Well, it has been a HOT couple of days… in the 90’s and some were HIGH 90’s – I don’t like this weather and we are still Technically in Spring!! I hate to see August and Sept…
So, dressed as cool as I can but still allowing for the A/C in my studio, I’m just finishing my breakfast and looking at the puppy dog eyes of my Shihtzu who wants to go to the studio with me. I wouldn’t mind, except for the fact that I need to stop a couple places afterward and I WILL NOT leave my dog in the car.
I have seen a few lately and it really burns me up… Dogs riding with people to the store… you think the dog ASKED to go to the store, knowing he’ll be left in the car? PEOPLE… STOP taking your dog with you in the hot weather.. have you not seen the videos or news articles of how hot a car gets in a parking lot?
Windows open you say? BIG WHOOP! What is going to make the air CIRCULATE???? Especially when you have cars likely parked on both sides of you or even a truck that is taller than your vehicle. JUST LEAVE THEM HOME where they will be alive and happy to see you when you return. If you feel guilty, buy them a treat.
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I urge you to look at it if you haven’t already. Its so much fun… and relaxing… It’s amazing what happens in your brain when you create art… even just art for yourself that NO ONE else has to see… Ever! It’s Your journal, you can use it for whatever you want. I use my to explore new supplies, new techniques, and then decide if I want to use that supply or technique on a canvas or in a larger painting.
I have another I use to keep memorabilia from trips, vacations, outings. In restaurants I ask for a clean placemat (to keep) if mine gets soiled and i like the placemat, the other day I asked for a clean paper that they put in the bottom of the basket of fries I was served. I liked it and she happily brought me an extra!
A few weeks ago I kept the paper that held my silverware wrapped in a napkin because it had colorful peppers printed on it! I don’t have a picture of it here, it’s at my studio already preparing to become part of a wonderful art piece!
When you work with mixed media in a jounal or on a canvas you can utilize almost anything. Join my course and I’ll show you how. You deserve the fun and relaxation and you go at your own pace because you can download all the videos and watch them whenever you have time, over and over again.
Sometimes we wait for the perfect opportunity or block of time to sit down and create art. We want everything to be Just right. Those moments are usually few and far between… or.. .might not come at all. You would be surprised (perhaps) to find out how refreshing and relaxing it is to just take 15 minutes and create something.
Yesterday I didn’t have time to paint at the easel, or drag out my art journal and all the supplies I might want to use with it. So you know what I Did do? I reached for a book, not to read, but one of my found-at-the-resale-shop books I use in art projects and I tore pages out of it; maybe 10. Then I tore those in half, only in half because I didnt know the ultimate size I would want, and then I painted some of those 1/2 pages… some purple, some teal, some purple AND teal. And Done. And I felt good! how long did that take? MAYBE 10 minutes. But now I have those purple and teal pages to use in a project.
Waiting for the perfect time will usually leave you feeling unfulfilled. “Because while we daydream of sumptuous + luxurious + floaty afternoons immersed in our world of art… life doesn’t necessarily work that way.” Something good to remember would be, loosen up your requirements for now. Seize the moment and do with it what you can. 15-30 minutes is more time than you think, it’s time enough to keep your creative juices flowing and satisfied.
So, WHY make art daily..? To keep the creative juices flowing…. ANY art on a bad day is better than NO Art on a good day. And It helps you imagine a more hopeful future.