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Friday, December 02, 2016

Creative Conflict

A new painting over an old one!

I painted over an old painting so overworked
  paint build-up caused unnecessary texture!
After revamping my lap desk (below) for the second
time in fourteen months, I was in such a creative frenzy,
 searching  for more to repaint! I love when that
 happens. It usually produces something a little 
different.  I see a few changes I still want to 
make. I've started a third piece too!
Repainted lap desk. The dark red not showing up properly!
This repainted lap desk was covered with 
14 months worth of paint splatters!  I forgot to get a photo
 of how messy it was. Lower left corner in the photo below 
indicates how bad it can get when I let loose! 
I like the change, better than a face full of paint splatters!
 You can't see the high gloss varnish or the deep red
in the above photo!
The before! Fourteen months ago I painted my lap desk like this. It's again repainted!
I often find myself in creative conflict. I'm either contrived,
 overworking my canvas or art journals to a point
I dislike the outcome. Or I'm messy and whimsy
  overtakes me. At that point I am completely free, quirky,
 feel a bit disassociated from the outcome! I think
the new piece was a combination of the two!
Love the digital colour change on this one!
The words from the former painting begged to

be used in this one even though that wasn't
my intention! I even sanded down the rough
parts....like stubborn chin hairs they refused to leave!! 
When I tried to add a few new words they were 
rebuffed... so I gessoed over those and embraced
the ones left behind! 
Sheila noted that this was in my book and I'd not shared it yet!  
Lap desk colour change!

Beautiful sky  this week! photo credit Cupcake

 I could never explain how this piece was created except to 
say my squiggles turned into a hand first! The  rest came
  next! Twenty five years ago my brother and I would
burst into  guilty fits of laughter in the elevator after
visiting our mom in palliative care. In retrospect  
I realize it's always been our coping mechanism.
Joking about serious issues often dulls the pain!
I love seeing these digital colour changes.. some colours are so inspiring!

  There are things about getting older that are so
   hilarious if you look at it with a young spirit!
  It's a blessing if you can except all the quirks of aging
to belly laugh with your friends and family!! It's even better
if you can have a few laughs during the really tough times too!
I have been laughing way too much this week....just sayin!

Do you ever have creative conflict? 

What's your best coping mechanism for hard times? 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Placemats and Books!

One of my digital illustrations I forgot to share!!
 I had to delete  last weeks post with font size fit for the
eyes of an ant! Nothing I did would fix it! Obstacles
all week were a sign I needed to move on. I missed you all!
Sometimes it's difficult to let go of something you loved
and spent so much time with!  I deleted my art for that post
and took my first  blogging break in over ten years!
  How quickly Paint Party Friday has rolled around again!
Hard to believe I posted daily for years!
My kitchen table tree with my new placemat!

 I got half way done this  post  when my browser
 crashed taking  my post with it.. Hope my second
attempt   is a winner! I wasn't about
to give up once again! Although the art 
and subject matter are completely different! 
One of six placemats we had sitting in a drawer unused for the last six years!
 I had planned to put these placemats in a thrift box at the end
of October when Cupcake asked if I would paint them instead! The
 fabric is quite substantial so I gave it a whirl. I added white
 gesso to my blue acrylic making a nice thick cover for the 
  the former pattern! Then continued to  Paint  and stencil. 
Here are the results of the sneak peak I gave you
a few weeks ago!!
 I wanted to make them reversible too.
  So I did the other side orange, silver and yellow, sealing them
with  poly acrylic sealer! We needed to be able to
 wipe them rather than machine wash them. They weren't
cheap to make. The expense was in the
 time and the sealer. I used a few coats of sealer on
 twelve sides which took the majority of the jar! 
  These were really  fun to make but time consuming. 
 After stenciling them I painted over each flower several times 
 to make them more vivid and  vibrant!  Then waited for each 
layer to dry! The sealer made them quite shiny and pliable!
 The pattern is similar on all the placemats,  but no two are alike
I never measured out the spaces I just enjoyed creating each
one free hand! Now we have a unique set of kitchen placemats to
go with our orange Rachel Ray dishes!! 
Each book has 40 pages, equaling 80 illustrations!
 My flipbooks arrived nine days earlier than expected. 
They are above and beyond my expectations!
  Not sure I could capture  just how vibrant and clear 
they turned out in the videos I posted below. 
So exciting to see 80 illustrations actualized in print!
 There was a small glitch  in the dye lot. As you can see here
that bottom color on this front page is looking rather dark blue
 (looks even darker in person) when it was actually suppose to be 
a purple similar but different than in the blond girls shirt! Also
in one book one page was out of sequence!

 The Customer service was incredible. The employee was
kind, efficient, helpful. She even explained why the dye lot 
on that colour might have been different. She suggested
changing it and then sent me three replacement books
at no charge. That is why I LOVE vistaprint!
They are not paying me to say this but if you want to
get greeting cards made up of your artwork this is a
 week to do it!! They have great sales for black friday!

Truth be told they often have great sales!
Check them out! It's pretty easy to
navigate too!! Treat yourself with your
own flip book of your art! It truly is
heavenly to see your work in print!
Below are super short videos of the books!
Sage Suggestions

Have you had to let go of anything lately?

Sage Suggestions two!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear American friends.
Have a wonderful safe celebration! I am so grateful
for your lovely friendship!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Finishing up

Struggling with what to write this week Cupcake suggested
I keep it light! She is so right. I have been trying to finish up
a few old creative  projects laying around for way too long.
I thought I would post a few of my digitals.

I have approximately eighty of these done and 
decided to put them into two fourty page 
photo flip books at Vista Print this week. 
I'll let you know how they turn out! 

The majority of them were created completely intuitively.
Even the words appear as the illustrations were
being drawn! I had about ten or so illustrations unfinished.
Some with only a few characters, others were half done,
none had words.  I found them all difficult to complete
  once I broke my creative momentum.  Especially after 
leaving them so long. 

Truthfully, some of the images I abandoned because
I really didn't like them.  Revisiting that second
one was hard. I struggled with the words. I thought
it was complete so I uploaded it for the flipbook.
   During the edit I took it down and reworded it
completely different! Which doesn't normally
happen when I work on a piece in it's entirety!
 Yes the Characters are quirky and unpredictable.
Anyone that knows me knows I would NEVER
tolerate wonky ugly font like this. I decided when 
I first started them to let go and embrace the process
instead of trying to control it! Even then I considered
going back and redoing all the font. I found writing
  it out was like a puzzle  imperative to the process.   
This pink one I  didn't like at all, but Cupcake 
loved her. So I added it to make up  fourty  pages for
the second book. Since they are created for her to one 
day use as a spring board to  conversations with children!  
The last one is an old one I actually revised in light of 
the events of this week... and just finding out
 that the dear Leonard Cohen has passed away.
I have always loved his music, and I continue to
enjoy a second generation of his tunes as my kids
have attended his concerts and love him too!  
In 2012 Pauline Leger did a gorgeous illustration
 of Leonard that I just love, you can find it here! 

I hope you all find some peace and joy in the week ahead!
Sending love and light out to those who need healing!

 Do you ever fight with your creative process? 
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