Monday, November 06, 2006

getting paint on my hands






Today I decided to make a three piece art installment for our traveling home. I'm waiting for the base coat to dry and changing my mind every three seconds about what needs to happen next. I have all of my supplies in the living room floor around my coffee table with Sebastian sleeping in his swing and Sufjan Stevens on the ipod. Sometimes you have to just move forward to draw out something beautiful from the pieces of ideas that present themselves. Sometimes I'm afraid of making something lame so I don't make anything at all. I've decided this is stupid. I will enjoy the process of creating as much as the end product.

Here are some pages from an art journal that came out of a teaching week that Elsie and I did two summers ago. I have a list of 50 things I want to do before I'm too old to do them. I've been able to check a few of these off this year! Thanks for looking.

13 Comments:

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Charin said...

That is awesome!! :) Love it :)

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger sugarcreekfarm said...

How do you get the paint to cover the page so nicely? When I tried it, it seemed like I slathered on an entire bottle of acrylic paint and still I didn't get a nice full color like I wanted.

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger red velvet girls said...

One thing I have on my to-do list before I am too old: move to Seattle, get rejected for every freaking job I apply for, actually get poorer, and then move in with my in-laws (as great as they are).
Hey, I HAVE done all those things! What a great year!

-Brett

 
At 8:23 AM, Blogger capello said...

i'm at a point in my life where i'm so overwhelmed, all my creative juices are starting to dry out. any advice on starting an art journal? or should i just shut up and do it already?

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger red velvet girls said...

I felt totally uninspired when I was pregnant because of stress and being so tired all of the time. I had to just set some time aside to sit down and get my stuff out and see what showed up on paper. Sometimes going to a new place where I"d see lots of graphic design ideas or fresh style helped spark the urge. Give yourself some prompts to write about or give yourself permission to be as honest as possible, even if it means a negative page. Finding someone online or someone you know to do it with you helps. Then they can keep you motivated. God luck!
Rachel

 
At 7:32 PM, Anonymous misty said...

do you have any items for sale?
misty
slp42@hotmail.com
vhwalker@cox.net

 
At 5:39 AM, Blogger *Fauve* said...

wow thats cool,thanks for the inspiration,i am doing an art journal too...

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Joyous said...

ha! To Brett: I've been unemployed for TWO entire months now, and have applied for about 30 jobs, I think, and we're living in my Hubby's mom's basement...doesn't get much better than that!! (will be praying for you in your job search!

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger A Beautiful Mess said...

Rachel... seriously! you inspire me to no end. I don't know what I would do without you... seriously... they should make a movie about us like "its a wonderful life" about how boring our lives would be if we never met... (haha... maybe it is the jetlag talking... i dont know?) but truly, you are the most inspiring person in my life...

Brett! haha.. that cracked me up! Bless your heart! I love you! Funny, funny kid!

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous PROLIX from la Normandie said...

Hey, it's just so adorable and wow!
I adore it!
Merci!!!

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Juli said...

I just wanted to comment on Emma's list of faves... I was happy to see the Springfield Public Library! I work at a library (in FL) and plan on starting my Master's program in Library Science in the fall. In the spring, my hubby and I are planning a road trip that will include a stop in Springfield AND the public library! We have notions of moving to MO, near the Ozarks. :)

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger capello said...

[hi rachel, couldn't find an email for ya and i wanted to answer your question. yes, i used a pattern for mine because I'M LAME LIKE THAT. but now that i've made a pincushion (or 20), i feel like i can easily design some myself now that i have the basics down. although, i few new sewing projects to tackle. i'm going to make my son some inside out pajamas and i really want to make a softie.)

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger amberskolnick said...

cool stuff!!
i'm putting you on my blog
in the eye candy links

 

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