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My Love Affair with Life is Born!

Hi everyone,

Just doing a quick post to let you know that I’m setting up a new blog called “My Love Affair with Life“.  It’s live now and I’ll be creating a section there for all my art adventures.  This new site will be more complete to house a whole bunch of things that more reflects a “whole” creative life and not just art.  BUT if you are only looking for the art stuff, it will be in it’s own section :)  It’s going to take me a couple of months to copy things over, but I do have an opt-in form over at “My Love Affair with Life” if you would like to get notified when content is being added.  I also setup a “My Love Affair with Life” Facebook page.  The twitter accounts are the same though, I don’t use Twitter very much…I probably should though!

Wanted to let you know that all new content now will be posted there.

Hope to see you soon!!!

Stream of Consciousness Writing on a Cold Day!

WinterBlues-webok, I’m pretty sure that we’re all sick of the cold.  I mean, come on!  -37 Celsius for a morning walk!  During the winter, we hibernate, some don’t see daylight, some go to work in the dark and come home in the dark.  I’m very lucky to work from home, so I can peek through the drapes during break-time.  I do find I’m spending much more time on the computer doing commercial design then being in the studio doing finger-painting.  Who doesn’t like to finger paint!

A quick and easy way to express yourself in some way is through stream of consciousness.  Regardless of where you are in your home…kitchen, bedroom or curled up on the sofa with a spiked hot chocolate.  Paint not required… you can just use your brain and write, but if you find the urge to add some colour at the end…. go right ahead!

Grab yourself some lined paper, a sketchbook or journal and a writing pen.

Choose and write one of the following questions at the top of the page

  • What are 5 things about art that everyone thinks is true?
  • How painting/drawing made me a better person.
  • What would the world be like if movie nights didn’t exist.

Now, pick up your pen or pencil and just start to write and don’t stop.  Let whatever thoughts that come to you and write them on paper.  If you find your thoughts start to wander…keep writing and write about whatever comes to mind.  If your mind goes blank write “my mind is blank” and write that until a thought pops up and write about that.  Don’t stop writing until you reach the last line on your page.

Tip:  don’t cheat by writing in massively large handwriting!

The idea for this exercise is to start off with one topic and see what you end up with.  If you have kids, each of you pick one topic and when are you all done, read the story aloud.

Let me know how this goes!

Create any type of Art that has a Chicken and a Yellow Ball

How many of you are up to this challenge?

are you BRAVE?

Create any type of art that has a chicken  and a yellow ball?

Chicken and the Yellow BallI was challenged by my friend Andrew and
I created a 15 minute sketch using Prismacolour
markers in my 2.5 x 3.5 mini art journal.
The pages I mono-printed a while back.

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