Thursday, September 1, 2016

Doodle Habit

Fourteen days ago I signed up for a course on the Daily OM. It is offered by Jen Sincero, author of the book, You are a Badass.  This course, called Unleash the Power of Badass Habits, is basically a 21-day course wherein you can choose what habit you would like to either create or get rid of. I'm sure all of us can thing of many habits that we'd either like to institute or eradicate, but Jen advises early on to just pick one...focus on one. I chose to create a solid habit of Art Every Day.

For me that means, 30 minutes every day of showing up. It could be drawing, painting, sewing, whatever. Well, I have been bitten by the doodlebug! For 30 minutes in the evening, I just let my brain go,..from brain to hand to heart...letting it pour out. And I am loving all of the cute things that are emerging! Some are ideas for future projects, some are patterns, and some are just inklings of what pops into my mind. I can't wait to get to the page each night. 7 more days and I will have a bonafide habit under my belt. I will proudly be able to say "I Create Art Every Day."

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sometimes you just have to say it...

I wasn't saying this to anyone in particular,..except maybe my phone! But that's a whole 'nother story.

Last night I got together with 2 dear artist friends, Anne-Marie Colwell and MK Shaw, for a night of play in my studio. Inspired by a recent post from another friend, Jennifer Mercede, we decided to work on some collaborations. 

Basically, we started with three 12 x 12 gessoed boards. MK set a timer and we just jumped right in applying all kinds of media in any manner we wanted. 

When the timer went off, we each took a picture of our boards in progress and then passed it around clockwise. The above was a message midway...a reminder to let go and just have fun! 

We even said goodbye to cute things as we covered up 50% of what we did! We used pastels and scrapers, markers and pencils and kept going. The very top picture is the one that I happily ended up with.  

We talked about future collaborations and bridges and family and letting go of attachments. 
And we felt free. 

I think as artists we can very easily get holed up working by ourselves. Don't underestimate this powerfully rejuvenating (and fun) exercise. Is there someone you can do a collaboration with? Maybe a group? Give it a try and let me know how it went. I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Good Stuff: 30 Days of Genius with Chase Jarvis

There are just a few short hours left to try to cram in any of the interviews on 30 Days of Genius with Chase Jarvis HERE Chase Jarvis is the guy who started Creative Live. Right now I'm listening to Austin Kleon of "Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work." Check it out if you have the time. You can also buy the 30 days for a discount if you get in by today. Good Stuff!

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!