Friday, January 25, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 4:: Create Art

This week's prompt at Focus on Life was playful:

This week let's CREATE ART!  There is no wrong way to be creative!  Immerse your self in what you already love to make or take this prompt as the little push to try something completely new!  Then show us!

I admit - I cheated a little bit this week. I had a not so good week, and I tried hard to do something other than work, but it was impossible. You all know I like to make jewelry and I consider that to be my art right now. But I wanted to show you something different too.

Besides trying tons of new things every now and then - I have 2 primal loves (yes, I used primal correctly here, they are truly my basic loves): music and visual arts. I am not very good at either - but I am working very hard at getting better in music (see my post from a couple of days ago); and I have plans to take drawing courses to help me with naturally defining perspective and shades, the 2 things I struggle most with in art.

Where am I getting at? In one of the packages my mom sends me she added a couple of paintings I made almost 24 years ago! I was painting a lot back then - mostly abstract, although I didn't like the genre, but it will not need perspective rules :) These are not abstract, as you'll see in a moment...

The storm (oil on cardboard): 1989
I think I was feeling blue (and probably lonely too) here: there is definitely a storm brewing there, but there is also hope.

No name (oil on cardboard): 1989
P.S. Chewed by the dog :) 
A more calm and happy one - maybe too calm; although we have that idea of motion: an airplane that has been there very recently :) [what you see on the right side is the dog who chewed it, I don't even know when!]

Seeing them made me long for those drawing courses! I'm going to look into that right now - luckily for me we have an Art Centre right downtown, and they offer courses for adults (although they seem to cater more for retired adults, they set their lessons weekday mornings... but I will figure something out).

So far Sally's challenge brought lots of good things at the surface, and it has been only 4 weeks! Sally, thank you, again - every week I seem to reach deeper and deeper! This is an exercise I needed =)

Thank you, my friend, for visiting with me today.

Please make sure you continue the Art Gallery tour - the list of "exhibitors" is to be found in the Main Lobby, at Miss Sally's.

26 comments:

  1. I loved your past post on music...it was so inspiring! That first picture is compelling...I do hope you pursue this medium again...you are so talented!

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  2. I agree..the prompts are great for shaking things up and revealing what has needed to be voiced or acted upon for quite some time...I hope you get the classes you are looking for!!!

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  3. Those are wonderful paintings and I had to laugh at the "chewed by the dog" bit. I hope you enjoy your classes.

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  4. what perfect art to share. I love the contrast to the piano you are learning now and not then and the art from then but not yet now, if you follow me. Yes, I see two primal loves! So great to see. I'm reminded that somewhere here is a painting of a cat I did at about age 9 I think - in an art course. I wonder what it can show me.

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  5. I can see that you are a talented artist and hopefully you can get the classes you want. I think you will soon be closer to having both those primal loves back in your life. One thing I know for sure is that we are never too old to learn.

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  6. Both are lovely! I hope you have a better week next week! I know how that can really mess up one's artistic juju. :)

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  7. good luck finding a drawing course - i know they can be challenge to find at a time that suits....
    great paintings and such different moods, even though the palettes are similar...
    thank you for sharing :)
    have a great week!
    [no. 19 - i overslept]

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  8. How thought of you mom to save and then send you creations you made many years ago. I look forward to seeing some of your drawing from the drawing class you plan to take.

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  9. So your art for this week was a meditation on works past. Love it!

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  10. oh fantastic! what a great post :) we are of the same mind this week, and I LOVE that these are 'oil on cardboard' that is awesome :) and that the dog nibbling a bit at it adds to the piece - LOL these are great!!

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  11. Hi Alicia,
    Love the first painting with the little tiny boat in the big rough sea, I do see the hope with the sun peeking out behind the dark cloud. Oh the dog was just jealous and wanted to put his touch to your painting. It is still a nice painting showing a beautiful calm day. Best wishes with the art classes.
    Therese

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  12. How fun to come across something from so long ago! Love the textured sea in the first painting. Hope the art classes work out for you.

    (I'm #41 this week)

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  13. I love the paintings,...the first one especially, but the one chewed on by the dog is super special. I hope this week is better than last week. :-)

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  14. Both are really great pieces! You should definitely take another class!! I hope your week is better than the last!

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  15. How fun to revisit art from years ago!!Both are wonderful pieces of art! I love the colors and the 'mood' of each piece.

    After my mom passed away in 2011 my dad began cleaning out every room, drawer, cabinet etc, and just this past week he brought over some ceramics I made in high school. It was fun, and a bit humbling to see them.

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  16. I find both of your paintings to be gorgeous but I really like
    "chewed by dog" best.

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  17. Alicia, you are such a multi-talented lady, am sure you will go on to greater things with the course you will be taking. You obviously already have a great head start!

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  18. Love your first painting and love the chewed part of the other painting :) I hope you get those classes for yourself! Just read your music post and it is great that you started to learn piano (I so want to learn) and took that test. I am sure you did awesome on it!

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  19. These are both wonderful. I actually like the dog's contribution too. I am always suprised when I see something that was created years ago-usually totally forgotten about-and see just how fabulous it really is. I look forward to seeing MORE!!!

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  20. Ahhhh, the music! I am most definitely not a music artist, but it inspires me every day. Love that you are inspired by it too. Your paintings reminded me so strongly of a picture of me taken when I was about 14 (and trust me, that decade has long since passed!), sitting on the pier near our home, painting. I just may have to edit my post to add it. :-)
    Thanks for the memory!

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  21. I love that your mom saved your paintings!!! I also love how you're pursuing your passions. Keep on blooming Alicia! =)

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  22. Look at all the talent from 24 years ago! I hope you are able to take the drawing classes you long for. I also hope you have a better week!

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  23. I think it's great that you got to revisit art from your past. I hope you get to take the drawing class that you want. I agree that Sally is doing a wonderful job of getting us all to look deeper inside ourselves.

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  24. I love the way you are experimenting with different forms of art. You took up music , now you are looking into painting classes. You are an ARTIST at the core and that comes out in your jewelry making too, Alice. Take care. I love your paintings, both. Dita

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  25. Some weeks are so busy you can't keep your head above water, so I'm so glad you pulled out some painting you did from way back when. They get you thinking about you back then and how far forward you have come in this journey that is life! I hope you get time to thoroughly enjoy the art classes you are looking into taking!

    P.S. I love how you mention that the one painting was chewed by the dog, I cracked up laughing!

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