Free Birdie

Lots of art thoughts, but little actual art these past couple of weeks.  I’ve been busy working.  I spend a lot of time working and I’m thankful that I enjoy it.  Much of my work I consider a puzzle to solve — and I love puzzles.  Sure, there are days when it’s a chore, but I try not to let that define me or my work.  And this brings me to my “Free Birdie”.  (I said in this post that you would be seeing this birdie again.)

I truly believe the sentiment I used on this piece.  I believe that it is our thoughts that make us free.  It is so easy to imprison ourselves with thoughts of what we can and can’t do.  We create cages with negative thoughts and negative self-talk.  “I’ll never _____, and I’ll always be _____.”  Who has not had that thought with the blanks filled in with whatever zip through (or maybe even constantly replay!) their mind?  I wish you a day as free as this little birdie.

AEDM day 9 – Experimenting

I’m on a dabbling roll.  The amount of stuff at an art/craft store is amazing!  What does one do with all of it?  Well, of course, most people don’t do something with “all” of it.  This is my month for experimenting with different mediums and techniques.  Some may work; some may not.  Those colored pencils didn’t work for me, but from comments I learned about other options with more vibrant colors.  Thanks for the feedback!

Yesterday I took a picture of all the bare trees in our backyard with the beautiful blue sky in the background.  Changed the hue of the photograph in Photoshop Elements and printed the picture on card stock paper with my inkjet printer.  Mixed Adirondark alcohol ink (Cranberry) about half and half with alcohol blending solution.  Wet the paper and then misted (with a mini mister) the trees with the ink mixture.  When it dried, I added a flying crow to the sky.  I’m sort of happy with how it turned out.

I truly appreciate all of the wonderful feedback from the AEDM group and from my Fly Tribe!

AEDM day 6 — Watercolor Pencils again

Since the watercolor pencils were new to me, I thought I would just doodle with them and see what happened.  Watercolor pencils are NOT for me.  First the colors didn’t turn out the color I thought they would be.  And nothing was defined.  So, I thought “words” — I’ll add words.  And since it was a song, I added a little music to the flowers.  I wrote and wrote and wrote.  Still not defined enough.  So I outlined all the flowers and the music.  Better, but it’s not me.  I guess that’s a good thing about this “Art Every Day Month” — I should be able to rule out a lot of stuff.  And who knows?  Someday I might become focused and find my style.


Spreading Our Wings Blog Hop

Spreading our wings and flying — that’s what so many wonderful souls have been doing for the past couple of months.  We met through Kelly Rae Roberts’ e-course Summer 2011 Flying Lessons, and we’ve been exchanging ideas, cheering each other and answering/asking questions about art and life ever since.  I have been astonished by the overwhelming kindness of this group of women.  And the creativity from them is inspiring — inspiring me to take some small, small steps.  Big hugs of gratitude to you all.

On with the BLOG HOP!
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Amaranthine Violet:
Amy Hillenbrand:
Beatriz Peñas B.:
Beth Cougler Blom:
Carmen Patti:
Carol Bray:
Christina Fajardo:
Cindy Jones Lantier:
Connie Rawlins :
Dana Brock:
Deborah Velásquez :
Elissa Brown:
Hillary Courson:
Jacquie Williamson:
Jane Paynting:
Janet Forrest:
Jennifer DeVille:
Jill Lambert :
Julie Hamilton:
Kanchan Mahon:
Karen Claverie:
Kari DeSaulnier:
Kathleen Conard :
Kathleen McKinnon:
Kathy May:
Kelley Miller:
Kelly Corso:
Kelly Hoernig:
Kim Hyer:
Kris Lanae Binsfeld:
Lenore Angela:
Linda Barutha:
Lisa Michele Products:
Liza Zeni Baker:
Lynn Richards:
Lori Leissner:
Lori Moon:
Mary Cottingham:
Mary Sterk:
Megan Schmitt:
Melanie Douthit:
Michelle Dwyer:
Michelle Reynolds:
Rachél Payne (Rae):
Rain Hannah:
Rhiannon Connelly:
Ruth-Mary Smith:
Sherry Richert Belul:
Shirley Ann:
Stacey Chadwick
Susan M. Walls-Beverly:
Teresa Cash-Czech:
Tina Carlborg:
Tonya Love:
Ursula Smith:
Zulma Cadena:
Mary Cottingham

I never dreamed. . .

From childhood fairy tales to college philosophy classes, myths have been important to me.  And frankly, if I paid more attention to them, I might avoid some of my troubles.  Myths go beyond our normal boundaries of reality and touch that which is deep within us.  The mermaid represents imagination, and I knew that my first (and more to come) non-family project would involve mermaids.  So, this weekend I created my mermaid. Or, maybe she was already there and I only let her out. When I couldn’t come up with a word or phrase for her, there in the old glued book page were the words, “I never dreamed…”

This has been a big step for me, and I’m now dreaming of even more.  Thank you for letting me share with you, my mermaid.