Some days don’t you get a bug to do something different? Last night as I was working in my Moleskine, I realized I only have a few pages left. It is almost full. So I started to look back through it and as always, some pages I love, some are OK, and some I still don’t think are finished. I sat there looking at a couple of pencil sketches and wanted to do something out of the ordinary for me, so I added a little Frida and Zettiology pizazz. It turned the ordinary sketches into something unexpected. I had so much fun doing something daring, and still keeping my style and even colors. I am going to spend a little while going back through my journal and adding to some of the pages until I am satisfied and they scream ‘no more’! to me. I really love this stage of journaling, adding the final layers. The pages keep evolving, hardly ever finished in one sitting, stages of completion until there is no more.
I was visiting blogs trying to catch up and was lead to another Modigliani lover. I just love the graceful lines of his portraits. Some are much more modern looking than I usually like, but the fluid lines always make me stop and take a closer look.
I guess that is what art does, it makes one stop and take a closer look. What type of art makes this happen for each of us individually can be completely different. That is what’s so wonderful about art, there is something for everyone.
This is a little journal page I did last night. I cannot even begin to tell you how lovely it was to start out a bit stressed from the day and finish 20 minutes later in a totally different frame of mind. A simple sketch, some paint and a pencil. The best therapy for stress there is in my book.
Here is a sample journal page from my ‘Pursuing Portraits’ online workshop. I just finished up editing the videos and I’m ready to go! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUKGuJQLGLs
We start July 7th, so if you’re interested in going on this journey head over to Creative Workshops and you can view the supply list and class details. CW is offering several mixed media workshops and adding new ones all the time here is one from Jodi Ohl, www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPYXk4cSTGE . If you are looking for something and don’t find it there, don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, the classes are open ended, so you can fit them in to your schedule:-)
Now to finish getting ready for the Southwest Missouri Art Teachers workshop tomorrow…