Whoa! Am I behind in sharing! I have 3 posts in the works. But I have been struggling to keep up with the 30 day challenge. Busy days, and very little time to sit and paint. Staying up late has not been the solution it usually is. I have painted just about as many horrible abstracts, as you see paintings here. Working in pairs or threes, hoping for at least one good something to post for the day. Still ticking, though. 😉
Here they are. The month so far. All a combination of watercolor, digital collage, poetry, or music. Patterns, and sometimes pen. Below are close ups. You may still have to zoom in to see finer details. You can see them individually on Instagram.
The 2023 February 30 day Creative Gathering has come to a spectacular end. Many new members joined us. Day one started off with a bang. 40 pieces of art posted. Our daily average was 33, and our final count was just under 1000 pieces of art created, 992.
I didn’t count the extra pieces that were posted in comments. Those would put the total well over 1025. Our September 2022 total was just over 700. Way to score, artists!
I know you will enjoy this peek at the amazing art that was created during our Creative Gathering. Be sure to visit our board on Pinterest to see them in more of a gallery view. It’s spectacular!
Eileen A. E. Vivell
Jennifer Beaudet Zondervan
Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. Bill Moyers
Donna Pierce Clark
To create one’s own world takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe
Teresa Harrington Hazelbaker
Karin Hooper Schoonover
Beth Farabough Bolay
Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye, it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. Edvard Munch
Lori K. Wikdahl
None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. Mother Teresa
Once again, my plans were quickly left at the gate. The work led me down a path less traveled. I had decided to do collage for the gathering. I thought to make painted papers, and work on florals and landscapes.
I used the Photoshop pen tool on day one. To outline the bloom. By day three, I was hooked. There are only two pieces, that did not lean heavily on the pen tool. Day 2 and day 16.
Here is a video that will show you how to work with the Pen Tool. Of course, I am using it for a completely different outcome. (There I go using tools the wrong way again.)😄 I have started the video a few minutes in, and you only need to look at about a minute, to get a good idea. I wish I had found this particular video before. His explanations are so easy for me to understand. I learned by trial and error. Lots of errors.
This was my learning for the month. Each day I felt more and more comfortable with the tool. By the final week, my pieces were almost completely digitally rendered. 80-90%. I dared to take on more complex subjects.
I have avoided the pen tool for years. Trying to grasp it now and then, but soon giving in to frustration. It is slightly mathematical in nature. And you know, an artist’s brain does not work that way.
I had fun playing with color, patterns and mood. I am happy with each piece. But, as always, I can see some that I would like to improve, having learned so much since then.
I managed to continue with my fabrics for the weekly Spoonflower challenge, for half of the month. I was behind for several days mid month, and I knew that working on a fabric design would sink me even further. I do plan on creating two designs, so that I can catch up on the weeks I missed. It is another challenge for my brain.
Thanks so much for following along with me this month. Your encouragement and support mean the world to me. I am so grateful for you, friends. My people. The ones who understand my art obsession. What it means to me, my soul, and my life.
Tomorrow I will post the Creative Gathering artists gallery. We have new members and I know you will love their work as much as I do. See you soon!
How do you make a round circle with a square knife? That’s your challenge for the day. Bob Ross
Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day. Winston Churchill.