Playing with Crayons

I’m having a new adventure in my creative journey, Life Book 2013.   Last year on Facebook I watched all year as pictures were posted from Life Book 2012, and I wanted to be a part of it.  This year I am.  Life Book is the creation of Tamara Laporte, a mixed media artist.  To loosen everyone up a bit, especially the newbies like myself, her first assignment was to create a “fairy godmother or father” that would say sweet and encouraging things to you all  year.  I didn’t venture too far from her tutorial since the neocolor II watersoluble crayons are new to me.  How fun is this sweet, little art fairy!

Fairy blog

I struggle with just sitting and playing with crayons.  I should qualify that with “sitting alone”, since I love any sort of art project with my granddaughter!  But surely there is something more important I could be doing.  That’s why MY art fairy is telling me, “Playing with crayons is NOT wasting time.”

Love of Art Blog Party

Our Fly Tribe is hosting a Love of Art Blog Party.  It’s February, so it has to be “love”.  And it’s tax season, so I’m a bit short on time.  But yes, I believe in love — love of art, that is.

It was just a little over a year ago that I with tiny steps began this creative journey, and it has truly been a blessing.  I have had so much fun trying out different techniques, viewing all of the fantastic art out there, getting to know some absolutely wonderful artists, and just piddling.  It has truly been good for my soul, and I don’t want to ever abandon my need for the creative again.

These ATCs are ones that I made for our Fly Tribe February ATC swap.  I did a series using a photograph of my maternal grandmother.

She died at the age of thirty from cervical cancer, and I have always been drawn to this haunting photograph.  I don’t know if it’s unhappiness or sickness or maybe just the pose of the times.  But it felt good to put her on my ATCs knowing that she could be traveling as far as Australia.

There is a lot of Love of Art sharing this week.  The link at the top right takes you to more posts.  Enjoy and do your soul good.

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.

Mixed Media – my first attempt

My first attempt at mixed media.  I did this piece for my daughter and her partner.  The photo of them is printed on Gampi Silk tissue paper and placed on a collection of maps from places they have lived, which have always been on I-10.  And  some lyrics that describe them from a Jack Johnson song.

I have so many ideas, but I really need to work on some techniques first.  I have to say, it was so much fun to make this for them.