I just wanted to share some art journaling goodness with you all:-) I was thrilled to get my contributor copy of Art Journaling magazine and find me work on the cove! It totally caught me by surprise. As most of you know, I love art journaling and it’s my go to vehicle to teach workshops. They are such a valuable tool for any artist.
I hope you are finding time to explore your own journals~
While there are often bumps along the road as we travel through life, there are also moments of perfect contentment, if we just pause a moment or two and let everything be still. When things get too busy and distracting, escaping to my studio is a one way I can tune things out and actually feel peace flood over me. Does this mean everything is perfect? Of course not, that is in fact rarely the case, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have perfect moments of contentment in the midst of ‘life’.
9″ x 12″ acrylic on museum quality wood panel
When I started painting this portrait things were kind of hectic, we were getting ready to leave for a week and still getting Christmas put away etc. I worked on it for a few brief time periods and left it unfinished until we came back from vacation. I went up to my studio to unwind and reflect and put on some Eagles tunes (a tribute to Glenn Frey who passed away during our trip) and was thinking to myself I’m so glad that we went to see the Eagles when we had the chance. How many times do we put things off until later and later never comes? It made me thankful and content, a real ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ moment. Sure there are things I wished I’d done but there are a lot of things that I did do and I’m content that I reached and stretched outside my comfort zone to get where I am today.
Detailed view of ‘Portrait of Contentment‘
I love how working with portraits allows you to see what you are feeling in your work. I hope you find time to create art today and feel the contentment that it brings.
This portrait is now listed on my SHOP page.
Happy 2016 Everyone! Hope your new year is off to a wonderful start!
I am just getting back into my studio on a regular basis after a couple of months ‘off’ due to surgery on my feet and my studio being located upstairs:-) I’m recovering well thankfully.
I get asked frequently if I sell my work and in the past I’ve have been but only in person when I’m teaching or at a show, but I decided in 2016 that I will start offering work periodically online via my website so I’ve created a ‘SHOP” page to list work for sale. I’m not going to do a full blown shop with lots of listings, but it will give me a place to list work that I have available.
Looking forward to wonderful things in 2016!
Life Book 2016 is NOW OPEN for Registration!!!
Life Book 2016 is a year long course with all of these wonderful teachers to inspire you!!!
First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.
You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE
I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing my take on mixed media portraits with you, much like you can see in these journal pages:
Congratulations to Denise Spillane, Ajae McCain and Patricia Upshaw on winning a DVD! Please email me your shipping info at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get them in the mail to you!!!
I appreciate all of the comments left and hope that you’ll consider getting my DVD’s. I also wanted to let you know that they also each have an optional PDF download that you can purchase. This is great to have by you at your art table after you’ve watched the DVD so you can follow along while you create!
They do not disappoint! The thing that I love about Seth’s stamps and stencils are that they can be used ‘in’ work. They don’t have to be the final image but can be incorporated mixed media style right into your journal page or artwork. They add structure, line and shape, building blocks for creating.
Here is a journal spread I did using two of his new stamps, “Net Work’ and “Inter Net”. Love those names too!!
Be sure to visit Seth’s BLOG for even more details and to see the whole line of stamps! And check out the links below to see more creations using his new stamps!!
Mary Beth Shaw