I have been so so so incredibly busy. I know, I say that a lot but it is always true. I live a crazy, fun life. But this week is especially busy and soon I will have a very special announcement to explain why. I'm hoping by this weekend I can tell you what I've been up to... you will never-ever guess.
But in the meantime, I thought I 'd share some Everyday Art from my phone. Starting from the top, left to right:
1) I had to take a picture of this because my brother's name is Eddie, which is a really uncommon name, and he is an uncle. Then when I checked out, guess what the checker's name was? Eddie! It was weird.
2) This is my finished canvas from Brave Girls Art A La Carte class called "I have An Idea." It's a really easy project, but you learn some interesting techniques with paint and other media. I love how it turned out and it only took about 3 days, including drying time.
3) It's Fall and that means pomegranate season. And I happen to work for an "ag" business. And this pomegranate was brought back all the way from a huge pomegranate farm in Southern CA. And I happen to be an expert at opening pomegranates because we grew them on our farm. And I ate the whole thing. And it was yummy.
4) Did you know Jujube's are a real food and not just the multi-colored candies that you buy at the movie theater and they are so sticky and chewy that they can lift out your fillings? Ok smartypants, I didn't know! But they had tubs of them at Whole Foods last week and I was sooo tempted to buy them just to see what I could do with them. But I knew it was going to be a busy week so I passed. Maybe they will be there again next week. I still don't know what they are exactly... a nut? A fruit? A vegetable?
Don't be so busy that you forget to stop and wonder at the little things!
(disclaimer: this article sounds really hilarious if you didn’t first read the Day 3 post on simple things. It’s not a joke, someone really did make a comment about being doodling challenged. But I own it, it IS funny!)
Back on Day 3 on Doodling, someone mentioned that they didn’t know how to doodle. Do not feel embarrassed! There was a time when doodling frustrated me too because I was trying to make it look perfect. Doodling is not about perfection! It’s about exploration.
The other roadblock I used to have about doodling was that normally I do not “think” in patterns. I’m pretty basic, I am not usually drawn to pattern in my real life so I had a hard time coming up with patterns to fill in my doodles. To be honest, I got over my freehand fears when I took Christy Tomlinson’s She Art & 3 Hearts classes because she actually has a short video on doodling.
But, if you need some help to get you started, here is a great “chart” of doodle-strokes I found here. Here’s is what I would suggest:
Take a scrap of paper and draw 3 large freeform flowers, flowers so simple that it looks like a 2nd grader drew them. Then draw simple outlines around the petals, following the same original lines. Then begin to fill in and around the flowers with some of the doodle-parts you see on the chart. Just keep adding layers inside and outside until you have filled in all the major blank spaces with markings. If you have different size pens, use them intermittently. If you have colored pens you would like to use, by all means go for it.
If you don’t consider yourself and “artist” but would like to perk up your creative mind, give this exercise a try!!
It's Day 2 of this 31 day journey of exploring the simple things in my life that make me smile. Today's simple thing is Art Supplies!!
I'm not going to pretend that this applies to everyone because I know for a fact that some of my sisters would find very little joy out of the box of art supplies that arrived the other day. But I was giddy with glee when I opened up that box and found dozens of Pan Pastels, Liquitex acrylic ink, Ink Tense blocks, a Copic pen, and Shiva Paintsticks.
I have always dabbled in art. When I was a kid, I took semi-private art lessons for about 6 years, concentrating on pastels. For those of you who aren't artists, "pastels" usually refers to the small, square, colored chalks. There are creamier ones and drier ones. The drier ones were my medium. I learned a lot, but I didn't continue to use pastels or create much "art" when I got into my teens and early adulthood. I knew I missed it, but I just couldn't bring myself pull out my pastels. I was resistant for some strange reason. And then last year I had an epiphany. The truth is, I don't like pastels as my primary medium! Instead, I figured out that I love-love to use mixed media. Mixed media can mean a lot of different things but most of the time it refers to using many different art mediums all in one piece of artwork. And I really enjoy it. I love to mix acrylic paint and texture medium and stamps and ink and scraps of paper and rub-ons and fabric and string and hot glue and.... basically anything I can manage to glue down to a piece of canvas.
There is something about sitting down to create a piece of art work, whether it's a canvas that I plan to give away or a page in my art journals that brings me back to center. It forces me to slow down, something I am not naturally good at doing. It also gives me the opportunity to get my hands "in" something, which is why I also love cooking and gardening. And it gives me the opportunity to express myself, again, not something I'm naturally great at.
So when I get to buy new art supplies.... ohhhhh the smiles! Some art supplies can be pricey, like those Liquitex Inks above. But some things are really cheap, like the Ink Tense blocks, also above. And paper is super cheap. Canvas is pretty cheap if you keep your eye out for the sales.
Art supplies represent endless possibilities to me. Simply brilliant!