Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Expanding and experimenting

I signed up for a Suzi Blu Goddess class.  I am really enjoying it.  She is a crack up.  I did not make my eyes as she instructed.  I am trying to find my own Goddess so to speak.  I am not real thrilled with some aspects; but for my second face I am liking the out come and my progression.





















The technique for the ATC card below is using beeswax.  I love how it gives such an nice patina; but worry that it may melt.  Not sure what to do about that.




















The journal page below is for a round robin I am in.  The theme was using only red, white and black.  I toned down the color red with water to give it a softer look. 




















The below page is page 2 of the above page.  I used perfect perals in the beeswax.  I like the effect but am not thrilled with how the face of the image becomes a bit distorted.  But, love the overall effect of the page.


I will continue playing with wax.  I like the patina; but still have a ways to go to understanding how I can manipulate it to my liking.  Experimenting can and is fun.  I challeng you to play with beeswax and see what you can come up with.  If you have time drop be a picture of what you have created. 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Blog stumbling

As I was stumbling around the internet looking for inspiration to help me take my art if not in a new direction but into something new.  Just having one of those days, I guess.

I was jumping from one blog to another when I came across Teesha Moors's blog; which is always full of inspiration and fun.  Though I cannot do her style I do love looking at it; and it always inspires me in one way or another.  At the very least it makes me smile when I am feeling a bit down.  She has a link on her blog that is just amazing.  I have added it below if you are looking for something uplifting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3zJm98UXzQ

Now I am off to create something.  What it will be I have no idea.  Sometimes that is the fun of art; the unknown and the direction you are going.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 Hello

Well it is now 2010, can you believe it.  I think back and wonder how life can go by so fast.  So many changes have happened in the last year.  I don't know how it all happend.  Both good and bad.  I wonder what the new year will bring.  It is both frightening and exciting.  What direction will it take me?  What heartache will come?  What accomplishments or disappointments?  Who will I meet and will they bring joy or sorrow?  These are just some of the questions that are running through my head.   

As I sit here thinking of years past I realize I like myself more; I am more accepting of my failures, less judgemental of others.  Maybe it is the age factor.  You just grow up.  Or maybe it is simply I have less time to worry what others think of me.  No matter the reason I am finding I like and accept myself more as each year passes and that is a huge thing.

Many of my artist friends chose a word that will be a resolution of sorts for the coming year.  I have never done this before, but have decided to this year.  My word of the year is TRUTH.  Truth is something I think few of us are when it comes to ourselves.  It is a difficult thing to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself about our ugly parts.  I don't think anyone can improve themselves if they only accept their pretty parts.  We all have little ugly things about ourselves that we don't like and want to hide from the world.  But, I am finding none of us are all that interesting without those ugly parts.  It is what makes us interesting.  It is what makes us human.  Accept those parts of yourself, try to improve them but don't hide from them.

So for the coming year I am going to embrace my ugly parts, try to understand them; improve those that I can.  Those that I can't; well I am just going to accept that I am not perfect and I was never going to be.  Each day is another adventure and I will embrace it with all of it's joy and pain,but be truthful with myself on how each has and does effect me. 

I wish you all the joys in the coming year.