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.
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??
I promised to update you in an earlier post (check out the link under this post) when I was sketching out a wizard for one of the journals in the paint and pass on the Willowing “ning” site, and here is the update…FINALLY! I had wanted to show my progress all the way through so you could see the steps I took. But…I didn’t…sorry. My problem is that I get so involved in creating sometimes that I don’t stop to take pictures along the way. I will have to get better at that if I am going to share with you my techniques and tips and how my artistic brain works.
I used acrylic paint and blocked out the larger areas of paint first and then built up from the darkest colour to the lightest. This actual size of the each page is 8″ x 8″.
Here is a couple of pictures to show close up and far away shots of the wizard. I still have more detail work to do on his beard and on the background. I may write something on the background, but I am not sure at this point in the process. I suppose there will be one more photo shoot or scan before I send it off to the artist Kalona. I will see you then! I am aiming to mail it to the next person on the list by Wednesday, because I have been pondering on the price of fish…and putting off completing this wizard for far too long!
This is probably one of the few times I have painted a man’s face and I think I did a pretty good job. I do seem to be much more confident painting women’s faces though. Weird! Do you have that problem? Let me know.
Another journal has come my way from one of the group members who lives in England. Her name is Kalona and her journal theme is Magic and Mysteries I believe. I have only roughed out a sketch of what I am going to do. I decided to do a wizard and he will be completed using acrylic paints and prisma colour pencil crayons. I originally thought that I would portray him standing with lightning coming out of his hands and staff, but he told me was a tired wizard and wanted to be portrayed in an more gentle light. Funny how your art decides what it wants to be. I used to have that happen to me all the time when I was designing and making art dolls. I wanted a certain doll to have purple hair and there was a fight and she ended up with red hair…and NO…I am not “off my rocker”. So here he is. I have not thought of a name for him as yet. Completion to be saved for next week when all the grad ceremonies are over. I will post more pictures as I get closer to completing him and then a final reveal before mailing on to the next member.