Just Breathe

“If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how different would our ideals of beauty be.”

Have been doing a lot of water colour painting and incorporating pen and ink into them as well.  Much inspiration has come from attending the art demos at the Langley Opus Art Store opusartsupplies.com where they host some very talented artists who share their techniques and style. 

With this particular painting I thought I would try the dripping technique and I really quite like how it turned out.  Painting really does bring a lot of joy into my life and I am excited to see how I improve the more I do it.

This painting is done on 11 x 15  Canson 140lb cold press water colour paper.


Just Breathe

Two mediums come together digitally

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had done a post……much longer than I thought.  But today I decided it was time to get back to it.

I haven’t been creating too much art this past while except for some water colouring in my sketch book but I am starting to feel more inspired to get back to mixed-media.  Over the weekend I thought I would see what I could create digitally and decided to take the water colour painting from my last post and incorporate it with one of the sunset pictures I took while spending time in Mexico this past winter.  So here it is.

Bliss is a beautiful sunset

Bliss is a beautiful sunset

I used the sunset photo as the background then selected the girl from my water colour painting and then added a photo of one of my Encaustic paintings to add a more painterly look to the sunset along with a couple of little butterflies.  I used a number of different filters to get the effect I wanted.

Here are the image layers I used to create this in Photoshop Elements 10.

Lo de Marcos Sunsetencaustic painting     Until next time, happy creating!


Your Paradise

Digital collage can be so much fun.  I took this water-colour painting I did in my mixed-media journal while I was in Mexico this winter and scanned it.

You can make the place you are now your paradise....

You can make the place you are now your paradise….

A Beach in Mexico

I then made a totally different looking collage out of it digitally using Photo Shop Elements 10  by adding various back grounds and using a variety of filters such as multiply, hard light and the water-colour filter.


27 Art Journal Pages – Unearthing my creative side.

I am happy to report that I am still working on my challenge of doing  an art journal page everyday for a month and I am at number 27 – it has been so much fun and I look forward to it each day.  I have found it  interesting to see what unfolds as I create and try different techniques that I have read about and want to try. I have definitely  noticed a trend in what I write on each journal page and it appears the pages are taking on a life of their own by evolving into one page vision pages and affirmations.  It is definitely an enjoyable experience to sit down and take an hour to create my daily page. 

So continuing on my quest to learn more about collage and altered art I ordered two books from Amazon – the first one is call “Taking Flight” – Inspiration & Techniques to give your Creative Spirit wings by Kelly Rae Roberts.  I was so excited when they arrived late Friday afternoon! This book is wonderful and I am so enjoying it and learning so much.  It discusses the journey into the creative life, the spirit of possibility including  facing your fears, getting involved in community both on-line and off, creating memories and much, much more.  When reading the chapter on Facing Your Fears, I could so relate to what she was saying about your creative fears where that inner voice starts saying  things like ‘who do you think you are trying to be an artist’, ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I’m not that talented’, and it goes on and on that inner negative self talk that can be so destructive if you listen to it.  

I am discovering it is all about learning to make art for yourself and not worry about what others think of it cause it doesn’t matter as long as you are happy and finding joy in it.  Yes, if you are hoping to make a living from your art, you do need to create art that others will want to purchase but at the same time you have to stay true to yourself and create what you love and not what you think people might buy. I am happy to be just creating for myself at this time.  So you just create and not fret about others judging your art and just let your heart be involved in the process and it will come together. Believe in yourself.   

I love the Learning to Soar section in each chapter where there is a project to try with step-by-step instructions. I am preparing myself to try some of the projects – yes, fear of failure does come to mind but I am determined to get over it, cause I am doing it for myself, no one else.  By trying these projects it allows me to discover my creative wings and test them out while nurturing my vulnerability, especially where creativity is concerned.  We all struggle but when we write, collage, scrapbook, journal, paint, draw or take photographs we empower ourselves to keep seeking and growing within.

Do the Thing You Never Thought You Could Do

This past few days I have been learning how to draw a variety of human figures or I should say human-like as they are not true to form. I am pleased with what has turned up on the page –  and surprised that I could do it! The picture in this post is the second one I did and I am being very brave by including it.

In my search to grow artistically I came across this wonderful on-line workshop while catching up on Violette’s Blog http://www.violette.ca/ and have decided to sign up.  It is a really good deal for the registration fee of $59 – it goes from April 1 to August 1 and you have unlimited access to 21 artist workshops and you receive PDF’s of the workshops to keep.  So I am signing up this week and excited about getting involved with this wonderful community of artists.  Here is the link for the workshop if you are interested. http://www.dirtyfootprintsworkshops.com/2008/09/21-secrets-art-journal-playground.html

Til next time happy creating and be kind to yourself 🙂


Entering the creative world of art journalling

Over the past few weeks I have watched a lot of YouTube videos on creating collage which has tweaked an interest in art journaling.  In years past I have recorded my thoughts in a journal off and on, however I find that I will journal consistently for a while and then I stop and don’t do anything for a long time.  Perhaps it is because I have a hard time writing something everyday.  Who knows but I do know it is therapeutic activity and allows me to clear my head.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit with a wonderfully creative artist that I met at the Valley Women’s Networking luncheon.  Violette lives in a purple cottage in White Rock, BC, and the colour doesn’t stop there  – the interior is a delightful mix of  terracotta, lime green, bright blue and decorated with lots of her beautiful colourful art.  

Our visit flew by and the conversation was so easy, it really felt like I had known Violette for years and we discovered that we had a lot of similarities in our creative journeys through life.  To inspire her and keep her creative juices flowing Violette does art journal pages.  If you are not familiar with art journaling it basically incorporates words or statements about what you are feeling or wanting to do along with pictures, painting, doodling or what ever your creativity brings about.  It is actually a very fun way to express yourself. Violette wanted to share her joy of  the art journal so she wrote and published a book that provides tips and techniques for this creative art form.  It is called  “Journal Bliss” which of course I bought and I was delighted that she also signed it for me!  Violette also has a great Blog that I love to read http://www.violette.ca .

After leaving Violette’s home I felt so inspired and set a challenge for myself to incorporate this art form into my life and try to create an art journal page every day for a month.   (I am trying to create a habit of doing something creative everyday – and I know in order to form a new habit you must do it at least 21 days in a row.)  I am proud to say that so far I have been keeping up with the challenge.  Here are a couple of pics of some of my pages.

As I am on this wonderful  journey of rediscovering my creative side, the “Journal Bliss” book has been a great resource as I am learning some new techniques for drawing and creating.  I have to admit that sometimes I have trouble letting myself just go when it comes to creating, to often over thinking what I should do or how it should look and worried that it will look dumb or like a 6-year-old did it.  But my daughter is always reminding me that it does not matter what others think as long as I am having fun and enjoying the process.  It’s funny when I think about how many times I have said that to her over the years and now she is saying it to me.   So now I find myself eagerly looking forward to creating my daily journal page (one of the perks of being retired is that you have time) and have actually been quite pleased with the end result.  It seems the pages are taking shape of their own and turning into my vision book as well and the best part is I am having fun with it and love how the pieces for each page just seem to come together.

til next time,