Saturday, January 23, 2016

Repurpose Calendar

Today I needed to be in the art studio. I couldn't find any media that I wanted to use. It was a day of sorrow and tears.
I had this calendar that I loved, I decided to paste the calendar pictures onto a canvas.

I used 6"x6" canvas

This is the calendar I used. (Thanks Maggy)

Supplies needed are mod podge, glue, calendar pictures, canvas-size depends on your canvas 

Also needed are a ruler and xacto knife.

Maybe a cat is needed to get in your way as you wanted to take pictures. 
Cut the pictures out and glue onto the canvas.  After it dries put a layer of mod podge over it to seal. Then if you want paint the sides of the canvas.

Since my cat was on the drying table, here are the finished results, taken on a not so pleasing table.

She likes to be near me when I am in tears. She might sleep all day. But she knows when I am sad.  And who could move her when she's such a good cat? 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dreaming A Little Dream

As an artist we look for the "right" the "perfect" places, feelings and situations to explore.  I was thinking about a dream that I had but somehow through life's ups and downs, I ignored it.  My dream is to have a small house, whether a bungalow or cottage in the forest.  (kinda like Snowwhite)
Snow White cottages illustrations | ... Disney's Sketch Book Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1st edition, 1938
The house would be tucked away, where a person must be in such a solitude state to only stumble on this house.
“Make a wish into the well that's all you have to do. And if you hear it echoing, your wish will soon come true.” Snow White:
To be in my own world and discover nature differently than I do now.
# 15 Snow White / 16 Disney Princesses Ranked By Intelligence (via BuzzFeed):
To talk to my nature friends, even though I already do.  But wouldn't that be cool to have them sitting this close as Snow white did?
So, as I was dreaming, I painted what this house would look like, using watercolor paints. 

 Now would my ending of this dream have Prince Charming carry me away and fall madly in love with me?

The Most Memorable Movie Princesses: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves's Snow White
To be determined.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Painting with Attraction

Yesterday was the first day of 2016.  It was a day, where my motivation and energy was extremely low.  So I decided to stay inside and paint on a canvas.  I played a video about positive thinking and the MetaPhysical Secret-Law of Attraction while I painted.  I needed to clear my mind and think about what I would like to work on this year.  I am not really focused on loosing weight (I have been without trying) and I don't want to focus on saving money (because when you have student loans, a car payment and mortgage and credit bills to pay, haha that's funny, save money) I want to do better thinking about how I do spend what I have.  But besides those typical goals, I was looking to go deeper.
As I listened to this film, I noticed that I need to be more optimistic and go for higher goals.  I tend to limit my goals.  So the big goal is to publish an art book.  I have been drawing pictures of animals and thought about putting it into an adult coloring book, since this is the rage in America right now.  But I want to go further, I want to write a story and illustrate it.  I thought about stories with having to take care of yourself (digging from my mental health counselor background) then I thought about a media and techniques book about art therapy. 
Which one do I like the most: the drawings of animals and put them into a story.
So now I need to spend some money on a graphic computer to put this into production!  I want to take this step, but something is still blocking me.  As the film explains, It is myself that is blocking me.
Back to the creating part of this blog, the painting I was making while thinking about my dream  goals was this:  I randomly placed colors of paint and placed them on the canvas.  There was no sketch, no pre-thought about how this painting should look.  It was all about expression.

The canvas became too wet to add more, so I relaxed then later in the evening fell ill to a sinus cold.  As I am posting this, my head is throbbing and all I want is a vanilla milkshake to soothe my throat.  So the painting remains until I return to listen to more about the law of attraction videos that are on Youtube. 
Ask, Believe, Receive
Dream Big

Friday, January 1, 2016

Stitching to the New Year

The last day of 2015 was a day of calming and laziness.  It was getting cold and freezing drizzle, so it makes leaving a warm colorful home not realistic. So I curled up in my blankets, put on HGTV programs and watched Caribbean homes. While my cats and dog slept.  I decided I will retire in Barbados, blame the show for that! 
I have been working on a new blanket, not sure why, I just felt like it.  I decided to pick white and blue and gray as the yearn colors.  Not sure why either.  It just looked calming to me.
I only know one stitch for crochet... a slip stitch. (however, I think this stitch is named something else, but I don't remember) I learned it from a nice elderly lady, when I worked at the nursing home, she said it is simple and that I will always remember how to do it) I will try to learn a new stitch sometime, but I really like the look of this stitch.  It is close together and has a elegant and simple look to it. It reminds me of French knots in embroidery. 
below: (the green blanket is the one I recently finished)
 Happy New Year. Welcome to 2016-Be nice to us!!!