Tag Archives: Creativity

Out of the Box!

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Seeing  these cooler spring days, makes me lazy.   The music & dance just looked like the thing to post today.

Can I dance like that?

Not any more!   I have always loved to dance, but these days all I want to do is paint!   Oh, & work out, clean house, cook, laundry,,,,,,yea I love keeping house, doesn’t everyone?

Girls day!

Meanwhile, I have been knitting, painting, & I’m taking a  class for “sketching  on vacation.”  So as you can see, I’m feeling lazy.  Lazy only lasts as long as its gloomy, as soon as the sun peeks its happy face out, my energy snaps back.

The three girls are just a quick doodle sketch I put together while listening to a lecture.  I’ll still work on it probably as an add on doodle.

A girl has to do what a girl had to do!

Taking a class with other students keep me up to date, puts me in touch with other like-minded artists, and restores my creativity.  I love the interaction I get from all the other people in the class.Even if I’m not as excited about a class as I should be, I always get something helpful form that class.  In my opinion the creative energy I get from walking into a classroom, the comerodery I get, and let’s not forget ideas.   I’m not talking about copying, just absorb the ideas of others, together with your own, make up very personal artwork.

If there is desire, there is a way to achieve your goal.

 

 

Creating Cells…

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This might be of interest…

This is what one would call cells. They have a kind of interesting shapes, colors, and movement to them. I never know if this will be something I’ll ever use, but should I ever think I need something different, maybe this will be just exactly  the ticket!

Sometimes We Have to Play!

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Last week several of us got together for our Diva Day. We just played with paint, paper, & a serious supply of plastic wrap.

There are times when playing is the only thing that starts the juices rolling, and this was one of those times.  Since we only get together once a month, talking is mostly what we do.  But we did play, each in our own way.

The process we played with is to cover the paper with paint, and put plastic wrap over the top.  Twist and pull, leave a pattern on the paper, then leave it alone and let it dry.  The darker the paint the more intense the pattern.  If it dries to light, do it over with a darker color.  Or do it a second time to allow for more layers of pattern.  There isn’t any right or wrong way to do this!

When the plastic wrap is dry, and it’s pulled off, start looking for images in the dried pattern.  Again, anything goes.  Whatever you see, either outline it, and paint around it, or just paint around it.  That is called “Negative Space Painting.”  The idea is to blend out the paint you are using for outlining.  Keep it wet, and work it until you have defined images on the paper.

This will be totally different for some, and easy for others.  It took me forever to wrap my head around this method, but it’s fun, and pushes your brain to thinking creatively.

Here are a couple of examples of Negative Space painting…..

Artichoke Flower

God of Wine

Traces of the Past

I hope you have fun trying this, if it doesn’t work the first time, try it again…..OR, use watercolor, or acrylic ink and pour the paint over the paper.  Remember to use watercolor paper, and if pouring a color is what you like don’t forget to wet your paper first. Both mediums will work.  Watercolor will take longer to dry, and has it’s challenges.  Acrylic dries faster, so keeping it open might be a challenge for some.

Thanks for checking in, and trying something new.

Backgrounds…

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I found this demo on YouTube, and if you want to check out more of Betty’s art, go to Betty Frank Krause/Betty Krause Art.  There is so much really easy information here.  Some of us might know all about it, but some will find it helpful.

Everytime I watch something, or take a class, I find there is always something I’d forgotten, or didn’t know at all.  Always I walk away with something helpful.  I hope you do the same.

Again Betty is all about art, different kinds of art, and if you look at her website, you are sure to find something you can use.

Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

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Good morning everyone.  I awakened this morning with the sun shinning in my bedroom window.   Bouncing out of bed all I could think of was,  how blessed I am to be living in beautiful Southern California.  The weather is moderate, temperatures are mostly perfect, and we have a roof over our heads.  Schmaltzy I know, but my heart is filled with joy at the prospects of the day.

With a cup of coffee by my side, and some Nora Jones singing in the background I’m thinking of all of you and the creativity each of you have to offer.  Many of us don’t feel like we have anything to offer, and creating anything is just not worth it.  My feeling is that everything we do is worth something.  If we create for the love of creating anything, that’s a good thing.  I have to remember, “It’s the journey, not the destination!”

Wednesday some of my friends and myself were playing with our iPads.  We were trying to find an app that allowed us even more options for creativity, and then learn to use that app.    That’s where the picture came from.  It’s an old picture of my old self with red hair,  feathers for earrings, and glasses.   An abstract watercolor from Sketch Master, one  the apps I’ve collected.  Just a start in the world of iPads, something my friends and I are just learning, and  It’s fun and different for me, but even though it’s something I don’t want to get involved in, there is something to experimentation.

I do love to experiment! 

This is pretty cool also!  A negative of a picture.  Maybe this would help with learning to negative shape paint, or sketch.  It would be a great exercise for learning to draw.  Can you see how this might be helpful?  I always try new things, it never hurts.

Have a great weekend. and look at your surroundings as if there is information to be used in your creativity!