Life Book 2017: The Star Girl

This was the main lesson in Week 1:

I took my time with her, but that’s fine. I used gesso and water based markers for her face and hair (I bought Koi Coloring Brush Pen some time ago and wanted to try them out). It worked pretty well and I am quite happy with what I could do with the markers. I made her dress out of washi tape. She was supposed to have a basket full of stars next to her left side, but I did not feel like it and just filled the empty space with some doodles. I am quite proud that I managed to give her hands that actually look like hands.

I know I am terribly late with reading your blogs. I will get to it today and tomorrow, I promise. It looks like I have more time when I am working. That is impossible, but somehow seem to be better organized maybe. Ah well…

I was pretty sad yesterday again thinking about all the things in my life that did not really work out the way I would have liked. I am trying to make peace with the past that cannot be changed and opportunities that were not realized. I know that I must make peace with all that in order to stay healthy and happy, so I am working on it. Whenever negative feelings overcome me I try to repeat some affirmations to counter the negative feelings. I am not sure if they really work or is it just that my mind starts paying attention to affirmations rather than the negative feelings. Whatever it is, it is helping me to go through the day feeling much better and going to bed with the thoughts that the day was a success, which is a step forward definitely.

Life Book 2017: Warmup Exercise

Seriously… I promise I will practice drawing and painting animals this year. The animal from my meditation was a cute fawn and what I managed to produce is this:

 

Ok, I did not try to reproduce it realistically, it is supposed to be cartoonish and whimsical, but this is just… the best I could do at this point [blush].

Anyway… I saw a symbol in my meditation, it’s up there in the left corner, and there is also my word of the year. I have no idea what the symbol means, but I will go with it anyway. It must have some meaning to my subconscious. I quite like the color combination and doodles. I used Ecoline and water-based markers, lots of gesso, black markers and pencil. Ah yes, and some oil pastel in places.

I have started the main lesson this afternoon and I spent at least an hour trying to get the hands on mu girl looking anything like hands. I’ve had enough of painting mittens instead of hands on my girls (Tam also does it, nothing wrong with it, but I would like to learn how to do those fingers). So there is another challenge for this year: learn to draw acceptable hands, not realistic or anything because my faces are not realistic…. But enough about the challenges.

It was the coldest day this winter so far. When I woke up it was minus 17 and around midday minus 8. We did not go to the market, we just went to the mall and had the usual breakfast and coffee and bought out vegetables in the supermarket. Real pity, because the day was actually beautiful and it would have been nice to go out for a walk or skating. But I guess that’s it, I have to accept the cold, or rather to detach myself from it, right?

Have a great weekend people!

Life Book Update

In spite of my resistance, I did finish the last week’s lesson in Life Book 2016. Today I plan to finish this week’s one and then I am all caught-up with Life Book and I am sure it will feel very good.

wp-1473318203574.jpg

I just posted her on IG and commented that she looks weird. Actually, I do like her a lot. It’s funny how she just appeared, I did not paint her particular face, I did not imagine her, she just came. The lesson with Annie Hamman was intimidating for me. It’s acrylics and I am not particularly excited about painting with acrylics and it was uncomfortable to paint the dark colors first and then go over with the light, but it gave her this loose painterly look, which is quite nice I think. The collage in the background was supposed to be visible, but somehow it disappeared 🙂 I used die cuts as well, and they are visible and I think they look good.

Due to a sudden problem that I mentioned on Tuesday, I have to drive back to Hungary this afternoon. I am far from happy about it, but it has to be done, so no use to think about it at all. I do have a weekend to look forward: full two days in one place, which happens only rarely because I always travel on Sundays.

And that’s it for today. I feel much better obviously – I managed to get some rest and to sort out my priorities and everything is ok, at least at this moment. It makes me wonder how my mood is changing depending on how I feel physically and what happens to me and around me, how fragile the inner peace is and how easily it can be lost. Most probably I can do something about it, meditation, whatever. First step though is to become aware of it, right?

World Watercolor Month: Days 27-29

Finally I am back to normal. It’s rainy and cool and I can sleep again. The only thing that I miss about the seaside is my early morning swim. But a good night sleep is much more appreciated.

So, today I actually finished the last of my 31 ATCs, therefore I have accomplished my challenge. I will save that one to post tomorrow though because it’s still drying.

Today I am posting my work done over the past couple days of my seaside holiday. One is an ATC done with only two colors and the other one a larger piece done in my 5×8 Strathmore journal. Here they are:

wp-1469770158856.jpg

2016-07-26-17.54.22_wm.jpg.jpg

World Watercolor Month: Days 17 and 18

Ok… I had a major emotional break-down and missed a post or two I think. Anyway, life goes on and I keep painting because that’s keeping me… No, I should not say sane, because that I am definitely not. It’s keeping me going. Yes, that’s the word.

There was a small bundle of happiness waiting for me in the office yesterday morning:

img_20160718_110624.jpg

I am really happy to get these. I never had a Strathmore journal before. I also never had Daniel Smith watercolors. I also bought 12 empty half pans and filled them last night and placed them in my Schmincke box, which conveniently came with 12 half pans of their basic colors and empty space for 12 more of my choice. How great is that!?

So last night I tried some of the Daniel Smith colors. Here’s the ATC I made:

wp-1468902713377.jpg

They are very colorful and rich and I will definitely love them. I haven’t tried them on my new journal yet. But I am going on holiday in a few days, and taking it all with me. Oh boy!

The second ATC I made the day before, but I was too emotionally knocked-out that I did not post it anywhere until this morning. Of course, the mood shows well:

wp-1468902623709.jpg

World Watercolor Month: Days 11 and 12

As I hinted yesterday, here come two darker pieces. These are not ATCs but they are anyway small, only 5″x7″ or 12.5 x 18 cm. What to say… You start painting intuitively and sooner or later ugly things will come up. If you listen, you will hear. And don’t be surprised. This is what you were seeking for. This is healing through art. Be strong.

wp-1468225995598.jpg

Captive.

wp-1468303515476.jpg

Mourning.

She knows

She knows but she is refusing to accept it. She hopes it is not what is. She hopes that it is true that everything changes.

wp-1466326683042.jpg

This was done on 5×7 stand-alone sheet of 300gsm hot pressed paper. It’s mostly acrylics and collage for background and the face is done in watercolors over a layer of watercolor ground. Her right eye is bigger but it happens to real people too, right? 🙂