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Many of you know that on Thursdays I participate in a little art challenge called Time Out for Art. The blog that hosts the challenge is called “Zebra Designs& Destinations!” I love this site, and find so much inspiration there that I’d love all of you to check it out. This Thursday I am posting this little […]
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These last few weeks have been busy crazy for me, and there hasn’t been much art created in my studio lately. With surprise Birthday Parties for my grandson, and my friend Margaret, only a little progress has been made on anything I’ve been working on. The assemblag is just about to where it starts getting […]
week or so ago I posted a little about myself. I reminisced, I laughed, I shared, and then I’d had enough, it was over! Today I’m going to tell you a little more…
By now, you’ve probably guessed that I like to do a little of everything – being a Mixed Media artist and all. You would be absolutely right! I can get sidetracked so fast it makes even my head spin! My head spins a lot, not just from Mixed Media, but all the thoughts and ideas that run through at all hours of the day and night. There aren’t any of my art friends that sleep well, we all wake up with ideas, and all night “the process” runs through our heads, along with solutions to anything we’ve been working on. Sometimes I get up in the morning exhausted from working things out all night long. Sound familiar?
Here it goes…..
I have boxes of old jewelry, bolts, washers, cardboard, metal, and more just sitting around (boxes neatly stacked) waiting for me to get inspiration. When I do, maybe I’ll glue things down, or maybe I’ll sew it all together – who knows? It’s all good, and that comes under the “Mixed Media” heading.
A friend of mine once said to me, “Karen, if you don’t call yourself a Mixed Media artist, you wouldn’t have to save all that stuff. Then you wouldn’t have all those boxes!” How true that is, but don’t we have to create what our heart is happiest creating? I know my friend is happiest painting watercolors, and many of my friends do work in that medium. At one time in my life, I did too. But many of us have moved to something else we can learn to express ourselves with. It’s all good as long as it makes us happy! In the name of Mixed Media, I’ve created some amazing things.
Everything here is Mixed Media, and for me, it’s pretty interesting. I have many journals with decorated covers. All because I can’t seem to leave a surface bare even if it’s on a journal. Maybe its just a great excuse to create one more little piece of the Karen puzzle! Maybe I’m just trying to use up the über amounts of art supplies I have bought over the years, making myself feel like it has been money well spent. Who knows, but it makes me happy! Isn’t that all that counts?
Has anyone told you not to create like you do, and to do something else? Do you follow their suggestions? Do you think constructive criticism is constructive, or just plain criticism?
Your thoughts are important, please share them.
Anyone who knows me, knows I haven’t been very productive in quite a while. I’ve tried, but somehow I just haven’t been able to find inspiration…until now!
A couple of months ago, I signed up to be part of the Sketchbook Project!
For the last few summers I have watched each year as this project unfolds, and in the back of my mind, thinking one year I would join in. This was that year! Of course, I needed another project, but what better time to start an art project than when you’re busy, right? My thinking was that it is only 32 pages, and certainly a little project like that would be a snap for me! The other thing is, we are all busy all the time anyway, so why wait?
After getting back into our home since having bamboo floors laid in the entire house (studio included), I think I’m ready to start thinking about putting pen to paper, and leaving my mark on whatever community it will be going to. That’s not to say that everything is perfect in our home. After all, some of the paintings still remain stacked in the corner waiting to find their rightful place on the wall. The livingroom looks new, and fresh. I’ve changed things around, replaced some things, and gotten rid of others. It feels like a new home to me, and now I’m ready to get back to sketching, and painting!
It’s interesting how something like this can give us an entire new outlook on just about everything, and I find myself energized, and inspired!
Who knows how long it will take me to complete this sketchbook. The project needs to be mailed back by January 15, 2014, so I really do have plenty of time. Anything goes this time, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do, anything, whatever feels right! Poetry, sketches, collage, ink, pen, you name it.
In the next few weeks, or maybe I should say, next couple of months, I’ll be posting the pages I work on, and you can tell me what you think. Make suggestions, I’m always open for comments, in fact I love getting comments, it keeps me motivated!
So for now,….. Start a project, and share it with me! I’ll be back!
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