Week 4 on our index card journey

I can’t believe it is 4 weeks already.  I am also surprised my daughter is still doing it, though admittedly with varying shades of energy! It has become something of a routine however after school.  Afternoon tea, index card, homework.  On the days we don’t have afterschool activities anyway.

Having seen her card featured over here, she is feeling the joy of being a famous artist, which I think has also inspired her to keep going. She actually asked me today while she was doing her card what I thought her fans might want to see her do. I suggested she keep painting what is in her heart and her fans would be most satisfied!?! (Also God forbid the diva she will be if she ever does become famous!!!) As it happens I think my rainbow girl is made of rainbows at the moment. They are appearing on everything!

Here are our cards for this week.

Icad 22:
I was working with textures and shades of white and my girl child was busy cutting up magazines on her search for colour and pattern.

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Icad 23:
I was seeing pink, and Victoria was cutting up old work to fit onto an index card…a sparkly symbol of who she is.

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Icad 24:
I grabbed a handful of scraps from my table, while Victoria traced an image from her Christmas Activity Book that she has been working through for the past week, as well as doing her index cards!

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Icad 25:
I created some luminous paper and did some paper weaving (the tutorial for the next two cards of mine was featured over at Tammy’s site here!! Here is my squealing excitable joy at being a famous artist! :D It is also clear the apple did not fall far from this tree.), and Victoria played with the neocolor IIs as she made another rainbow (she also found the missing red neocolor I, the red strip that did not dissolve!). :)

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Icad 26:
Here is my other paper weaving card featured in the tutorial above, and Victoria was still seeing rainbows.

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Icad 27:
I had some scraps from trimming the paper weaving cards which I used up on this card, and Victoria received some embellishments in the mails from a close family friend and decided some of the flowers would be perfect on an index card.

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Icad 28:
I was playing with a leaf pattern, (with potential for it to be a feather), and Victoria did…..a rainbow (I know shock of the century!!) :D She also did her and I on either side of the rainbow. She was mixing up the colours for our eyes for a good 10 minutes trying to get it exactly right. Adding a bit more colour and then looking into my eyes and comparing it. Very focussed!

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May you all have a bright week filled with rainbow magic! :)

Summer of Color Week 3: Purple and lime green

This is this week’s contribution to Summer of Color challenge that you can find out more about here on Kristin’s blog. The colours for this week were purple and green which I have to say were not my first choice and so this week has been a bit of a struggle, but that is part of what I like about this challenge. Can I also at this juncture say a big thank you to Kristin because I was lucky enough to win last week’s prize and the whole week has felt like I have won lotto!! I am so grateful!

Earlier this year I painted these in my art journal, as an idea for two canvases that are over a metre long that I want to hang in my kitchen. I LOVE asparagus, they represent Spring to me and the end of Winter, and when they are around, I know that my November birthday is not very far away. :)

Asparagus painting planningWhen I was contemplating what I was going to paint for this week, I saw the canvases that I had put aside for these paintings, covered in gesso and white paint but that was it. I realised there was both green and purple in these paintings so that is what I decided to do.

These are the work in progress as they stand now. I plan on making the stalks longer and painting out the drips. I am not entirely happy with them but will work on them more this week.  (Also I left in shots of my floor as mentioned in this post! :))

Art WIP and my floor!!!

Asparagus #2 WIP

While I have had these paintings on the go I also did a couple of journal pages.

Miracles all around us

Bird SongThe journaling on this spread reads:
Sometimes she could only listen to the birds song to find peace amongst the other life noise.

I have another couple of pages half started but I could not get them to work, so they will sit until I know where they are going! :) I hope everyone has had a fabulous weekend, and I look forward to getting around the other participants and seeing how they used the colours this week. :)

A fortnight of rocking moments and a card

It has been a busy fortnight, and by the time I was getting to this post on Wednesday (having written it in my head more than once!), I thought it may as well wait for a couple more days and be a combo.

RYWLinking up with Virginia and the other rocking gals over at Celtic House.

My rocking moments over the past two weeks have been many. :)

I have wanted to lift out carpet in the living room and dining room for AGES, but we didn’t have the funds so it stayed high on my list of what we wanted to do.  With the big storms last week the carpet had to be lifted as it got flooded, and when we lifted it we discovered POLISHED FLOOR BOARDS.  It felt like we had won lotto, I was so keen to just rip all the carpet up right there and then.  My beloved went a bit more slowly checking the floorboards were done everywhere and we now have polished floor boards which are beautiful and make me smile greatly.  Also surprisingly there has not been the expected drop in temperature.  HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY.  So grateful for the storms.

Our school’s over here are governed by a Board of Trustees.  I put myself up for election and I was voted on which is VERY exciting and I am really happy about.  I have been feeling nervous about this, especially since I didn’t get on three years ago, and almost didn’t stand.  So finding out the results this week was fantastic.

Connie of Dirty Footprints Studio has been doing a little series of answering questions.  Last week she answered my question about her self-care practice which was exciting!  She made a beautiful little video to answer and I felt very grateful when I saw it. I saw it at exactly the perfect time, and it all felt quite synchronistic.

Tammy from Daisy Yellow did a feature of some of the index cards so far this year (see here).  While it was super exciting to see my card, it was even more exciting to see Victoria’s.  She squealed with glee and near fainted with the pleasure of it all as she declared she was now a famous artist and repeated over and over and over that she just could not believe it.  So grateful to share in this experience this year with her.  Also it is so heart-filling to hear her tell people she is a famous artist now.

While getting the link for the above I just saw two other exciting posts over at Tammy’s that kind of affect me, and are SUPER DUPER exciting so I am slipping them in.  First of all Tammy’s latest zine is out, and she asked me to contribute an article for which I was incredibly honoured and said yes, you can see that here. Oh my gosh, pinch me!!  :D  Secondly she has put up a tutorial I did over at her index card page over here.  Seriously I am so incredibly excited and grateful.

I am doing Summer of Color over at Kristin’s blog (which I am sure you have seen all over the internet!), and last week I won the art supplies goodie pack.  OH MY GOSH!!  I had been ill, the children has been ill, when I discovered it (thanks Carmen!) I was so unbelievably excited.  Feels like Christmas at the moment around here.

I am sure people know this, but on a kindle you can share books with other kindle owners, just by sending it to your kindle email. I have a good friend who sent me a book I had been wanting to read, after she saw on Goodreads that I wanted to read it (I think that may be my favourite app!).  It took us bit to figure it out (though it wasn’t hard, and was more that I have had so much going on I did somehow missed some of the instructions in between keeping many balls in the air).  It was in fact so simple it felt kind of like magic, though I have not had a moment to open the book yet.  But MAGICAL!!  Technology is amazing.

Have I mentioned my beautiful floorboards yet?  Because seriously they deserve a second mention.  How many times I have cursed our carpet, if only I had known what lay beneath!

I feel a bit like I am being a joy-hog, so I am going to stop (also discovering the new posts over at Tammy’s have made me temporarily forget the other things I was going to mention in all my giddy excitement, though I know I came with a joy-filled list of plenty in my head), other than to say I am incredibly grateful to have Tim and the children.  I am also so grateful that Tim is more careful than I am, even if he does not move as fast as I would like and I get very exasperated at the hold-ups (even if they are practical and reasonable).  Also he pulls tacks and staples up like a pro, because the job was a lot bigger than I saw in my head when I just wanted to rip up all the carpet and see my glorious looking floorboards.  I am also grateful for all my connections and friends.  Truly, truly grateful to feel so seen and valued and supported.  Truly.

Here is my card (card #17!?!) from last week, I did do it on Monday, but did not get around to posting it.

Card 17/52I don’t know if it will show up clearly for you all, but the dictionary text reads: Intrepidity: Quality of being intrepid; undaunted courage.

I loved that when I found it right at the end. Undaunted courage. May I always have that, to show up and continue showing up even when I am wondering if I have anything worth sharing. May we all have that. How fearless does that sound. Undaunted courage. I want to live my life with intrepidity.

You can find out more about the 52 card project from Teresa’s blog here.  Her words about the project are so much more than I could say.  The pause to have this moment of reflection, even on days where I am split between feeling like I don’t have time, and am also so tired as to be completely uninspired, is throwing up some incredible insights, as well as allowing me to feel like I am on the right path, even if I am not sure of the exact terrain.

Tomorrow I will be back here posting paintings and index cards!  I hope you are all having a fantabulous weekend as I sit staring at my floorboards, and taking photos and uploading them all in the morning!!

Pink and Orange in my journal pages…

In my index card post, I slipped a couple of  Summer of Color cards with pink and orange in them, not sure if my journal pages would be ready to show.  Last night I had some time on the couch surrounded by art supplies, and combined with my girl-child now on a play date and my boy-child at rugby rep trials I have had the peace to finish and even get them photographed and uploaded!!  :)

To find out more about Summer of Color you can come here to Kristin’s blog. :)

I decided to make a gelatin plate up earlier in the week and so I did some pink and orange prints to play with for this week’s challenge.  I also did some prints directly into my art journal which worked superbly well.  It is so hard to stop making prints and come back to real life and getting the children their dinner. I managed, unfortunately helped along when my plate broke up, I don’t know if I stuffed the recipe up, because my last ones have lasted much better, or if I was rougher in my haste to fit the printing in!

In any event, here is the first page I did this week.

Every moment is a choiceI have been rereading my morning pages and this was part of something I had written and noted down in my list of insights. The initial background was a gelatine print and then journaling and more paint and layers added to it. For the most part it was a bit of an experience in mark making and different things I wanted to try.

Mind the StingsThis was another print straight into my journal. I saw the girls legs and dress before I saw her. It was nice to dig my prismacolors and gouache out for a playdate.

She knowsOn this page I saw her legs and dress first as well, on another gelatin print straight into my journal. The journaling reads: She is not always sure what she knows, but she knows. And she knows she knows. And that is sometimes enough. That is sometimes all she has. She knows. She knows. She knows.

Mushroom totemsThe last page is in response to A LOT of toadstools and mushrooms I have been seeing at the moment (and some that look like they have come straight from outer space). Almost popping up overnight in front of me. As I was thinking about animal totems my mind wandered to plant and fungi totems wondering if there was a message in there for me.

This page is not yet finished because I have yet to google if there are even fungi totems and what that may mean. I was going to write the answer on the page, but I have run out of time for today! :) The journaling above the gelatin print mushrooms reads: Magic mushrooms – what does it mean that I keep seeing you in so many forms all around me or is it just the season?

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend, I look forward to finding out what the new colours for Summer of Color are for next week! These were fun to play with, :)

Three weeks of index cards

Another week of Icad complete. It has been a busy week in the end, with the worst storms for over 37 years battering us about. Thankfully we have only lost some plants, trees and the back fence and some flooding in the lounge. Some neighbours have lost their roofs and a lot of people have it a lot worse.

I am pleased to report that Victoria and I both have completed the week! :) Sharing this journey with Victoria has being an unexpected delight!

I will also be double dipping with Summer of Color for two cards, I am hoping to get a couple of journal pages complete but that may not happen this weekend with clean up and drying out taking place. Maybe tonight.

Icad 15:
I used my gelatin print collection to make some rainbow raindrops and Victoria was seeing rainbows as well! :)

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Icad 16:
I was sailing away to bluer skies and Victoria was captivated by the magic of Matariki (Maori New Year).

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Icad 17:
My first Summer of Color submission, I cut the petals from gelatin prints and old gift bags. Victoria was also seeing flowers! :)

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Icad 18:
Following a prompt from the Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman I cut an image in half, with half of it on this index card and half on the next one. Victoria was excited by new Sharpie markers. :)

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Icad 19:
This is the other half of the image from the previous card, and Victoria was busy rediscovering her spirograph.

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Icad 20:
The childrens school is currently undergoing major work with one block being demolished and rebuilt. We were fortunate to get to school in time to see the work start, and I was captivated along with the teachers and students, by the grace and choreography exhibited by the huge digger as it removed all trace of a school block that has stood for 80 years. With all the stories that the block held as well. A poignant and enchanting moment in time. I did this card when I got home pulling the colours I wanted from magazine images and sketches to get the digger shape right. When Victoria saw the sketches she decided to capture the digger image as well. I think watching the demolition took up much of the children’s day! :)

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Icad 21:
School was cancelled with the storms and no power so my card was made with left over petals (and I am double dipping it with Summer of Color), and Victoria imagined warmer days. :)

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I hope you all have a most fantastic weekend. :)

Subscribing options to this blog!!

It feels so narcissistic to write this post, but with Google Reader going off line very soon, I thought I should. I have tried to make it useful. I still feel a bit ick though, so please bear with me.

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Artist’s Way Challenge: Week 11 Check-in

:)  The money that could have been made but thankfully no one contacted me!

I think the theme of this chapter for me would be whether I was disconnected, resistant (in which case what do I need to deal with), or just making excuses to not do it.  In any event this week was SO hard to get through.  It is not a tough week emotionally, so I have no idea what was going on.   I have had to force my way through this chapter of the course.

Disconnect or resistanceThe journaling reads:
What is the difference between disconnection and resistance? Does some work just not resonate with us? At what point does that become resistance and something that points to resistance and procrastinating and avoiding or just something that does not call to us. Is it all just excuses?

:) I suspect it may be!!

But none of that speculation has anything to do with this chapter that was actually about nurturing myself as an artist, and what that means. To continue to develop our artistic selves and grow creatively. In advocating self-care she also went into the importance of getting out of our heads and outside moving, even if only a twenty minute walk each day.

All good stuff, so no idea why I stalled on this. There was nothing confronting in what I was reading. If you have any insight while you are reading, then don’t hesitate to share!!

What is valuable, (and this did not come out this week, but maybe week 9 or 10), was going through the morning pages, looking for insights and action points. It was interesting because most of it is just blahs going through my head as it should be and is meant to, but every now and again there is surprising little nuggets in there. What is really exciting is the other side of doing morning pages, and where it is really helpful.

Everyone advocates doing them, but to go through them looking for insights and action points was a really useful exercise that I can recommend. There were surprising little ideas that came out of them, things for me to look into and follow up, things I can’t even remember writing. So I advise morning pages reflection every now and again.

The tasks this week involved recording yourself reading different things aloud so you can listen to them, wish making, assessing how you will change, and how you will nurture yourself through the changes. There was also another letter written. Task wise it was a relatively easy week, especially given how involved some of the other week’s tasks have been.

The quotable quotes from Julia Cameron this week in Chapter 11 are:

Creativity is oxygen for your souls.

To be an artist is to recognise the particular. To appreciate the peculiar.

To kill your dreams because they are irresponsible is to be irresponsible to yourself.

The stringent requirement of a sustained creative life is the humility to start again, to begin anew.

Creativity is not a business, although it may generate much business. An artist cannot replicate a prior success indefinitely. Those who attempt to work too long with formula, even their own formula, eventually leach themselves of their creative truths.

Creativity requires action and part of that action must be physical.

The act of motion puts us into the now and helps us to stop spinning.

This is the end of Chapter 11! Now onto the final chapter!!!! (Oh my gosh, that is exciting!!)

You can see my other check-ins for the previous chapters here.