NOT a lady in a flowing gown

This is NOT a lady in a flowing gown. OK, OK, yes, her dress is gown-like, but it is not flowing. I say this because I’m trying to work on some art creations that don’t involve the lady in the flowing gown to which I’m naturally drawn. I’m trying to challenge myself to explore other subject matter that might be lurking beneath my creative surface. It is always hard to know whether I’m doing the same subject over and over again because there is something about that subject I need to express or whether I go to the same subject because it is the first thing that comes to mind, is easy, safe. So…I explore…and I give you “Lady in Lavender” (mixed media collage with acrylic paint on canvas).

The little things

I love coffee!

Oh, the taste of sushi!

And, my son’s laughter, priceless!

It’s the little things that make life enjoyable that I was thinking about today as I created this little mixed media coffee mug on paper (ink and Sharpie markers).

Sometimes we keep our thoughts so focused on the  monumental things in life that would make us truly “happy,” if we had them—the big lottery jackpot, the double digit weight loss, the zero calorie butter pecan Häagen-Dazs that I keep waiting for—that we miss the little things right in front of us.

As a reminder to myself, here’s my list of just a few of the little things that make me happy: “King of Queens” reruns; making my mother laugh really loud; fitting into my clothes from one season to the next; “The Young and the Restless (dammit Nicki and Victor, would you get back together and stay together already?!); dancing around my kitchen to old school jams; William Shatner’s over-the-top acting as Captain Kirk on Star Trek; finding a parking space at the mall during Christmas; walking barefoot; new art supplies; reading self help books (I know one of them has got to work!).

Small pleasures

I created another small work of art today (6 inches x 8 inches on paper), while watching a basketball game that I took my 11-year-old son to. Yes, it’s a school night. Yes, he has a spelling test tomorrow. And we didn’t get home until 9 p.m. But, oh, what a great time he had watching the Harlem Wizards play the local townsfolk and high school basketball team in a hilarious exhibition game. It was a small treat that gave him great pleasure. And it was a treat for me to see him so happy and excited. He’s totally into basketball right now. And what a great time I had, sitting on the sidelines with my reading glasses on, working on this little sketch that turned into a mixed media piece that I’m really loving. It’s a little departure for me–very small, and not my usual ladies in flowing gowns. There’s a peacefulness in the face that I think is a reflection of how these noisy basketball games have provided me a space to let my mind float away into another place for an hour or so–sitting still, aware, but not, lost in lines and color and movement contained on a single sheet of paper. A small, simple pleasure. Joy.

Working small for CED

The guiding theme for this month’s Creative Every Day Challenge is “small.” Anyone who knows me knows that I like big and bold–big and bold jewelry, big and bold colors, big and bold laughter, drama…. You get the idea. So small is challenging for me.  I’m realizing that this would be a good month to focus on creating little bits of art in the way of my handcrafted greeting cards, because I only have little bits of time lately.

I’m way behind on creating new ones. I usually gear up for the fall Open Studios in Dorchester, Mass., much sooner than this. But the tough winter, overload of work at the office, and some indescribable malaise has made me sluggish these past few months. Hopefully, quick bursts of art will help.

Here are my latest cards. Both are made from the remains of a failed art project that I blogged about here.

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