This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga and book reviews. This is a lifestyle blog with intentional and simple living ideas.
I am an artist and art therapist. I have a home studio, which consists of me drawing, painting, knitting, cross stitching and many other types of art. This blog not only includes art and crafts but also gluten free and dairy free recipes, yoga and anything about simple living and finding a spiritual calmness. I enjoy sharing everything about my life at my art studio.
This blog is about journal art and ways to use it as a therapeutic tool. I demonstrate various art techniques. In the future there will be videos of the techniques. I am in the process of writing a book about the techniques.
I will continue to post my art on this blog, as it is my personal blog and lifestyle.
This morning has been very humid, so I spent the morning in my studio. I wanted to try a black and white painting. It’s been such a long time since I have drawn and painted using black and white.
First I drew a sketch a few weeks ago. Then I used a 11″x14″ canvas board. Normally I don’t paint on these boards often.
I am waiting for it to dry and will go back to it soon to add more depth and detail.
I also worked on the flower scribble acrylic painting.
I will work on it more soon. Also needing it to dry.
I have been thinking about putting together a book about creating in a visual art journal. It’s something I’m going to try to work on once a week. Eventually I will be posting more about it and hopefully can get it sold.
I decided to not do YouTube videos as I want time to work on my book. I wasn’t enjoying video creating but I will post videos from time-to-time on Instagram.
I have been wanting to knit a blanket. I decided to come up with my own design with stitches that I enjoy knitting. I might throw in a new stitch as well. This yarn is made by Big Twist Tweed, 382 yd. I am using 6.0 mm knitting circular needle. 33 stitches are cast on, but hurdle stitch, you need 34 cast on stitches.
Garter knit stitch
Diagonal Knit Stitch
Hurdle Knit Stitch
So Far I made:
I made 3 different stitch patterns, 6 pieces of each. There is a plan for 3 more different stitch patterns to go. I am starting with a small amount and see how much bigger I want the blanket.
Next Post Coming:
Update on my cross stitch Rue Paris. It has been a long time since I stitched on my cross stitch and talked about it….
Place the acrylic paint colors into my pallet. Then played relaxing instrumental music. I used deep breathing and focus on the intention of painting. I used sketch book paper for the mini expressive paintings. Then I started to paint on canvas using the Expressive art techniques.
Before I closed up the studio, I drew out a scribble of my next painting.
Acrylic paint on sketchbook paper
I used modeling paste medium on this mini expressive painting. I wanted to make it textured and learn how to incorporate it in my painting.
Acrylic on canvas…in progress painting
What’s On My Mind
I have been working on being in my art studio daily, either drawing, watching art videos, or painting.
I have not decided what I want to do as far as if I want to set up a shop, do more vlogging, or just make art with no intention of doing anything other than this blog.
I think I can’t decide because there’s so much going on. I started my new job which has taken off in such a successful way. And I’ll be taking on a new part time job soon. I am consumed by health issues. So do I want the stress of an art business along with working my jobs? I need to work as the medical expenses has been getting expensive.
I have an urge to concentrate on my knitted blanket and cross stitch and embroidery projects. I find those relaxing. The fine arts tend to bring more anxiety provoking because I never know if it would be good enough to invest in my time to sell it.
It’s been a hot and humid few days. My air conditioner works but it takes forever for it to cool the house down. So there are times, I don’t have it on because that would be an expensive electric bill!
What’s the next best thing to have to cool down from a humid day? It is ice cream!
Dairy free ice cream is very expensive. It also leaves my stomach is a little pain and feeling uncomfortable. So I decided to try making a FRUIT ICE CREAM.
OMG it is so simple!
Fruit Ice Cream Recipe
4 cups frozen mixed berries-use any fruit combination you want
1 cup coconut milk or any milk of your choice
1/2 tbsp powdered stevia or more to taste, also can use honey or maple syrup
Use a food processor. Place the frozen berries in the processor, along with the milk and sugar. Process until it is smooth. I had to make small portions because my processor wouldn’t work with it completely full.
Then place the smooth fruit mixture in a metal pan(bread pan), cover with cling wrap and freeze.
set it out for 5-10 minutes to soften before you want to eat it.