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Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Sound of Paper

Hey y'all! It's been a nice, kind of productive, kind of relaxing day.

Productive? I did FIVE loads of laundry. After recovering from the flu not only was I behind on the laundry (I'd been procrastinating for a while.) but I decided to wash all my bedding and the quilt and pillow shams from the couch. It just makes me feel like I'm cleaning out the germs! It cost a pretty penny at the laundromat, but it was nice to get it all done quickly.

After putting everything away the relaxing part started. I was surprised to see that I'd actually avoided the computer for about 4 or 5 hours! Instead, I've been reading The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron. She also wrote The Artist's Way, which I have on my bookshelf but haven't read. I've been putting off reading her books, thinking she was sort of a new-agey person. I'm still not sure, but I think she's more orthodox in her beliefs than I first gave her credit for. At least, if she has new-agey beliefs she's not making a big deal about it. I'm really liking what she has to say about creativity. She's very inspirational. She helps me to see that my creative pursuits aren't unimportant or a waste of time. I just really enjoy her writing style.

I've almost finished my next canvas for the January swap. This lady listed "a monster drinking tea" as a theme she would like. After looking at hundreds of cute monster images on Google I came up with this little guy. Sort of a composite. 

 Then I painted him and a little space ship. I also have a little planet which I will also use in the picture.
 I'll cut out the monster and space ship and glue them to the canvas below, then finish with a coat of varnish. It's very similar to how I made the vintage spaceship last month. I know I've been doing a lot of "star" backgrounds lately. This may be my last for a while, ha ha.  I'll post a pic of the finished canvas as soon as it's completed.
In another trade the recipient likes paintings of Frida Kahlo. She has quite a following in this art community. I think it's the uni-brow and the fact that she had an "interesting" life. Anyway, this is the first portrait I've done of her. This was postcard size. The picture was taken before I cut out the card, so it's a little messy looking. She's on her way to the UK. :) (I used my Susan Branch alphabet stamps to stamp her name on the card. Woo hoo!)
My brain is full of things I want to do, so I'm off to see what I actually get done! (Carve stamps, work in my scripture journal, read some more...who knows?)

God bless the rest of your weekend!
Shalom, friends and family!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks goodness you recovered from the flu!
    A good book is a good friend1 I admire your portrait of Frida Kahlo! the blue starry night is fascinating!
    fine to hear, that you are full of ideas!
    Sweet monster-painting!

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  2. I used to have The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and I read it but since I'm not much of an artist I passed it on to someone who would benefit more from it. I can't remember if it was new-agey or not.

    How nice that you're all well and full of enthusiasm for new projects.
    Nice star picture. I got up at 6:30 to go out and look at the winter sky full of stars. In this season clear mornings ( or days) are rare and I miss seeing stars.

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  3. I enjoy Julia Cameron's books, too. I haven't read that one.
    Way to go getting all that laundry done, Lisa! Now you shouldn't have to do it for a while!

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