This weeks lesson was about honoring your inner world by Danielle Daniel. Try saying that name three times fast! Lol!
I struggled with this one a bit. Letting go and freely painting just isn’t my thing. But I hope that the more I do it, it will become easier for me.
We were told to randomly collage and paint in the background. This is as random as I get.
Then we painted a girl in a meditative or praying position. I love that all the Life Book teachers have been really accepting of all belief systems. I was a little worried that as a Christian I would have a problem with all the “universe” talk and meditation. That I would feel uncomfortable or left out of some things because they clashed with my beliefs, but I have been pleasantly surprised on how accepting all the teachers have been. For example… one of the past lessons we were asked to write a letter to the universe, but the teacher also said that it could be a letter to God (which was who I chose to write my letter to). And I have really enjoyed the different meditations that have been included here and there with the course. I find them to be very relaxing and stress relieving.
The teacher also included a quote by Emily Dickinson that I really liked. So I decided to include the same quote into my piece.
Forever is composed of Nows
At one point, I stopped worrying about making it look like the teacher’s piece and just started to paint how I felt. I decided to be present and be in the now…
Til next time..
Week 17’s lesson was taught by Tascha Parkinson. We were to think about what we were grateful for and use that in our piece. But first we started with drawing a girl.
We were to draw the head twice the size of the body. Mission accomplished, but my first attempt was too big to put on my background. Plus, this girl just looked off. So I tried again. This time I made her too small. Third times the charm I guess!
We also had to use watercolors to paint her. Yikes! I’ve never used them before so this was brand new to me. I tried a practice run on my second drawing. Everything was going well except when I got to the mouth. The face was still wet so when I did the mouth it bled all over. It looked like a child after they’ve eaten a cherry Popsicle. It ran all over her chin. Glad I practiced first. But I learned some things; let things dry before painting adjoining areas, keep paper towels near by to suck up excess watercolor and try to loosen up. Watercolors are supposed to be a bit organic looking.
Now on to the background. We used a dry brush technique and just blended the colors that way. Then I took some Hot Pink paint, watered it down and flicked it onto the page. Background complete!
Now I just had to put it all together.
In the center, I wrote all the different things I’m grateful for. All are pretty self explanatory except one. Windows… I am NOT referring to the PC operating system! I am an Apple Girl all the way. My first Apple computer was the Apple IIC. I’ve been a loyal consumer since the 80’s. And I love my Mac! I am referring to actual windows. Like in your house. I’m actually working on a blogpost about… I guess… me. It started as something else, but I just couldn’t stop writing so now it’s kind of my life’s story. Well, just the last 10 years or so. But that blog post will explain why I am so grateful for windows. And why I was obsessed with them when we were looking for our new house.
Back to the project… I had a lot of fun learning how to paint with watercolors. And the dry brush technique I will definitely use again. I also liked the look of cutting the girl and flowers out and leaving a bit of white space around them. It makes them look cartoony, which is fun!
Til next time…