Thursday, January 13, 2011

The SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGE has really got my juices going!!

Update: January 15... I keep practicing on my ladies. 
These are feeling much better to me! (the shadows are from the sun!)

 Tried a little water color here

I am sooo happy I decided to participate. I've learned so much, but most importantly, I've allowed myself to fiddle around with some ideas, playing with the PROCESS rather than a product! I bought a few new markers and pens today... can't wait to do some more work!

I'm not too crazy about his first layout... in fact I was going to junk it way back when it was just a few layers of paint and papers.  But, I was determined to let go of perfectionism, or even of any plans... and just followed whatever. But I did it, even if I don't like it much.

 Now, this one I feel much better about. I printed a black and white photo of me at four years old. I was trying to make it look like a beautiful curtain surrounding the figure.  In contrast, on the right side, there is a small pic of me 60 years later, taken on my 64th birthday, watching the sunset. The theme of the two pages is about the little girl who was already embarrassed about her art, and was afraid to do it "right"... then, of course, there's the free me, now having full permission to do what ever the heck I want!  I LOVE GETTING OLD!! (especially at this age!) Life is good!


  1. LOVE IT !!! I'm still in the "Learning to let yourself go" part of my life & these pages are sooo inspirational for me..

    Very Beautiful..Pam

  2. wonderful post...i "found" you thru the art techniquies group...I rarely post...but, anyway, I was wondering ahow you painted in the little girls is darling! this is a great journal spread....
    Heart Hugs,

  3. Hi Coleen... I actually just did a light blue watercolor wash, then went over it with gesso.
    thanks so much for your comment!
    Sweet blessings, Chris


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