Be You

Been distracted. Finally back at my art table. Day 38/100 #100dayproject not even half way there. Making and posting art for 100 days is a lot more challenging than I thought. But I will not let it stress me out. I have made it my own challenge anyway. I will take as long as I want 😂

This is why I paint

Day 35/100 #100dayproject there is something very satisfying about painting a face. In the beginning it looks awful, but you focus on enjoying the process of adding layer after layer and suddenly, she emerges. With her own story to tell. Often it’s what I could not express from within in words. This is why I paint.

Defiance

I have not posted here for a while….

Decided to do this 100 day art challenge. Loosely defined as doing 100 days of art making.

Here is day 1.

Sometimes your heart just needs more time to accept what your mind already knows… author unknown. Day1/100 days of art

Embrace you, scars and all

I am a perfectionist. Sometimes I feel my portraits are too perfect. Decided to paint this one with a scar. It was not easy to add the scar to her face. But now that it’s on, I am proud of her. That scar told a story, proof that she was stronger than what or who tried to destroy her. Embrace you… scars and all.

I finished her

A few weeks ago, I painted her but left her unfinished. Did not know if I should. She looked fine unfinished. So I left her alone. Today I decided to finish her. Viola, here she is. I love both versions. And blue is my favorite color. Fun to paint with one color.

Hello

“People may know your name, they do not know your story….” saw this quote today and it really spoke to me. Especially the part about taking people’s opinion of you with a grain of salt. Do what’s best for you. Not for everyone else. Yes! It’s taken me many many years but I think I am finally wise enough to know to take people’s opinion of me with a grain of salt. But I do need a reminder every now and then😂

A mixed media page with collage, stenciling with modeling paste, doodling with ink, acrylic paint, washi tape and sewing…

Never lose your childlike wonder

I had most interesting nature art experience today with Shay Wilson Art. We created art with no art supplies except what we can find in the park. I started trying to make a mandala.

But I soon realized that there is so much beauty in the nature around me. All I wanted to do was to accent the beauty with these porcupine looking things I found, to bring attention to nature’s beauty. Here are some of the pieces I found and accented.

Felt like a kid again picking up sticks and leaves and digging with my fingers.

This page is inspired by the childlike experience I had today. May we never lose our childlike wonder… and I promise myself I will do this more often, get out and explore, be a kid again.

It was also amazing to see what the other participants made. I love how we all approach this so differently. The diversity of art was inspiring.

There was a nut house

A nest

A wreath

And a few other zen pieces

Get out there and be a kid again!!!!

She is stressed

Stressful week. Painted her to relief stress. Think she look stressed too😂 she looks like she is trying to tell me something… not sure what it is yet…one day I will hear it… today I will just be thankful for art to help relax and relief stress…