Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Art Journaling

     This is my latest art journal spread. At first I did not like it but now I think it might be one of my favorites!
The page on the left started out by scribbling with crayola crayons. Then I layered on some black gesso and wiped that off before It could dry, Then I reinforced the colors with more crayola crayon and a black sharpie. Last I took my white pen and embellished a little bit!
      The page on the right started out with my adding some old zentangle  pages and then painting with watercolor and gouache - I just love that bright red streak! Then I finished with black circles that sort of reinforce the artwork I think. On the red streak is gold pen handwriting. I hope you enjoyed this pic as much as I enjoyed making the spread! 
      Art journaling is very freeing and actually for me, has a purpose-- I can explore and paint what ever I want- whereas my regular art creation is more refined and has a much more narrow focus.
     My bromeliad painting is coming along -- the next time I blog I hope to show you the finished painting!

Here is a link to how you can start art journaling-- you don't have to be an artist and it is FUN!

    "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Back to Creating Art and Blogging!

I am getting back into the groove of creating art and other creative things... I will share with you on future posts:)  As you know I can be a serious procrastinator, so I have been searching for the cure- which I don't think there is one ... but there is help! This free app uses the Pomodoro technique :
The pomodoro technique is a time management methodology created by Francesco Cirillo. Pomodoro enables you to take the stress out of deadlines by breaking down your day into segments, you work solidly during these periods and remove all distractions. At the end of the pomodoro session you reward yourself with a break.
Read more about the pomodoro technique… 
                              FREE Focus Booster APP for PC or Apple
 I will let you know if it helps me!
 Now I have a new art project started (to fill up the space above my bed in the master bedroom) and I have been showing  some of the stages on my FaceBook page  https://www.facebook.com/TerriWestArt
 I do intend to make a free PDF file of the project so that if you are interested -- you can get more info!
Here is where the project is right now:

 I already have the next painting that I want to do and it may turn into a series!- I am so excited!
I have to give credit to Sunu Philip of Clothed in Scarlet for helping me get motivated and getting me going on some changes that will be made in my business, blog, Facebook page and new products that I am developing. I had made the decision that the time was right this past New Years Day- God cleared a few things from my busy calendar and was calling me to come back. Out popped Sunu and her business and a cool art journal class http://shop.kristalnorton.com/e-courses/art-journaling-roots/ by Kristal Norton to get me going. Then I got into a group called Artist'sKiss run by Robin Pedrero and now I am busy! Busy!

“We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.” 
― Pablo Picasso