Hi Friends… I know it’s been a bit since I’ve posted any art.
Here is a quick run down of my life right now… I’m moving. We’ve been in our big house in the woods for 23 years and it’s time to move on. We are downsizing to a condo. They say that moving is one of the most stressful things you can go through, next to divorce and death… it’s TRUE. It’s been so emotional.. up and down. I admit, I’m not good at taking care of MYSELF while I’m focused on other things. Not good at all.
So, here I am juggling my full-time job and trying to get the house ready to be taken by another family, while we are preparing our condo for our new lives. Talk about up and down emotions… and can you say “PURGE”? Say it with me - PURGE – and commit to doing that even if you are not moving. If I have learned anything from this, it’s to not keep things around that you don’t need or use. We’ve donated SO much; what a great feeling. I believe in paying it forward. Give to the ones that need it more than me. I have not bought any art supplies for over a year now. I think I have some making up to do, don’t you think?
And.. focus..who can focus on anything else. Even my cooking has been put on the back burner.. ha pun intended. How do you not cook a lot and stay healthy? Lot’s of salads and fruit. Some things have got to give and, unfortunately, one is my art. I’ve had to put that on the back burner for a little bit until we get settled in our new place and my art studio is set up. Try to get back to a normal life again. My art sisters have been most supportive of me as I sit a bit more quiet in the art world.. but don’t you fret my pets.. I’ll be back soon.. very soon. OK.. got that off my chest.. thanks for listening.
I was able to do a little art; read on.
Before I left on vacation last week, I grabbed a small art bag. My supplies are put away until we move, so I had to accept what was in my bag. I was able to take one day to play in a few pages. It felt so good. Yay for me.
So, the limited supplies I had were a journal, Koi watercolor paints, a few acrylic paints, one rubber stamp, small jar a gel medium and paint brushes (my one regret is I didn’t grab a stencil.. a StencilGirl stencil that is).
I had no idea what I wanted to do so I just dragged some paint down on a page from the top… I used a cardboard coffee cup holder I found. Improvise, Judy.
First, let me apologize for an blurry photos.. I was using my cell phone to capture the steps.
I put more acrylic paint on top of the dragged paint and put some plastic wrap over, then pulled it off to give it texture.
Then I “drew” a big face on the page, but I did not like.. so I went over that with some yarn labels my mom gave me, then went over that with red paint. Again.. no plans.. just feeling free with creativity.
On the teal page, I love to make red marks with an edge of a card, in this case the coffee cup holder.
Used the inside of a take out box for a palette for my paint; it was lined with plastic. Again.. what I had. Then I had a water bottle cap and used it to make circles. Used black paint and my one rubber stamp to make more markings.
As some of you know, I’ve used paper towels in the past in my art and we had them so I used them again. Why not. I let them sit in the wet water color palette and smooshed it up to make some nice colors.
I took the paper towel and ripped in long strips and rolled them with gel medium in my finger to make stems for flowers.
I took clean paper towels and made more strips to roll with gel medium to keep them together and make spirals for the flowers. (sorry no pics on that). I then painted the “flowers” with red paint.
I went outside and found a small branch with leaves and used those leaves for the leaves of my paper towel flowers. I adhered them with gel medium. Then I took white a paint and made petals around the flowers.
and there you go.. one side of the journal….
.. the other side (I found a couple of magazine photos to use on this page.. buddah and sunflower).
Well, that my first day in months of doing art. It was definitely art therapy to get away from the house for a few days.
Thanks for hanging in with me as I go through this chapter in my life. What would I do without you?
Judy ♥ ♥