Daily Creativity: Semicolon for Mental Health

Daily Creativity: Semicolon for Mental Health

Daily Creativity: Semicolon for Mental Health part of #projectsemicolon.This semicolon mixed media painting is a continuation of the piece I drew earlier for #projectsemicolon. I said I wanted to continue on with this theme, and I’m sure I will do more in the future. I wanted to finish lent off with a piece that was meaningful to me, and this concept is one of the most powerful that I worked on this year. I made it through lent without missing a single day, and I wrote more about each piece and reflected on my work. I really enjoyed this process and it did for me what I set out for it to do. I hope you enjoyed the journey with me. Stay tuned for more Daily Creativity throughout the year.

This time I drew the tattooed wrist with a semicolon to represent mental health. I painted inside the heart with the colors for mental health awareness in watercolor. To me watercolor is a very controlled medium so I wanted to use that for the inside. I used soft pastels on outside of the heart in other colors. For me pastels are wild and uncontrollable, like the outside world and outside forces. The pastels got a bit darker than I had planned, but I think it worked out, the tattoo in the heart looks like a beacon of hope I think.

I first painted the watercolor section and then I masked that section with frisket and then did the pastels, so the pastels wouldn’t take over the painted section. I then used fixative to settle the pastels, and then removed the frisket. Note to self, and other artists, really make sure the watercolor is dry before applying frisket, even if you think it’s dry, wait longer, it will stick when wet. I had to match two spots because it wasn’t fully dry.

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Daily Creativity: Butterfly Woman

Daily Creativity: Butterfly Woman

Daily Creativity: Butterfly WomanMy niece Kat dictated this piece, she told me what to draw “Like a mermaid, but with wings,” so a Butterfly Woman, and the colors of the piece. I drew this on Friday (Good Friday) as she drew her own picture (she drew Rory as a Flower). It was nice being able to share that time and experience with my niece. I could tell it inspired her too because when she came back today she had a new picture, it was a whole seascape with mermaids and fish and plants and sea anemone. Her composition went from simple and rushed to well thought out. We spent quite a bit of today coloring that in together.

I went more Butterfly than woman, because I thought that was more fun. I drew this with colored pencils.

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Daily Creativity: Holi – Krishna & Radha

Daily Creativity: Holi – Krishna & Radha

Daily Creativity: Holi - Krishna & RadhaIn honor of the Holi Festival I made a piece inspired by Krishna and Radha. This is for Thursday (Holy Thursday) but as I was at my in-laws I was unable to scan and upload this piece. While it was Holy Thursday I chose instead to be inspired by the Holi festival instead. Thanks to the google doodle I got to learn a little more about the festival. (Every time there is a google doodle I click on it to learn more about what is being celebrated, even if I know a lot about the topic, I always learn something new.) I learned about Krishnah and Radha, now there were two tellings of the story, but both focused on the difference in skin color and the use of color to make the lovers skin match. This spoke to me in a strong way, not because I think people need to match, but because diversity is something that was important during the creation of these myths. How these stories can show that all skin colors are beautiful and love in love. I always thought the festival looked like fun and the colors always drew my attention, but knowing the love story behind it just makes it all that more special. I encourage you to read up on it yourself, you won’t regret it.

Holi DrawingOriginally I wanted to do this using pastels, but because I was at my in-laws I didn’t pack them. Too messy for travel. I think I may revisit this with pastels in the future though. I drew this using ink for the outline and then colored pencils. My mother in law said it looked like stained glass to her.

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Daily Creativity: Niagara Falls in my memory

Daily Creativity: Niagara Falls in my memory

Daily Creativity: Niagara Falls in my memoryToday I visited Niagara Falls for the first time. We didn’t actually get to see the falls till after dark because there were so many things we were doing. This piece is me trying to remember it and draw it. I’m not great at landscapes but I think I got a bit of the flow. I spent the day with Chooch and Viv of SpecFicMedia.com and two of my co-hosts on Beyond the Wall. Also, I spent the day with the Skinner’s of Flash Pulp. Also today my friend TABZ got married and it is a bit fitting since thanks to TABZ I met Chooch and Viv. We couldn’t watch the wedding but we saluted them as they married and celebrated in our own way. When I was drawing tonight I watched the stream recording and got to share in something I’d never be able to see ten years ago. Colored Pencils on natural unbleached paper.

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Daily Creativity: Elephant Judo

Daily Creativity: Elephant Judo

Daily Creativity: Elephant JudoElephant’s practicing Judo? Why not? Tonight’s art was requested by Tek aka UpsideDownandFlying on tumblr. Tek loved the race picture I did and the Ele-family picture so he wanted to see them practicing Judo. We both love watching the heavyweight judo, it really is the most entertaining of the IJF highlight videos. Of course one of the reason I might like the heavyweight matches is because that matches my body type and my type of martial arts. I practice yoshinkan aikido but both aikido and judo have the same root. I really enjoyed drawing this and how it came out, so there may be more of a series of theses in the future.

Colored pencils on paper

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