January photos

Jan photos

January photos

Here are my photos from January…I started my workbook from Leonie Dawson, I recommend this workbook as it is great for helping you with your goals and how to achieve them. I have completed lots of art work as I am taking part in Life Book 2014, leaning so many new techniques and building my confidence try them out in my own work. I am still making my own cleaning products using vinegar and EO’s and finally I did a vision board.! January was a creative month and February is shaping up to be similar.

 

Life Book 2014

I am taking part in Life Book 2014. So far I have kept up with the projects, that in itself is a great achievement for me, I have learnt loads and I am really enjoying it. There is a wonderful community on Facebook who give lots of support and encouragement.

Week one – Inner Artist Guardian with Tamara Laporte

First we did a warm-up exercise to get us used to colour and texture and not to be afraid of a blank piece of paper. Here is my warm-up piece, I just love the colour and textures. I have discovered that I need to work on my lettering or find a nice pen, I decided that I would use a dip pen, not such a good choice as it was too thin and scratchy.

Week one – warm-up.

Then we went on to draw/paint an art guardian angel that we had met in the meditation. Creating portraits has always scared me. I nearly gave up Art A’Level because we had to do a portrait project. Since then I have avoided them; until now only 18 years later! I took the free course that Tam runs over on her Ning site and I was able to draw/paint a face! Her amazing way she teaches sold me Life Book 2014. Oh, and the fact that one of my favourite artists is doing a lesson – Flora Bowley!!! 

Art Guardian Angel

Week two – with Micki Wilde we created this. I love how simple it is and has made me think about ‘less is more’.

Focus

Week three – Creativity & Play with Carla Sonheim

Week 3 was a week that I nearly miss out as I wasn’t keen on drawing silly animals or make believe flowers. Well I had a blast and I loved all of the exercises, at one point I was laughing out loud! These are the drawings that caused laughter! I drew these ‘zebras’ with my eyes closed, this is what happens when you do that sort of thing! Loved it.

Zebras with my eyes closed

One-line elephant

One-line bicycle

Drawn with my left hand

If you are thinking of signing up to Life Book 2014 I highly recommend it. I am learning lots of new techniques and having a blast.

 

Shoulds no more!

Today my life-coach Makenna reminded me that in life you are allowed to let go of the ‘shoulds’. Some of my ‘shoulds’ are being looked at by me and maybe they don’t belong in my life….I should write a bio for my blog; maybe I could have a load of photos, a photo of my vision board, a photo collage of things I like to do and a collage of my artwork, they say picture is worth a thousand words (inspired). I should sell my work and be an artist; I think you can be an artist without selling your work. I should write a to-do list and do all of those things on it and if I don’t do them then it means I am not doing enough! I should write a blog post at least once a week and then get pissed at myself when I haven’t done it. I was reminded that; why do it if you don’t enjoy it, why force it, if you don’t like it,  why would you do it? I should do this and that, I should know what I want to do with my life and I should go to bed early! No more shoulds in my life.

Makenna also introduced me to the Desire Map by Danielle LePorte and I just fell in love with her and her style. So now I am learning and thinking about how I want to ‘feel’ and how to get things done at the same time. ‘Inspired muchly’.

Hehe I just thought to myself ‘I should put a photo with this post…well I am not going to!

2013 Gratitude List

Stargazer lily

There’s something good in everyday

Over the last year or so gratitude has been an important part of my life. I spend time each day being grateful. I think it is important to take note of things in your day to day life that you are grateful for. I have a gratitude notebook that I keep next to my bedside and most days I note down something that I am grateful for. Gratitude equals  happiness.

Gratitude notebook

Here are a few of the things I was grateful for in 2013 –

  • Watching the snow fall silently from the sky
  • FatMumSlims Photo-a-day prompts
  • Discovering new art equipment and techniques
  • Leonie Dawson for her “Create Your Incredible Year Workbook and Planner 2013”
  • The AC where I met some great and knowledgeable ladies
  • My Oracle cards
  • Visiting family, breathing in the fresh sea air
  • The Right Brain talks from Jennifer Lee
  • My faithful Gelli Plate, found textures and other inspiring bits and bobs
  • Spending time with Mum on our city break in London, going to the Ritz for afternoon tea, watching Let it Be and the Lion King
  • Getting to play Lego with my nephew
  • Going up the Shard for my birthday
  • Tea from Danmala Teas, Lindsey Luna the wonderful tea goddess
  • My heat-gun and making stencils without getting a blister
  • Physic Garden in Chelsea, London and the marvellous salad
  • Days out in London
  • A weekend on a canal boat with Jenni
  • Hot sunny days and blue skies
  • Moving to the Isle of Wight and our new home
  • My Dad coming to the rescue and mending things
  • Country walks
  • Swimming in the sea
  • Watching a swan feather float towards me after asking for one.
  • Herbs, tinctures and crystals
  • Crafting it forward
  • Walks with Mum
  • My Creative Coach 
  • Sunsets over the houses and at Gurnard
  • Helping out my mother-in-law painting a backcloth
  • For my Mum getting me a gingerbread house to decorate with my Nephew

This is just a small sample of the things I am/was grateful for in 2013.

Here is a link to a great talk on gratitude.

 

 

 

October Photos

October Photos

October was a busy month; family visits from Australia and San Francisco, a goal mapping day, baking my first ever cake, cat sitting, making the most of sunny days, straining tinctures and of course lots of art and card making.

Craft it forward

This post is long over due…I took part in ‘craft it forward’ over at Fate-filled Times by the lovely Amy. She sent me two lovely crystal bracelets that she made. One is Tigers-eye and Smoky Quartz the other is Moonstone and Lapis Lazuli. They are both just my ‘thing’. I love them both.

Crystal bracelets

Craft – an activity involving skill in making things by hand.

So it is now my turn to craft it forward…I will send out a piece of art to 5 people. I will craft these 5 pieces using mono-printing and stencils. I will send it to you in the mail and I will ship worldwide.

All you have to do to take part is be one of the first 5 to comment on this blog post.

Good luck.

(If you don’t know how to take part in ‘Craft it Forward’…if you participate, you are supposed to offer your own ‘craft it forward’ on your blog.)

September Photos

September Photos

September was a good month weather wise and I even managed to go for a swim in the sea before it got too cold. I will look back at these during the winter months to remind me of the lovely sunny days I enjoyed during September. New places and new experiences, good memories. Thank you.