 
Day 86

   
Day 87

 
Day 88

   
Day 89

 
Day 90  

Day 91

 
Day 92

  
Day 93


Day 94

   
Day 95

 
Day 96

   
Day 97


Day 98

   
And since I didn’t already have enough to do I started a new art quilt series that incorporated my mixed media girls and quilting. This is the first one in a series that I am planning to work on in the evening.

 

   
So next week I will be completing my first series of 100 paintings and starting my next series…more details next week. I should also be officially launching the start of my “Connect with You Creativity” email series. And I will have managed several naps during that time!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!
 

Daily Painting

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I’m coming into the home stretch with my daily painting exercise. Today will be day 84…when I do the painting later on this morning and I have already been planning my next Daily Painting Adventure that will be my “200 Series” of paintings.

I’m also excited to be on vacation for the next two months and to be able to have time to focus on the things that I have been wanting to develop for the website, some online classes that I want to develop to teach and to take some of the little mini paintings that I have been making and transform them into a larger scale painting.

I wrote out a “to-do” list last night and it was one full page! Granted it included wish list items of things that I want to learn how to do and to get done around the house but it was still significant.

So here are this weeks paintings.

Day 80

Day 81

Day 82

Day 83

I’ve also been playing with a new app that allows me to make posters, banners, Facebook posts! So..Many…Ideas…I think I am going to use these in conjunction with my online class “Everyday Gifts” and I can use them in the free offer that I am developing for the website. Here are some of the examples I have been playing with. Some of them I can’t use other than in this type of post. I am not willing to pay for a commercial use licence so I am looking at ways that I can use to create my imagery without having to reinvent the wheel.

  

I’ve made a couple of new banners for my Facebook page also. You can like my page here.

 

Finally I was just playing with some Instagram imagery.

  

So onwards on my busy to-do list. Today I am going to be making the frames that I need to start mounting my daily paintings on…and a little pool time if I can manage it, in my little pool! It’s going to be super hot here (for northern BC) and I’m going to enjoy it as much as possible!

Painting and Summer Plans

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Another week closer to finishing my 100 days of painting!  I’ve continued painting every morning and thought of how I want to finish the paintings and display them. So those forms need to be made and then I have to attach all of the paintings…another job for the summer.

School has been winding down and all the tasks that go along with that are keeping me busy to say the least.  I have also been thinking about what I am going to be teaching in my beginners drawing class that will be at the local cultural centre.

I have also signed up to do an online class…and by do, I mean teach! About gratitude and Art. I will be teaching an intuitive style painting that focuses on being grateful for the things that surround you everyday. So far my plans include 4 days of videos, PDF files and visuals so I really have to get started on that.

I have also had some ideas for the website and so I am going to have to sit down and do some work to develop those ideas.

Here are my last 9 days of paintings! As you can see I have been on a bit of a teacup craze. It’s part of my development for my online class. I am thinking of calling it “Everyday Gratitude”

What do you think?

Day 71

  Day 72
 Day 73
 Day 74

  Day 75
 Day 76

  Day 77
 Day 78

 

Day 79

 

Art Update

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If you have been following my Daily Painting journey you will have noticed that I did not post anything this week. I have been painting but keeping up with daily posts, working, painting every morning and doing too many other things meant that I had to let something go. So while I have been posting everyday to my Instagram feed (here if you would like to follow me) and on my Facebook page (Here if you would like to see progress pictures of my work) I have worried less about posting daily to my website.

Day 64

“Red Stripe”  6×6

Day 65

“Succulents Three” 6×6

Day 66

“Shadow”  6×6

Day 67

“Shadow 2” 6×6

Day 68

“Shadow 3”  6×6

Day 69

“Blue Bottle”  6×6  I have also been working on a series of charcoal drawings that I will be displaying in an local hotel as part of an annual “Art Walk”. There are 21 artists participating this year and I have spent the last month making art for this! So my art days have been getting up at 5am to do my daily painting then going to work and teaching about making art to high school students and coming home to draw with charcoal for a couple of hours in the evening.

My goal with the charcoal drawings is to offer custom drawings so I am hoping to get some commission work out of showing my charcoal work within the community. If you are interested in having me create a custom piece of artwork please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can discuss the possibilities!

Here are some casual shots of the charcoal drawings that will be going up for display in the next month.


   

  

I have been enjoying the contrast of my day. By starting the day with a very loose and intuitive style of painting and ending the day with a realistic and highly observational style of drawing and am able to practice and explore different facets of my style. I enjoy both ways of creating but still feel that my “Style” is coming through in each different way of creating. For example you will notice looking at each and every single one of the above pieces that texture is very important. Each picture has examples of a physical or visual texture.

So I did not post today’s painting (#70!) because I am going to experiment with filming today and film my painting from start to finish. That will be posted later on this week.

Thanks for looking and have a great Art Day!

 

Art Journal Progress

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I have come to the conclusion that as much as I like THINKING that I will be able to complete a month long challenge the actual ability to do it is not there. I don’t want to make something crappy but working full time, making examples for my classes and planning new stuff for said classes, taking an awesome online “Artful Letter” class leaves me little time to do things like read or relax!

I have made some progress on my art journal and I am happy with how it is looking and I want to keep it looking cool and rushing just to make some arbitrary deadline is silliness so I quit. I’m the boss of me anyway!!!

So the last three pages have been Grass, Shuck and Natal

The shoes that I was weraing in the grass picture were gold glittery shoes but I so enjoy the polka dot glitter shoes that I created.

The next word was Shuck. What the heck do you do with Shuck? Except rhyme is with bad words!!! I didn’t do that…

And last but not least I had Natal to work with. What was better than my Mama Deer/Baby deer stencil?

And a close up.

I have been having a great time taking my “Artful Alphabet” class with Joanne Sharpe and tomorrow I will post an example of a birthday present that I made yesterday. Can’t post it until I give it don’t cha know.