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Pretty in Pink

February 15, 2019

Love the pink blossoms on the tree in our neighbor’s yard. Mid-February is a bit early for spring blooms — even in Georgia — but they sure make me happy! It was a foggy day and the background looks a bit ethereal. The green lichen on the bark is a lovely accent to the pink blooms.

The blossoms are equally as pretty when they blanket the ground. The day after I took the photo, I got the daily email from Seth Godin and added his quote to my photo. Here is the full blog post if you are interested in the context of the quote.

The Inspiration and Evolution

February 11, 2019

I’ve always found that looking at the art of others gives me ideas and points me in a new direction. While working on my entry for the Sketchbook Project, I found that by spread 13, I needed a bit of inspiration.

When checking out the hashtags that folks are using to tag their art — #thesketchbookproject and #sbpprocess — I came across this intriguing spread by Creations of Entropy.

I love the curves and movement so I decided to do a quick sketch in my style.

Then I used my sketch as the precursor of my next spread in my entry for the Sketchbook Project. You can see some similarities and see where I changed things up a bit. A fun evolution! I even got a bit of inspiration from the flower symbol on the Micron pens I was using. I thought it appropriate to tip my hat to Micron since I’m using their black pens throughout the book.

 

The Sketchbook Project – My Title Page

February 6, 2019

I decided this year to complete an entry for the Sketchbook Project. It began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. It is a crowd-sourced library that currently features 41,349 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. The collection of sketchbooks is on view to the public at the Brooklyn Art Library, the project’s storefront exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY.

I’ve been working on it since September and the deadline for submission is the end of March. Here is my cool new lamp I purchased to use when I doodle.

Participants of the project order blank sketchbooks, choose a theme, fill them up and connect their books online with search terms, an artist bio, and other unique content.

Since my name Vanessa means butterfly, I decided to doodle a fanciful butterfly on every page of my entry. While you have the option of rebinding your book with different paper, I opted for using the supplied sketchbook as it came. I limited my palette to Micron pens and one highlighter color per spread to keep bleed through to a minimum.

Here is the title page I created which uses ALL the highlighter colors I’m using throughout the book.

Did you know a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope??

 

 

Art for 30 Days – Grateful for All Who Play

February 4, 2019

I host a Facebook group called Art for 30 Days and we just finished the first of two 30 day challenges for the year. I love this group and the people who join me in sharing their work, posting links to interesting things that spark their creativity, and take the time to encourage one another.

Here is a small glimpse of some of the posts over the past month.

You’re welcome to come join the fun.

You don’t need to be an artist to get the benefits of creating and engaging in art. A study published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association found that creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.

In addition to making art/crafts/whatever, your 15 minutes a day (the guideline for the challenge) can also be in consuming art. Research a new recipe, take a gander at an artist’s website, watch a crafty demo on YouTube, or listen to a podcast. Whatever fills you up. Then come over and post what you’re doing.

It will be fun! At any time, you’re welcome to post your creations, share cool art-y stuff, and cheer one another on. Add your own bit of imagination and let’s make some magic!

www.facebook.com/groups/artfor30days