In case you need to hear this, let today’s “art” speak for itself. 😆
The 100 Day Project
Back to basics with watercolors
Tutorials and back to basics.
A simple night sky and twilight sky.
This Writing Desk classes with instructor Kolbie Blume, beginning watercolor landscapes.
As I create and listen, I will be led
Today’s morning pages quote: “If we are trying to THINK SOMETHING UP, we are straining to reach for something that’s just beyond our grasp.” -Julia Cameron
I’ve been in that nether land lately, wondering what to put on paper. It’s been a struggle.
Another favorite quote from Julia is, “As I create and listen, I will be led.”
Just then, a song I’ve never heard played: The River Knows Your Name by John Hiatt. All these images floated up. Standing beside the lower falls at the rocks in the Coal River with my family as we said goodbye to my mother. The beach, the trees, the lifelong familiar expanse forever changed.
I grabbed my brushes and paints and paper and let the tears mix with the water to dissolve the pigments into a sloppy, colorful mess.
And the river hears you cry
As the lightning cracks the open sky
As your Momma sings a lullaby
Oh the river she knows why
Let the river take away
All the words
That you and I could never say
In the silence Darling let us pray
Let the river take it all away
Gathering and noodling part of the process
What brings a pint-sized chair, a passel of postcards, pieces of Japanese porcelain, and a print-out of how to create a ‘zine, together on the table? They each represent creative pursuits in progress.
The chair is a blank “canvas” I’m itching to paint with bright colors and fun patterns.
I’ve wanted to put my vintage post card collection in my shop for sale but had no good way to display them, then a friend found a metal rack and it fits them perfectly. I’m going to paint over the old sign that attaches at the top.
The porcelain plates I bought at an estate sale to use when I try kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi): the centuries-old art of repairing broken pottery with gold. The method emphasizes the object’s fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them, often making the repaired piece more beautiful, revitalizing it with a new look and giving it a second life.
But I don’t have any broken pottery, enter these plates. But I can’t bring myself to break these on purpose. Fortunately, the kit I ordered to try this technique came with two plain, small tea cups I’ll break and rejoin. The intact plates will go to my shop for sale.
And last, the zine. I mentioned to a fellow artist the other night I was looking for a way to combine my art with the story behind it, but not necessarily as a novel. She brilliantly suggested making a zine and so here I sort that out. This example is from Austin Kleon and you can access his PDF and instructions here.
There are days devoted to the gathering and noodling rather than the acting and creating. I consider it all necessary for the process. And with that, until tomorrow, I wish you well.
It doesn’t have to be perfect to begin
Take those first steps and celebrate the wins
For a long time, I’ve thought about having prints made of some of my art and offering them for sale. Pondered how I might package and label them. I didn’t have the answers, but did nothing about finding solutions, either.
A few weeks ago I found cellophane bags of the size I wanted (8×8) and ordered them. Michael’s cut mat board from a large sheet for backers. A friend scanned images for me, a print shop reproduced them and this morning I have seven prints packaged and ready to sell.
It took a deadline and me letting go that every little detail had to be planned and thought out and perfect before the beginning.
Today is “Meet the Artist” at WinterArtsFest in Central City at 4:00 p.m. and it occurred to me having prints to sell might be a good thing. Sometimes the obvious escapes my attention.
It’s a first step and I am celebrating the win, no matter its size.
What creative wins are you celebrating today?