I am a mother of two beautiful daughters. They are the center of my world. In my desire to be the best mother I can be, I sometimes forget to do things for me. My oldest daughter, at the time of writing this she is eight years old, tells me she wants to be a photographer and an artist like me. I love art. I have loved it for many years. Unfortunately is has taken a backseat. My daughter has reminded me that my girls are watching me. If I want to them to pursue what makes them happy, I need to allow myself to do the same.
So, I wouldn't consider myself a blogger but maybe I can document my journey. Set goals to allow myself to create art and explore who I am as an artist and share my experience.
I have been taking another skillshare class to practice watercolors. Yasmina Creates has wonderful watercolor classes that are so much fun and well taught. The images in this post were created by me during her class Sweet Treats.
This is a comparison of Jane’s watercolors, Mission Gold and the Sakura Koi Field Box.
It is amazing the difference between the first two and the last one. Jane and MG (mission gold) are so bright and the blended beautifully. Koi is chalky, dull and did not want to blend. I am having so much fun with these new paints. And thanks to Yasmina for motivating me. 🙂 I am starting to feel much more comfortable with watercolor and I am feeling inspired to create more.
(I realize that I am dropping lots of links, I am not sponsored by or affiliated with anyone. I purchased everything on my own).
It has been a little while since my last post. I have been thoroughly enjoying the holidays with my family. I have been creating often though. Here are some of the Christmas Cards I worked on.
One of my New Years resolutions is to make time for my art. I plan to create something everyday even if it is as small as doodling the weather in my planner. I have a feeling that this will be the year of watercolor as well. I have always loves the look of watercolor but I am a perfectionist an the medium has always terrified me. I am really enjoying it now though and I plan on practicing often.
I am experimenting with different media and trying to exercise my art more frequently. I have been out of practice for awhile and so the fear tends to set in. I can’t draw, it has been too long. I only have 20 minutes, my art can’t possibly look decent in 20 minutes. What is my art “style?” Every artist needs a “style.”
Taking some classes on skillshare has been helpful. It is easier to take some pressure off if I am practicing as a “student.” The more that I draw and practice, the more fun I have. I am getting more comfortable and confident. I am learning everyday. The more I practice the better I will get.
So here I am becoming fearless. I don’t need to know what my “style” is right this minute. I can just make art everyday and maybe I will notice a reoccurring theme. My style will come. But one thing I know for sure, art sets my soul on fire.
So this week I have been focusing on practicing skills and techniques that are not in my wheelhouse. I have been playing with watercolor and drawing in ink. It has been wonderful! I am trying to work on being more relaxed, playful and whimsical rather than uptight and perfectionistic. Some of these still need some practice but I am really happy with how they came out!
If you are interested in some of the classes I am enrolled in, let me know. I am currently using SkillShare. I believe they are still having a discount on there premium membership, 3 months of Premium for $0.99.
I love watercolor but I struggle with it. I am too uptight and too much of a control freak to let the watercolor be wild, which ironically is what I love about it. This was a fun way to play with watercolor without worrying to much about imperfection. I am thrilled with the bright colors and how she seems to be glowing. I enjoy trying new techniques and expanding my horizons.
I was inspired this week by a beautiful drawing by CeeCee’s Creations. I love the unique way she included watercolor as a part of her subject and not secluded to the background.
I recently saw an article about Kintsugi. In Japan when pottery breaks they repair the item with gold rather than making it look like new or replacing it. The new item looks more beautiful than before and the history is honored rather than forgotten. I love this concept. It has definitely sparked interest.
After reading that article I came across the quote, “We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.” by Ernest Hemingway. After that, I knew it needed to be a journal page. I love how she turned out.
I am an introvert. I love people but I tend to be really socially awkward. I enjoy being with people but I also need alone time. One thing that I find frustrating about being so awkward is that I never know what to say. I am a solid shoulder to lean on or cry on. I will listen and I won’t judge. But I stink with words. I search for words of wisdom but they rarely measure up to the occasion.
I am an introvert but I love people. I am very empathetic. I feel your pain almost as much as you do. I want you to know that I feel for you too. But the words just don’t…