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.
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.
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.
Today was extremely hot. I started my day off drawing and working. I have been working from home lately. In a few weeks I will no longer be going into the office and I will be starting a new job working from home. This is a really good decision as I’m noticing my artwork has been improving and I am enjoying it.
After I had breakfast I had to get measurements for compression socks. I am having swelling in my legs and have gone to a specialist. In 2 weeks I have testing scheduled to determine what could be going on with my legs. So in the meantime I have to wear compression socks and keep my legs elevated as much as possible.
But today it wasn’t elevating my legs it was keeping my head down and my eyes closed because I had a migraine all day. I was able to make my dinner but I took a nap afterwards. It has stormed but my head still is throbbing so it’s another few hours of resting. I tried drawing throughout the day but did not get as much done as I hoped.
My dinner was gluten free dairy free macaroni salad and a tomato and cucumber and radish salad with lemon dressing. I cooked chicken thighs in a crock pot to go along with a salads.
In my studio today. I’m starting to adapt to working from home. This is the last stretch of going into an office! I’m excited. This is something I wanted to do since last summer.
Today I had a few clients to talk with. I also had to do some cleaning in the house. The last few days my dog has been sick and I found out today nothing serious is happening it must have been a stomach bug.
I made a new YouTube video I’m getting a hang of videoing my art. I admit it is challenging I am not technology savvy but I am willing to learn. So I know only growth could happen from this and I also can learn that it might not be something I want to do long-term then again I might learn it would be something I want to do permanently. This new phase of my life is just opening up doors that I thought I would never have time to explore.
So here’s the video that I made I still need to learn how to edit and shorten the videos that will be my next step.
Today was a day of a little work in the morning. Then cleaning the house to buying flowers. And a nap. Then exercise which consisted of a walk and arm exercises. (I need to get toned)!
Then I decided to paint a little would be a nice break from all of the color pencil drawings.
The New Paintings
It’s the first layer ..I have no idea what this will look like. It started as a scribble.
I want these to be a pair. And most likely will sell them as a pair.
I have 3 more weeks of my office job and then I will be starting a new job later this summer and get to work from home. I am excited to have more time to paint and draw. It’s the best decision I have made.