I love making art and I love writing, but when I can put the two together, that is pure bliss.
I have discovered an app called Steller, which allows me to fully indulge that blissful combination. So far, I have two books on my Steller shelf.
I was working on the second, Transformations: When You Refuse To Give Up On What You Have Drawn, when I received a message from The App Whisperer, Joanne Carter. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Joanne asking me to contribute something from my digital work was like having Paul Simon ask you to sing him a little tune you composed.
Joanne was kind, generous and made me feel as if I was doing her a favor.
I decided to share one of the digital works I included in my Steller book. When I explained the deeper story to Joanne, which came out as I was writing the text for Transformations, she was both compassionate and supportive, saying this was an issue that she had no hesitation sharing. Again, I felt as if feathers were knocking me over.
I really enjoy being part of the StencilGirl family.
You can tell I am pretty relaxed about that relationship: in the video, shared in the link below, I include bloopers, get silly on my formerly “naked” couch, and have a little fun with Mary Beth, our “boss.”
Believe me, if you have to have a boss, she’s the one to have. I am SO happy Mary Beth brought me on board. Talented, funny, generous . . . . but wait. This is supposed to be about me!
My new stencils have launched–take a look on the StencilGirl site! The painting shown, which I call “She Rises From The City With The Moon In Her Hair,” is part of the artwork I created using these stencils.
I’ve taken a number of courses lately to improve my figure drawing skills. Understand that I do not consider myself a portrait figure, abstracts are more my thing, but I am always drawn to figures on an abstract ground.
Do I want my figures to look hyper realistic? Not really. I actually prefer an abstracted figure, or one that is a little weird, off, strange. But it is said that you have to learn how to do something correctly before you can break the rules. I actually think that is hilarious. What rule breaker would ever abide such a rule?
Nevertheless, I have learned all kinds of methods lately, plus a few handy tricks. The kicker is that taking these courses has me all in a flutter over doing digital art. Oh, I’ve played with enhancing my artwork digitally for quite some time, but this is a whole other level. Call me excited. Call me highly enamoured. Call me motivated and difficult to rip away from my iPad.
Isn’t that how it often works? You go hunting for one thing and it either sweeps you in a different direction or way further than you ever anticipated.
Don’t you I LOVE it when something new takes wing in your life?
P.S. You may ask why I chose a painted painting rather than a digital painting to illustrate this post. It is because the whole painting was planned digitally. My whole shtick is a creative combination of digital painting and brush painting.
There is little room for the sacred in our culture.
There is little room for the sacred in our culture. People who have visions or “visitations” from “another realm” are often considered mentally unstable, delusional, and are derided rather than cherished for the perspective their experiences have afforded them. Perhaps you are questioning my sanity right now, for suggesting such things might even be in the realm of possibility.
How would you respond to a friend who claimed to have been visited by an angel, communed with God, felt the unity of the universe course through their being or been provided with unshakeable, inexplicable knowledge they had never before been aware of?
“Have a nice day.”
“I have a few requests you might pass on for me, if you see God again.” Ha, ha.
“Have you had your medication dosages checked lately?”
“I could recommend a really good therapist.”
“Stress manifests in different ways.”
“OMG, can I have your autograph? Do you have a book coming out?”
“Would you be willing to share your magic mushrooms?”
“Please tell me all that you can about what you have experienced. The mystery of the universe has always intrigued me, and your story sounds fascinating.”