One of the questions artists frequently get asked is ‘where do you get your ideas?’ Inspiration can come from many, many sources. Things that we see, experiences that we go through, thoughts we remember at odd moments. Everything that has happened to us in our lives influence what we create and put back into the world.
The painting I am sharing today has some pretty straight forward origins. In my Zentangle practice, I will switch back and forth between working on Zentangle tiles and working in my sketchbooks and journals. Some of the drawings are just for the meditative practice, and some call out to me to be turned into something else. This quick drawing in my sketchbook was one of the later.
My mornings in the summer normally start with a quick trip out to the garden to say good morning to the bees and check for any new vegies that are ready to be harvested. The blooms always draw me in, this pumpkin blossom being no exception.
I had a few new boards prepped for new paintings with some background colors blocked in. I had already been influenced by these trips to the garden and had a background in progress with shades of green and orange. With the 2 images above in mind “Abundance”, the final painting, started to emerge.
The mandala of ‘Abundance’ captures the energy and potential of new growth, while the colors fading into the background reflect the peacefulness and serenity I feel sitting in the garden each morning, listening to the bees as they make their rounds.
This year I have joined Life Book, which is an online art journaling course and community run by Tamara Laporte. If you have any interest in art journaling, I highly recommend it! Tamara has a great energy about her and mixes in self exploration with the art making process.
Here is the first page of my book, from the first warm up lesson in the course.
mixed media art journal page
Are you doing anything new this year? Any online classes you’d like to recommend?
Happy new year everyone!
Always a time for stating intentions and declarations, and reflecting back on the past year. While I have a number of goals, one of my main focuses for the year is to nurture my creative side and produce more work. Hoping to post a lot along the way to share with all of you.
For now, here’s a peek into my new Tangle a Day calendar for 2016 (made by Carole Ohl).
Tangle a Day Calendar
The new Zentangle® class schedule is also up on the site for January and February. I’d love to have you join me for a class!
Hope your new year is off to a great start!
The local art center, Phoenix Village, is having a Small Works show for the holidays. I’ve got a couple of new mandalas in the show, as well as a bunch of ornaments for their handmade ornament sale.
Woodland Compass detail
Urchin Mandala detail
Selection of ornaments
If you’re in the area, stop by during First Friday in Phoenixville for the show opening. I’d love to see you!
The Diva’s challenge this week was to create a tile with the majority of the tile left open. We tanglers have a tendency to fill everything, so this was a very good challenge to remind us that the eyes need a resting spot too. I used a renaissance tile for this one, with Narwal (my current go to pattern), BTL JOOS, and springkle.
Narwal, BTL JOOS, Springkle
The posters for the upcoming open studio at the Coleman’s Artist Studios are out! Big thanks to Rachel Romano for getting the posters made (and for making sure she got me on there even though I am getting into the space so close to the event).
November 21st – Hope to see you there!