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NEW BLOG

CHECK IT OUT

I have a new blog:

creativejournalingwithcaroline.wordpress.com

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.

Please follow to learn more about journal art.

Caroline

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Spending Time in the Studio

The Paintings

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.

Coming Soon

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.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Yellow Flower Painting

Today I had some time to start a new painting. I get into my painting moods, currently that’s what I want to do.

I draw out a sketch of what I want to paint. Then I paint the first layer of colors.

This is where it is at. I’m loving the negative spaces (white areas).

I have been using the student grade acrylic paints. I will be upgrading the paint by next year. But in the meantime, I’ll paint with what I have.

I’ll update soon,

Happy Day

Caroline

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Sunday Expressive Painting

The Process

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.

So what to do? That is a question to answer.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Watercolor Flowers

Dahlia flower meaning:

wealth and elegance, and also a symbol for love.

This is dahlias that I have on my patio. Today I had a few minutes and got my watercolor paints and sat outside for awhile to capture it in real life.

I ended up taking a photo, because the bugs were biting and the sun was too hot.

Painting Outside

This is what I captured when painting outside.

Finishing Inside

Final Painting

YouTube Video

Happy Day

Caroline

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Color Pencil Drawing

Today was a relaxing day, I did not have to go into the office to work. I spent the morning drawing a few sketches. I might make these into larger drawings.

I have been interested to draw lately. There are some changes happening in my life and drawing is peaceful and helps me to slow down.

Tools Used:

  • Faber-Castell color pencils
  • Strathmore colored pencil paper
  • Gamsol mineral spirits
  • Paint brushes

Solvent

Gamsol-mineral spirits for color pencils

Color Pencil Drawings

New YouTube Video

Happy Day

Caroline

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A Rooster Drawing

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

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.

Rooster Drawing in Progress

The Finished Betta Fish Drawing

I’ll post an update soon.

Happy Day

Caroline