adding old to create something new

Daily Creative Prompt ~ October 11: VINTAGE I’ve been looking through old photographs lately.  They are of my parents from before I was born. Like OLD! I just love the patina they have gotten from years in books and boxes. The yellowing is particularly my favorite. It a story of age and history that the…

shaping your creative story…

  Daily Creative Prompt ~ October: TRIANGLE Have you ever just sat and looked at the world around you? Everything you see can be simplified into basic shapes. Circle, square, oval, triangle, rectangle…they all make an appearance in the order of life. Many of the figure drawing books that are out there use these basic…

the story of abstract

Daily Creative Prompt ~ October 9: ABSTRACT There is nothing like the word ABSTRACT to strike fear in the heart of many an artist. The reason is that it is so subjective. We are often looking for definite’s in life, as well as our art. Something real that we can sink our teeth into. Something…

thoughts and art….

Daily Creative Prompt ~ October 6: SCRIBBLE Here we are on the last day of our mixed media prompts…for this project anyway 😉 Scribble is right up there with messy for me.  I tend to think that it belongs on the first day of the project. But maybe the unexpected is just what we need…

Creativity Is Messy

Daily Creative Prompt ~ October 5: MESSY Messy, hmmmm Isn’t it already a big hot mess?  There are several ways that I could have approached this prompt. I could have… …written all over the black areas of the picture in a white signo gel pen…that would have made it messy-er. …cut it all up into…

Why struggle helps us to GROW

Daily Creative Prompt ~ October 4: GROW There are days that art is a struggle. That day when nothing makes sense, your muse is still on vacation, and it is an effort just to pick up a pen or brush. Today…. ….is one of those days! Maybe it is because I’m a bit out of…

When opposition is used to great effect

Daily Creative Prompt ~ October 3: OPPOSITE   I cannot lie…. Today’s prompt kinda threw me for a loop.  I had this picture of a beautiful peacock plume in my head after yesterday’s fluid experience.  I planned and schemed how I would make that beautifully moving color into a majestic bird using various mixed media…

Four Fluid Colors to make your page pop!

Daily Creative Prompt ~ October 2: FLUID Getting back into the groove after a lengthy vacation can be difficult. Germany was awesome, but I so missed my studio and being able to play with a variety of supplies.  Today’s prompt makes filling the page easy – and beautiful!  I recently watched a tutorial on using…

Monday Blues? Let’s get Creative!

Got the Monday blues? Try starting your day with something creative!  Nothing dispels the blues like color. Create a background in your journal that you can write upon. Make it colorful, and yes, you can still use blue! Psychologists have studied the use of color and art in therapy and have discovered that it can…

5 flowers blooming in my garden right now

Spring You can smell it in the air Tiny green buds appear on each branch of every tree along my walk – evidence that a blooming is about to take place. Yet I find myself impatient. As much as I love those first signs of spring, the green that begins to break through the ground and…

Are your layers showing?

A true artist is always working the layers to develop something more beautiful than what they are looking at in that moment. Just as God is constantly refining us with lessons and daily experience, so do we as artists constantly refine our techniques to reveal the beauty that we know is possible.

Make Your Mark: Finding Your Creative Voice and a random act of art

  Mark making is an integral part of a mixed-media painting. Without it, the colors are simply that…color. No interest beyond the initial image. No texture. Nothing to make the viewer look closer at what is beyond the surface.  This concept transfers remarkably well into how we present our faith and beliefs to those around…