Sep 21, 2014

September Art Project / day twenty-one

Leaf Me Alone, I'm Trying to Paint
Hmm. I miss the wallpaper from my four previous days' projects.

Day twenty-one! I'm on the home stretch!

Now, what to do for October?

If I'm anything like Trader Joe's, I'll put pumpkin in every.single.project.

Sep 20, 2014

September Art Project / day twenty / encouragement to artists

Wallpaper Obsession
Written about 'writing' but you could easily stick in drawing/painting/any kind of artistry, and I think it's just about right.

"In my journal I recorded this moment of decision, for that's what it was. I had to write. I had no choice in the matter. It was not up to me to say I would stop, because I could not. It didn't matter how small or inadequate my talent. If I never had another book published...I still had to go on writing.

I'm glad I made this decision in the moment of failure. It's easy to say you're a writer when things are going well. When the decision is made in the abyss, then it is quite clear that it is no one's own decision at all.

If it is as good a book as you can write at this moment in time, that is what counts. Success is pleasant; of course you want it; but it isn't what makes you write. - Madeline L'Engel, A Circle of Quiet

Sep 18, 2014

September Art Project / day eighteen

Donkey at the State Fair
I kind of liked how yesterday's project turned out so I did another. Again, my photo-graphing/shopping skills need some work. It was a cute little donkey, though.

Sep 17, 2014

September Art Project / day seventeen

juxtaposition of negative space & background
So for your enjoyment today we have an interesting juxtaposition of negative space on a background.

Yah yah, it's weird and random. But it is DONE! Day Seventeen. Check.

Sep 16, 2014

September Art Project / day sixteen / mamas need this product

Every Mama Needs a Telescoping Bullhorn!
My friends and I invented this product at the park - when I got tired of yelling at my kids across the playground after I was already too tired to just get up and go over to talk to them.

I envision it in several colors, thin and light, so as to fit into purses already overstuffed with receipts, random kid socks and missing keys.

You take it out and press the button for the kid you want it to telescope toward. When it finds them, it opens up like an old fashioned phone mouthpiece and they hear a sweet voice, your sweet voice, asking them calmly to do whatever it was you wanted them to do, say for instance, to come to the car because you're trying to leave. Perfect, right?

September Art Project / day fifteen / half way there

Rainbow Finch
Half way to the end of the month. Phew. This drawing every day thing has really been challenging me. And I admit, sometimes I draw extra one day and skip a day - but still - the discipline of drawing and painting regularly has been good for me. Most of it is in a style I don't usually pursue - so it's stretching. And it's been really fun to see what my friends create, too. Thanks for joining me, those of you who have!

Posting this is a 'fear-buster' for me - since I don't like it. But I'm posting it anyway, in the spirit of transparency.

Another birdie for my friend Jennifer's daughter.