Animal tarot still in progress. Here’s a little preview!
Animal tarot still in progress. Here’s a little preview!
I hold fast to my commitment of making art every day but that requires another commitment… to devoting space and time in my life to nurturing creativity. I can’t do the first without the other. Some days, that may be as simple as giving myself permission to daydream for half an hour or to sleep in for an extra 10 minutes. You know, being an artist often doesn’t look like being an artist! 😀
This fall, I’m giving myself permission to indulge in a full weekend of nurturing! And, I’m inviting you to join me. If you too would like to get away, to unplug, to share and time and space with like-minded souls, come join me and fellow artist, Alisha Hastings-Kimball on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 for Magic in the Making. All the details are here.
There are just a couple of spaces left.
It will be PURE MAGIC! xo
#RSselfiesketch is the result of a 10-day live Skillshare Workshop I hosted in May 2016. Participants were invited to contribute sketches focusing on the practice of self-portraits. Selfies are not just for narcissists! 🙂 Drawing people and faces can be intimidating and selfie sketches provide us with an opportunity to practice on the most available model—ourselves! We have the freedom to experiment with different techniques and different intentions such as how to capture a particular mood or expression without the pressure of having anyone else in the room.
I also find that capturing how we see ourselves and how we show up for ourselves is a powerful exercise in self-awareness, one that requires a certain vulnerability and courage. I am deeply honored to have shared this experience with all the participants. Thank you for sharing your work with the world!
and yes, I did it too. 😀
Are you a little, teeny-tiny bit scared of drawing people? Me too!!!
As you know, I make it a habit not to get too comfortable so no surprise, I’m hosting a free workshop on Skillshare!
Nothing like 10 days of Selfies to get you all loosened up about portraits, self-portraits no less.
C’mon! I’ll send you daily prompts starting on Tuesday, May 3 to make it fun. We’ll all post our selfies on Insta. And at the end of the whole thing, I’ll post the whole collection here so we can all give ourselves virtual cheers and hugs!
1 prompt a day
30 minutes a day
10 selfies total
p.s. It’s a free workshop but you might need Skillshare Premium. In which case, you can get a new Skillshare Premium membership for 99 cents for 3 months with this link, more than enough to do the workshop and check out all sorts of fun Skillshare classes.
Are you ready?
#THE100DAYPROJECT is a free and open project for anyone who is hungry to jump-start their creative practice, who is curious about being a part of a supportive, nurturing community that celebrates the process, and those who are busy busy busy (??) and searching for a bite-sized way to nurture their creativity! Is this you? If so, you’re in the right spot! @peterrific.ph & @gizemicplanets shared this great overview, which I want to share with you: ✔️ Choose your action (an action you will repeat for 100 days) ✔️ Find a unique hashtag for your project, like #100daysof… (This is very important. Choose your own so that you can have all of your work under one hashtag) ✔️ Announce your project on Instagram with your hashtag and #THE100DAYPROJECT hashtag ? Begin Tuesday, April 19th! What will you do with ? days of making? We can’t wait to see! Please share this post! ?
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I’ve written about this before and I’m sure I will again (every time I need the reminder myself)…
Style, for any artist I’ve ever met, is a THING. We obsess about finding our unique voice, what makes us different, because for some reason that is the validation we need to keep making art. I could go down several tangents here but I’m going to attempt to stay focused…
Let’s try this one, if just for the next five minutes: you already have a style. Period. No more discussion. Do you like it? Is it good enough? Do other people like it? Is there a market for it? It might very well be that these issues are still be TBD.
You already have a unique style because you are the only one who is you. I believe it was illustrator, Melissa Sweet who said that style is your unique take on the world. This unique take is formed by both nature and nurture — your family of origin, your experiences, the places you’ve been and the places you haven’t been, the relationships you’ve had, your physical quirks, your taste in music and movies, the people you hang with, and on and on…. all the things that make up “you.” Can you see how the chances of someone else having the exact same worldview is rather slim?
Let’s take my recent experience as an example. I just completed Month 1 of Lilla Roger’s Bootcamp. The assignment was to design a 1920’s-inspired coloring book cover. My submission was a coloring book featuring women from various eras and what their daily lives were like during that period. I made some sketches…
My final art was the result of a week of sketching and musing on the assignment.
• I thought of my grandmother, who was a girl in the 20’s.
• If you look at my sketches and my portfolio you can see that there’s a way that a draw people and faces that’s just… the way I draw them.
• I have a habit of imposing narratives on my work so of course I had to create a larger story for the assignment.
• I wanted to learn something about the time period and research about women’s experiences.
As I prepared to submit my piece, there’s a part of me that couldn’t imagine a different solution. And yet, of course, there were as many solutions as people in the class (over 300!). As I looked in the gallery, I thought to myself, “I would never have thought to do that!” Of course not! Because I’m not them and they’re not me.
My illustration reflects my habits and my take on the world—my style.
Thought for today: hang in there, grasshopper! Just do what you do!
Another recent obsession (aside from cake) is this thing called style.
Gah! I know, I know, every creative person struggles to claim their voice, their unique point of view, the way they see the world as it is expressed in their art. The irony is that you can’t work your style. The more you work it, the more it isn’t true. So what’s an artist to do? Well, you could just make art…
Have you watched Phil Hansen’s TED Talk yet? If not, you might not get it when your artist/creative-type friends say, “Just embrace the shake!” ;P
As a designer for many years, I must say that I thrived under constraint. But it didn’t occur to me of how this could apply to my personal art. Inspired by his talk, the theme of my upcoming free workshop on Skillshare is called “Embrace Your Art.”
From February 1-29, you pick a limitation for yourself and I’ll guide you through daily prompts! Fun!
Why should you do it? Because this challenge will create structure and accountability for you AND nudge you to take your art to the next level. Find out about the workshop PRIZES and claim your spot here.
I started painting and drawing in my teens without any formal instruction, support or encouragement. As I headed into my twenties I abruptly stopped and went through a long period of soul searching, discovering myself and mending my soul. All the while, my dreams of art lay hidden in my heart just waiting to bloom. A 4-month life changing pilgrimage through India when I turned 30 brought me face to face with mySELF and my dreams of art began to take hold of me so strongly, I could do nothing but succumb. I started to paint again and filled up canvases with my heart’s deepest longings. While my earlier works were heavily influenced by Indian aesthetics, my art today is more universal in nature. My works are very woman-centered and speak of the many aspects of the female soul; empowerment, wisdom, courage and grace. Yet I also address the broken parts of ourselves–our fears and vulnerabilities. I believe it is when we acknowledge and share all parts of ourselves and our journey, therein lies the power to heal ourselves and others. I put my heart and soul into my art–every piece becomes a part of me. Nothing makes me happier than when I have touched another person’s heart through my paintings. I strongly believe in the power of storytelling. It is through our stories that we learn, share, grow, celebrate, love and live. Each of my paintings tells a story of the deepest parts of our souls. Of what it is to be fragile, vulnerable, joyful, hopeful…of what it is to be human.
1. What’s your medium of choice and what do you love about it?
I work in mixed media and what I absolutely adore about it is… anything goes! I am always trying out new techniques and products; new ways of doing things. For instance, I just started mixing oil pastels with some of my water based products and they work so well together and create such interesting effects.
2. What are you working on right now? What’s on your camera/desk/easel or in your studio?
For the past year or so I have been in recovery (from an extremely abusive childhood) so I find that working in my art journal has been cathartic for me. I absolutely adore art journaling… it seems to completely free me up and provides an avenue for me to play and have fun. I tend to work on 2-3 different art journals at one time sop that way I can always keep working while waiting for pages to dry.
3. What practices/activities are most valuable to your creative process?
I try to work every single day even if I can just squeeze in a half hour. I find that keeping work on my table allows me to keep my creative juices flowing.
4. What’s one thing you want to share with others about your art and/or process?
It’s a lot of hard work. Sometimes people have a very idealized view of what being an artist entails but, like anything else, it entails a lot of hard work and time. The thing is, though, I absolutely love it! My heart is in it and I feel so fortunate that I get to do this work that is always interesting and challenging and soul-full. It fills me up.
5. What advice would you give to your young artist self?
Trust myself. Trust my voice and my vision. When I was younger, I was so insecure about my art and what I wanted to express. I thought I had to have a Fine Arts degree to be taken seriously. But what I now realize is that I had to believe in myself and my work; I had to take myself seriously.
Inspired by Soraya?
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Sorry little green guy. I love you. But the fate of the world does not rest on whether or not I make good art. For me, trying is… everything!
Case in point… I’ve been dreaming about this little kingfisher for a long time. I was dreaming about how I would paint each color separately and collage them all together. Last weekend, I finally had a chance to do it for real. So here it is.
It doesn’t look like I thought it would but I’m posting it anyway because it makes a point, one that I think most of us know but don’t really feel until we feel it ourselves and then it feels crappy (ha!): not every project is going to work out, even if you plan and practice and think through the whole thing.
You can do the very best you are capable of at any time and it might just not be how you want it to be for some reason. It’s okay to try. It was worth it anyway. Because now you know and that piece of insight is invaluable to your growth as an artist.
Thank you to everyone who liked it and said it was beautiful and it’s not that I don’t think it is. The whole thing — the process, the product — just doesn’t light me up as much as thinking about it did. That’s my litmus test for whether I should do it again — not so much if other people liked it but if I want to spend my time creating another and another and another using that same technique.
The experience reinforced what I do know about myself, that I am a learn-by-doing person. If I didn’t sit down and actually make this piece, it would have stayed in my “theoretical” column, calling to me until I did it. Now I can put that one aside and move on to the next thing that I’ve been curious and dreaming about.
So if you’re like me, you can take the pressure off. If there’s something that you’re curious about but are afraid because it might not work out the way you want, just
do try it already.