I’ve been challenging myself to some time-limited painting. I started with a 20 minute time limit, but I just had to have another 10 minutes to add the final touches. So, now I’m doing 30 minutes.
I start with an already painted page in my art journal which saves me a little time. I like to pre-paint the backgrounds on lots of pages at once so that they are ready to go when I’m feeling inspired.
Why am I doing this? Well, I was inspired by Jane Spakowsky’s 20 minute paintings. I saw them via Pinterest and thought I’d try it out. It really helps me to loosen up and not stress about the final outcome, although I am really loving how they have been turning out. That extra 10 minutes makes all the difference for me.
I paint from my imagination most of the time, but I’ve also been finding inspiration by searching for self-portraits on instagram. Sometimes, they look nothing like the person I am painting and sometimes they are a little close. It depends on how devoted I am to the original self portrait, plus the time constraint make it hard to be exact. The bottom right is supposed to be an image I spotted of Flora Bowley. Ha! Not sure what she would think about it.
It’s a fun project and I hope to fill up my new portrait art journal very quickly. My goal is to do one a day for the next 20 days. I will post regularly as I go along.
These are three of my favorite pieces that I made for my Expressions E-course. I have added them to my shop.
I don’t normally do a lot of collage, but I really love how the top one turned out. It feels romantic, soft, delicate.
The girl with the yellow cup has an expressions that I love. What’s in her cup? Is it empty? Maybe she wants something in it.
Sharing stories reminds me of the comfort you get when you share your most intimate stories with your best friend or sister. They just listen and comfort you. They don’t give you a pep talk or give you advise. They just listen and hold your worries without judgement.
The last two are much more the in the style that I’ve become most comfortable with. I am still always trying to stretch and push myself further. I know I’m getting close to a style that defines me best. I feel it starting to naturally evolve.
There is still time to get 20% off anything in my shop. Use coupon code ILOVEMOMMY. offer expires May 4th.
I remember precious moments like this, when you finally get a little shut eye with the baby safely snuggled up with you. You drift, floating through dreams. The rhythm of heart beats and breathing that is created and the beautiful bonding that occurs.
I will never forget it.
This print is now in my shop. Use coupon code ILOVEMOMMY for 20% off your entire purchase. Offer expires on May 4th. The original painting is also available ~ 9″ x 12″ on wood panel for $150 (you can use coupon code for this too!). Please email me if you are interested (regina AT creativekismet DOT com).
More going into my shop over the next couple of days…stay tuned!
Please excuse me as I brush off the cobwebs of my poor, dusty little blog.
I’m afraid that my e-course sorta took over my life these past few weeks, but with only 4 days left, I can finally start to breathe and relax. Not that my e-course wasn’t fun, just a lot more work than I had expected~ mostly with editing over 50 videos. I did learn a lot about my own art and making faces. You would think I would be sick of doing them, but I’m really excited to start painting more!
So now I’m at that weird point where I have so much that I want and need to do, that I don’t know where to start. I will tell you this, you will seeing me around here a lot more.
I thought I’d better brighten up this little space with some flowers. I have been finding some really great stuff on my walks lately. It is what has been keeping me going five days a week. The hunt for beautiful things. Right now it is flowers, which are in full bloom. In a month or so, there will be a lot less because of the increasing temps. So I am capturing them now, while they are bright and abundant.
A few other things keeping me going on my morning walks:
* my new kicks, which are super comfortable and have those super bright turquoise shoelaces. They make me very happy.
* Using Map My Walks app on my phone. I stop a lot to take photos, but I get to keep track of how far I am walking.
* Changing my route. I get to see different parts of Tucson which has allowed me to see how artsy this town is.
* Instagram and facebook posts. By doing a daily pic, I feel accountable and I get to share what I see.
I’ve been walking Monday through Friday now for 9 weeks and am looking forward to more morning walks.
I thought you might enjoy a little snippet of what we did this week in my e-course (Expressions in Mixed Media Portrait Painting). We covered a lot of info in proportions, shading, profiles and more.
I LOVE my e-course group. They are doing a amazing things, learning and growing. It is an amazing thing to witness and I am so incredibly thankful for them.
It”s not too late if you still want to join.
Enjoy the video!
Had to share my leaf and flower garland, even though I have had no time to do anything to the mantel.
And, my e-course started today and it has been hopping with activity. I am loving that !!! It’s not too late to sign up. All of the information will be left up until the end of the year so that you will have plenty of time to play and paint faces.
If you have signed up and have not received any info from me, please email me (reginaATcreativekismetDOTcom)
My friend Angela, sent me these beautiful little crocheted flowers, all the way from South Africa (along with lots of other goodies). She crocheted them herself.
When I received them, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, especially after making a crocheted heart garland. I just crocheted a long chain, adding the little flowers as I went.
They will be hung over my fireplace, along with our painted leaves. Will show you soon!
When my hubby brought home some magnolia leaves from Dallas a month ago, I pressed most of them in between pages of large books.
I pulled them out last night and had the kids help me paint them. We used Delta Soy Paints and painted fun and bright designs on them.
I am hoping to string them all together for a spring garland.
I recently did this commissioned painting of a sweet kitty named Mooglee. It was a really fun piece to make!