Saturday, February 06, 2010

Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace, if you will. (Susan Avishai)

What can be more magical than picking up a pencil and drawing something beautiful? My sister drew this portrait of a girl. It was one of her assignments from the online Portrait Workshop she is currently taking under the auspicious direction of mixed-media artist Misty Mawn. She claims I am capable of doing the same if I just practice. Really? I don’t know but I am willing to give it a try. There are times when it is necessary to stretch our brains around a new concept, go beyond our comfort zone and take an artistic quantum dive into the pool of unlimited universal potential. I will slip into my bathing suit and see what happens and I strongly urge you to come along.

I perpetually dream of going on an artist retreat to some faraway place such as the hills of Umbria but in this economy that can be quite challenging. Taking an online class can be an exciting alternative. There are quite a few artists who offer classes online. Listed below are some I know about…let me know if you hear of any others.

Visual Poetry- Online Art Workshop Series- Digital Photo-manipulation
Instructor- Susan Tuttle

Lk Ludwig offers several online workshops; see her blog page for descriptions.

Misty Mawn is talking about offering future online classes that sound very exciting if you love mixed media!

"Believe it or not, I can actually draw"
Jean-Michel Basquiat

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Let the Day Unfold Before You

I can talk myself right out of writing something on my blog. I contend I have a million things to do, and believe me I do, but the crux of the matter is I don’t have anything interesting to say.

I had a normal day. I let it unfold before me, hoping all would be well and it was. I found parking spaces all over the place, I enjoyed being with my co-workers, I finished grading some papers, my car passed its emissions test, and low and behold I am writing on my blog.

I do not take days like this for granted. They are blessings… graciously offered and like a petal of a daisy they feel smooth and slight. That is how I will greet it tomorrow, only it won’t be tomorrow, it will just…be.

Art Pendants- Creating with resin papers and such!