Sunday, January 11, 2015

Friday Challenge- Lets Paint some Shadows

I love shadows, don't you? Have you really taken the time to look at shadows, notice shadows and see how they play with our heads to create illusions and tell us stories about the object creating the shadow? Shadows don't have to be gray, what colors do you see when you really look at shadows? Purple, blue, pink?

  I want to challenge you to find a shadow that interests you, look at it, notice what kind of edges it has. Are they blurred and soft or hard and sharp, what does that tell you about your light source? What does it tell us about our day or light source, is it sunny, overcast?

Are there no shadows outside so you have to find something inside. Do you see multiple shadows being cast from one object, what does that mean?? (Multiple Light sources)

Shadows can create interesting effects too. Here I was playing around with my pencil and shadows, seeing if I could create a 3D effect on paper. Can you create an effect around a shadow?

Take some time, be Peter Pan and find your shadow, get to know it and then either sketch it or paint it!

I hope you will share your paintings with me!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Your word for the year!

I don't really do resolutions, for me it is yet a another list I have yet to complete set up with lofty hopes of losing weight or exercising more, all good thoughts but within a few weeks I am over it. I find I am doing those things anyway and resolutions made me a bit crazy. A checklist I looked at every day that just reminded me how I was failing!

I have been choosing a word for the year,a word that will encompass what I want that year to hold and a word that will apply to all areas of my like. I begin thinking about my word early in the prior year, taking notes when something sounds right or feel right. I chose several and then weed them down until one stands out.

Once my word is chosen I write it, paint it or somehow make it special and artistically interesting and then hang it in my studio. It will hang all year, reminding me of the power in just a word, the power of applying you word and the beauty of the word as it applies to all the areas in my life.

It's a way to grow and push yourself to something higher. I hope you give it a try!

So my word for 2015 is BREAKTHROUGH! I want to breakthrough old mind sets, limitations put on me by others and myself, breakthrough the fears of the unknown, fears of failing,breakthrough also means breaking through to something new and exciting. Break through a rut into an area where the skies the limit. Breakthrough can be on a personal level, business level, spiritual level. Break through and challenge myself to break through my comfort areas into something unknown! I'm excited!

I want you to be excited too! My business coach and mentor, Christine Kane, has put together a free worksheet and helps you find your word for the year. Grab some friends and do the work together! It could change you life. Here is the affiliate link, enjoy! Please let me know what your word for the year is and what it means to you! I would love to see how you take your word and either paint it, sketch it or somehow make it a piece of art for you to put up in your studio for the year. I will be posting mine here too!