one + four = life (but is it art?)

one + four = life (first art week)

Today I’m joining in with the One + Four = Life fun started by Pip over at MeetMeAtMikes. The idea is to post four photos that show what you have been up to during the week. Or something like that. I think you can make up your own rules. I like that.

This month I finally got around to doing something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. And that is committing to working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I bought this book some years ago with such good intentions. I don’t know what happened. Life. Or some other nonsense. Anyway, I could just never get started. I’d read the introductory pages and be so into it. I’d read the week one chapter and say to myself that I was going to start this weekend, or on Monday, or on some other day that never seemed to come. I’d put the book aside and promise to try again soon. This went on for at least three years. Until I decided to bring the book on holidays with me and try again when I started housesitting in the Clare Valley. I decided to treat the place like a retreat and give myself permission to be creative. Tell myself that I had no schedule so if those damn morning pages took me all morning to do I would actually do them. I even packed a little suitcase of art supplies to bring with me too. Oh yes, I truly would have no excuses this time.

I’m now at the end of week three. I’ve been doing my morning pages. I’ve gone on my artist dates. And this week I’ve actually done some art.

watercolour rose

First attempt at a watercolour rose. I’m pretty happy with it. Watercolours seem to take a long time to complete. Well I guess it’s not really a long time in total. It’s just “the having to leave it to dry step” while working on different sections or colours, so the colours don’t run into each other when you don’t want them to. Of course, sometimes you do want them to and then it’s part of the fun. I’ll keep practicing this as I enjoy experimenting with the different techniques. I love the way that the end results are a little unpredictable. Like you can never have total control. Pinterest has been my friend here as a way of finding tutorials.

zentangles in circles

I also drew a reference page of zentangle doodles. Another time consuming little project. This one definitely took a while. And Pinterest was once again a great help. My idea was that I would look at lots of different doodles and put them all in one drawing so I could refer to it when I wanted to do a zentangle style drawing.

zentangle flowers

Next I drew my own colouring page. I’d been reading about using colouring pages for meditative purposes and thought it would be even better for me to draw my own pages. Like a double hit of chill out.

colouring in zentangle flowers

So I photocopied my newly drawn colouring page and coloured it in.

In between these art bursts and morning page writing marathons I walked the dogs for a couple of hours a day, visited various cafes for lunch, went to a local art gallery Vine Art and rode my bike around. I also got the screen on my phone replaced after I dropped it and smashed it while walking those dogs. That meant I had to make a trip to Adelaide where I took full advantage of the opportunity to buy just a teensy bit more arty crafty type supplies. Because I’m worth it!

4 Responses

  1. Emily@squiggleandswirl
    Emily@squiggleandswirl May 31, 2015 at 9:32 pm |

    Your rose is lovely and your doodles are great. The artists way is on my list too, I’ve only dipped in and out, but the morning pages have stuck with me. The one plus four posts are a great way to see what the week has brought, and have a quick reflection aren’t they ? Emily. 🙂

  2. Sue
    Sue June 2, 2015 at 8:23 am |

    Well worth the effort Sandra! They’re fabulous. I’ve started writing and whilst appreciating the results, have found it very challenging. Perhaps it’s time I went back and revisited Julia Cameron for some added inspiration.

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