Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Watercolor-Based Mixed Media

I'm not sure if you have ever heard of Wyanne Thompson, but she is without a doubt one of the bravest women I have ever encountered. She is a renowned watercolor artist who battled oral cancer and has come out victorious. What an inspiration she is, continuing to teach and create through all her struggles! The image below is my take on her lesson "I Am Free" (Lesson 12 of Effy Wild's Radiant II: Art Journals).

Media used here: watercolor (several brands and types), masking fluid, pastels, and gel pens. 

My was my first attempt at using masking fluid for both writing and drawing. I can see many applications available with this product, though I didn't have much success using it later with acrylic paints. (I think the paints were not dry enough when I attempted to remove the masking fluid; a lot of the paper beneath tore. That was not a happy experience, but I am committed to try again with the acrylics to determine the exact cause of the near disaster.) 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Stepping Into 2019

I am so glad to be back! 2019 is going to be one of my best art years ever. I was sidetracked for about a year by an auto-immune illness brought on by an antibiotic I took and the death of my mother-in-law, but I am back. And, boy, does it feel good. 

I barely created during 2018, but took an Advent calendar challenge through Wanderlust with Kasia Avery that got me back into my journal in December. Then I discovered I had purchased Effy Wild's Radiant II: Art Journals and never started the course, so I spent the latter part of December discovering Effy's technique for how to get the most out of an art class. I have to tell you that even though it adds a lot of time, the opportunity to be self-reflective and document what I learned through the process is exciting and oh, so beneficial. I have even devised my own notebook for the class, which is something I intend to do with all the classes I take from this point forward.

Below you will find my New Year's Eve creation, setting my intentions for 2019 to draw closer, go deeper, and move into higher spiritual realms this year. I hope all my art will reflect this desire.

So, I also decided that after 2 years as a Wanderlust student I was going to delve into different waters. I am eagerly awaiting my first lesson (tomorrow is the day) from Olga Furman's Paint Your Heart and Soul. It was difficult to cut the umbilical cord with Wanderlust (and who knows, I may return one day), but I am ready to launch out into deeper artistic waters, fully developing my style. Hope to see you around with me!

Much love, joy, and health to you and yours this 2019!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Me, the Warrior

Warrior Woman
Yea, I said that. Times have been interesting lately. I haven't really had time to create, but I pretty much spent the day doing spiritual warfare and it ended up in a great journal spread. Isn't it funny how evil can use the people you love most to attempt to trip you up just when you are on the verge of moving into a new realm? You can't be mad at the those who don't even know they are being used; all you can do is love them. But you can engage in warfare, fighting for their understanding and your sanity. 

The scripture from Philippians 4:8 & 9 was my revelatory turning point: "...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." See, I was focusing on what I had heard the day prior, not on what I know. Error. Faulty thinking can lead you down a rabbit hole from which there is no escape. So, I decided that I would focus instead on all the good things, taking all those negative thoughts captive. Definitely a better plan. If you've got that inner critic (or an outer, real critic) whispering a boatload of junk in your mind, silence it with truth. Fight for what you love.

Watercolor-Based Mixed Media

I'm not sure if you have ever heard of Wyanne Thompson , but she is without a doubt one of the bravest women I have ever encountered. Sh...