Thursday, 4 April 2019

A-Z Challenge -D -Dancing and Dali

Remember that in choosing to create you have acted with a rare courage. You have let down the mask; you have called forth your best self; you have taken a chance and revealed your heart to the world. This, no matter how struggling and unformed the creation it brings forth, is a praiseworthy act. For all creation is an act of love, and in the merest making of your art you have, in your own small way, made the world a little richer, a little warmer, and a little more filled with love.”

Kent Nerburn - Dancing with the Gods

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” - Salvador Dali

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A-Z Challenge / C

Creativity Coach..I wonder how many of us knew this was a career option when we were at school.
I am glad Jamie Ridler took that career choice as her work has encouraged me to keep going.

I did her 10 week journaling club in the winter season and she comes up with some great ideas.

I signed up for a postcard swap on Swapbot where we could not use white card as a base.

It was a bit of a stretch to not begin with a painted base so I did some collage on animal print card stock and quite like my creative solution. I finally got three cards in the post.

I also enjoy the Creativity Matters podcast.

Recently listened to someone who has just published a book on the strength of sketching daily while enjoying her main job of bringing up her family.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

A-Z Challenge B=Beautiful

Hmm...what is beauty? When I first looked at 'True Colours' I thought a lot of the work by those artists was beautiful and it was something I could never emulate.

It took months, even years before I signed up for a swap. The first art journal page swap I did was based on the work of Kandinsky...and my partner in Australia said it was amazing. That was very encouraging. I spent ages on it.

One of the group swaps was for 2 pages using black and white with one extra colour. I chose read. My partner loved it and I got my first 'beautiful'
She has no idea how delighted I was.

Sometimes my postcards swaps get 'beautiful ' too. It shows what it truly possible in creativity, along with focus and intention.

Monday, 1 April 2019

A-Z Challenge. A=Attempting

Day one of the challenge.
I thought I would look at 'attempting' today. A couple of years ago I had not heard of artist trading cards or art journal pages.
I liked the look of some ATC's that I saw online but decided I could never make them, mainly because I did not know where to start or how to get some of the lovely effects.

One day I took the plunge and signed up for a 52 card deck swap.

I tried to alter 54 cards and get them posted by the deadline.
I did not have many supplies and it was difficult to cover the laminated cards but I was attempting to to the project.
Some of the cards were quite nice, some were less so.

I did a 2nd series and noticed the improvements, but then left it until recently when I saw there was a new card deck swap.
By this time I had realised I can use any card as a base, and it does not have to be a deck of cards as such.

I have also learned a lot of new ideas and have a lot more supplies and a stash of ephemera to play with, so I signed up for this one ..the theme is Creative Inspiration.

I've made a start on 8 Frida Kahlo inspired cards and will enjoy the results of  this series so much more than my first attempt.

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Monday, 18 March 2019

April A-Z Again

I just signed up to do the A-Z challenge again this year.
I chose creativity as a theme and wonder what it will look like after 26 new posts .Wish me luck.
You can join in here

Monday, 29 October 2018

Alien, elephant and sail boat

It was a lovely sunny afternoon with just enough light  breeze. I had recently become the proud owner of  A  sailing licence and this was my first solo venture in a sail boat, loaned to me by the trusting harbour owner. I was aiming to spend a couple of hours on an interesting uninhabited island a few miles from the coast. 
The plan was to have a picnic and then do some sketching of the unusual trees and flowers I had noticed when the crew visited the island  during the final training week at the start of the summer. I had never seen such exotic vegetation even though I lived in Barbados and had travelled widely though India and China in my gap year. 
After a short walk around the island i came across an fascinating item on the ground. It was the size and shape of a coconut ,light gold in colour with curved spikes growing from it. I thought it might be a seed pod and put it in my rucksack to take to show the sail boat crew on land...someone would know what it was.
On my way home I  placed it on a seat, where it promptly rolled off , hit the deck with a crack and split i open. Slim gold fingers emerged from the gap, then long scaly arms  then a pointed head. An alien appeared from the pod and communicated telepathically. It sensed my terror and decided to morph into an earthly form,  hoping I would feel more at ease.Now I was face to face with a baby elephant....what's a girl to do? 
Luckily the alien realised its mistake and returned to its original form, asking me to take it to my chief. I encouraged it to go back into the pod, and when I reached dry land I kept my promise and took it to the police station. Luckily no-one was at the desk, so I left it there and legged it. What would you have done?

This was written as part of a swapbot swap.
I was given the words to write 250-3oo micro fiction.