Art Inspiration – three artists who inspire me to get off my ass, go buy a canvas, and paint!

There are many artists who inspire me…too many to list here, but as the daily prompt is Art Inspiration, I thought I would share three that are on the top of my list today. Tomorrow it will be a whole new handful of bits and bites.

Check out these videos of the artists in action and I dare you to paint something today! I’m going to.

Artist number 1 – Donna Downey

Artist number 2 – Karrie on Canvas

Artist number 3 – Michael Shapcott


Checking out my Chakras

A couple of weeks ago I went to a very interesting and enlightening workshop about chakras called Attracting Prosperity Through the Chakras. It was put on by Karen Mcbride at the Tranquil Garden in Oshawa, Ontario. Karen was an excellent facilitator and had lots of interesting handouts for us to take home. From the assessment we took that night I found out that I was a feeler, a relater, and a shaman. I was really moved by the information I received during the workshop and was inspired to create a journal entry in one of my round robin journals. This page is going out to Kalona in England. It is entitled “Checking out my Chakras”. I used regular acrylic paints, letter stencils, various sizes of Punchinella (sequin waste), and bubble wrap. I really love using found objects to make shapes in my paintings. I am a believer that making art does not need to be an expensive adventure.

Checking Out My Chakras
Checking Out My Chakras

Here is another post of a piece of art I did for Kalona’s first journal in our group. I seem to do some of my best work in her journals. If I do say so myself. LOL!

I Find it very amusing and sometimes unsettling that when I attempt to meditate I can only see greys and misty tones, yet when I paint, I paint bright colours. Does anyone know the reason for this??

Nobody’s Perfect

Every time I start to paint a picture I remember that if I don’t like the way it turns out I can always paint over it. When you find yourself at that point it is, in reality, a very hard thing to do. I have worked on this journal entry forever! It is my journal for the second journal pass on the willowing site. I am the organizer and I haven’t even sent out my journal yet. The pass is about halfway complete and the time is ticking – just like a bomb. It has caused me so much stress(among other things).

I set out at the beginning of last week to complete it and send it off by Friday. I reassessed my goal and set the new mailing date for this Monday. I was very happy with how the double page spread turned out….AND…then I went to varnish it. ALL of the black writing(marker – supposedly permanent) smudged into a big grey mess and I started to cry. What do I do now? All this hard work…ruined?

The answer was to take a breath and get some sleep. That is just what I did.

I painted some lighter paint in between each letter and then added some purple and some turquoise paint around them. After the paint dried I went in with some pencil crayon and jazzed it up a bit. Here is the finished product. It is not exactly what I set out to do, but I am happy with the outcome and the mess is fixed for now. I just have to remember that I have met my reassessed goal AND…that I can always paint over it once the journal returns from its world journey if I continue to be unhappy with the way it turned out. After all…Nobody…and no piece of artwork is EVER perfect.

Page one of the two-page spread

Inpsired by a song by Corinne Bailey Rae
Inpsired by a song by Corinne Bailey Rae

Page two of the twp page spread
By Heather Gailey
By Heather Gailey