With the new year, I picked up three new art classes. One for Christmas, one for my birthday, and one for Valentine’s :). The one I got for my birthday (which will soon be here!) was Life Book 2014. Every week there is something new and it’s so freeing and fun and fantastic!
Every other week is a mixed media project and the artists vary so you are exposed to so many new insights and ideas. The weeks in between will have challenges, interviews or quick little projects. I’m throughly enjoying myself!
The first week we made a page that showed our word of the year and our inner Artist Guardian. She is supposed to represent the part of us that will protect our heads and hearts when we feel we aren’t good enough at art. Ever feel that way? Me? All. The. Time. I’ll kinda like what I do and then if I start comparing to others whose talent is amazing, I start doubting myself. It’s one of the things I’ve been trying to improve about myself… to embrace MY art, my style, and to stop comparing it to someone else’s. I use water colors, white gesso, acrylic paints on this page.
My word for the year is Change. So many reasons to choose that word for the year. I want to change my perception of how I feel about my art. I want to change my body image by continuing to get healthy. I want to survive the change of having my oldest graduate high school this year and move off to college. I want to survive the change of my youngest (who is turning into my best friend) driving on her own and not being around as much as she is now. I changed jobs in December, so that plays in it as well. Change. It’s a good thing. It’s a scary thing. And I just need to hold on to the mantra that “everything will be alright”.
Another week we did a quick little project of what we want more of… I chose Love. Isn’t Love just a wonderful word! Love for my friends, for strangers, for my family. To practice sharing love helps one to be more positive, kind, caring. Love. “And the greatest of these is Love.” “All you need is Love”. The Bible + The Beetles.. They knew what they were talking about! Just acrylics on this page!
And this was the last project I just finished today. It was titled Sugar, Sugar, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put down all the sweets. Seriously – I’m diabetic and need to STOP with the sweets (says the gal that just finished baking a cake!) After I drew my girl with her cute beehive/bubblegum hair, she started developing into a music loving, toe tapping, color loving kinda gal. Hmmm sounds a bit like me! So she’s fabulous! This page was made with acrylic paint, gel medium, clear gesso, ink sprays, stamp, washi tape, micron pen, copic markers, and black gesso on watercolor 140Lb cold press paper.
Can’t wait to see what else awaits me in the next couple of lessons!