day is moving along much too quickly, with Fatty M-Cat Bass sitting on the edge of my desk, waiting for a kiss and a hug, and not that patiently, I might add.2…I am trying to further my art expertise, by watching several tutorials…Julie Fan-Fei Balzer ( one of my online Art Gurus, as far as I’m concerned) is helping me with get started, with her fabulous Getting Started series…I am doing that with Gesso…here is the link to all of her tutorials and more http://balzerdesigns.com/GettingStarted.html.
My new heat dryer is sitting in my basement studio, over at Mom’s…I will will visit her later. But this afternoon I am sitting here, while my experimental art journal pages air dry…In my own apartment, I never run out of canvases, or something to do, while the layers dry. My current “BIG JOURNAL” is in the oven – heat is NOT on – away from curious kitties.
Mother’s Day is kind of ironic for me…I don’t have kids…but I have 5 kittens, that have brought out the maternal instinct in me, big time —- for nobody else’s upset tummy would I boil a chicken, cut it up and serve it with brown rice and a dollop of yogurt, to set things right.
But my cats are the reasons for many things in my life, including my art..- True, I was writing, before they showed up, and I draw and create other things now- but my cats certainly played a part in resurrecting this arts and crafts bug, that has been lying dormant, inside of me,for so long. Well not dormant…it just didn’t show up with the need for matte medium, and gesso, until Jazzpurr came to live with me. I started doodling cats on paper, and white card board boxes – I kept getting the urge to collage Fancy Feast Appetizer Cardboard , and then art just took it’s own path. First, cats, then Mandalas, then Vinyls and now collage….
I am trying to post my creations – th e ones in progess, because finished products and I have a bit of an issue right now…I’m just not sure when I’m done….So I will post this entry along with a few photos and get back to my kitchen/ studio, to see what else I can gesso over;)
Hope everyone has a great day!
More In The morning!
So The Universe sent me the 4th grader I have been looking for. Dara- my cleaning expert arrived this morning, with her grandson Joshua, in tow. He does not start school until Thursday, and loves to draw and paint. He had spent the summer with his family in the Dominican Republic, and was back in NYC for the school year.
I sat him down, and showed him a the sailboat I had painted over the summer, and asked him if he could draw one. He quickly obliged and then I decided to let him choose his next subject.I quickly looked up http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/, and asked Joshua to pick his own lesson. He chose fish and then reptiles.
For the past few months, I have been drawing mandalas. One morning back in the begining of summer, I woke up, not in the mood to draw a cat, or a fish, or any animal for that matter. Maybe it had something to do with just having stepped in cat puke…plus it was hor, the boys were shedding – 5 cats – 3 of which are long hairs is the reason I often refer to my abode as Hairball Alley – but as I was saying – I was not in the mood to draw a cat. I cleared the cat hair form my throat, grabbed my sletch pad and drew a circle, then another inside, and the next thing I knew, I was drawing Mandalas everywhere – Sacred Circles – Meditative tools – used for centuries, along with other patterns to raise the spirit. I have found it very soothing and centering. My circles are getting better. My patterns more intricate. The Universe has put everything I need in my path. Including like-minded artists, with pools of inspurration, in which I seem to be invited to swim. It’s all very Zen-like, so I’m trying not to do my usual cannon-ball belly flop.
This morning I did draw a cat and a Mandala too.
My art and my diet seem to be getting along – I’ve been Vegan for over a year – a minor discretion with dairy and fish has been corrected. But this leads me to what ever Vegan dining establishments I can find..this afternoon I walked the 2.2 miles to Kew Garden Hills and had lunch at Sri Chinmoy’s The Oneness Fountain heart.
I had mudjadahara – lentils, brown rice, and beans, and
a vegan burger with great vegan bacon and portabello mushroom. Wonderful flavors, in a a beautiful surrounding. Did not know Sri Chinmoy was an artist. Some people called his followers a cult…Personally, I could see myself joining:) But not for a while. The M-cats have other plans for me.
Here are some more pics from
the restaurant. Later on I will post pics from my walk this afternoon from my house in Forest Hills over to Parsons Blvd and 72 Ave
have been drawing Mandalas, and other strange phenomenon.I don't know exactly how I went from cats to Mandalas, but it's a colorful, interesting adventure, and I am compelled to stay and explore for some time - it does calm my brain a bit, in the creating of them....It suits me. because they can be continued at later date, or left alone.
Hi everyone – Amyb here…I finally got to use some of my art supplies, that I have been amassing while I take my on line art course from www.deepspacesparkle.com/ . The creator, Patty Palmer, a wonderful art teacher, has put together a pretty intensive program called Teaching Art 101, filled with lesson plans, videos, and complete with forums to upload our art and our own comments, and feedback.
The perfectionists in the group have already surfaced, and it is clear to me, that we all have to go at our own pace. Already, in between the posting of some beautiful elementary school art, individuals have been been posting their reasons, as to why they are falling behind in their homework.
Kids, Sick Mothers and heat waves/blackouts seem to be the top 3 excuses. No one has yet to say, “The dog ate my homework” but I have been tempted to blame the M-Cats, when I dripped black water color on one of my sailboats, by accident. I have decided to refrain from lengthy explanation about what I am or am not doing.
I will follow the lessons, and try to finish in a timely fashion, with out interrupting myself. That is one of my own (purrsonal;)goals.
With that in mind, here are a few of my water color paintings, drawn and painted on 90 lb. watercolor paper, or construction – most have been painted with Pang Pan watercolors, and outlined in waterproof markers-
What am I learning? A whole bunch…starting with, my preferences
Faber Casell, remains my favorite..Sharpies give me headaches…Tempera Cake paints are chalky – Contruction paper is sturdy, but I am spoiled. My inner child – that is who I am teaching at the moment – likes high quality paper. Patty Palmer, gave us her own opinions, about what supplies she prefers, and I’m happy to experiment, and take advantage of her expertise. I have decided to do the best I can, in the time span allotted, and if it really gets out of hand, I will take this course again, or some of the individual lessons, she offers…Again, for the artists out there…www.deepspacesparkle.com/…is the place to go, for lots of fun, while learning about teaching art to kids..Yur own, your students, or your inner child.
I am up to my earlobes in Sailboats and Butterflies and Fish…Oh My!!!
My Teaching Art 101 has me busy with all sorts of hands on projects…but those projects require organization…I could get
caught up in sorting pencils. I have to watch it.
I need to keep my hands reasonably dirty…The organization part always falls into place for me. I certainly have enough draw space. I don’t plan on having kids up here just yet.
And there is the voice that isn’t quite sure why I’m taking this course, but I’m set on turning that voice, way way down.
There’s another voice in my head, that clues me into where that negative voice comes from, dangling preposition, and all. I’m ignoring the voice that says, I’m too old and out of my mind. I don’t really want to do this. What about the book? What about the ______ OK fill in the fear and doubt.
The kids for this course will show up when I’m ready. First I have to sit in one place and do the lesson myself..The truth is I have the attention span of a fifth grader with ADD, or one of those other initialed conditions or syndromes.
OK..don’t spill your guts on an internet art journal. Upload a pretty picture instead. Progress!!
Actually sitting down and reading and following instructions are taking up my attention and focus…at least I’m trying. That’s what’s supposed to happen. I’m supposed to follow instructions. Learn Technique.
Turning off Facebook is up to me…one of my good friends did it…I can too. Trying to keep positive voices in my head. Do you notice, I say “trying” a lot?
My Universe, I can distract myself – lose focus – I have a hard time watching a whole video and sitting still, and once I get settled, it seems an M-Cat jumps in my lap, but I did manage to watch the video all the way through once. Not without jumping the gun on today’s drawing…And that’s the thing…I need to have everything ready, and do this lesson in one or two sittings, the way the video shows, but I need to find my own rhythm .
I can’t resist running over to the computer and “mocking up” the basic lesson on the computer. Then drawing it again on sketch paper and then on white construction…There is a perfectionist side of me that wants to start over and over till I get it right, whatever my “right” means…You can see why I might have a tough time finishing things…This a 40 minute lesson tops..For younger kids, it’s 10-20minutes
I am trying to participate in the art forums on DSP, as I go forward with this 3 week art program…this is how far I got:
…Don’t feel bad, A. I’ve been playing catch up all week…My 5 cats are so jealous, and sniffing all the supplies, as I think of new hiding/storage places. I don’t have a classroom, or students just yet.My nieces and nephews have been shipped off to summer camp, as I contemplate this career change. So I am having fun, trying the lessons, and seeing if I can do one all the way through without wanting to start over.The panic is starting to set in, that I am falling behind, or that I can’t keep up, or that everyone else is way more qualified then me….
That’s a comment I wanted to leave on the one of the threads, but I couldn’t get up the nerve…I’m gonna leave it here on my art journal, instead, and then I’m going to go draw a robot and upload today’s un finished Sailboat.