I hadn't realized how far I had pulled away from myself until that moment when it all clicked into place. The work that I have produced this past week has been so genuine, pure, and saturated in happy heart stuff. I am really excited to announce that pretty soon, and for the first time (cue tumbleweeds again) in I can't remember when, I will be stocking my Etsy shop (currently on vacation mode) with color and life.
Mornings find me water-coloring in the living room where I can be with our children, providing them with all the attention they need to start there day and not forget their homework/snacks/etc. I tend the wood-stove in this time, wipe off my paintbrush between strokes, and make sure we are waiting outside for the bus at exactly the right time.
When the older boys are gone and only the youngest and I remain, I finish up the water coloring and move into my studio for acrylic and pen. Each completed piece is gently placed it into a manila folder for safe keeps. I recently purchased a new printer/scanner, and so for the first time ever will be offering prints of my work.
In only 4 days the 100 Artworks challenge will begin. I am hoping to accomplish 2-3 pieces per week for this challenge, more if I can manage it (8 months of work!? Woah), but if I need a break on the theme/challenge... I will stop, to create something else. Are you curious of the theme I have chosen? It's 'Earth's Creatures'. Exciting right? Excitement = Inspiration = New Work!
Last week I announced my intentions on Instagram, and asked that my followers tell me what it is they would hope to see from this project, if they had the power to decide. So far, people have suggested creatures such as whale ~ tiger ~ seahorse ~butterfly ~ giraffe ~ snake~ raven ~ lion ~ peacock ~ gecko ~ and otter. I myself would like to create some fox ~ deer ~ owl ~ songbird ~ house cat ~ turtle ~ jelly fish ~ and bear. chances are I won't do just one of each. It's 100 pieces of artwork, so I'm not limited to doing just one piece of each individual creature. If I'm feeling it with seahorses I will do a few, same for any other mammal ~ swimmer ~ or flyer.
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