Its not been ALL gloom and doom over the last few weeks... Well, actually it has but I dont sit feeling sorry for myself I keep busy and Art is my savior. I am still doing the 30 pages in 90 days journal course with Christy Sobolewski http://gulfspritesartjournal.ning.com/ we are currently on day 9 and I totally love it, and have kept up with ease - probably because I love it so much, but also as I needed something to shut 'other stuff' out, and this is certainly it. Christy is a superb teacher, and we are learning so many new mixed media tricks.
The only thing I did find was the collage side of things let me down, as its something I have never done so didnt have a collection of suitable pictures for the lessons. Also not much in the way of ability of making collage work, but I found it a lot of fun. So, set out to learn a bit more... first of all I made my own person (don't laugh!!!)
This is a bit on the scary side and could give a small child nightmares, infact could quite easily give an adult nightmares, so I tried again...
Not quite as frightening, but it was clear I really do not have much of a clue at this. Looking at the excellent works artists can do with collage I really had to do better, so I did what I usually do when I get stuck and invested in a book (or two, one has yet to arrive). I ordered the book 'Collage Couture' which is a lot of fun, never to be one to copy I constructed my own page (its just a journal page) to have another go. The page is many layers starting with book pages, paint, stamps etc with my very first two models, not quite as glamorous as the author of the book, but fun to do, and lets face it I can only get better.
I now find myself on an enforced break though, too much arting has played havoc with my neck and shoulders, so sat with my third wheat bag and more pain killers till it gets better. The idea of all this art and collage is to one day have my own card designs, not just photo's. Speaking of which, I have added some new cards to my Etsy shop this week https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimJaTa?ref=pr_shop_moremore and hopefully soon our weather will improve enough for a smart bag too perhaps, plenty of colourful bags there too.
Hard to believe its almost Easter and the weather here in the UK is appauling to say the least, not snowing were I am but bitterly cold.. and I am waiting for my fix it man to come and fix my boiler today, please.. (please, please...).