The creative life is a roller coaster ride, and I know I am not the only creative person out there who thinks this. I am on the 3rd version of this newsletter, not because I am being a perfectionist (completely) but because, by the time I get back to writing, between all the making, my creative mood has changed!
I have been working intensely on projects the last two weeks -- first, the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge I am doing during the month of November; then, a last minute hand lettering project I completed for Tendue including hand lettered menus, name tags, and a welcome sign; followed by the creation of over 10 art journal spreads; and then back to the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge (which I almost abandoned because it was feeling sooo uncomfortable). And between all of this work, I have also been preparing to release information for MY FIRST SOLO ART JOURNALING WORKSHOP, which I'll be teaching this December.
I am excited to share the details of my workshop with YOU FIRST!
In this 2-part series, I will be guiding students through my process of art journaling, which is intuitive & insightful and, most importantly, accessible for all. I will share my techniques for art journaling without overthinking, for creating spreads in a small amount of time, and for art journaling even when you are uninspired, creatively blocked, or unsure what to make.
Location: Inner SE Portland, Oregon (exact location will be shared upon registration)
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 and Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL through November 22, 2017: $75 Regular $125 ($50 savings!) LIMITED SPACE!!
Seats are limited! Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE but 100% transferable.
30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS
As I mentioned above, I have been working on a project to paint 30 paintings in 30 days. I have 10 of my 30 done as of today (although, as I shared in my blog posts about the project, I started before the month of November and did 13 others... which I kind of count!)
I wrote about the project here and here and am sharing photos of it on my Instagram account, but I wanted to tell you all a little something I haven't written about yet: I almost abandoned the project. I almost walked away. It was feeling uncomfortable. I was in an unknown place, unable to own what I was painting and feeling frustrated by how the pieces were turning out. And even though I'm working small for the purpose of making the project work on my limited art making time, I still found I was spending anywhere from 30-60 minutes on the paintings.
But then I painted this one, and there was something about it that made me want to try it again. And now, I've done 6 paintings (including the monstera deliciosa above) that have a similar look and process. Each time, I am playing and experimenting with how they come together. I'm thinking about the paint and the brush strokes. I'm considering the composition and the process. I'm feeling really excited to play and even considering what these would look like as larger pieces, maybe even painted on panels instead of paper!
Mostly, I'm feeling grateful that I didn't walk away too early. I'm happy that I pushed myself a little bit more and ended up making a breakthrough, even just the tiniest breakthrough. This was a reminder I needed:
Making art can be incredibly difficult & feel pretty yucky along the way, but on the other side of it, I get the joy of small breakthroughs, the satisfaction of making something with all my creative energy, and feeling so inspired, hopeful, and full of creativity.
(All a part of that creative rollercoaster I started the newsletter with!)
LOOK INSIDE: SEASON OF CONNECTIONS
The Season of Connections with Get Messy Art Journal ended this last week. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed making this connections themed journal (mostly because the previous theme was Fairy Tales, and I REALLY loved that one!)
To see more, check out the video flip through I shared recently!
Here we are again, at the end of the newsletter. Thank you for letting me into your inbox and reading along! Feel free to hit reply and send me a quick note!
Thank you for your continued support!