More Girly Girls and a Rock

I signed up for Willowing’s Summer Girls mini-class.

It’s $25 and the pieces are rather adorably sweet-looking once completed. Tam does very stylized & easily identifyable pieces for her classes. I’m thinking that I might like to take one or two more of her classes at a later date, mainly Awesome Art Journal & perhaps Collage, Paint & Soul. With the two courses I’ve already played with, I’ve really enjoyed watching the videos on how to create the mixed media pieces from start to finish. As well, I do especially love having the written instructions on how to create things, step-by-step, and then learn how to combine them to get a whole piece — it’s pretty fantastic to have it all as reference to look at whenever I need it. Really, I just love that she writes up all her class instructions on .pdf and I can save them to look at wherever I happen to be: either on Ponyo in the kitchen or if I’m at my desk upstairs or in the car on the go, I can look at everything on my iPad.

Emailing with Empyress this afternoon, I noticed something rather interesting: checking out the class forums to see what others have created, it seems that everyone makes almost an exact duplicate of Tam’s work. I totally did the same thing with my first girl from the Art, Heart & Healing class, but it seems kind of weird and, to me, a little strange to see that no one does their OWN thing.

Nobody just uses her class as a guideline or jumping off point for ideas – but, I guess, if you’re just starting out learning how to draw and paint, having something to replicate that you know WILL look good once you’re finished, is comforting when you don’t know how to DO art stuffs… which I guess is the reason people sign up for these classes. To learn how to do pretty art, right? But the biggest issue for me is still the problem of: “but… but… but… I want to draw MY OWN GIRL!!!” I don’t want my girls to look so much like Tam’s girl!! :P~

All whining aside, I really do like her classes and how she teaches them. Like anything else, if I want to get good at something — it’s just a matter of making sure to practice, practice, practice so I can get a feel for my own abilities and develop my own style.

Having said that, here are my two most recent, but still incomplete, Girly Girls.

In memory of Baby C, The Hubbs’ sister & her family asked us if we would like to paint a rock for their collection:

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Working on some more Girly Girls

This is my second Girly Girl and I’m starting to get a feel for how they’re drawn.

The only thing is: as proud as I am of her, I am still wanting to start getting a feel for my own drawing-style and it’s not yet made itself known to me. I’m still essentially just replicating what I’ve been taught with how to draw the girls…

Girly Girl 02

I can’t remember if I made mention of this before, but months ago when I was working on the memory book, I signed up for another .ning art community run by Leslie Herger, also known as Comfortable Shoes Studio, called Art Journaling – It’s All Good! This was actually the first community that I really got excited about learning how to create in. It has loads of free classes, which are hugely informative and an absolute treasure trove of information and is a brilliant place to learn all sorts of different techniques from the huge gathering of mixed media artists in one place.

After yesterday’s splurge at Michaels, I am feeling all warm & fuzzy and excited to be doing more, and different, stuff. I dunno what, as of yet, but until last night, I completely forgot that I had signed up for the Challenge! class which is a group devoted to art journaling challenges. The description from the website: The idea is to use these Challenges! in your art journal in some way. You don’t need to do them all or any of them simply looking at them is enough. It’s to challenge ourselves to create more often and to look at our art and share our art.

So now the task is for me to get used to the idea of doing some sort of “regular” art journaling. For awhile I was actually doing a little bit of doodling in an old daytimer that I had repurposed, but I haven’t touched it in awhile — it’s a bit of a shame because I really, really like the feel of that journal with the pages glued together to increase its stability. I will more than likely start to work in it again, but for now I am using an art book. It feels a little too special & pristine to use as an everyday creativity book for some reason, but I’m trying to get over that with the current pages I’ve decided to play with.

I have to say: It’s ugly. Damn ugly. But that’s part of the process & the whole point to the challenges that they set out for students every month. The thing I really need to do is get over the notion of right, wrong, pretty & ugly. An art journal is for everything & anything — I just have to get comfortable with those ideas. Perhaps I need more books to play with? It’s a shame that I still haven’t gotten around to making that handmade recycled art journal that I started after the memory book.

One day… in the meantime, keep doing what I’m doing until I’m comfortable with the process? If anything, I should really start making time everyday (night?) to do some sort of creative works in the books. The Hubbs thinks it really helps me with my ability to deal with my pain & it helps to distract me from needing to take The Moose, and that in itself is a very good thing.

So. Plans for tonight? Try and do another page or two — whether it’s continuing on with the ink splodge that I started, or start a fresh new set of pages with another girly-girl, or just doodle mindlessly like I did last week.

First ever painting…

Holy cow!

I actually drew & painted something that is recognizeably “human”. I am completely floored!

For awhile now, I’ve been following mixed media artist Tamara Laporte, more commonly known as Tam or Willowing, on her blog & Youtube channel.

She does all sorts of wonderful, pretty, whimsical & heart-warming works of art that you really should just check out for yourself.

Anyhow, she has an amazing art community that she’s created where she teaches quite a number of online art classes which include DVDs, tons of .pdf’s & instructional video tutorials and they are all just so… nice.

The current class she’s running is called Life Book and is themed around self-development and healing. It’s a year-long mixed media art class which is “a celebration & honouring of YOU” and includes not only herself, but an additional15 art teachers who will also share their mixed media techniques as well. That is one heckuva polished class!

I’ve never been very good at making art and I’m even crummier at drawing something that would resemble a person, so I was pretty chuffed to discover that Tam offers a free class that shows you, step by step, how to draw a girl as well as how to colour & shade her. I used to take art classes in junior high, and I loved playing with all the supplies we had on hand but I wasn’t skilled, no one taught me how to draw & paint “properly” and art class was generally looked upon poorly by my parents — it was never thought to be a worthwhile class to take or skill to have. So needless to say, my abilities are nominal, at best.

I’m not quite ready to take on the sort of intensity of Life Book, so I’ve signed up for Tam’s free Art, Heart & Healing class just to dip my toe into the art waters. I haven’t quite decided if I’m ready to tackle that sort of deep thinking, seeing as it’s not really my cup of tea, but I’m trying as best I can to work through the positive healing aspects of the course and keep an open mind. I love the way Tam presents her intructional materials but I have a hard time with getting in touch with all the introspection.

I’ve always wanted to be able to develop my own drawing style (mainly of people) and I’ve especially loved the recent discovery of “mixed media art”, and how it works so beautifully on paper. This is what I’ve always wanted to be able to do. It’s a simple desire, but it’s so incredble to see something magically transform on paper in front of my very eyes that ~I~ made! I am hoping to be able to improve on my skills because I am finding the girl drawings absolutely adorable, but I would like to eventually develop my own girl-drawing style that I can recognize as being “me” and “mine”.

This is my first piece from the Art, Heart & Healing course and I’m actually really proud. I’m not entirely finished the assignment just yet, I need to finish printing off and integrating the introspection aspect of the piece before it’s 100% complete. She is a little wonky looking on the right side where her hair was supposed to be falling over her shoulder, it makes it look like her neck is really skinny, but for all that, given it’s my first attempt: I’m pretty proud of my girl & myself.