I am wondering if any of you go on family trips and bring a sketchbook or art supplies and don't use them. Well I have done that for over 20 years with only an occasional sketch or two.
So, during July I went to a Watercolor Journaling series of classes with painting teacher
Kari Waltz up in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wildacres Retreat! It was a fully vaccinated class so that made it nice as well as open doors and windows with cool breezes and some outside painting! I highly recommend this retreat!
Here are some of Kari Waltz's lovely watercolor journal examples.
Kari documents places and faces near and far and tries to work from real life and of course takes photos for when she cannot work on site.
I wanted to take a break from my large canvas paintings and work on documenting my places and faces that I visit so that I have these treasures to keep for myself!
Usually my goal is to paint a canvas and (even if I love it) find a good home for it. So this was a nice change for me.
I think it is so important to be creative for yourself first and then if others enjoy it, what a blessing that is!
So, with that said, what have you been doing creative this summer? Cooking, gardening, traveling, fixing up the home, sketching, playing music. It all enriches our lives so let me know!
In other news: Check out my next video on how to use the Elegant Writer pen with water to create a watercolor painting. Also, I have other how-to art technique videos including the watercolor with Stabilo pencil from last week.
I have been painting, but finishing sometimes takes me a very long time. Like this painting above.
As an art educator and registered art therapist and a professional painter my career is three fold.
And I am glad! I do love helping others as it balances time alone painting.
This SUGAR MAGNOLIA painting is a 30 x 40 ready to hang painting (with gallery wrapped edges)
and is my latest and soon to be available!
I labored over it since the Fall, changing until finally I am very happy with it!
Check out my purchasing gallery here
This next painting was a commission for a friend and is my third Passion flower painting created and gone to a new home.
I had a friend say it reminded her of Thumbelina, a fairytale from my childhood.
Stay tuned for upcoming workshops in next blog!
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In my last blog I asked
what have you been creating?
With so many of us home a lot more, I wanted to feature
what creatives and artists are working on during this time period.
My first two guests sharing creative endeavors are
Sooz White and Mary Lee Smullen Croatt.
Guest artist Sooz White writes:
"The cards shown here are Valentines, but I always have a stash of others
I’ve made that feature vintage photos or little drawings.
Collage is my “adult coloring.” I enjoy spending a few hours
listening to podcasts or audiobooks while I cut and glue pretty papers.
The result of this mindless and soothing activity is a couple of dozen cards
which become part of my morning routine.
I write one to a friend or an acquaintance while I’m drinking my coffee.
(Last week my car mechanic was on the list).
This has become a tangible and satisfying gratitude practice.
The mile-long walk to the mailbox and back is an added benefit!"
Next featured is writer Mary Lee Smullen Croatt
who explains why she wrote her new non-fiction book during the pandemic:
"I lived as a child in two different “Rapid Treatment Centers” for Venereal Diseased women during World War II. The first was outside of Wakulla, Florida. The second one was outside of Ocala, Florida.
My book is about the attitude & treatment at the time of infected women before the advent of antibiotics and during the war. Women were blamed, jailed, and later sequestered for treatment.
When I tell people how I happened to live here as a child, they are surprised to learn about the epidemic of venereal disease during WWII. My medical parents were part of the war effort to control and treat the disease. My inspiration is that this history needs to be recorded. "
Mary Lee Croatt
I hope this letter finds you well and creative!
I want to know what you have been creating!
My husband is now retired and to my weight's dismay, he is making bread.
He has always wanted to have time to bake breads and now he has it!
I have been encouraging him even though I have gained 5-6 lbs since he began baking!
Oh the sourdough and whole wheat.
Encouraging creativity is a wonderful thing!
Even though I have gained weight, I am thrilled that my husband
is satisfying his creativity through bread making and woodworking.
During this time of being home more, what have you all been creating?
Send me emails with photos and I can feature them in an upcoming blog.
I will share more in a second blog this month to make up for missing a couple of months!
So email me with a paragraph of what you are creating, whether it art, food, gardening, crafts, or whatever as I would love to feature some creative time during Covid!
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