Saturday, November 26, 2011

Visual Journaling (Art Every Day Month, week 4)

Art Every Day Month is drawing to a close and I find myself thinking – as I did last year at this time – that I should extend this habit as a kind of visual journal. I have no illusions that I am a Great Artiste. I only know that painting delights and calms me.

Art wouldn't, for me, work as a diay. A year from now I probably won't know that on day 20 I had a migraine.  Art becomes a sort of slow-cooked meditation for me. I lose myself when I'm painting and, when I review a week's worth of paintings, I can accept them without judging. That's a good process for someone like me who often mistakenly pushes against what is.

Day 19

Day 20

Day 21

Day 22

Day 23

Date 24

Date 25

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Self Reflection (Art Every Day Month, week 3)

Several days this week I have had to convince myself to make art. The allure of deciding I was too tired or too sick (I have a cold) was strong. Sometimes painting gave me comfort and energy. Sometimes it was a slog.
Looking back, I see a reflection of my attitude and my energy each day. Art is a mirror.

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17
Day 18

Friday, November 11, 2011

Without a Plan (Art Every Day Month, week 2)

If I approach the page humbly and let colors and movement lead me, I like what happens.

If I have a vision and try to create it, the difference between thought and reality frustrates me. Initially, I don't like the results. Over time, they grow on me.

Hmmm, are there life lessons here?

 Day 5 

(malfunctioning marker )

Day  6

Day 7

Day  8

Day 9

Day 10

 Quiz: Which two of the above were planned? ( leave a comment below )

Friday, November 4, 2011

Learning from my Left Brain (Art Every Day Month, Week 1)

I have committed, once again, to Art Every Day Month. As before, I need to decide what that's going to mean to me. What can my body do this year, this day?

I have my paints and paper out on the table where they are easy to reach.  I approach with no expectations, except to put paint on brush on paper. I am learning already.  Here are some lessons:

Day 1: hey, I can do this!

Day 2:  I am happier with abstracts and than trying to do something representational... Even if it's impressionistic. I
Day 3:   Took my daughter's advice to paint a teddy bear . imimmediately disliked, but it's growing on me . I'm not sure what thlesson is yet…  
Day 4:  color makes me happy!

I am so wordy.  This month I get to be quiet and listen...