and yet, these things also make me think that I should be grateful for my life, for my family and friends, relative health, and all other gifts - large and small.
Today is my 46th birthday. Birthdays are not all parties and cakes and celebration - they can be thoughtful, reflective and transformative. I'm not saying this one is all that - just that I have realized that the world doesn't just stop and celebrate the fact that I'm alive. I get it.
At the same time, in a parallel universe, I am enjoying the litany of well-wishes from my friends on FB, from my co-workers (one of them made me a handbound art journal with water color paper and a PINK cover!!), from my family and live friends. It is good to wrap the love and good thoughts around you sometimes.
And on the art front, I took decided to take an online art class with the Art Journal artist that first got me into actually working in an art journal - Teesha Moore, and one of her artist friends, Jane Davenport. The class was called The Mermaid Circus and I have been having a good time. I used to draw some, but I was too much of a perfectionist and my sister was an amazing artist. I decided to use my writing skills instead. This class has lead me back to some drawing and I have enjoyed it. I'm not done with the class and I don't want to give away too many of their secrets, but I thought I would post some of the work I've done so far.
|A collaged Mermaid tail. I haven't done much here...afraid of "ruining it". Ugh. I have to get over that.|
|Teesha Style journal. She has YouTube videos showing you how to make them.|
|Inside the journal. Juicy color. Not exactly ocean shades, but who cares. It's my book.|
|More juicy color.|
|Teesha Journal #2.|
|Inside journal #2.|
|Second attempt at a Jane Davenport style face.|
|Fifth attempt at a Jane Davenport style mermaid face. I didn't love this one, but I wanted to post it anyway.|
|A few days later. I wanted to see if I could make faces that didn't all look like the same person. My original attempts all looked like the same mermaid. I think this was a pretty good exercise. Plus, hair experimentation. :)|
|Blown up version of one of the small faces|
|Another detail size of one of the smaller faces|
|Detail of a smaller drawing|
|Upturned Jane Davenport face. Not great, but first attempt.|