Monday, November 12, 2018

Moonshine : Making is medicine

Our lesson for this new moon was about showing up, obeying impulses, painting intuitively, operating on instincts alone. I went into this art journal spread wanting to paint a self-portrait - fierce, proud, celebrating and nurturing my body as it changes. Change can be hard - it's been hard this past week when my body has behaved in ways that are not my normal. But I've got this. The new moon symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start, making it the ideal time to make wishes, set new intentions, and plant new seeds. My new moon intention is to embrace the changes, celebrate my strength, be grateful for what has got me here today....
Also on my mind are the lovely warming days and gorgeous roses in my garden
"My Mum"
and picked on my table
"Compassion" with Alstromeria
I talked about this book in a previous post
It is really adding another dimension to my art, helping me to celebrate what is around me seasonally - in New Zealand that is flowering and sap rise, a high-energy time when the whole earth sings of growth and regeneration. When it's this time in the northern hemisphere they celebrate with May Queens and Beltane fires. We are half way between Spring equinox and Litha, Midsummer's day and Summer Solstice. I am happy to "pause" as we have also been asked to do in this class in November, but I'm not waiting for the long dark. Interesting to see how those rose colours manifested in my painting ♥ 
Show up - with all the above in my head, and the only plan a self-portait, I first traced(ish) a photo of my own face and then laid down some gorgeous iridescent fiery colour.
Obey every impulse...I ♥ stencils so I gathered some favourites
More iridescent paint all shimmery
Operate on instincts - so glad I was moved to use white too - so pretty
Then the universe (OK FB!) showed me these wonderful words from Victoria Erickson that fit my feelings perfectly. I cut down an old calendar page and fed it through my printer to get this lovely background colour ♥
I am trying to flow gently with the changes happening to me - this past week, art has helped so much when I've not been feeling my best : "Making is Medicine".
Not sure what next in the background (maybe it's done) so decided that the face needs my attention next, and that ended up including hair (stencils) and gorgeous floral serviettes to trim the dress and head
After playing around a bit with the poem, I decided that it needed to be cut up so as not to completely obscure the lovely layered background
A few minor touches, and here's the finished spread 
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

#arteveryday : week 1

When I shared my November musings, I declared I was going to try and ART EVERY DAY➽ this doesn't mean completing a full art journal page, just doing something - the micromovements idea - getting into the habit of DOING instead of looking online. I decided that aiming to take one photo a day to share would be motivating - and it worked! Here's my summary of the week.
Day 1 : Saturday 3rd November. Finished page on the right, at last got some doodles on that cloaked girl
Sunday : Started a new page in altered art journal, finished the doodled girl, made a Christmas ornament sample for craft club at school
Monday : added some paint to the journal page and then used up the leftovers in the recycled doodle journals
Tuesday - added paint, some stencils and pen work - very happy with progress
Wednesday - finished the journal page : Be Here Now
Thursday - began another journal spread and added leftover paint to recycled magazine face
Day 7 : Friday 9th November - got my stencil groove on.
Thrilled to say that despite a week that was testing both physically and mentally, the motivation of wanting to have something to photograph every day worked a treat. It made me much more aware of when I was thinking I was just going to sit in front of a screen that the time was better spent doing some art ♥ It's the awareness that I need to jolt me into better arting habits. And isn't it cool to see how quickly things progress though the daily effort doesn't seem that big?
Started the week sharing daily on my FB Artist page and Instagram but I've decided I'll just take the daily photos to share here for next week's round-up and only post finished projects in those other places. Look forward to sharing my daily process again next Saturday. And since it's the weekend, I'm pretty sure you won't have to wait long to see how that last journal spread turns out. Happy creative weekend to you

Thursday, November 8, 2018

BOD : Be Here Now

We've been supporting my youngest with study help for exams this week. Sunday seemed to be particularly anxious and I needed to start making some art that was grounding and meditative. I felt like I wanted to be guided by a lesson, and this recent Book of Days offering was perfect. 
I had purchased a roll of graphite transfer paper from Office Max last week, so was pleased to use this supply immediately.
The week didn't get any easier as the days went on and I had some challenges of my own to face, so I chose colours of the Chakra to help centre me : Violet = oneness and spirituality : Indigo/Blue = soothing the soul, opens consciousness : Green = healing, balance, tranquility and serenity (needed a lot of that!)
Not worried that it looks quite messy at this point cos I know there are going to be pen and stencil additions....
Some would stop there, but I don't like those words by the added another stencil border while I considered what to do.
Mostly I enjoy the text in the background of my altered art journal, but not here. I was thinking about some botanical stencils, but then I thought of these serviettes
Needed the serviettes to become more part of the background, so added a green-gold glaze and used it for a border detail along the top. This is the finished page
Others in the class were able to keep theirs clearer - simpler, but I had to do what felt right for me with the page challenges. Done is better than perfect....Done is being here now....Done is loving the process ♥
I'm so glad I've given myself the #arteveryday challenge for November. It's really got me thinking about what small thing I can do every day to progress my art practice and this is the third piece of art I've finished this week because of it!
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