And she began this way....
Art inspired from the on-line class,
I hope everyone who finds their way here had a beautiful Thanksgiving with family, friends and all those you cherish. We had a quiet couple of days and I allowed myself a weekend of relaxation and art. I enjoyed every second I had.
This past weekend was the last peaceful one I will have till after the holidays. Today marks the start of holiday performances with DD's dance studio. Tonight is dress rehearsal. I handle the music and my co-partner sings. We both help keep track of all the kids/dancers and assist with costumes and pretty much anything else that comes up. I've been busy creating set pieces for our annual Toys For Tots performance which is this coming weekend; which includes a full size a manger, stable, (that could hold a real pony) gifts for the three wise men and a large lighted star. The star is the final element which will be delivered tomorrow.
So to say I value the few hours I have had to spend creating art and just relaxing and giving myself some down time is an understatement. I cherish that time so very much. I was given a chance to take Sharon Tomlinson's Faces In Collage which I began this past Friday and I am absorbing it all like a sponge. The class focuses on creating collage and then using that as an under-painting for whatever 'story' unfolds' from the collage. If you have always felt painting faces was something you simply didn't have the talent for, then this is the class for you. The above piece is my first experiment in class and shows the collage before paint.
And this is what I have done with it thus far.
This is a work in progress.
I have some ideas as to what I will do next and I still have details to add to her face. She is not quite there yet. Sharon's video's instill a great deal of quiet calmness that lends itself especially to those who need gentle prodding in order to pick up a paint brush and attempt this kind of painting. Painting is something I LOVE to do but I am so used to painting in an unrestrained and uncontrolled fashion, so this is very different for me and WAY out of my comfort zone and I am enjoying it so much.
I am also busy working on journals. Even with everything else that I have been doing, I always try and spend a few hours with journals which will be making their way to my Etsy shop. I am working on a new design layout based upon the novels in my last post. Stay Tuned.
P.S. Remember this time of year can be stressful, demanding, and just a little bit crazy. When you find yourself feeling, frustrated, tired, unhappy, take a deep breath and remember that you are valued and loved and that you deeply matter to those around you even though they sometimes forget. And if nothing else, if you've visited me here, then you matter to me.