As usual, I am taking on a challenge. The 29 Faces Challenge this time, basically you are supposed to make a face-a-day during September. Faces are something I seem to continue to go back to again and again trying to loosen my hand, develop my style and just do with ease. However, I get bored easily with the same things over and over again. Therefore, practicing faces on plain white paper just doesn’t suit me, always….sometimes but not always.
To liven things up a bit, I decided to grab this cute little journal and use it for practicing faces. It’s small 4×6 size is perfect. I made 12 beautiful backgrounds using acrylic paints and now I can draw 12 different faces and feel like I have 12 unique tiny pieces of art, filled with color and interest. And really, I do not have to stick with pencil/pen drawings, I can also paint and/or use pastel pencils. Giving me plenty of options to create.
Have you painting backgrounds just to have a beautiful, colorful background to jump start your next art journal page when ready? I really like the idea and just might do more!
Have an artsy day,
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Each Monday, I share something I created over the last week. Although, I create weekly, sometimes I have already shared all that I have created on the blog already. In that case, I will share something I have not shared although it may have been created prior to last week. My goal is to create even if for only a few minutes each day.
This week I share my very first fairy. She is complete. I share the start here and now the completed piece.
I am beginning to challenge myself to learn more about my style, to practice more and to improve my skill. What that means is that I will work on certain subjects one at a time, in a row. Meaning, I am now working on fairies, my goal is to make about 10 fairies and then move on to another subject/theme. I am also working on drawing faces and will just keep drawing them in my book to loosen my hand and see what “my typical face” looks like. What “my” style of face is. Have you tried this with your art? How do you practice? Learn? Improve?
I encourage you to keep creating with me all week long, to embrace your art whatever it may be…scrapbooking, cardmaking, art journaling, mixed media, painting…just keep creating. Keep sharing. More art, more creating, more sharing equal a more beautiful world. If you don’t know what the Embrace Your Art Daily Challenge is, you can learn more here.
Ah! It’s Saturday and I thought it might be nice to start a new series, just a cool post that shares my art, eats and fun I’ve had over the weekend…the previous weekend. Sharing little bits of me. Who knows you might get inspired, try a new restaurant or dish, giggle and/or be encouraged to play!
Last weekend was a weekend of firsts for me! Woohoo! I exhibited at my first ever, Craft Show and Yard Sale. It was fun, yet way too hot. Temperature is up…don’t want to be out. LOL! However, it was a great learning experience. Here are a few things I learned:
- I will NOT be doing outdoor craft shows during the summer months. Ewwww! I am doing my first Arts and Crafts Show, September 20…the forecast says it will be cooler. Fingers crossed.
- You’d love to have tons of people at your booth all day buying your art. However, people who simply stop by and tell you how beautiful your work is feels really good too! And a few people who really LOVE your work..often make a GOOD sized purchase and it can make it all worth it for you.
- Testing my set up and planning my packing first, was very smart! Easy up, easy down. Easy come, easy go.
- Just a little wind can send canvases and paintings everywhere! Always, have a back up plan. And sometimes, your back up plan isn’t enough. Adapt!
- Reading/Learning is fundamental. So glad that I am always reading, learning, growing, changing. Read up on ways to have a successful craft fair, before going. Printed a checklist, I found online. PERFECT. When the wind blew down my canvas’ I had extra tabelcloths to hang behind to block the wind..and safety pins to hold them in place. Yay! When Robert wanted water and was a little hungry, I had water, nuts and fruit. When he bought a hot dog and didn’t have napkins, I had paper towels. When one of our chairs broke, I had tape to tape it up and it worked! When he needed to cut the tape from the chair, I had scissors. When the sun moved toward the back and started beaming on our backs…I had an extra sheet that covered the back of our tent and provided us with much needed shade…and he safety pins to attach.
- This one is really advice. Buy local. Shop local. You are an artist selling your art. You want people to buy it. Walk around see other artists work. Support them. Buy a piece of their art that makes you smile! I bought silver dragonfly earrings.
Next on Sunday, I dropped off one of my canvases(Robert’s guitar painting) at Blick Art Supply for their art show. Another 1st for me! Woohoo! I asked about what kind of art was being dropped off. They shared a wall of art that had already been hung. Gorgeous pieces. All age groups and a variety of styles and media. The cool thing is, I felt very comfortable, not intimidated and right at home. No comparing myself to the other artists. I refuse to live my life in fear and wasting moments comparing myself to others. It’s a thief of joy. So happy about how calm I felt. So glad that I took the necessary step to have my art displayed!
Do you sell or display your art? Share your experience. Share your tips!
Have a GREAT weekend,
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