After my art show was done, I decided to spend some time working on sculptures, nurturing another part of my artist’s brain.
I signed up for a workshop in Toronto with this amazing artist, Kate Church.
Her whimsical little figures, steel your heart and invade your life.
I came back floating on this new world of dolls and sculptures. It seems like my world has opened another door to the world of animation.
The figurines start from a ball of clay and slowly, with little pinches and pokes from here to there, the personality shows up.
I am hooked. So easy to spend hours making little people, dressing them up.
I have to say: the sewing part is not much fun for me, but I am loving the end result!
I guess I found what to do when I am not painting!
It is hard to have just one!
Artist bags should be hung on the wall by categories and mood.
I wish I could take the entire studio with me on my walks.
Usually I bring with me:
a few pencils,
my sketchbook, which by the way it is NOT watercolor paper, what makes the paper wrinkle a bit but I don’t really care,
a watercolor travel set,
tissue paper and
a camera to capture the little surprises on the way.
I sketch fast, don’t really want to get attained on details, I like to paint the mood, colors and feelings. Realism does not match with my personality anyway.
My passenger’s car seat is my office desk and the city ticket guys already know me!
“Keep moving your are on a NO parking zone, mam!”
“Sorry Sir, but I am drawing this area (show them the sketchbook), any chance to hang out for a bit?!”
I guess art does touch everybody’s heart at some level!
I heard a quote the other day that I’ve been using as a motto: “You should not have to spend a lot of money to make art!”. I believe Alisa Burke said that, not sure.
So, I decided to set my diary/journal aside for while. Step outside the world, and try with very quick drawings show you what I see everyday.
I bought a watercolor travel set, which gives me just a few colors, enough to get started and not too picky.
I packed my artist bag (which I will be showing to you soon) and went around downtown, wishing for a clue.
Spring is here, and boats are getting in the water.
What a lovely feeling, having the wind on my face.
Some call it Freedom, I might call it – Life!
Welcome to my sketchbook project!
Hello my friends,
Thank you all for coming and visiting my new blog.
I hope you enjoy this journey with me.
My creative life has taken off and I am daily in awe to all the changes the Universe has been unveiling to me.
My kids are growing so fast that sometimes hurt to watch the changes.
Becoming a mother has been the best gift life could have given to me. I learnt so much that sometimes I wonder if they are learning in equal amounts.
On the same way, becoming an artist, at least calling myself one, is a product of this whole motherhood process.
I am here now, painting and creating because my kids brought me here.
We grew together, we tried things together and art connected us on daily basis.
I will be showing you a few of my day-to-day activities, some with my children but most of all, my own growth and development process.
I would love to hear from you and see what you are up to.
Please, introduce yourself and let’s chat!
Walking in my painting shoes is fun!
I explore places I’ve never been before. I step outside boundaries, I get inspired, I dance, I twirl…
My dog loves my shoes. Sometimes he hides them from me.
It usually takes me a week to find.
I have a hard time painting without them.
They fit well, are comfortable and I don’t mind when a few splashes of paint change their look.
This week, I started thinking that I should give them a better treatment.
With a few doodles, color (Sharpies are my favorite) and outlines, this is how they look like now!
Fun and relaxing exercise, you should try it! Get the kids involved too!
I couldn’t resist on posting this explanation of inner peace. It sounds more difficult that it seems, but if you put yourself out side of the problems, you will see an easier path to follow.
If we want to transform our life and be free from problems we must learn to transform our mind.
When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations we tend to regard the situation itself as the problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficulties with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to situations with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to transform our life and be free from problems we must learn to transform our mind. Sufferings, problems, worries, unhappiness, and pain all exist within our mind; they are all unpleasant feelings, which are part of the mind. Through controlling and purifying our mind we can stop them once and for all.
Let’s hope the light invades our lives and a clear path comes right in front of us!