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Sunday Painting

I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.

Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.

With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.

Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.

Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.

Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.

I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.

Below some examples of what’s in my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

art journal · art studio · art therapy · doodle drawing · gel pens · watercolor

Watercolor Doodle Journal

This past week I was unable to find time and energy to read The Creative Cure by Jacob Nordby. I didn’t even attempt it one little bit.

It was an emotional week knowing someone I respected and absolutely adored died from a long battle of cancer. My heart will break forever.

Sleeping was barely there, basically the death of this person brought me back to being 24 years old when my mom died. Her son is in his 20’s and what he has to do made my memories vivid.

After I saw two clients this morning, I went to the craft store. I tossed in many bottles of acrylic paint, canvases and paint brushes. I am set for awhile. I also bought a stand for all my painting supplies.

My studio is now organized, a little better. Not exactly what I want but definitely able to sit at the table without feeling I’m in a tight space.

Watercolor paint was calling me. But I knew I couldn’t do anything with detail. My brain is emotional my heart is emotional and I’m so exhausted my eyes hurt.

Doodle painting! That’s mindless but mindful for what I need.

Here’s the result:

Supplies Needed:

  • Watercolor paint
  • Brushes
  • Water
  • Towels
  • Paper/journal
  • Gel pens

First use the watercolor paints and paint any shape with multiple colors on the paper.

Then take the gel pens and doodle on top of your doodle painting. Use multiple colors of gel pens if you desire. (I used only a black gel pen for my doodle)

Some close-ups

I feel relaxed. Maybe I’ll do another one before I go to bed. I’m going to try to cross stitch for the rest of the day. It’s a Hulu or Netflix night with my legs up on the ottoman.

Even my cats and dogs want to take a nap now.

I’ll be back to blog more about the book I’m reading.

Happy day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · book · watercolor

Chapter 4- more on intuition

The last part of chapter 4 of The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby, is more about intuition but he added exercises to connect with emotions.

He writes on page 67, “Cultivating your intuition is a lifelong process best approached with curiosity, imagination, and even playfulness.”

He writes more about traumatic experiences and how it can close off our joy. page 73, “healing from trauma is also healing the connection to your inner creative self, which often involves giving your feelings expression in the outer world.”

He explains unhealed trauma and the diagnosis that are connected to it, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction etc.

exercise

page 77, he has a practice exercise about making big decisions.

write one sentence or a word that describes the issue: Do I leave my career and find something less stressful to do?

where do I feel this in my body: my head and chest

pretend I am looking at a picture and relax my eyes, allowing things to get fuzzy: think about What would bring me joy in this situation?

Daydream…then at the end say aloud :”Let it be so.”

next exercise

pg 81, Relax body for a few minutes and ask How am I feeling right now?

write one word that describes how you are feeling: Numb

where do you feel this emotion in your body? chest,

give the emotion a color or shape, temperature, texture- color: light gray, shape: blob, temperature luke warm, texture-smooth

write mental story about these emotions:

If you read my previous post, a person I know, died from a long battle with cancer. I couldn’t stop crying, I drove home crying, I sat on my sofa crying. I went to bed sad and my physical pain increased. I had a hard time talking to the family member, because I was hurt. I was hurt by the feelings he is going through, as I lived them when I was his age. Everything returned to me. To watch someone die of cancer, or any illness, it a trauma. But to be at the side of someone’s bed and watch them die and see them hemorrhage is a trauma that will never be forgotten. I am numbed by so many health issues of people around me. I tend to be alone when I hear “bad” news, I never have anyone to talk to me about it as it is happening, I have to wake up alone with it. And go on with my day as if I didn’t hear about anything traumatic. I am always alone dealing with emotional issues. I am tired and need to escape away from work and death and illness. It’s taking away my creativity.

Both images on this post is in my shop on etsy: 4pawsartstudio

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · blind contour drawing · book · watercolor

Chpt 4 cont…The creative cure-creative exercises

Intuition is the topic for this chapter.

The exercise the author Jacob Nordby, suggest is blind contour drawing.

He stayed it can “take you out of your logical, results-oriented mind and into the realm of pure observation and creative flow.” Page 65

So here goes…

This is a plant I have in my window sill, thought it would make an interesting blind contour drawing.

Here’s the finished blind contour drawing…

Then the next creative exercise is intuitive painting. He states it is “an amazing tool for developing and honoring your intuition.” Page 67

I used watercolor paints.

I really liked that both of these exercises were in one chapter.

It helped me to not fully concentrate on perfection. But I need to admit it was a challenge to not look down at the paper doing blind contour drawing.

I want to repeat this exercise again.

Happy day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · painting · watercolor

Tears of Watercolors

I’m trying to get myself back to making watercolor pictures.

Watercolors are relaxing and soothing for me.

I found out someone I know is not doing well. She has been fighting cancer for several years. That day was difficult to hear the worst news. I took myself to the art studio and grabbed my watercolors.

I thought about life, spirituality, death and what heaven is like.

This is what came out of my emotions and thoughts.

‘Ann’ June 2021, try to keep fighting.

I pray that she will not be in pain anymore and that her angels will guide her to her next journey. And I pray her son will find himself closer to his spiritual belief and let God guide him.

It really is true, you don’t know what you have until you are looking directly at the end.

Be kind
Caroline

art · art studio · painting · watercolor

Rainy morning

The question of the day, is it going to rain or sunshine. It seems to not know which one it’s to do.

I ran outside quickly before it started to thunderstorm to take a picture of my rose

I began my morning in my studio. Ever find yourself having too many projects and paintings unfinished?

I’m really trying to finish my projects this summer.

This is one that was started a few months ago…(I think, I don’t really remember when I started it)

Here is what I painted today

Anyone use these acrylic markers? They are fabulous.

I also designed a graduation card.

I used watercolor, gel pens and washi tape

And then it was time to eat lunch.

For the rest of the day, I will be cross stitching.

I have a slight headache, but definitely feel an improvement after the second covid vaccination. So glad that is over.

Art is sold on Etsy…4pawsartstudio

Happy day
Caroline

art · art therapy · painting · soft pastels · watercolor

Watercolor with Soft Pastels

Supplies needed:

  • Brushes
  • Journal or any paper, thicker the better
  • Jar of water
  • Soft pastels

Put some water on a brush and brush the paper. Work in small areas at a time.

Then take a color soft pastels and color it onto the water. Take your brush and blend it into the paper. Add another color next to it and blend.

Other variation is to dip the pastel into the jar of water and color onto the paper.

Or take the soft pastel and color on the paper and use the brush with water on it to blend it.

Continue until you feel it is completed. Let dry and option is to go over it with dry soft pastels or markers, pens or anything multi-media you want to add to it.

Your art your creativity your choice.

See youtube video:

Caroline

art · art journal · art therapy · color pencil · doodle drawing · painting · watercolor

Thirty minutes of Art Journaling

Art journaling is a great way to let your create thoughts flow out into a page using art materials. During this pandemic an art journal can help to express your feelings, uncertainties and hope. Art skill and talent is not needed, simple supplies and trusting the process is all you need.

Supplies needed:

  • Art journal
  • Watercolor paints
  • Various sizes of brushes
  • Color pencils
  • Acrylic markers-optional

Start by brushing watercolors onto the paper. Any shape and line. Put a variety of colors and shaped into this first step.

Let it dry. Then take color pencils and start coloring in areas to give it a “pop.” Add acrylic markers to it for extra detail and depth. Layer the details. Just let yourself flow with it and not expect a specific painting at the end. Just have fun.

Happy journalling

Caroline

art · art studio · painting · watercolor

Sunday in the Studio

Today I spent about two hours in my studio. It’s not much time, but my body is fatigue swollen and I just couldn’t sit long without my legs raised up. Part of the issues of having Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I really need to find a foot stool.

The other day, I stopped at the craft store before work. These metallic watercolor paints were staring at me…

I said “sure why not?” With an arm full of merchandise, I left the store in hopes I would paint later that day.

Well, the painting happened the next day.

I have been thinking about what I want to focus on for my online store. When I was in college, one of my projects was making handmade stationary. I enjoyed card making and decided that is what I’ll focus on. A little painting with a mix of stamping and collage with inspirational quotes.

That’s truly me. A person said art is my soul. I want to share my soul through card making.

Here I am at the studio table with the metallic watercolor paints and my head spinning of ideas.

Christmas is coming, that would be my inspiration. These will be potentially sold next year. (Not ready to open my shop)

I used canson watercolor paper. Then I cut it in 4 equal sizes 4.5″ x 6″.

Then I started painting…

Also used metallic paint and acrylic paint markers for added details.

Here’s the final paintings:

There’s more that will be done to it, once the plain cards are delivered. Embellishments will be included to the painting. The cards will be jazzed up.

Until then

Caroline