Inspired by...a work in progress

I may have a wee bit too much time on my hands today. To give you a little insight into my day...the theme, header and background have been changing hourly over here on my blog. I have a bit of spring fever...I want fresh, clean, colorful...NEW! I want something a little more current and in keeping with what I am up to these days. Well that definitely opened a can of worms so to speak...Now I want to customize the entire site! I want  artsy,hand sketched social icons(my own!) some new, bigger, fonts, a gallery..or two, maybe a static page...I want my very own site. I have the domain "artistically afflicted" and I am itching to use it. So hold on and watch for changes coming this way....My techie brother is on speed dial these days. With all of my newfound digital skills,there is lots of fun (and hairpulling) to be had.My blog reconstruction sign =1hr. When I actually figured out how to do it, it only took me about 5 minutes.But, that's how things roll when you are learning.Right now I am tabs deep trying to figure out how to make my very own badge.It may take me a day or two, but you know what? Secretly...I love this stuff...I will take a an Illustrator tutorial over T.V anyday... Another little nugget of wisdom from artist Robert Genn that arrived in my inbox tonight.I always find his words very timely...
We are drawn to our labour of love because it fills our cups like no other nourishment. The making of art is a private puzzle and working out the puzzle is beguiling. Let the folks who don't love their work look forward to their retirement from it. We creative folks have a different mind-set. "Work cures everything," said Henri Matisse. "I need to work to feel well," said Edouard Manet. "Work is more fun than fun," said Noel Coward. "Work is the ultimate seduction," said Pablo Picasso. "I work day and night without sleep," said Jules Olitski, "The paintings keep me fired up."
I am also questioning content.I havent had the mojo to write these days.I blame it on too much computer time. Up until now I have been writing about my creative journey and sharing my discoveries with all medium. It's easy to snap pictures of art and discuss happy accidents, cool textures and great color combinations. Unfortunately, most of my work these days has been Adobe related while I learn the ins and outs of the digital world. Not as much fun to share the process.I guess I could take screen shots, but not as captivating as beautiful, messy,paint dripping down a canvas....mingling. My painting days are by no means over, but they are on hold until I get my head around this flow of work.So please bear with me, I promise you I will be throwing paint around in no time. I would like to share how I am trying to marry the two... A journal page... journal page,acrylic painting,art, collage I scanned and photoshopped the dragonflys out.I ripped up a perfectly good dictionary and made a collage out of it. Scanned it and added it to the background. The swirly background? Hand stitched. (Thank you dad..your sewing machine will be home soon.)I may have to work on the stitching. I know I can do it digitally, but it's just not the same. art, surface pattern design, collage Its getting there...every exercise is a lesson learned. surface pattern design,collage, acrylic paint,mixed media Typical of my process, I am trying to explore all avenues. Trust me, you will be seeing these dragonflys pop up in all my work! This post has already been way too long, but I had to stop there for a brief moment and think about "my process"...I wont write about it now, but its interesting to me how I have developed a way of working. Thats a conversation to be had over a cup of coffee or two... Have a fantastic warm and sunny weekend! Here in the mountains, it is still cold and damp and calling for snow!! Summer will arrive here with a bang as it always does...hopefully sooner, than later.(my plants and flowers are sitting in the garage patiently waiting)

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