Friday, February 27, 2015

Welcome to My Studio!

Do any of you remember the HGTV show called That's Clever? They toured different artist studios around the country.  I used to love that show and taped every episode. They always seemed to start every segment with the words,

"Welcome to my studio."

I used to hit the 6 second rewind button when my husband walked through the room so he would hear that phrase over and over again. You know, hint, hint. He used to laugh but we both knew there was no way I was getting a studio any time soon.

Well, over a decade later and I'm finally getting my studio! Honestly, I am so excited about it!

We are turning my living room and dining room into one big studio for me. It's a pretty big job that involves electric work, new doors and walls, painting, and floors but the work has begun!

Stay tuned for more updates!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Full Moon Painting

One of the assignments we did in the Ignite program was to paint under the full moon every month. It's funny that I never really paid attention to the cycles of the moon before. I am a Leo you know so I am all about the sun. But I have to say there is a softness that emerges when you tune into the moon. It's a different energy...a feminine energy.  I know I can use more of that in my life so I have decided to continue this practice in my 2015 journal. 

When I paint I don't go into it with any idea of what I am doing. I have no preconceived plans for what I am painting. It is a total mystery. I usually just start with a few colors that are calling my name and get them on the page. There is nothing worse than staring at a boring white page so I get some color on!

From there I just start playing. I tend to like a nice flowing line. I like to feel like I am fluid when I my paintbrush is floating over the surface, leading me where it wants to go.

Again, I have no idea if "something" will emerge. Oftentimes I will see a face or some kind of image but today it looks like I am just creating shapes and line and it feels so good.

When I finished with the paint I decided I wanted to go back in with crayons and pens to add some fun little details. I don't over think it. It's just easy breezy.

One of the things I learned about this process is that I enjoy adding words to my journal pages. It is nice to go back and look at what I was thinking or feeling at the time I created the page.

The page felt a bit chaotic and all over the place and yet there was this quiet and serene space left an it gave me this feeling of inner peace. 

Enjoy the full moon! Maybe you will want to get out your journals and have a little fun playing!