Inspired by: Carla Sonheim
Earlier this year I was making up backgrounds for various pages in my art journal. Mainly, I was having fun playing with different methods of putting paint to paper and using acrylics in a watercolor like manner. The other night I had the chance to use some of these pages as they seemed perfect for the one of the exercises in Carla Sonheim’s bookL Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals. I’ve been wanting to make cows and other animals lately, so this book twisted my thinking a little, and got me drawing my animals outside the box. It is a great book by the way and be sure to go check out the link above, I love her art work, and when I read page fifteen, I was laughing. I could have written it. When I read, she has a B.A. in History, that sealed the deal for me, and I had to buy the book.
Another page from my journal:
I was flipping thru my large art journal, looking for more pages that had good color splotches,when I stumbled upon this page. I am going to turn the lotus flower into a stamp.
Full view of this page. This was done earlier this year. It amazes me sometimes when I look back over my journals, once I’ve had enough time to “forget” about what is wrong or bad about my work, and I actually can see the positives in my work. The loss of judgement over it. I forget all the mistakes and imperfections, and I am finally able to see it with fresh eyes.
Another page, I remember hating and being frustrated with, now its just different, I love the faces, lips and eyes. I can see how my work has changed from then and what has remained.