While attending the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) conference earlier this month, I participated in an all day Digital Storytelling Workshop. During the workshop each participant had the opportunity to begin creating their own story using a variety of art materials that were available. While working on my story, I thought about a poem that I had written many years ago and decided to use it as the foundation to the story I wanted to tell.Read More
On Friday, there was a snow storm that kept me indoors for the day. I took advantage of that time by restyling some old drawings in Illustrator and Photoshop, playing with colors and organic shapes, lines, and textures. I appreciate both organic lines and the preciseness of straight, edged lines. In this piece I left some of the organic feel but added in some straight lines.
Dancing Lady is an example of the original black ink drawing of this new stylized image. Originally, I created this ink drawing as a basis for a series of painting I completed a few years ago using all organic lines.
Lately, I have been sketching characters for a new children's book that I am working on. I have a story that I am interested in writing and I am trying to find the characters to make the story come to life.Read More
Returning from vacation mode proved to be a bit of a challenge this week. I struggled to regain my usual focus. Originally, I had set out to accomplish quite a few items that needed finishing but unfortunately the week got away to quickly.
Hopefully next week will be more productive. In the meantime, I have added a doodle drawing that I completed today. I think it counts as an accomplishment. It was a great way to work out some frustrations while working on a few different projects.
I think it may be best to pick up where I left off today and start again next week. Looking forward to clearing my mind and gaining a new perspective over the weekend. Have a great weekend!
“Life is a journey, not a destination”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have grown to love this quote. Remembering that "Life is a journey" has become a reflective tool to help me regain balance when I am feeling overwhelmed. It has helped me gain perspective and to slow down.Read More
One day, I had a lot of energy and began drawing this design with ink on recycled cardboard. I chose to finish the work with the bright yellow, orange, and red colors to emphasize the original concept of energy.
I painted it with gouache.
I began this artwork right before the holidays began. The colors and images were influenced by the holiday season. Now that the holidays are over, I was able to complete the piece. Mixed media was used to complete this work this weekend.
A combination of oil paint on recycled cardboard, ink was used.
Sometimes I feel like I want to create something but I feel stuck at the same time. I am not sure where to start or what materials to use. So, I begin by searching through my container of magazine cut outs that I use for collages and choose a handful of pictures.
The pictures give me inspiration to draw from. I first add water colors to the background of a blank piece of paper and then begin to draw a collage of images.
I began to create a series of drawings and paintings of this same style a year ago. I created them as I reflected upon the mind and body connection.
In this work I used a variety of materials including black ink, gauche, and watercolors on paper. I continue to explore this topic today.
Sometimes, it is refreshing to leave the city. It usually gives me a new perspective.
Just a quick gouache, watercolor, and ink expression.
This drawing was inspired by normal, daily frustrations.
I felt like I kept talking about my frustrations and trying to improve them but I didn't feel like I was making progress. So instead of continuing to talk, I began to paint and draw.