Meet Julius (or Jules when he is feeling a little frisky). I created Julius a few weeks ago at Donna Downey Studios when I was attending her “Paint Like an Artist” workshop. He developed a crush on Donna and may try to get guest appearances on her blog from time to time. Maybe you want to be his friend, too?
(The first 25 people to share a link to this post will be eligible to win an original piece of artwork inspired by Julius. Be among the first to let Julius know that you’ve talked about him by posting in the blog comments field, and you’ll find out on July 31st if you are the lucky winner.)
OMG, Julius is so happy that he’s making so many new friends that he wants the fun to continue. Even if you missed the chance to be in the first drawing, you can still share a link to his post and let him know in the comments field and you’ll be eligible for a second drawing to win another something special that Jules cooks up.
We all have a story to tell – one that incorporates important elements of our past, mindfulness of our present, and our hopes or dreams for the future. This project introduces you to a multi-layered printing process using a Gelli plate to bring elements of your past, present and future together in images and word. Use the final image as food for thought and inspiration in your art journal, or frame it as a reminder of what is important in your world.
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
— Neil Gaiman
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Debbie and I made a bold move this week. We converted our family room into a 100% full-use art studio for two. We relocated the TV, couch and retro knick-nacks to the little-used “formal” living room and filled the central family room with art tables, easels, rolling carts and all the art supplies we need to create. Our TV hadn’t moved in twenty years — just gotten wider and flatter as technology changed. But it was always the main feature of our living space. By moving it out and committing the prime household space to our art, we are reclaiming some of our heart. We are declaring that the desire to create is more significant in our lives than the desire to watch what others have created. It feels like we’ve gotten a new home — one where our creative adventures take the main stage.
Here’s the new studio.
I’m not fifty yet. But I’m close. Just shy of a year away. I started to think, what do I want to do to celebrate this milestone? A trip, a gift, a midlife crisis… none of these “standards” seemed that compelling. But how about a body of work? A collection of intentional artwork. A visual journey that honors my hands, my heart and my passion. Now that sounded interesting to me! So starting now, I am challenging myself to create 50 pieces of finished art by the time I turn fifty.
So here begins the first step of a journey. One I hope is filled with wonder, challenge, story, self discovery and messy hands.
(p.s. in case you want to celebrate the official start of my “last year of my 40’s,” my birthday is July 15th. Maybe you’ll take the 50 pieces of art challenge with me, even if this isn’t one of your “biggie” birthdays.)
This painting makes me laugh. It fills me with joy. Who are these little guys? What are they doing? Where are they going? I didn’t paint this canvas knowing the answers to these questions, but the characters make me wonder. I love how they seem to want to be together when the world around them seems busy and complex. I love how they all look similar but are still unique individuals. Isn’t that community? I know that is what I want — to be connected to others and still be true to myself.
This painting was one of two 3′ X 3′ canvases I created at Donna Downey’s “Paint Like an Artist” workshop in June 2015. If you haven’t had the chance to experience her teaching and hospitality, give yourself a treat! She guided us through an intuitive process that was so freeing and fun.