Posts Tagged ‘Vanessa Lowry’

Love Runs Deep

February 19, 2019

Until this popped up on my Facebook memories from this day last year, I forgot all about it. The art is compiled from a photo I took on a walk down a wooded road. It might have been a hornet’s nest that had fallen on the ground. I printed the photo and created a doodle on tracing paper, following the lines on the pic. Then I scanned the art and overplayed it in Photoshop. I converted most of the lines to white, added a drop shadow, and pasted in some glittering gold for the letters.

WaHoo for me! What have you created that makes you “wahoo” when it comes to mind?

Here are the individual pieces I used to create this art.

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.

 

Mistaken Identity

February 8, 2019

For about 6 years, I had a side business selling note cards I designed with a focus on using handwritten notes as a marketing strategy for making impactful business connections. I was a bit ahead of Send Out Cards, but without their deep pockets or their online technology component.

I gave many presentations to business groups and often included this quote attributed to Maya Angelou.

One day after my talk, a woman told me how much she loved my presentation… especially the quote by Michelangelo. I decided correcting her would NOT make her feel good, so I said thank you and let it go. It still makes me laugh and I’m now more conscious of my pronunciation!

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??

 

 

Something New to Appreciate

February 5, 2019

Even though I’ve lived in Georgia since 1981, I had never noticed a Paper Bush until this winter. What a beauty! Here is a photo of one of the golden yellow blooms taken on my walk today. I have to say the blooms look even better on a bright sunny, blue-sky kind of day like we’re having today.

After a couple of my Facebook friends told me what kind of plant this was, I did a Google search and found this article from Southern Living magazine.

Here is a bit from that article:

“Native to China, paper bush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) gets its name from its bark, which is used in Asia to make high-quality paper. . . . Plant connoisseurs knew about paper bush, but it didn’t grab much attention until nurserymen planting displays for winter garden shows discovered that it was just about the easiest shrub to force into early bloom indoors. Thousands of winter-weary gardeners spied it, dropped their dentures in dismay, and coveted like they’ve never coveted before. A star was born.”

For comparison, the photo with just the white pods showing was taken in mid December when I first wondered what kind of shrub this was.

 

 

 

 

 

Then I took the photo with a few yellow flowers popping out a few weeks ago, on Jan 24th. An added bonus is that it smells great!

Fun to learn something new to appreciate — especially when it’s a plant that blooms before spring officially gets here.

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

 

Howdy Neighbors

February 3, 2019

On a walk yesterday in my neighborhood, this lawn art of a mop and broom couple in their Valentine attire caught my eye yesterday and tickled my fancy. (Just a few blocks from the Quinlan Visual Arts Center — a creative gem in our town.)

Signature Inspiration

January 30, 2019

I went to the exhibit at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center over the weekend and spent some time admiring the work of artist David Boyd, Jr.

While I loved his bold strokes and slightly abstract style, I was particularly drawn to his unique signature. I thought of taking a pic of his signature, but didn’t.

Today, I found his work online so here is an image that shows his signature. It is cropped down from a low resolution image, so you’ll have to use your imagination a bit.

 

I decided to play around with my last name to see if I could do something similar. I didn’t like it much, so I kept fooling around a bit with the letters. Then this cute little cat emerged. I doubt I’ll use this as a signature, but it was fun to let my creativity meander around a bit. Where is your creativity taking you today?

 

Make it 9!

September 9, 2009

Today is 09.09.09. My friend Carolyn suggested 9 as a theme for today (which I read just before 9am!) So, here are nine affirmations for my day and my life.

1. I do work that I love, working with and for people I really like, making more than enough money to play, to pay and to give away.

2. I am an instrument in the hand of God.

3. I embrace life, I radiate energy, I make connections. All my good expands and circles back to me in many forms including money, creative work, supportive relationships, great health and more.

4. I play. I laugh. I learn. I love.

5. I am willing to love and approve of myself just as I am.

6. I am willing to release the need for approval from others.

7. I am willing to be still.

8. I am willing to let things come to me easily.

9. I am willing to trust myself and my internal guidance.

Many thanks to Carolyn for this suggestion. What are your nine affirmations for today?