Wow! Is Art Every Day Month over already! The month flew by. I got a lot done, but wished that I made more. But, this was supposed to be no pressure, right? So I’m not going to beat myself up over not getting more accomplished. I never did touch that giant canvas that awaits me. I think that’s because I was so busy. And painting takes more of a time investment than I had. Much of the work I did was done while I was at my son’s basketball practice. Painting court side would not have worked. But crafting greeting cards was perfect. Well, there is always December.
It was great to discover some new loves this month. For example, I made Christmas ornaments, which I’ve never done before, which led me to some new paints I have never worked with, which led me to create greeting cards based on Christmas ornaments. I also discovered lots of new artists who participated in the challenge.
Above is the month in review. Not bad.
I’m participating in the Creative Color Challenge. So I’ve been spending a great deal of Art Every Day Month making Christmas ornaments. The challenge requires participants to make four ornaments. We then will keep one and then swap three with three others who are doing the same. Such a cool idea. We have to mail them off this week. Here are the ones that I’ve made, as well as some others I experimented with. We were supposed to stick to red, green and gold, but, of course, I had to color outside the lines. 🙂
What a glorious Thanksgiving weekend. Too much of everything!
Thanksgiving and Christmas are truly artist holidays. Everyone turns into artists! We spent Thanksgiving in New Hampshire with some friends. There was a creative meal that was beautifully presented, a skillfully orchestrated cleanup in which everyone took part, and musical chairs as we all drifted from room to room in and out of conversation with each other. There were more than 30 people there! That makes the hostess who pulled this off my new superhero. Talk about a Wonder Woman! Fabulous.
I stayed electronically unplugged this weekend just to take a break and enjoy the moments. Here are some of my latest creations as I continue to make Christmas cards for the craft show at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. It will take place Thursday (yikes!) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If any of you are in the area, please drop by.
I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful for—my loving husband and wonderful son who constantly lift me up with their unconditional love; my amazing Alabama mama and daddy who worked hard to give me the best that they could through circumstances that were not always the best; and friends who support me and make me laugh.
I am so behind on my blogging this week! It’s Day 21 of Art Every Day Month. Hard to believe. I’ve been very busy with work, basketball practice, Zumba, life, etc., but I have also been busy working on Christmas cards. This is the first time I finally have time to post what I’ve been working on. Here they are. Each one lovingly handcrafted. Enjoy.
Art Every Day Month. Day 14. I worked on some sketches for the Christmas ornaments I’m going to be making for the Creative Color Challenge swap. I did these sketches on Friday while at a basketball game between students and faculty members at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. My son had a great time at the game. He was cheering for the students. I was cheering for the faculty. The faculty members one! YAY for the adults who still got game long after you think they don’t!
I went to the Danger Zone last night: The Art Store. Michael’s, to be exact. The place where I lose my mind, where I go in for just a tube of paint and stand holding a $27 Martha Stewart paper punch shaking and trying to resist buying it as if it were crack. DANGER. DANGER. Everything from every shelf screams at me, calls my name: “Pick me! Pick me! No, pick me! Take us all!” No! Well, OK, some of you come with me.
Here are the supplies I ended up with in preparation for making Christmas ornaments for a holiday color challenge and swap that I signed up for. The colors to use are red, green and gold. I, of course, couldn’t stick to that. So I’ll make the requisite ones for the challenge and then make some others for friends. Stay tuned to see the results, which are due by Dec. 3.
The sunset this evening as I drove to pick up my son from his after school program was glorious! I had to struggle to keep my eyes on the road and out of the sky, but I kept drifting back up to the brilliant orange/pink streaks against the aqua green sky peeking through the dark shapes of the trees. The scene was so inspiring that many people took photos to send to the local news, and I rushed home to capture it on paper for Day 9 of Art Every Day Month.
I quickly swept various colors of thick acrylic paint across paper trying to recall what I had seen. I struggled to try to captured the colors I had seen, and then decided to focus on what I had felt. I didn’t do it justice, but it was great fun trying. (This is not a great photo. The paint is still wet. I’ll try to take another one tomorrow.) Now, off to the Y to exercise. Blah! 🙁
Tonight was basketball practice for my son. That’s where I get to quickly make art while sitting courtside dodging stray balls. Fun. I managed to make three new cards tonight in the one-hour session. YAY for me. Here they are for Art Every Day Month: Day 9. One of them is for Whimsical Wednesday, which I’ll post there also. Guess which one. Enjoy.
AEDM: Day 8. Here is a new card that is part of a series of new ones I’m making for an upcoming craft fair at Wheaton College on Dec. 2. More details on that to come. This is mixed media on watercolor paper. Hope you can see the shine of the paint.
I love today–the Sunday after we turn the clocks back for Daylight Savings. Boy, it just seems like the day goes on forever. Such luxury. I just relaxed, made a lovely chili for dinner with my son, as well as whole grain muffins and brownies; worked on several greeting cards for Art Every Day Month; went to the Y to exercise and to take my son to swimming; watched a little TV. And the evening is still young. Loving it.
It’s a nice to end to a busy, productive and fun weekend in which I picked up one of my paintings that was on exhibit at a gallery in Boston, delivered a painting that my good friend Susan bought (thanks, Susan!), took my son out for a bite to eat, and then had some laughs with him as we watched Megamind.
Here are the cards I’ve been working on for the past few days. I’m finally finding time to post them, as I enjoy the comforting sounds of my husband watching football downstairs. (I don’t really watch football, but there is something that is very soothing about the background noise of it.) One of these handcrafted cards has taken me into a new 3D direction, which I like. Enjoy.