Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Back in the Saddle

As often happens, I painted like a mad woman for a while and then needed to take some time off to regroup.   I spent time in my garden, puttered around doing "house" things, read books and basically re-charged over the summer months.  It seems to have done the trick.  I'm feeling the creative surge welling back up.

Recently my friend, Marcela embarked on a journey . . . 260 days of making art over the next year and she invited me to join her.  In fact, she invited everyone to join her, but on their own terms.  That works for me because right now, life for me is about finding balance.  So I decided to commit to 182.5 days of making art.  Okay, 183 days.  That's half a year.  That means that over the next year I will spend at least half of the days making some kind of art;  a painting, a sketch, a floor mat, ART!

Day 1:
I started off my journey by finishing off this painted floor mat that I was working on.  It's 3' x 4' and it was fun to do.  I'm thinking I might need to make another for my front door!

I also sewed 4 new cushions for my living room. (The paisley ones, not the orange ones.)  Not painted, but creative none the less.

Day 2:
Yesterday was the second day of the journey and I decided to get out a canvas.  The end result . . .

 10" x 10"  - Acrylic on Canvas

Day 3:

Today was a plein air day!  After dropping the kids at school, I took some time before meeting my painting buddies (Marcela and George) to photograph the glorious colours of the sunrise.  The sky was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to paint some of those images when the inclement weather hits.  But, back to today. . . . we met at the Oak Bay Marina where there are a plethora of scenes waiting to be painted.  I settled on this lovely little wooden boat with the trees of Glen-Lyon Norfolk school behind.  It started out with some decent light but quickly clouded over and cooled off.  But, we persevered and this was what I ended up with. . 

 "Oak Bay Marina, Early Autumn"  
  10" x 8 " - Oil on Panel

 Tonight it's off to pottery class.  Yikes! Look out people.  I am not the most co-ordinated person in the world.  Lord knows where that clay might end up!


  1. So awesome to have you playing along Shar! I love your work and can't wait to see where this project will take us :)

    1. You too?!!!
      Can't wait to be able to join you ladies! xox

    2. I can't wait either! Hopefully soon.

    3. Thanks for getting this going M! I need it!

  2. POTTERY???!!!
    Way to go!
    I had two whacks at pottery - once in the 90's another since we have been in Claresholm.
    In spite of making wonky pots it is a good deal of fun. It was humbling to learn that just because I can paint, the skills of painting are not transferable to what is needed at the wheel.
    I concluded that you need to be centred to centre a pot!
    Welcome back to creating. I will be needing to do that soon myself! xox

    1. Oh yes! Marcela and I are going to pottery class together and having a blast. Many laughs and in my case NOT many pots yet!!! I think that you and I may in the same boat there my friend! I am having a difficult time getting the hang of it.