I was so totally struck by the perfection of my infant children. It made me want to paint! I even wanted to sculpt their sweet faces in clay (I wonder if anyone can relate?). It is clear, even in just the blog world, that I am not the only one inspired by motherhood. I wanted to see what it was like to create something so beautiful. Not a perfectly rendered copy but I wanted to document what I saw and understand it deeper than you can from just seeing. The way taking notes helps you remember material from a lecture or book.
About a month ago I posted about my personal experience using My Artist’s Way Toolkit. You can find out about it and read my thoughts here. If you are interested in trying it out for FREE for one month you can use this promo code: BLOGHER (all in caps). You will be asked to add your credit card info but will NOT be charged for your one month free trial! Cool, huh?! Try it, your creativity will thank you!!!
Review of My Artist’s Way Toolkit
This was the second one to come along of interest to me and I jumped at it. You must be fast ladies! These campaigns fill up quickly. I have a little confession… I am pretty new to blogging and writing and come from the visual arts world, so I am little naive to things most veterans probably know all about. I assumed The Artists Way was for visual artists. I had even been meaning to check out the book. My assumption was not correct but also not exactly incorrect.
Do you have a sad, bare wall in need of some cheering up in the form of colorful art? Is buying original art out of you current budget? Would you enjoy a no mess, almost instantly gratifying, and creative project for you and/or your kids. Yes? Well, then do I have a fun and easy project for you!
Here is how to create an original abstract “painting” on canvas without, talent, technique, or artist’s materials!
I have taken a step back lately to examine the role I would like art and illustration to play here at Doodles and Jots. Over time, and once I have more time, I would like it to play an even bigger and more integral role in my content and maybe even become more consistent, that is after I do lots of experimenting. The great thing about a blog is that it can be a testing ground for a not-fully-baked-plan like this.
What has inspired this personal challenge? Find out next week!
The possibilities are so exciting! Part of this plan is to migrate my style to be EVEN looser to save time and also because it is what I like. I have decided to stop thinking about it and take some action. I decided it would be motivating and fun to turn my plan into a little independent study course for myself! Join in if you like. I think it could apply to more than just art and illustration styles like photography or maybe even writing.
Today I am featuring a guest artist, my 6 year old daughter! Possibly inspired by Press Here? I don’t know, but I love this simple polka-dotted piece! She also has her own blog, check it out at Coloring Book Center!
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You don’t need art instruction books for your kids. It’s the truth! Give them crayons, markers, construction paper, and they naturally know what to do with them. Don’t interfere, don’t hover or tell them what do do. Just show your interest in what they create. Provide them with good lighting a comfortable chair, and work table and let them go!
Here is a pattern I made with one of my Tread Setting photos from yesterday. I tried a few, but this one was by far the coolest and to think, I made it with my car! I think of driving as being such a masculine activity but this is definitely evidence of driving’s feminine side! I think yesterday was winter’s last hurrah but if it snows again I will be looking for another empty parking lot!
This morning I discovered a really big blank canvas. It was so big in fact that I needed to use my car as a paint brush!
Are you fascinated with bubbles? Are you running low on stationary? Are you looking for something fun and educational to do after school? Do you enjoy combining art and science? Do you need to sharpen your observational skills? Do you have a bowl, water, dish soap, straws, tempera paint, and card-stock?
Then why not try this fun craft…