What you need:
A small group of creative people who share ideas and support each other.
2 full days of uninterrupted art-making time in a well equipped, inspirational setting.
Everything you need supplied for you.
An eagerness to play and explore... to step out of your comfort zone.
A realization that the beautiful art you make comes from inside you.
I loved every minute spent making art this weekend with these lovely women. There is such beauty and grace in each piece, reflecting their lovely souls.
This was the first Painting Mixed Media Layers Workshop of the year here in my Merrickville studio. It runs again Mar 25 + 26 and Sep 9 + 10. I hope you will take part.
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Larry's press apprentice is a very good influence on our creative time.. He gets us sketching regularly and it is so much fun. Thank you Max! #anartsylife
'WE HAVE BALLOONS", a painting inspired by my grandson, Aidan.
An evolution of layers.
On a recent visit with my sweet grandson, there was much cause for excitement. "We have balloons", he said. And off he went to get one, then asked his mom to blow it up. This was repeated many times with total delight. Ah, to experience the world through our joyful Aidan.
from the Greyweathers Gang - Holly, Larry, Raven, Rook & Tennyson xo
Started filling in my wall calendar today. First 2 events created with collage, painting and lettering... fun! At the end of the year I plan to cut the calendar up and make it into a book. A big book.
I've started a Studio Stuff board on Pinterest where I'll post pics of the calendar as it "grows". You can find it here
Here's to a creative week ahead!
Larry and I depend on iCal for our digital calendar and it works beautifully, syncing with our iPhones and keeping us up to date with what's going on. But every year at this time, I feel a longing to invent a new kind of calendar... one that shows my whole year at a glance. One on which I can draw, paint, photograph and collage, scrawl ideas in the margins and stick post-it notes on.
A bit of googling this evening and I found it - a wallpaper that possesses the functions of a calendar. This is what I want! Kudos to Christiaan Postma for his brilliant 'calendar wallpaper' design.
So the studio will be transforming once again. I'm off to move things around to free up a huge wall space and cover it with paper. I'll do my own lettering for the months and days. Since I am making LARGE SCALE paintings now, I can use this same wall space to paint giant canvases and boards - right over top of my calendar. All the stray paint will add to the artsy look.
I'm curious to know what you use to plan your year. What type of calendar appeals to you as an artist? Digital, journal, day-timer, store-bought, hand-made or some combination? Leave a comment if you like... I would love to hear from you :)
Wishing everyone a creative week!
BTW I've started a Pinterest board for my studio. You can check it out here.
Just back from a wonderful road trip to Almonte, Carleton Place and 'almost Perth' with the lovely Laura Starkey. We set off in search of old chairs and indeed we found some!
We'll be turning them into works of art for the "Pull Up a Chair" sit-in, Saturday, September 19 at 10 am at The Hive in Carp. What fun!
For details about this creative event, go to the West Carleton Arts Society facebook page.
I believe we all have a strong, basic need to explore and create. When we give ourselves permission to play, to be child-like again, we discover who we are. Magic is invited in.
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Fancy sleeping on air.