Lifebook 2014 – Quirky Animals

This spread in my art journal is based on Tam’s recent lesson in Lifebook 2014 – quirky animals.  Mine turned out more like cartoon animals, but I like them.  :)


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Another Abstract

People say ‘Are you trying to be abstract?’ thinking then that they know what you are doing though, of course, they don’t understand what the devil it is all about. They think that abstraction means getting away from reality and it often means precisely the opposite — that you are getting closer to it, away from a visual interpretation but nearer to an emotional understanding.Henry Moore


I completed this painting a few weeks ago, and was letting it sit in my studio, so that I could decide if it was finished.  It is.  This piece was inspired by Karine Swenson’s recent course, “Intro to Abstract Painting“, which is now available as a self-study course here.  This class really helped me to get out of my own head, and let loose and just fling paint.  I loved it.

To start, I did a bunch of  little water color “sketches” to inspire me, and give me a place to start.  This is my little sketch (it’s 4″ x 4″), with the finished piece – acrylic and mixed media(24″ x 24″):

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I started with some texture, using various acrylic textural products, and let that dry.  Then, I started flinging paint, using various acrylic paint products, and mark-making tools.  Here are a few in-progress photos:



And, the finished painting, with a couple of detail shots:



What do you think?  My husband likes it, and even thinks it is worthy of hanging in our new home.  :)


Abstract Painting

I took (yet) another online class – Karine Swenson’s Intro to Abstract Painting offered by Carla Sonheim.  I really enjoyed the class.  She taught me new ways to get inspired and create abstract art.  Ways I never thought of.  Fun.  The only criticism I have is that I didn’t get to see her create a finished painting.  Other than that, I really enjoyed it.  And, I now have access to the class for a year, so I can go back and watch the videos as many times as I want.  Here’s one of my abstract paintings – not sure if it’s complete, but it is definitely close.  This was a piece that I actually started a couple of years ago when I was taking Flora Bowley’s online painting class.  It’s 20″ x 20″. abstract1

Still Loving Faces – Timelapse Video

I am really enjoying learning how to draw and paint faces.  I can’t seem to get enough of it!  It’s true what they say about practice…well, it doesn’t make me perfect, but I am improving.  I was really inspired by Effy Wild’s latest lesson in her Moonshine 2014 class (link on my sidebar).  Here’s my girlie:

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And, I made a timelapse video:


The Documented Life Project AND My New Obsession – A Video


Art Journaling Video

Hello my friends!  Just a quick drive-by post, to share my most recent art journaling video, inspired by Lifebook – Tam’s lesson on Paint-over collage.  My girl is a bit cross-eyed, but I still love her.  ;)

Here’s the before and after stills:

after before


And the video:



I’m a Busy Gal! My Thoughts on Taking Online Classes

I know I haven’t blogged in a while, but I do plan to change that!  *best laid plans* lol  I have actually made a video….well, it’s about 90% complete.  I recorded a journal flip, followed by some art journaling, but the page evolved into something that I really don’t like.  I know….it’s about the process, so I should post it anyway, right?  Okay.  I’ll either finish it and post the completed video, or I’ll post what I have….what would YOU like?  Leave me a message, and I’ll go with the majority.

So, I thought I would share my thoughts on taking online classes.  I’m taking quite a few at the moment, and I think I may have over-committed myself.  When I do that, I seem to get kind of “stuck”.  It’s like, if I can’t do it all, I won’t do anything at all.  Does that make any sense?  I think it’s the perfectionist in me.  If I can’t do it 100%, then I don’t want to do it all.  It’s like I’ve failed if I only do some of the lessons.  I really have to get over that!  Is anyone else like me?  I’m sure I can’t be the only one who thinks like this.  So, here we go – I’m a little ashamed to post this, but maybe it will motivate me.  Once I “put it out there”, sometimes it helps me to feel accountable?  Does that make sense?  Here goes:

 I’m taking my friend, Effy Wild’s class – Moonshine, which is all about (for me) – painting faces.  But, I have not done even one lesson yet *blush*.  I MUST change that!  It’s not because I’m not inspired by her, (*waving*  Love and Glitter, Effy!) – I just seem to get into this mode of watching others create, but not really doing much myself.  

I signed up (late) for Lifebook, with Tam (Willowing) – but have not done even one lesson yet!  That’s what I did in 2012, too.  For that very reason, I didn’t sign up in 2013. I swore this year would be different!  And, it will, damn it!  ;)  Again, I have watched ALL the videos….but not done a single one.  :(

I’m also taking the live version of Jane Davenport’s “Express Yourself” class.  I took this class a couple of years ago, so it was time for a refresher.  I’ve been drawing and painting faces with Jane!  :)  Yay me!  That was one of my goals for this year.  I can draw faces (if I say so myself), but I haven’t really gotten the hang of painting them.  For some reason, it seems “easier” to do this class, because I’ve done it before. AND, I had the pleasure of meeting Jane in Australia in January!  She is so awesome.  Such a fabulous person, and a VERY talented artist.  *waving*  Hi Jane!!!  Oh, and hi to Orly Avineri (who taught the class), and to Tracy Verdugo (who hosted the class), and to the other Aussie ladies whose names I forgot to get before the class ended.

And, lastly (for now) I am also participating in the Documented Life Project.  This is a free class (unless you take the optional $12.00 class which teaches you how to alter the Moleskine planner).  I haven’t really been doing all of the prompts, but I have been using my planner, so that counts, right?  ;)

I joined The Artstronauts Club – a group with Tracy and Teesha Moore.  This is a much different type of class – it’s not really a class, it’s just a private, hosted website with inspiration videos, downloads, and such.  You pay a monthly fee to have access to whatever gets posted, and they are very generous with sharing their ideas and skills.  I love Teesha’s art journaling style.  I am proud to say that I have actually done a couple of journal pages in her signature style (with my own twist, of course).  I do plan to share them when I get a chance to photograph them.

There are so many classes available now!  I want to join them all, but obviously that’s silly lol.  (is it?)  I would love to hear your thoughts on any classes you are participating in!  PLEASE leave me a comment.  I really do want you to!

But, for now, I’m going to go make some art.  REALLY!  I am going to make some art.  Watch me… ;)

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