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Lifebook 2016 – A few of my Art Journal Pages

LB2016header900I have been progressing through the class very well so far.  I am mostly up-to-date with the once-per-week classes.  I’ve enjoyed most of them, but have to admit I am enjoying my watercolor classes much more.

Some of the pages speak to me very much and I’ve enjoyed the art process.  Some of them seem to have a basis in pain and healing, etc.  I just don’t have that experience in my life – not in a way I feel I need to art journal about to as a cathartic experience.  Some of the pages are fun with many, many layers of paper, stamps, writing, stencils, etc.  But after a few of these pages in a row, I need a break.  I feel like I am just piling on art products just to use them and make a mess.

Here are a few of the pages I’ve completed.  Out of respect to Tamara Laporte, I am not going to elaborate on the theme or instructions for these pages.  It is a paid online class after all.  I do recommend the journey.  Overall I am enjoying and will continue to complete pages and update some here.

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Greenville Center for Creative Arts – Watercolor

imagesBrandonMillsCCAOTThero2016-01-27 17.41.42 I don’t remember how I happened on their site.  I think I was looking for the arts museum.  But low and behold – a near by art center that teaches art classes.

I was so excited and scared  I’ve never tried to do any kind of art (other than scrapbooking) where other people would see my work.  I wasn’t sure I had the courage to do this.

As an early birthday present, my husband gifted me with two water classes.  I signed up and all at once I was committed and shopping for watercolor supplies (more on that later).  The Instructor I had was Dwight Rose.  I have to say I improved so much from the first class.  I look forwarding to taking more classes from Dwight.

Here are a few of my pieces after completing a few classes.  This is a big step for me to share my work publically.

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Lifebook 2016 – A Year-Long Art Journaling Class

LB2016header900I have been searching YouTube for various scrapbook tutorials and new products.  I kept coming across videos on Art Journaling.  I particular liked Tamara Laporte’s video.  They weren’t just art journaling.  She also was teaching how to draw stylized female characters.  It looked like so much fun!  I signed up and tried a few of her classes online and here are a few of my completed pieces:  I’ve never done anything like this before.  I was drawing!  drawing Faces!  And they didn’t look half bad.  I’ll continue to post my finished projects as I continue through her classes.

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Assessing Current Lifestyle: Goal 2: It’s Time to Get Back in the Studio

I am now unemployed again.  After many, many moves for my Husband’s job, I have had to quit my jobs and start over again.  I have never been able to arrange a job transfer for myself.

Because I have done this several times, my resume is pretty much swiss cheese.  I have lots of experience, but only a short timer in all my positions.  This just isn’t viewed very favorably.  Quite honestly, I have allot of experience and training and am just plain tired of always having to start back at the bottom.

I have decided that at 55 I am retired!  Now what am I going to do all day.  Well, we’ve already talked about my first goal of creating a healthy lifestyle – so I’ve added going to the gym.  But what else am I supposed to do all day – clean the house, yuk.

good-cheer-nyc I have always had a creative side.  I’ve always wanted to be some kind of artist, but I don’t really have any talent.  My artistic outlet for many, many years has been scrapbooking.  I still like it, but I feel like its getting too predictable.  I have a ton of supplies and tools, but I am bored with it.

It’s time to explore other artistic opportunities.  Stay Tuned!

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