Artist Spotlight: Colleen Shannon
Greetings Creative Souls,
I am so fortunate to receive such lovely emails from artists who continue their play and work in their art journals since they first began in class. Colleen Shannon is one of those wonderful artists who works in a variety of mediums including her art journal.
The wonderful aspect of art journaling that I find so freeing is its portability and range of media choices to explore within the pages. Here, Colleen explains how the art journal is a great media choice for when on the go, and traveling.
After the article is link to sign up for December's art journal class and link to Colleen's website.
Traveling with my art journal
by Colleen Shannon
September of 2017
I bring as little as possible with me when I travel, so I only had my journal, watercolor pencils and fine markers for art supplies. It was just enough to play with.
A little backstory... I had been living in pain for about 8 months by denying a much needed hip replacement, to the point of requiring a crutch to walk. In June, after my first grandchild was born, I unexpectedly (and fortunately) had surgery in Chicago for the hip replacement. The surgery was very successful and it ended up being the best decision I could have made!
Since the hip area is also home to our creative energy, it was only shortly after the surgery I found myself itching to get out my supplies. It was a wonderful feeling to WANT to be creative again. I hadn’t realized how much the pain had been dragging me down and blocking that creative center. I grabbed by journal and started by doodling. This is the end result of one of the drawings/paintings. She represents transformation/new beginnings.
Coincidently, about three weeks after doing that journal entry, Hurricane Irma was threatening Florida. Around that time Laura had asked me if I would contribute to her blog. While listening to the hurricane updates referring to not one, but three hurricanes in the Atlantic, I started flipping through my art journal. As I looked at this doodle painting, I found it interesting that she is standing in water, has water drops on/in her arms and three cylone-ish drawings off to the left. Transformations and new beginnings are not always what we want or expect.
It’s now time for me to drive back to Florida. A lot has changed since I left that area at the end of April, some of which is captured in my journal. I look forward to, once again, taking Laura’s classes to continue nurturing my creative side. I hope to see you there.
September 19, 2017
To learn more about Colleen's work
click here http://asacredjourney.com
To sign up for December Expressive Art Journaling Class link below
Greetings Creative Friends,
This Thursday we will be embellishing personal papers
or swatches while we journal.
Please bring in any saved pretty papers, napkins, old cards, papers, that you want to add paint, text, and other media too.
I have a folder of my collage elements making it easy to keep the scraps organized.
In this photo you can see some of my personalized swatches.
When you have left over acrylic or watercolor paint from a journal page or another project, it is fun to make your scrap swatches more your own by adding paint, text, doodles, etc.
Have an old artwork that you want to reuse, make a copy of, or manipulate and use for your art journal?
Look around your home and see what you can bring.
Of course you can show up and just use magazines clippings for your journal but bringing personal swatches will create richer layers of personal storytelling.
Journal Prompts: One prompt does not fit all!
Are you wanting to work on turning a painful event into a tribute page?
How about a tribute page for a loved one?
What about following your intuition and see where your personal papers lead. you?
Starting with words? Write a few words on a page and then paint over with watered down paint and see where it leads.
Who is your mentor?
Archetypal image of a Goddess, wise women, teacher?
How about creating an ugly chaotic page focusing on movement and mark making. This page can move from
chaos to calm or just be a witness of a chaotic day.
Where are you in the moment of creating? Do you want to just focus on letting go and follow the work through deep breathing and accessing your inner wisdom?
Write a question or more than one on a page and see what evolves. Sometimes the answer will not come right away but be patient... For details and registration link below.
Celebrating The Beauty of Imperfections
In this September's Expressive Art Journaling workshop, we will be practicing to our muse's content, and also learn something new about ourselves and maybe a technique or too. You will have the opportunity learn how to do an image transfer with a gel medium (Modge Podge).
Start leafing through the magazine images, and find one that speaks to you that you would like to try an image transfer with. There are many simple and complex ways to create an image transfer on the page. We will start with a very simple technique.
You will have the opportunity to use the simple technique of transferring an image on the journal page with Modge Podge medium.
Why do an image transfer instead of collaging an image on our page? You can do both. When you do an image transfer the image becomes aged looking, a bit torn, or fuzzy and basically it just has a really interesting look about it. It is an imperfect transfer! So, lets go with it and celebrate the beauty of imperfections!
To register for class sign up here
April 28th and 29th, 2018 we have a wonderful treat in store for you!
I am so excited to share this new Intuitive Painting Retreat at The Atlantic Center for the Arts with you.
"Atlantic Center for the Arts is a a 69-acre ecological preserve on the edge of pristine Turnbull Bay, the Atlantic Center for the Arts provides a tranquil yet stimulating setting that inspires artists from around the world to rejuvenate, collaborate and create. Envisioned and founded by environmentalist, painter and sculptor Doris Leeper in 1977, the artists-in-residence facility brings talented artists together to work with distinguished masters in the fields of visual, literary, performing and musical arts."
I have taught both traditional painting and intuitive painting and really believe that one can benefit the other.
Whether you are a beginner painter or a seasoned artist
creating a portfolio, intuitive painting is a way to explore the abstract, the imaginative, the experimental, and the deeply satisfying unfolding of the creative practice in action.
Come explore the beautiful campus of the Atlantic Center for the Arts for this wonderful two day weekend retreat.
The first day we will have yoga available taught by Ella Ran. We have delicious meals to add on if you wish. We will also have rooms available to spend the night if you want to enjoy painting in the evening in the studio! For those who stay overnight in our on-campus rooms, you will be able to enjoy the healing musical sounds of the Pan-Drum while in the studio in the evening played by the wonderful musician Danny Sorenson. Headphones are also welcome!
On our second day we will have an early morning sound-walk available with musician and sound-editor Eve Payor. Then we can continue with painting and learn how to take the painting to the next level on the second day or continuing with experimentation.
Please join me for an exciting weekend retreat at the main campus of the Atlantic Center for the Arts at the Painting and Sculpture studios April 28th and 29th, for this creative get away!
We will be utilizing both the painting and sculpture studios.
For more details scroll down to link.
For more details on how to register link here
So every year in our backwoods just before Spring,
the leaves of our Pignut Hickory tree unfold as if they are flowers! The new leaves appear pink before fully opening and turning green! This is so fascinating to me. Below I have documented the photo of the event. Above is my original painting of it. This Pignut Hickory Tree is native to Florida so I also included the native Zebra butterfly. Stay tuned!
A Dayin the LIfe is my latest painting based on a lovely banana bloom I once witnessed while eating ice cream in New Smyrna Beach under this tree. Years later while painting it, I went to the kitchen to see a red rat snake peeking out from behind our refridgerator! So, the snake is now in the painting! Here is online gallery link to size and details.