How do you spend your art time? Why do you make art? The biggest shortcut I take is that 7 times out of 10, when I'm creating a painting, I start by following the lines of a person in a photo. I coooooould be spending my art time teaching myself to draw by hand. But that part is a bit yawn for me. My favorite parts are playing with the paint as it layers on the canvas and finding the story that my developing character wants to share. So I jump right to those parts!
There are some seriously crazy ways to transfer images out there. Light machines, unwieldy tracing paper, a ridiculous technique where you lay down matte medium and then rub it away with water. Gracious, I don't want to spend my time doing any of that either! The easy peasy way is to use charcoal (esp on a canvas) or even colored pencil if you're in your journal:
Following the shape, choosing what to accent and what to adjust, feeling the grace of a curve, noticing the lift of a line - fun!
Even without consciously telling myself "Hey! Day of the Dead and all that!" I notice that as this season turns, and I step two feet into October, my thoughts organically turn towards those who have come before and those who have walked on. I find it so striking that the veils actually are thin in this season. That poetic seasonal themes wrap around a natural intuitive inclination.
In honor of this urge to honor, I created this short process for communing with Kindred Spirits - both kin and kin by claim. I wanted a process that was basic - for beginners and advanced painters - so that the focus could be on listening instead of any technical aspect.
What I didn't expect is that the process would be so powerful personally. That my own ancestors would be right there and accessible- with such distinct personalities and with messages that that make me cry (and cry again every time I edit the video!)
I can't wait for you to try it. Here's a speed through...
Yesterday I sent off an old "canvas friend" to her new home. My daughter (almost 3) very sweetly kissed her goodbye.
I'm so happy that she'll be in a new home but I really am going to miss her. She's been a work in process since (this is shocking to me) 2010.
I had been thinking I would be slowly working on her this year as a backdrop of my Siren Series but once she became a mermaid she moved quickly to completion
The underpainting was created during Legend in 2010. Leading a Legendary Life is the core Cosmic Cowgirls curriculum. You paint a larger than life painting, write a mini adventure story and explore your own poetic landscape. Here's the under painting:
Here's me dressed for the part
And here's the story I wrote
PART ONE THE CALL
Everything was grey. Tansy looked down at her hands. They were wrapped around the nondescript coffee mug so tightly that even her skin looked grey in patches. Outside the jackhammer paused for a single breath and then started...
The reason I chose to tackle fairies as our topic for Feisty is because they match the muse version of creative living. Feisty, fickle, f*ckityfudge. Which is to say that listening to your own fei Muse gets you into the right kind of trouble. Depending on the moment, you're likely to jump outside your comfort zone, kick that terrible habit/situation/person to the curb, or find that your true priorities are suddenly non negotiable. This painting workshop includes equal amount of canvas work and aha producing writing exercises. Of course, since I'm demoing, I'm doing it with you. And fairies are as oblique as any muse, so I shouldn't have been surprised when I wrote down the odd phrase as dictated by my feisty friend:
"We all might treat ourselves as royalty."
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