Melange Team Weekly Challenge

The Melange Team Weekly Challenge word is ‘Dance’. How lovely is that? It conjures up all sorts of graceful, lovely, and even fun images. This piece, ‘Wistful Glories’ is one I did some time ago. I spent some time in a gallery at ZNE’s convenzione and I picked it up when I went to this years retreat. I had it at my table during my make and take and it sold. I don’t do a lot of sales in person. Most are done online and I never meet the people who buy my art. I always love to hear from them and it warms my heart to hear when my work has found a good home and is being enjoyed. This sale was face to face and the woman seemed to love it so. It was a great feeling and made my heart feel like dancing. I really loved this piece and it was good to see it again, but my art is made to share. It is sometimes a bit hard to part with it, but as soon as it leaves me I am ready to make another work of heart. It is a great feeling to share something as personal as art.
P.S. Here is the journal page that was the inspiration behind this piece.

Make It Your Own

While drinking my first cup of coffee this morning, my blog browsing took me to Michelle Wards Green Pepper Press Street Team Challenge.

This is one of my favorite challenges because Michelle is so inspiring and pushes the envelope encouraging others to do the same. I have been too busy to do much participating lately, but when I saw this challenge it so hit home with me that I had to take some time to answer it today.

Make it your own. I think that all artists truly long to do this. It is a process though. We see someones work and think ‘Oh, I love that, I want to know how they did it’! Sometimes through workshops or classes we are afforded a glimpse of the ‘how’ part. We then take that new found knowledge and add it to what we already know and slowly but surely our own ‘style’ evolves. This is the process. Michelle said the difference between art and crafts is the ability to ‘make it your own’. Are you wanting to make the product or learn the process?

This is what I so struggled with when I kept getting asked to do a ‘face’ class. I truly love teaching and sharing techniques and encouraging people along their art journey, but I really don’t enjoy teaching a ‘product‘ nearly as much. That is not to say that there aren’t times when that is the only way to do something. Short, live workshops lend themselves to that type of teaching. So while I am completely open to teaching my techniques, giving tips, guidance and encouraging the creative process, I didn’t necessarily want to see lots of little ‘Pam’ faces all over. They may tend to look like that at first, but through this process they will become more and more your own.
My answer to this is Pursuing Portraits. I want to share the joy of discovering your own face with you! I share all of my techniques and guide you on the process of finding your own face! It is a continuing process as our art is always evolving. The class is open ended so you will have unlimited access to the materials and can revisit the videos again and again, working at your own pace and discovering the joy of Making it your own!
P.S. all of the journal pages here have been either inspired by one of Michelle’s challenges or made using some of her wonderful stamps. Thank you for the inspiration Michelle!

Inspiration

For me, inspiration often comes through journaling. The freedom that is found within the safe covers of my art journal allows me to explore my feelings and convey them visually. Most often the words come to me last. I either make them up or find the perfect quote, but it is almost always at the end of my creative process. This is part of what I have learned about myself through journaling. It is as if I pour out the feelings and then can put words to what those feelings are.
This weeks challenge prompt at Melange is ‘Inspiration’. The words on this journal page came to me at the end of the process. Art is a journey. A discovery of your creative nature. We are inspired by others who have gone before us, and inspire others to follow along. Each of us is in that place. Every time we create we are inspired by something and our work inspires someone or something else.
Be Inspired. Be an Inspiration.

Challenges

I have so much to share from the ConvenZioNE last week that it will take a few days. I of course had to journal about the event, so I will start with one of my pages. I needed to take some images to use in the projects I did in the workshops, so I used some of those in my journal, prepping a few pages with some paint to be added to later. This page reflects my online, friendships with some of the people there. I knew them by name, but had never met any of them. A little scary, but the instant I met these ladies, I felt right at home. We all share the bonds of creativity and it is evident when you walk into a room full of amazing artists.

This piece was done in Brandie Butcher-Isley’s class. She is an inspiring artist who’s work I have admired for a long time. We met right away and hung out together for the whole event. We will be doing some collaboration on projects in the future and left with our minds full of ideas. Brandie truly has the soul of an artist and there was an instant connection that I will always cherish.

This piece also serves as my response to last weeks Melange Team Challenge, FUN, as I can’t think of anything more fun than being in the land of ZNE!
The other workshop that I took, was Anna Corba’s class. She lead us into her world of lovely vintage papers, beeswax, and simple elegance. She is the loveliest of ladies and was a huge inspiration to me with her words and presence.
I completed 5 pieces of art in 2 days which in itself was amazing. As a mom I just don’t get to sit down and work start to finish on projects. Having someone bring me lunch, and no housework or anything else to do but art is a great way to live, let me tell you! But for most of us that is not our reality and I have become adept at working art around life and finding balance between the two.
This piece will serve as my response to this weeks Melange Team Challenge, ‘Mom’. I used some images from my own artwork. This is something I have been wanting to do and the beeswax collage is the perfect format. I was unable to scan the whole piece, which is 9×13, but this is the main portion.

I will be posting more through the week there is just so much to share!

Melange Team Weekly Challenge

The Melange Team artists are ‘Mixing It Up’ with mixed media in the form of a weekly challenge! Anyone can play, you don’t have to be a team member, (but we’ll take ya if you’re interested:-)

This weeks challenge is ‘TICKET’ and I decided that since I journal almost daily, I would just incorporate the weekly prompt into my journals. That makes it very doable for me.

With my middle sons graduation just weeks away, this page is dedicated to the class of 2009. It is one of those ‘accident’ pages that basically made itself.

It started out a few days ago with a scrap of paper that I’d done a transfer of a bird image for practice. I glued it into my journal for future use. Then to go with the ‘Ticket’ prompt I also glued in an airplane ticket stub from hubby, and added a couple of other ticket images I had. Layers of leftover paint from this mornings project tied the whole thing together. To this I added the perfect quotes. Love it when a page just evolves, capturing a moment of life to perfection.