So before the plan to go to Seaside came into being, I had a goal for the months of January and February to be an Artist for awhile.
Pre-Christmas was about getting ready for the Craft Fair and making a few $$ for Christmas shopping.
Then came the hustle and bustle of the holidays and visits to family, etc…
I knew how winter can be a hard time for me emotionally and mood wise so I decided to dedicate these two months to hibernating with my Artist Self.
I am a few weeks late in the process, but I think I am finally settling into this gift I am giving myself.
I am still playing along with Carla Sonheim’s Art of SillinessIII on-line class though I was far behind until yesterday.
The activity yesterday was all about making “one-liners” – drawings using one continuous line without lifting your pencil or pen off the paper.
I had such fun with it !
I was loose, and free and well, maybe just the right amount of silly !
These faces came to be on my page…
I used an ink pen that I hadn’t realized wasn’t permanent.
So when I started to add color with Inktense watercolor pencils, Twinkle H2O’s and water brush, my lines blurred a little…
But I kind of like the final effect anyway…
This is Richard, the very intense Prince who is in love with Princess Linea.
This is King Boris, Linea’s father, who is totally against Richard as a son-in-law. He is just too intense for the King, who is a mellow guy most of the time.
And silly, little Linea, well, she is more concerned with her waist line and her hairdos than anything else, so I think Richard is in for a struggle with this Royal Romance.
This morning, I played some more with line-y characters in my art journal.
I am loving doing the lines with india ink and a dip pen (permanent when dry !!!)and then filling in the color with a variety of water color paints. Those intense colors are warming me up inside!!!
This lady came out onto the page :
It would seem that something in this sometimes terribly mean world has broken her heart in two and left her in tears.
There sure are days like that in this life, aren’t there ?
This quote I found kind of made me feel better and I am sure it would help my sad friend feel better too if she could hear it :
“A final comfort that is small, but not cold. The heart is the only broken instrument that still works.” – TE Kalim
I am really enjoying settling back into the artistic practice. I do have to make sure I get out and spend time with friends though, in spite of the hibernation mode. Too much time in Kim’s brain is a dangerous thing.
After art time this morning, I escaped for a really nice lunch with my friend Lois and a little shopping.
Plus is was about 30 degrees today – not too cold to leave the nest for awhile!
More snow coming tonight and a possible snow day for David tomorrow too.
More time in the studio will be just fine with me !
I hope you find some sweet time with your Artist Self, Beautiful Ones !
Big Love !