Thursday, December 27, 2012

Turning The Page(s)

We are faced with some challenges in 2013, Jeffrey and I. No, not just the "fiscal cliff" which the president and Congress are toying with and the awfulness in the news, and everything else that we ALL are trying to deal with. The new year has in store for us some personal challenges. We are not alone, though. Of that I'm positive. But, as is the case going back to the 1970's, we will, together, face them head on. In spite of it, I am SO ready to turn the page and embrace the new year, bad and good. What helps me is my marriage, my faith in the Lord, and my art. The 2013 pocket calendar for the studio is finished, I'm just about finished with my garden journal, and I'm ready to start sketching in my "Fifteen Promises of Mary"  Ave journal. I know that I'm going to be published once this coming year. I'm signed up for on-line classes hosted by Strathmore, am contemplating another on-line class, and will be doing another art exchange. These are all good things. I hope anyone reading this has good things in store for them, as well, in 2013.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Turning Another Page

Since I last posted back in February, I enrolled in another Pam Carriker class "Pursuing Portraits". I went through the entire process of downloading PDF's, taking notes on her videos, and  of course practice, practice. It was an incredibly slow start for me, being a "non-drawer". But I hung in there and to this point I'm satisfied with my progress. This is a final piece I posted on the class blog. And now? Well, I'm on to "Still Pursuing Portraits", a class which she is teaching through An Artful Gathering. I'm learning and working and trying to develop my own style.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Three Months? Really?

     I decided, today, to take a quick look at my blog before I am off and running. October. My last post was in October. I guess the holidays, my art, everyday stuff just fills time.
     It's a brand new year--in fact January has come and gone--and it's started out pretty much like others. I've undecorated after the holidays, spent 2 weekends at the snowmobile races at Eagle River, Wisconsin, and of course made art.
     My on-line class with Pam Carriker called Journal 365 will come to an end at the end of March. I've been trying to catch up in it. It helps me a lot to just watch her videos and try to pick up on different paint techniques. I started a new on-line class with her called "Shades of Grey". For some reason, I just took to it. I've ALWAYS envied drawer-types but drawing never came easy for me. Working with shading and Pitt pens has helped me with it. I've been making little books, a little bit of jewelry, art journaling, and of course sewing.
   Winter is turning out to be very mild this year, so our snowmobiles have 0 miles put on them so far. Still, life is busy and there are 11 more months in this year to fill.
  New Year's Resolutions? I'm not really big on resolutions but I've decided to try to make more art, try to be a little less scattered in what art forms I embrace, and of course to get more EXERCISE!!!