Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Listen

I want to thank Carolyn Dube for her ever inspiring and inisghtful videos and blog posts.

She was talking about listening to the art and she feels that OOPS are just opportunities.

I struggle as an "artist". I was not the artistic twin, that was my sister. A year or so ago I started some mixed media canvases which I unfortunately shared with my sister. Pretty soon she had completed some amazing pieces of art while mine felt like a grade schoolers work. I joined Mixed Media Monday nights and have continued to paint and play. The group is so encouraging and inspiring. Of late though, I have been struggling. I felt like I was in a rut. That everything looked the same. That I could not complete the new things some of my friends were. I was attempting to make a card - a simple birthday card. I tried 4 or 5 techniques and wasted much paper and paint. Finally I began to listen. Take a breath, take a step back, don't try so hard. I remembered this cute stamp that I had. So i grabbed it and my watercolors and a Koi water brush. Next thing I knew I had these cute girls. Just the thought of doodling the frame was enough to make me quit but I took a breath, grabbed a ruler and drew the frame, then just put the pen to the paper. It did not matter that each loop was not perfect. This is what doodling is! I listened. I had fun and it came together so easily.



So I hope to continue to listen and embrace my oops!

Thanks for listening!

3 comments:

Carolyn Dube said...

I am so glad you started making art - and are keeping with it! I think the words you chose say a lot- Let's Celebrate You! This card is fabulous!

Leslie Germain said...

You did a great job with this card. Very Artistic! :)

Sandee Setliff said...

CUTE card and you are way too hard on yourself. Be your best friend and give yourself a hug! waving hi from the snow covered hills of North Carolina ♥