I'm so glad you're here! "The Art of Life" is where I share my journey as an artist & Momma. It's a place where I hope to encourage other women that they are artists too. In this small little space I seek to share, document, and be reminded of God's wonderful grace, all around us. ....And I would be so happy to have you journey alongside me! So grab a cup of coffee and linger for a while. I hope you leave feeling refreshed.
Monday, January 7, 2008
~~We had really nice weather Saturday (for a change!) We decided to load up and head to the zoo. We had such a fun time together. My Grandparents bought us a Zoo pass for Christmas so we'll be doing that more often. :)
~~I've had a painting on my easel since before Christmas. I was so glad to get back to it today. I was able to paint for a big chunk of the day and felt like my insides were letting out a big happy sigh. I forget how much I need that!
~~I've been experimenting and I'm using a new type of canvas; Fredrix watercolor canvas. I'm loving it! I don't want to jinx myself but this might be the answer I've been looking for. You all probably know that I'm a colored pencil girl. Pencils are my thing. They're what I'm the most comfortable with. But I've been having a bit of a dilemma. My colored pencil style is slow; very slow. There are some amazing colored pencil artists who are quite fast. Nicole Caulfield is so talented and she can fly with her pencils. But every time I've tried to speed up I just get frustrated and end up spending more time fixing my mistakes. When 1 piece takes a minimum of 40 hours and I only get a few hours here and there to work, well....you can see my problem.
~~I started experimenting with acrylic layering a few months ago but I haven't been able to work with paint in the same way that I do pencils. Until now. This watercolor canvas is so unique. I've been able to get the thin layers that I want and since I'm using acrylic, I can paint over them without causing muddiness. So far I've been very excited about it so we'll see! :)
~~I hope you all are doing great! We had a nice Christmas break but I think we're all ready to get back into our normal routine.
:) *PS: I loved your "one little word" choices!