In 2014, I chose the word “fearless” as a guideline for my approach to life in general and my art and business more specifically. “How’d that work out for you?” you might ask. Trying to be “fearless” didn’t solve all of life’s problems, of course – and it may well have have caused me to stir a pot or two that might have been better off left alone. But thinking about that word reminded me that “nothing ventured, nothing gained” – and I have indeed found my life enriched by the things I accomplished and the people with whom I connected with in 2014. My business was better that the previous year and I’ve created (and enjoyed creating) more art than ever before. Why mess with a good thing, right? So, this is me – continuing to try to be fearless.
The only resolution I made for 2015 was to take fewer art classes. Then I immediately signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday series. Using one of the techniques she demonstrated, I decorated the cover of a altered book (which I rebound) art journal. There are tons and tons (I lost count) of layers of gesso and joint compound (for the letters), Golden fluid acrylic paints, and Perfect Pearls (which by the way I purchased two years
ago and found, quite by accident, still unopened !!!), for a slight shimmery metallic effect. It turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself and looks like a very old, grunged up, slightly “steam-punkish” book. Since the art journal was meant to be a gift, I added my friend’s name to it so I wouldn’t be tempted to keep it for myself.
I then (quite fearlessly) broke my resolution and signed up to do Life Book again – the 2015 version (more on that in a later post). However, I’m still working on LB2014 because I joined too late in the year to possibly finish on time.
Fellow designer, good friend and art buddy, Amber, and I got together a couple of weeks ago for an art-cation day. Amber brought her charming and thoroughly adorable 6-year old, Jade, and the three of us had blast making backgrounds with some very unusual tools, inspired by a LB2014 class. Two of my works were the largest format I’ve ever attempted – 18″ x 24″. Here’s a large picture of one of them (click it to take bit of a closer look), and some smaller images. Take a look – if you can correctly guess what tools we used, I’ll enter you in a drawing to win a set of the digital backgrounds I’m going to make from them and release in a few weeks. Just leave a comment on this post with your guess – comments will close on February 1. One guess per person.