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Easy, and Fun

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I posted this video of Tag Art because sometimes we need to create on a smaller scale.  That’s me!  While on vacation, I journaled, and I love doing that.  I have many journals, some finished, some almost empty.  Yet when Aron Bros. has a sale on journals, or sketch books, I must rush out and take advantage of the Sale!  

When I get bottled up, or stuck and can’t imagine anything to paint I paint rocks.  Now I’ve found tags.,…..shipping tags,  sale tags, and anything I can collage, or glue something onto.  They start out looking plain, unimpressive, and grow into themselves.

While I just had carpel tunnel surgery, I’ll be having a knee replacement in a couple of weeks, and will be glad I have something small to play with during recuperation.  The something small being tags.  I hope this little video gives you some ideas to use with not only tag art, but larger mixed midea pieces as well.

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Work Hard, Play Hard

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When my kids were growing up, I always emphasized how hard work was the work ethic that was important.  I also emphasized if you work hard, you have to play hard.   This offsets the exhaustion of working hard.  I love that philosophy, and my kids have this as their work ethic to this day.

It also came to my attention that laughter is the best medicine!   We are a family full of laughter, love, and hard work.  My grandchildren are being raised with the same philosophy, and they work very hard in school, get good grades, and actually look forward to going to school each day.  Boy, have things changed.  My grandkids all go to schools where the teachers don’t just stand and teach or lecture, they actually dress what they are teaching, getting the kids engaged.  That is different from when I went to school, with the philosophy that you sit down, shut up, and learn from a lecture, or chalk board explanation.  We don’t all learn the same way, and it wasn’t always a snap to get a good grade.

When my husband Les turned the calendar over and this Proverb was staring us in the face, it made me smile.  After all, this has been a constant in our home for years.  To see it on the front of our calendar helped me know my feelings were correct.

I copied this from our calendar, and I hope it  will ring true with you as well.

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Heat Lazy Part 2

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This week is considerably cooler, even the humidity isn’t so bad. The air is still on, and we are still glued to the TV, and reports of the horrendous hurricanes that are happening in the Southeast. Les and I haven’t stopped worrying about everyone since before Harvey hit Houston. Other than donating money, clothes, etc, Les and I can’t participate, or help in other ways. So we watch and listen.
Meanwhile, I need to stay busy, and my busy is usually my art. This week I’ve been working on my third Prayer Flag, and more tags.

Being a Mixed Media artist gives me an excuse to save all kinds of little things.  Bags of things know one else wants or needs, pieces of fabric, anything you can imagine somewhere in my stash of goodies….I have it.   Putting it to work is key in this process.

Awakening The Creative

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Last Thursday night I was inspired to attend a lecture, and hands on painting class at the Oceanside Museum of Art.  The lecture was about Pablo Picasso, Henri Monet, and their similarities.  It could  have gone on for another hour, and everyone would have  been glued to the screen. All of the artists came away inspired and ready to create a one of a kind master piece…including myself!

My own brushes were at my side (I”m no dummy), ready for the gates to open, and the bell to ring!  After selecting a pallet of colors, a piece of watercolor paper (because, well…I know what to do with W/C paper), and some black and white copies of paintings each artist had created in their careers, I was loaded with ideas!  My intent was to create an abstract face.  But for some reason the first painting I created, if you can call it that, wasn’t a face at all.  It was abstract all right, it’s up to you to decide exactly what it is!!!

Now,  this was the time to let go, and do something I’ve been wanting to do….  It didn’t help that we were using acrylic craft paints.  They don’t dry very fast, and they haven’t a lot of pigment.  It seems to me that if you are truly an artist, it should be a snap to work with whatever you have, but I guess that means I’m not an artist.   After the first abstract, I was so deflated that I almost gave up.   The thing is, I don’t give up!  And that is why I went back to the table, grabbed a canvas,  and created my first “abstract self.”  It’s titled “Now and Then!”

The process was so much fun, and because I was squeezing it in at the end of the class, there was a time constraint.  To me that said…hurry,hurry,hurry!  I think I work better under pressure!

Friday morning I turned on my computer to check my email, and I found this podcast waiting for me.  It was  perfect timing?  After being surrounded with people huffing, and puffing, sighing, and grunting because they were afraid to put a brush to a canvas in fear of making a mistake, I decided to write my blog about this very thing.  The podcast is short, it only takes a few minutes, but worth the time.

 Awakening the Creative…

I hope you enjoy listening to  the ” Intuitive Painting Process. ” Thanks for checking in on Stone Soup, see you soon!