I've spent most of the weekend working as a result of my being unable to concentrate with all three kids home...and the fact that I couldn't hardly justify sitting around working during my kids' spring break...
But today, Adam convinced me to take a break.
So I listened.
*My own phrase: "Passion swelled inside her like a symphony & she followed every dream one at a time." Something I need to be reminded of...that all my dreams don't happen all at once...that prayers are best answered in God's time. But mostly, this is a reminder for a friend...to embrace the passion, to follow the dreams...it's worth it, don't you think?
Yesterday, Sophia and I watched some of the videos for my friend Christy's SHE ART Workshop. I started painting a little over a year ago, but I love learning new techniques and just watching someone else's process. Christy's class was like peeking into her studio...and coming away with FUN. Sophia also loved watching with me...and painting her own canvas today.
I've found the best way to work on new techniques is just to go for it--copy what you've been shown... later, you can figure out how it works itself into your own style.
So, that's what I did.
I am especially interested in ways to make the backgrounds more interesting, and I think Christy does an excellent job of showing how to do this. To top it all off, she's an incredible teacher (and an amazing artist) so it's fun and there's some great take-away.
I love doing mixed media because it's a way to make my scrapbooking supplies pull double duty. They're great on layouts, of course, but when you see the different ways you can use paper and embellishments, well, the creative possiblities are endless.
Endless, I tell you.
And, as I've mentioned before, the creative break it gives my brain is invaluable. I took a two hour break and now I can dive back in to my work. The kind of work that requires my brain to be in full gear.