Spent the morning taking my son to the minute clinic to get a strep test, poor guy felt crappy. he stayed home from school and I set off for painting class. We worked on under painting and it was fun. I am going to use my 4 hours in the studio for my art-ing time for the day. Daughter 1 came home mid day from school also feeling crappy. When I got home I made a huge vat of matzo ball soup and disinfected all the door knobs. Rounded out the evening with some cuddles and TV.
Hard to get motivated today. The cold temps are back and it's been very gray. I seem to be solar powered so it's a struggle to want to do anything but stay under the blankets. I cranked the heat in the studio and made sure the full spectrum light was shining almost in my eyes and got to work. I finished the rectangle painting. I like how balanced the negative spaces appear but that's about it. Tomorrow we start on a still life and I believe that will be in gray scale so I'm thinking I am going to have to play with color when I get home.
I wasn't feeling very creative so I popped over to The Sketchbook Challenge and decided to give this challenge a try. I curled up on the couch and just made marks on paper. I used a micron pen because I may going over it with color at some point but I think a gel roller would feel better and be easier on my hands. I love how the circles look like cells. The repetitive nature of the drawing allowed me to once again clear my mind and just BE. This would be a great project to do with people who say they can't draw. The artist who created the challenge, Carol Sloan, also has a tutorial on using graph paper on your journal pages. This idea would be awesome for people that feel they need structure or need some order in their lives. Looks like I need to pick up some graph paper soon.
Today's art-ing was a combo plate. I worked on my project for my painting class. The final piece will be of three black rectangles. The idea is that it will help us with future compositions. As I put paint to canvas I became aware of how the brush felt, dragging the paint. I concentrated on creating straight lines. I was focused on what was in front of me and it felt good to be in the moment, forgetting all the regular niggly bits of life for a bit.
Today's image is of the paint on my palette .But it is not black paint. It is made from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber. A great metaphor to help remind us to ask questions and not jump to conclusions.
As part of my Media Explorations class at Adler, I need to devote 2 hours every day for the next seven days to making art. I have decided to include my blog as part of that challenge. My goal for this site is that it become a resource and inspiration for people involved in art and art therapy. I hope to better define for myself who and what I am to be when I have finished my studies.
Today's art challenge was all about digital photography. I did a mini series of photos using my phone as I walked back from my daughter's bus stop. After that, I messed around with Photoshop and updated the banner on my Etsy shop. I plan to add more things there in the near future. It's time to purge the studio a bit, make room for new art stuff. I also added some art images to the Beaded Art Gallery.
Here's the photo series. A good day for red.