Serenade

Artist trading card with cut out and transparent overlay

I wanted a simple peek-a-boo effect for this card, just to try a different technique and see how it would look before trying something more involved. The background started out in the right direction, took a detour, got lost and finally got back on track. But without the overlay it wouldn’t have the final impact that it does.

Projects often go through a lot of phases that have no relation to the original idea. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they end up a mess. It is all part of the process, learning to experiment and trust things to unfold correctly. It can be frustrating to see a step not look the way you hoped, and have to cover it up and start over. I am getting better at letting the process take the lead and learn from it.

Rushing by

Time lapse video of mixed media project

Sometimes I like to have a time lapse of projects that are on my YouTube channel just to give people a quick peek. Plus, time lapse is pretty cool to watch. Mixed media can seem a bit overwhelming to someone just starting out, there are so many techniques, supplies, and styles. I like to take the mystery out of it, to make it accessible to someone who does want to buy a ton of supplies on a whim.

Some of my tutorials are mess free, some make use of what you have on hand, and others dive a bit deeper into the style. It was a big leap for me to start making videos, but in light of workshop style gatherings being nixed, it was the way to go. It has certainly been an experience, a learn as I go to improve my skills. Over all it has been fun, a chance to try something totally different, to reach people far from my local area. Giving them the chance to try something new.

The Dreaming Child

Boldly colored mixed media with text, photo and George Eliot quote

“Keep learning” is advice mentioned regularly, and good advice it is. From simple things like taking a new route on the way to or from work, cook a new dish, or listen to different music. To more involved ones like learn a new language, take a course, or tackle a new skill. Any one of them can shakes up the cemented pathways in your brain and open up all sorts of new and potentially amazing possibilities. Which then lead to more! The best part is that it is all up to you to take that first step and try something new. It doesn’t have to be grand and expensive, it can be as simple as a daily walk through a different neighborhood and grow from there. Start today, engage a friend or two, write it down and tape that first intention to your mirror. Just give it a go!

Strength

Mixed media with butterfly , bright circles, jewels and “strength” chop mark

As part of the Creative Jumpstart 2022 course I am taking through Nathalie Kalbach’s site there are daily creative videos from wide variety of artists. Each one is designed to encourage exploring new materials and techniques. It is proving a great way for me to get into the studio every day and dig into my supplies. I am determined to expand creatively in every direction I possibly can this year, and this course came across my screen at the perfect time. It is fun to stretch myself in this way and see what I can do.

Thursday Inspiration

Mixed media in pink, yellow and blue.

What inspires you? Music? Nature? Building something? Everyone has their thing that makes them light up, often more than one thing. Peoples interests can be so very varied and interesting, and what inspires one, bores another to tears. Interests often change as we grow and are introduced to new things. But some are lifelong, I am still fascinated by tree forts just as I was as a child. Someday I hope to vacation in one.

Young children often help us find new things to be inspired by. Their curiosity about everything can open our adult eyes to so much that might remain even after the child has moved onto something new. This weekend I encourage you to do something that inspires you. Create, learn, go and immerse yourself for just a little while.

Lantern Lights

Mixed media of Chinese Lanterns

The gardens are turning to midsummer blooms now. The black eyed Susans, Queen Anne’s lace and daylilies are center stage. My mother’s garden had Chinese lanterns which were always adding that pop of bright color plus unusual shape. She would dry them to use in floral arrangements around the house. It was this memory that prompted me to create this piece and give it an aged feel. Once I complete all the steps for my new site this piece will be one of the online courses I will offer.

It’s all about change again this year in order accommodate the new way things are being done. Everyone has had to adjust and realign their old ways of doing things to best fit how we live now. It also opens up new possibilities that seemed undoable before.