Friday, May 31, 2013

Trying to perform a balance act!

ATC's - Man in the moonflower; Lucy in the sky with diamonds
The Visionary

Drawing made easy course
 It's very hard to figure out what I do for a "living".  I'm still a mom - a full time grandma, a wife, a child of God, a sister and a friend.  I felt incredible pulled in so many directions which frustrated me and and really stressed me out.  My husband and I had a talk and I am going to have some dedicated studio time during which grandpa takes over during the day.  School ends next Friday so we will see how this all pans out.  So onto the art--I rarely make ATC's but I always love how they look in that tiny format.  So when a swap came up with a starry theme -- I said yes and took the plunge.  The Visionary (she saw what others couldn't) is a piece I am calling finished.  I'm not sure how I feel about it, but it's done for now.  I also have been motivated to improve my drawing skills - especially the human face figure and signed up for an on-line course called "Drawing Made Easy" (here if you are interested - I am in no way affiliated with this group).  It was reasonably priced and I felt it would keep me on track.  I discovered that it is way harder to draw features alone than in the context of a whole face.  Above is my nose and mouth - my first shots as my nose looked more like malformed feet.  This is the first one I thought looked somewhat like a nose - my nose!  Below is something I started painting - I'll talk more about that in another blog post as this one is way long!  Linking to Paint Party Friday (here) hosted by the fabulous Eva and Kristin.  Go and check out this wonderful virtual museum of terrific art by artists from all around the world,  Have a blessed and art filled day and weekend.

WIP

34 comments:

  1. We do have many, many roles, don't we? :)
    Wonderful artwork!
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    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. thanks Mary - trying to balance but often tipping over!

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  2. You need your studio time! Good for you for making it a priority!

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    1. sounds good - sometimes life gets in the way! Thanks for stopping by Aimee

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  3. Hooray for you to carve out time in your busy life to do art! And what a wonderful guy your dh is to help you do that. I enjoyed your post today. The Visionary is lovely. I like the action I see there. I like your nose and am so envious b/c mine is crooked from a "horsing around" accident when I was a child. Great post.

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    1. Faye - I have a small bump in my nose as well - just genetics. Thanks for your lovely comments!

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  4. Love what you have made! You are right to get some studio time for yourself! Valerie

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    1. It works better in theory than reality - but I keep getting sidetracked. Thanks for the lovely comment. I had trouble with my internet this week and didn't get to everyone.

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  5. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, too! Good luck with your plans. That WIP and "Visionary' painting are looking wonderful!

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    1. thanks so much Debbie - I guess as long as we are breathing, we are still "growing up" LOL

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  6. smashing assortment of works. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much Annette. I didn't make it to everyone because of internet problems this week but I so appreciate the comments I receive.

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  7. Marvelous visionary! Glad you found so much time to paint. Happy PPF

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  8. Great variety here....glad you negotiated new creative time for yourself!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Thanks so much - I'm trying to balance life - but i keep tipping over!

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  9. Great art projects! If it feeds your soul it is so important to take the time for it. Happy PPF!

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  10. Glad you are making regular time for your art... and I can't wait to see what that WIP is going to turn into...xx

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    1. I can't wait either -LOL! Thanks for always making me laugh

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  11. Glad you've worked out how to get your art time fitted in - it's so important!

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    1. It's working out in my head - not completely in practice. But I will get there! Thanks for stopping by

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  12. We all wear so many hats it is easy to get overwhelmed. You are very smart to dedicate time for you and what you love to do. Enjoy your time in the studio.

    All of your work is lovely.

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    1. I'm still overwhelmed - one step at a time I keep telling myself. Thanks for stopping by Ginny - your comment is very encouraging

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  13. Wonderful work. Your WIP reminds me of being in a checked hot air balloon looking down onto a town:)

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    1. I actually have penciled in a hot air balloon around the checked area. Just waiting to see what else shows up. Thanks for your lovely comment

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  14. I like all these, especially the "WIP" composition. Hope you continue to have time to work in your studio. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Arnoldo - it all works well in my mind - not always IRL! Oh well - all gets done in the end.

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  15. Wonderful! It is so important to dedicate a little time for your true passions in this life! Good for you to work it into your schedule!

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    1. i'm working on it - still more theory than fact - LOL

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  16. happy that you're having your studio time and how understanding everyone is! Great paintings. Enjoyed your progress of the nose and mouth:)

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