Don't underestimate the power of a little encouragement.
A lovely lady at the Vancouver Artist Trading Card Group, Rose, told me that she loved the ATC's I had made with postage stamps.
That's all it took.
Before I knew it, I'd made six new ones!
How can I offer encouragement today? A kind word to a friend or stranger.....a "like" or a "heart" on social media.....a comment on a blog - there are lots of ways! I'll try to remember to take the time.
I used to fuss that I don't have a recognizable style, but I'm coming to realize that a recognizable style has recurring colors, images, or other art elements. I've done a big enough body of work now that I'm beginning to see some recurring images. These cacti are one of them.
Alisa Burke makes the most beautiful pencil cases from hand-painted canvas. She doesn't ship outside the USA, however, so I've decided to make my own! Before I buy some supplies, I rummaged through a suitcase of left-over sewing bits and found a zipper and some upholstery fabric. The zipper wasn't quite as long as I wanted, but it did for a prototype.
I saw this great idea on Andrea Joseph's blog, based on Betty Edwards great book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Andrea's idea spoke to me because upside down drawing was one of my favorite exercises in the book, and also because I have three of the Dover Art Sticker Books. I bought them about a hundred years ago without an idea of what to do with them.
My first attempt was dismal, but it will help to explain the project:
You stick the stickers on the left side pages, turn the book upside down, and copy the picture. It works best if you don't know what the picture depicts; that way the left side of the brain can't engage and attempt to tell you how the picture should be drawn. I wasn't able to quiet my left brain, but I'll keep trying, just copying the lines exactly as I see them.
A new project for a new year. Happy New Year, everyone!