Archive for February, 2011

Snapshot from New York

Posted in Misc. on February 24, 2011 by Patti

I took a little break from artistic expression and went along with the hubby on a business trip to NY.

We usually stay in Midtown, but we were further down this time and I really enjoyed the new neighborhood. It was fun to explore new parts of the city and do something other than go to the theater… though I love the theater. It was just a more laid back and casual approach this time, and I found myself appreciating the city in ways I haven’t really before.

It was a good time.


Pieces of Me…

Posted in Artistic Endeavors on February 2, 2011 by Patti

self portrait for journaling week in misty’s class

Collage Painting

Posted in Artistic Endeavors on February 2, 2011 by Patti

As I may have mentioned, last week was collage week in Misty Mawn’s online mixed media workshop. Sadly, I did not have much time – any time really – to get to my studio to work on the assignments last week. I’ve spent the last couple of days playing a little catch up.

The technique I most wanted to try was altering a magazine photo within a collage… practicing the portrait painting skills, you see.


She is a magazine photo, glued onto watercolor paper, collaged with other magazine photos and painted over with acrylics, neocolor crayons, stabilio marks all pencil, and white gel pen. The background is done with the neocolor crayons, and the text is in Sharpie.

It took me hours to get her to a point where I really like her, but I do.


I know I’ve said it before, but I am really loving this class! Stretching Within is the perfect name for it – Misty’s assignments have taken me way outside my comfort zone with my art. I had no idea that I could do some of the things I’ve accomplished. I am so filled with ideas and inspiration! Most of all, I am liking my drawing & painting more than I ever thought was possible. Oh, the many doors that can swing open for me to explore what’s inside now! I feel like I can take my art to places that I had only wished for.

What an excellent beginning to my year of artful living!


Posted in Artistic Endeavors on February 1, 2011 by Patti

As I have mentioned, Misty’s workshop isn’t the only thing I’m doing this month. I am also doing an online course with Carla Sonheim called The Art of Silliness.

It is a 30 day class, and each day we get worksheets to print out and fill in – just like in grade school. The assignments are good silly fun. They’re been great to get my imagination going and to get me to draw without taking myself too seriously. The other day, I couldn’t get up to the studio to work on collage for Misty’s class because I was waiting for a service call at home, so I just lay down on the floor with several worksheets & my Pitt pens and colored. It is glorious to make marks on paper without any pressure or real agenda like we all used to when we were kids!

The worksheets have been a good break for me from the effort of trying to master more serious drawing and painting… not that Misty’s class isn’t fun. It’s great… and a wonderful creative outlet in addition to all that I am learning!  I’m just trying to master certain skills in Misty’s class that do not come easily to me, and it is nice to take a break from the pressure of my inner critic and get my head back into a more playful space when I start to take things a little too seriously.

I was worried that I was taking on too much, but these worksheets don’t take more than 10 or 15 minutes to do – and they are a good little decompressor when I’m getting discouraged with my shading or painting skills. They were also a lifesaver for me last week when I couldn’t get up to the studio as much as I wanted… they kept me at playing with art and kept me from losing focus on my goal to make my art a priority this year. They are also a nice low pressure way to practice some of the drawing skills I need to work on anyway.

And did I mention that they’re fun?


This is Carla’s third Art of Silliness workshop, and I believe she is planning to do a fourth this spring. I will be signing up! I recommend it to anyone who wants to play with their art and have a little silly fun… or to anyone who is taking themselves a little too seriously. In the meantime, she has the worksheets from her first Art of Silliness  workshop for sale as a set in her Etsy store if you wanna check them out.

We are into our journalling week with Misty, and she has just posted our lesson for this week. I’m off to check it out… but first, I believe I’ll have a brief silly interlude with today’s worksheet.