Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Creating With Crayola

Holy mole!
Can you believe I did this with good old Crayola Crayons?
I have to admit I have a huge stash of art materials that I hoard, afraid they are going to run out. This is absolutely ridiculous because I have so much. It's a habit I have from when I was a little girl brought up to think in terms of lack instead of abundance, a way of thinking that has to go!
I decided to bring out all my stuff and use them all up because yes, I can buy more!
But just to make sure ;) I started with my Crayola Crayons because even kids can afford to use Crayola Crayons. I thought I would scribble some simple design but I have to say, I think this came out great!
My first set of art tools,
still after my heart!
Much Love!
Carol B.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

An Open Heart

"Open Heart"
Acrylic on paper, 18x24

Several months ago I finally opened my heart.
Let go of all the bitterness of the past.
Things were wonderful.
Then my mother was diagnosed with cancer that was too far gone.
Two months later she passed away.
During those two months my heart was whirling, on a rollercoaster ride I couldn't get off.
There were days when I stood strong and positive that a miracle would happen and she would be healed.
Other days I was angry and bitter and my heart was closed again.
Last week we buried my mother.
Sometimes I don't know what to think.
This experience is all so very new.
But one thing I do know is that I cannot go back to the days when I was angry and bitter.
I long for an Open Heart.
And so I begin once again.
And it is good.

Carol B.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Back to Basics

Back in the day I mostly painted on large canvases. Usually 16x24. I would set up the easel and paint standing up, swinging a brush full of paint, working to my heart's content.
Since I had been hanging around online and working on art journals and such I got used to sitting down at a table, working on much smaller surfaces.
To tell you the truth, I was not crazy about it at first.
Don't get me wrong. I love working on art journals. It's just that I always felt something was missing.
The problem was I was not listening to my own art spirit and was instead doing mostly what others were doing.
Again, nothing wrong with learning from others, but in the end you have to do what you know is right for you.
For the longest time I had been itching to work on a larger surface.
Today I finally pulled out a large 18x24 sketchbook, placed it on an easel, pulled out the brushes and paints and painted standing up, the adrenaline flowing through me as I slammed paint across the surface, excited to see what would happen.
It was the best feeling ever!
Just started this painting, playing with ideas.
Who knows exactly how it will turn out.
For now I am just happy, playing with the paint, following my heart.
May you have a wonderful, joyful day!
'Til later,
Carol B.

Friday, September 16, 2011