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Bold, Bright, Beautiful

Lately I have been painting in my art journal. I use acrylic paint. The intention of painting in a journal is to practice mindfulness and relaxation.

Paintings

It’s the end of the year and I realized I just haven’t been writing in this blog much. I hope to publish more and make more art next year.

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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Impressionist Inspired

Lately, I have been watching many YouTube videos of other artists painting. It relaxing to watch. And inspiring.

And I have been listening to The Artists Way. Wow, this is reshaping my mind. When I listen to this, I’m either cooking or drawing.

New Painting

I went to art school but I never felt that I learned the techniques the Masters used. Watching the YouTube videos has helped me to see the areas I want to work on. The videos have also inspired me to paint or draw daily.

I received some sad news about a friend who passed away she was ill for a while. I will miss her. I found myself in front of a canvas and I started painting. I wanted to use small brush strokes, with the impressionism as my inspiration.

https://youtu.be/Twyq8LoeqPA

Happy Day

Caroline

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What! It’s time for a Change?!

This morning, I became motivated to change some items around in my home.

First I ordered a new bedding. I need my colors to match! I also want some colors that show my personality.

I moved my area rug to my studio. I now can do yoga with a rug under my mat, which my knees are so happy for this decision.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I made sausage. And cut up kiwi, and added blackberries and raspberries to it. And a tall glass of chocolate milk.

I watched some of my favorite YouTube artists.

I do have clients scheduled today. Mostly later this evening.

Will the change happen?

I’m still undecided if fully working from home will be the best for me. I think by the end of the year I will have the answer.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gladiolus Flower Drawing

Today I wanted to draw. I had a few minutes to sit down in my studio.

Inspiration Flower

Gladiolus

  • Comes from Latin word gladius
  • Gladius means sword
  • Associated with gladiators
  • Flower resembles a sword
  • Symbolizes strength, infatuation and passion
  • Used as a symbol of protection during the gladiator era

I really enjoyed this coloring illustration.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Embroidery Stitching

This is the latest I have been working on. The reason I started embroidery was because I needed something simple and fun to do while I have been extremely busy with work and I needed a break from the Paris Rue cross stitch.

Embroidery

I am working on another one and will post when it is finished.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Another Painting Night

It’s been a busy week. Well I started to make some changes. I’m going to make a major decision soon. It’s going to go fast. I’ll announce later.

Painting on Canvas

Tonight I was able to spend time at the craft table. I did yoga it was needed. I have been busy, running around and feel like I needed to pull away and create.

This began as a scribble. Then I started to pick colors. This time I wanted pastel, quiet colors. The first layer is on the canvas.

I’ll let it dry and hope to paint in a few days.

Happy Day

Caroline

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#1 mandala

I am challenging myself to draw/doodle a mandala. Mandalas help to decrease anxiety and stress. I want to try to draw 30 mandalas. I know I will not do them daily and that’s not the point.

This is done with a black pen. Sometimes I like to keep more open spaces in my doodles.

I have been stressed with deciding if I leave my job. I decided to stay as I really want to work remotely. I don’t think at this time with the world events I should work from home. I feel more people will want office visits to keep human contact.

I also was stressed about life. I realized that I’m trying to be happy through a job, but it’s a job I’m no longer feeling fulfilled at.

Peace. Let’s pray for Ukraine.

Happy Day

Caroline