This is the second to last set of pages in my affirmation art journal that I am happy to share here. It worked! I am back to my blog sooner rather than later to add more content -yay!Read More
|Bill Buchman warming up with his Zen Brushes|
In Zen Buddhist painting, ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create.
Yes, the Longboat Key peacocks are a small part of this art video : )
I brought the Creative Breakout DVD with me and watched it once again for inspiration. Thanks to my instructor Bill Buchman for all he taught me. I am so glad I got a couple of his DVDs! below is a warm up exercise using his Zen Reed Pens. Just plain fun!
Last week I did not work directly in my art journal right away. Though as you might be able to tell from the photo above, my painting exercise ended up in my journal a few days later! I cut it to fit. It was not my plan to paint separately and add the paper to my journal. Instead the painting was done because I felt a need to get back to the exercises I did with Bill Buchman . . .Read More
- I need challenges, prompts or assignments to motivate me to create.
- I think I need to try to push myself to try different things than I usually do, more often.
- Not sure how beautiful this painting was, but I sure love the little sections of colour as "postcards" and I also loved doing this exercise.
- creating makes me feel good, it both calms me and energizes me.
- Simply playing with my supplies without a lot of expectations is good for me and sparks my creativity.
- I need to go back and watch Bill Buchman's DVD's again, while IN my studio this time so I can work along with him. He has a lot of great ideas and exercises. I need to put this on my calendar so I will do it!
The direct link to view the photos: http://animoto.com/play/TXS26hLUrXyUim1db31DgQ
It's what you learn after you know it all, that counts.
~ Albert Einstein
( random, totally random quotes -I swear! )
|a close up of part of my big gesture . . .|
Below is what I painted after listening hard to what Bill had been teaching us about not over-working the water media into the paper -let it flow and react to it instead of trying to fix it.
I am pleased!
|Rebecca's enso -nice splatters!|
|Barbara is practicing first; we all did. A good idea.|
|we signed our names with the reed pen|
|Paul is doing great with his|
The direct link is here: http://youtu.be/bH29wGrHFwQ
To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever.
~ Henry Drummond
|Color chart above is in Bill's book, Expressive Figure drawing|
|Close up of Bill's try - I just love the colors!! You can tell he is quite practiced at color theory.|
|I caught Bill Buchman by surprise here . . .|
I have been having a great time learning from him and painting in his class.
I will certainly miss it when class ends April 23.
|(above) This is mine and I do not like it one bit!|
I find solace in the remark that Bill made in an earlier class. He said,
"An artist is someone who can make something he does not like but goes on
to make more pieces, does not give up."
|I know this one above is Barbara's, it is beautiful!|
|Another view of Bill Buchman's piece.|
The green one is for Karen who gave us the theme "artist's choice" but let us know she liked birds and nature, among other things! I concentrated on those two.
|Wander where there is no path|
I had an awesome time with this prompt and will show you some of what the entire class produced. We were fairly prolific under the guidelines of this exercise!! Click on any photo for a larger one . . . My first try, step-by-step is below. I observed myself being very aggressive with my strokes.
Below is one of my class pieces. I'm trying to incorporate all I have learned this afternoon . . . . movement, color, variety . . . freedom plus fun expression - go with the flow. Let the painting speak to you. Hmmmm, it's funny. No matter how it comes out, I always feel good doing it.
You can read more about it on my journal entry for January 23.
I am still catching up . . . not uploading for every day that I missed, but just for days with photos that are important to me or special in some way that I want uploaded to my photo journal.
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