When I began this blog in March 2012, little did I know that I would become part of such an amazing community of artists, some of whom I am so happy to call my friends. One of those friends, Corinne Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio, has created a beautiful piece for Fall Fearless and Fly; her post so perfectly sums up what it is about making art and being part of this community that nourishes and supports us all. Check it out here.
And I know that my small beginning is just the start of a beautiful journey!
Lately I've been inspired by:
- Jenny, or Jennibellie as she is known, has a bezillion (really, I counted!) free video tutorials on her blog. She is a wealth of information and inspiration, all freely given. I am currently riffing on her cereal box tutorial with my art journaling students, and we're having a blast.
- Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's honest approach to her art journey and her prolific creativity are a source of inspiration for so many artists. Her most recent podcast with Roben-Marie Smith and Samantha Kira Harding makes clear the synergies and creative stimulation that flow so generously in the blog world.
- I recently discovered Kristal Norton's blog, which is full of lots of great resources and good advice. Kristal just published an e-book: "101+ Creative Journal prompts." This is a terrific book; I've used some of the prompts with my middle school art journaling class. They love it. I do too!
- Have you heard of "The Frugal Crafter?" Lindsay is a bundle of caffeinated energy. She is always making things, and videotaping and sharing her process -- for free!
- This music video of the song "Art." It says it all!
Here are some arty things I'm looking forward to:
- Donna Downey's "Big 40" workshop this Saturday, December 15 in Ramsey, NJ. I'm excited to take a class with Donna, and just as excited to be doing it with my friend Marjie Kemper!
- The next Stencil Test Drive on Thursday, December 20 -- test driving "Medieval Leaves" with Carolyn Dube, Corrine Gilman, Maria McGuire and Ronda Palazzari! I've been playing with those leaves, and they're so versatile and fun! I can't wait to show you what I've been working on!
PS - my apologies to all my PPF friends whose posts I didn't get to last week. I will do better this week!