Joy of Art – 10

Do the work. Show up. Participate.

These are small pieces I do at work or at home at night to help remind me why I love doing art. 


Joy of Art is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Joy of Art – 08

It is okay to rest. Breathe.

This is the vision board I made for my word “magic” this year. I love making these and use them as my background on my computers and paste it into my journals, etc.


Joy of Art is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Joy of Art – 07

joy can be found in tiny moments. pay attention.

These are small pieces I do at work or at home at night to help remind me why I love doing art. 


Joy of Art is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Joy of Art – 06

make time to savor all you love.

These are small pieces I do at work or at home at night to help remind me why I love doing art. 


Joy of Art is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Joy of Art – 05

This week I wanted to share a piece of art I did thanks to a new book coming out called DIY Watercolor Flowers.

I am always obsessed with being able to draw and paint flowers. I love them so much in real life that I always try to capture them in my art and can never really do them justice. 

Boudon’s book has three main sections: Basic Techniques, Plant Directory and Flower Compositions. The first section gives you watercolor techniques: how to overlay, how to create transparent layers, how to blend, how to contrast, etc. She also reviews brushes, papers, paint of course. 

Then the plant directory has: roses, peonies, carnations, dahlias, anemones, poppies, and foliage.  She has small detail flowers, too. All of the steps are simple (well they look simple and of course they take a lot of practice to master.) and relatively easy to follow.

The last section puts it all together with some lovely compositions. Frames, circlets, bouquets, patters, streamers, etc. This was my favorite section of course. There are step by steps but not as many as I tend to crave. Having said that, if you practice all the plants in the directory, I have no doubt you can get these bouquets. 

Overall this is a lovely book for people who want to start painting flowers. It’s not super advanced but it will get you started on painting flowers in no time!

i had to put my own spin on it of course. It says Be open and willing to try new things. It’s how you learn.

thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy. all opinions are mine. 


Joy of Art is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Joy of Art – 04

It is okay to rest. Breathe.

These are small pieces I do at work or at home at night to help remind me why I love doing art. 


Joy of Art is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Joy of Art – 03

This is the official first week of Life Book 2019  or at least my interpretation of it. 

I had to try this one twice. In the first version, the face was too small which made it too hard to color. So instead of giving up or continuing with what wasn’t working, I just went to the next page and tried it all over again. 

Grateful that I did. I don’t love this but I am much happier with it and it was wonderful to get to play with watercolors.

Onward.


Joy of Art is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Joy of Art – 02

One of my goals this year is to bring back the practice of making art regularly. Ideally I’d do this more than once a week but if I end the year with 52 pieces of art, I will be super glad. 

To help with this goal, I am taking several classes so fae:

  1. Life Book 2019  Easiest way to bring back art for 2019.
  2. Perspective class by Olga this class was free.
  3. Alisa Burke’s yearlong art journaling class.

The work I share here will start with these and if I am lucky it will spread out to more. So we’ll see.

This week’s art is inspired by Tam’s warm up in Lifebook week 1. This piece has nothing to do with the piece she created but it’s how I wanted to warm up. 

I can sit here and criticize every piece of this but I am surrendering and letting it go because the goal is not to create perfect art. It’s just to make more art and I have to start somewhere. So here it goes.


Joy of Art is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.