I’ve been working on these little florals on hot press watercolor paper and have been really enjoying them. The top one I showed in my previous post and I’m really loving where it is now. I may still play with it a bit more and then risk it not being what I had hoped but that’s a chance I will have to take. The other two still need work but I love the thick layers of paint.
Lately I’ve painted some crummy paintings. I felt a little frustrated with it but decided to instead look for things that I do like within the painting.
That has been incredibly helpful. These paintings are from the second day of working on them and while I don’t love them yet I do love certain parts of them.
The colors feel pleasing for the most part and I like the paint application in parts. It felt good to paint them.
I really get into the zone when I paint abstractly which is exactly the way I want to be. I watched this video last night and it really spoke to me. Art certainly shouldn’t cause stress and anxiety which at times I will admit that it has. Art making for me needs to feel good.
I think that we can learn something from everything we make even if in the end it isn’t quite what we had hoped it would be. And we may even end up loving it more.
Is art making stressful for you? Do you feel you create from an authentic place?
I’m inspired by Misty Mawn sharing 3 things daily on her site. 3 things that are bringing her happiness in one way or another. I want to do that here although not daily and not necessarily only 3.
*The sky. Yesterday was a dreamy day. 70 degrees Fahrenheit, lots of blue sky and big fluffy clouds. There was a slight breeze. In other words a perfect spring day. I found myself getting lost in movement of the clouds. They are very relaxing to watch.
*This movie on Netflix. I found it so fascinating. I hope you give it a watch.
I recently picked up these art books at a used bookstore for $3 total! So many good things to be found in used bookstores.
I’m so happy that after several days I finally have these rainbow paintings available in my shop. I’m still learning and I’m sure there will be mistakes but I’m so happy to have gotten to this point.
Some days I feel like a turtle moving so slowly but honestly what’s the rush right?
I have been taking Wendy Brightbill’s 21 Day Color class and loving every minute of it. I have long admired Wendy and her sense of color so it has been nice to peek into her thought process on color and learn how she does it. The top and bottom photos are from her lessons. I don’t want to give anything a way but you can find out more here. It is self paced and available forever.
The middle pieces are my own playing with color. A landscape in my sketchbook with gouache and an abstract floral with acrylic titled “Knowing”.
I had that name come to me this morning and I love it.
I have been trying to figure out a place to sell my paintings and have been running into walls. Etsy says my shop is suspended. I have no idea why. I haven’t sold anything on there in years and that was under a different shop. I also have a shop within this site that I will have to figure out how to run. I have to say that is such a huge learning curve for me. When I was selling my paper flower wreaths on Etsy years ago it was so much simpler to do. Now it feels as if it has all gotten so complicated. It could just be me though. I know I can figure it out but it is definitely not a fun endeavor. Then I just want to go and paint. I’m sure you can understand.
These past few days I’ve given in to the desire to paint landscapes. It all started when my daughter was taking a bunch of photos at the park and we came home and painted one of them together. We had so much fun sitting together and laughing and painting. It’s so great to see how she works and thinks about art.
I’ve also been working on portraits in my sketchbook. I’ve approached them like I would draw them but you can’t erase or paint over them easily since it’s gouache. Of course many are big flops. Tomorrow I plan to do some acrylic painting. Stay tuned.
I was looking for something the other day and tucked in a manila folder in my drawer was all of my saved illustrations, covers and paper dolls from Mary Englebreit’s Home Companion Magazine. I loved that magazine so much. Did you read it too? I was so sad when they stop publishing it but I am happy I’ve held onto these. I wish I held onto the magazines too. I plan to frame the above piece because it is so simple yet so important to remember and practice plus the illustration is just so cute. I have been thinking about that simple phrase, Inquire Within, a lot. How often do we feel like we need to take advice without really checking in with ourselves to see if it truly feels right? We second guess ourselves. It’s so easy to do. “They” must know the right way. “They” have it all figured out. How easy it is to forget that no one truly has it all figured out.
I used that phrase in one of my days of the 100 day project. And I kept thinking about it. The truth is I’m not enjoying the project as much as I’d hoped. I’m not sure it it feels confining or I’m not structured enough or I’m just not enjoying creating the art for it or the results I’m getting. Maybe it is the feeling like I have to post even if I don’t like the results. Whatever it is, it isn’t bringing joy. I did the above painting last night and I cropped out the quote I painted “Find What Feels Good”. Adriene Mishler taught me that. She teaches Yoga With Adriene on Youtube and several days a week since January 1 I’ve practiced yoga with her. I love it and I love the mantra. It’s perfect for yoga and for life. If it isn’t feeling good try something else. Switch things up. Inquire Within. I wrote in my journal this morning that I was going to stop the project. Why does it make me feel like a failure? No one will care and it is a project that is supposed to be fun as well as challenging but somehow I feel like I’m giving up. It doesn’t mean I won’t be creating art that I hope will convey hope and healing (for me and you) it just means I won’t be needing to complete it every single day and share it. Maybe you can relate. And if there is something that you are unsure of don’t forget to inquire within. You probably already know the answer.
It’s spring break for my kids this week. This morning was a nice leisurely start. No rushing around. I took my time drinking my coffee and decided to read a blog. The Attic24 blog to be exact. Lucy from Attic24 had shared on Instagram recently her new yearly crochet blanket design. It’s just gorgeous. I believe it’s called Dune. I had thought today was the day that she was sharing it (for free btw) so I popped into her space. It is actually being released tomorrow but I decided to look through her links of blogs she loves.
It was refreshing. Part of my hesitancy in starting to blog again was that maybe blogs were over but nearly all of the blogs she recommends are alive and active. I found myself going down the blog path, happily I will add, to see creatives of all kinds sharing their life and what they are making. It was so nice and felt a bit like the old days. Of course many of these bloggers have been blogging this whole time. There all along.
This post on the Cozy Things blog not only made me want to try hand piecing a quilt but also led me to this site and book. I was so happy to find it. It talks about all things joy. I read the first chapter of the book, Joyful, and immediately requested the book from the library. There are many wonderful articles on the site too. I think you will like it too.
One of the blogs linked to A Year with My Camera which is a free class that starts 4 times a year. Having recently received a new camera I decided why not? It doesn’t start up again until July 4. I’m looking forward to starting.
The painting above was done probably a year ago but was what I was in the mood for today. Soothing colors. It’s very grey and rainy here today. And now I want to do some landscapes. :)
I’m thinking of adding a page of inspiration to my site which will include blogs, books, art and craft supplies too. I love learning of good things so I’m happy to share when I find something I love.
It’s been 10 days already of #the100dayproject. I have to admit that a couple of days ago I wanted to stop. It started to feel a bit daunting to get to 100 days with my theme. What if I run out of ideas? Of course there are so many ways to go with a theme of hope and healing but what if I get bored of the whole thing? I didn’t stop and I’m taking it day by day. It has been my only painting time each day.
I’ve been mostly focused on healing plants. This is a huge category to study I believe. I’ve painted calendula, aloe, chamomile, peace lily, cheese plant, and lemon balm so far. I’ve learned many things about these healing plants and some I already knew. I often drink chamomile and lemon balm tea as they are relaxing and I swear chamomile helps me fall asleep easier. The peace lily is very detoxifying for your home. I had to go get one. They are easy to take care of as well which is perfect for me. Today I will do a new plant and tomorrow will focus on a different part of hope and healing.
Around Little Butterfly Studio spring is starting to show up. Buds are forming on trees and days are starting to feel warm and sunny. I even managed to wash and hang out the quilts on the line and pot up some pansies. I’m still learning how to use this space too. I’m working on figuring out how to create a newsletter sign up form so you can be the first to hear about any new and exciting things. It doesn’t come naturally to me but I’m stubborn so I will get it done. It may just take me a bit. (yay! I did it!) I’m also trying to figure out how to create story highlights on IG. It wasn’t a good idea for me to attempt that at night when I was exhausted. I decided to try when I’m feeling up to it. I’m learning. :)
It’s now 4 days into my 100 day project (#100daysofhopeandhealing) and on my first day I painted a butterfly. It is a symbol of hope for me. What a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly is nothing short of hopeful don’t you think? It was also a way to celebrate this new home, Little Butterfly Studio. I also wanted to paint something beautiful because I’m facing something not so beautiful with my thyroid, that little butterfly shaped gland we all have.
This isn’t the one I painted for the first day of my 100 day project but I had wanted to keep painting that day and I decided I would send it out to someone. Maybe it is you that needs a little lift. Maybe it is someone you love that could. It is small, 3.5”x5” on cold press watercolor paper. Please just leave me a comment letting me know what brings you hope and in one week I will pick someone to send it too. Open to everyone.