Category Archives: #creativityand

Take Five

Last weeks prompt was super hard for me. To recap from the newsletter, the prompt was to listen to Take Five by Dave Brubeck with your eyes closed and your sketchbook or journal in hand. Then when it’s over, open your eyes and go… create!

This method usually works extremely well for me with classical or jazz music. This time was tough. I think it was because Take Five is pretty much my all time favorite song. I was pretty sure he wrote it about me, you know, before I was born. I looked it up and the rhythm is actually inspired by something pretty unexpected, which I won’t tell you. Because, when I sat down to do the exercise, nothing fresh came. The only thing I could think about it what actually inspired the rhythm of the song.

Lesson learned. With this exercise you need to use shuffle, the radio or have a stranger pick the song for you.

How did it go for you? Did you love the song as much as me?

First Love

First Love Dodo Sketch
I’m not always sure how my brain works the way it does. But some how the prompt “First Love” led to a dodo bird. When I was a kid, I used to love to go to the library and read books about extinct and endangered animals. They fascinated me completely. I would even write reports about them.

I didn’t write them for school. I wrote them for fun. I know, nerd alert. With hobbies like this it’s no wonder I ended up vegan. We saw a stuffed Dodo last week at the California Academy of Science and I’ve been thinking about these magnificent birds ever since.

What was your first love? Did you go a more romantic direction with this prompt? Tell me in the comments.

At Home

Last Sunday’s prompt was “At Home”. It was kind of a funny prompt for me because I’ve been out of town for the last 3 days in San Francisco. But sometimes the best way to be inspired about home is when you are away from it.
I wasn’t able to bring my paints to San Fran, I did bring my drawing supplies but then we ended up so busy looking at art that I never sat down to draw. Instead I ended up doing some stream of consciousness writing while I was on the airplane home. Not sure what stream of consciousness writing is? See my post about it here, I’ve always called it vomiting but thanks to my friend LJ, I know the real name.Continue Reading

Pie in the Sky

pie in the sky

Last Sunday’s prompt was “Pie in the Sky”. I’m not sure why but this phrase was stuck in my head so I went with it. Once, I sat down to create, I was stumped. Visions of pie floating through space with Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks. My thought process went something like this: Pie, pies are round. Sky. The sky is expansive, colorful, sometimes it looks like cotton candy.

And boom, I sat down to create a series of 10 paintings. Most of them are in this GIF. All of them were cut up to make my business cards (seen here).

I’ve had a lot of people ask for one of the mini notebooks. If you live in the US I will totally send you one (while supplies last), just email me your mailing address and put MINI ART JOURNAL in the subject line.

Next week’s prompt will be in my newsletter tomorrow so make sure you are signed up and share what you create with the hashtag #creativityand. If you still haven’t posted your entry from last week, make sure and share a link to it in the comments so that I can check it out.

Now tell me, any random phrases stuck in your head this week? And, what’s your favorite kind of pie? Mine is the chocolate silk from Cakewalk Vegan Bakery. It’s the best part of Thanksgiving for me.

sacred space

Antelope Island

Did you start your art journal? I did. Then I promptly put it down and grabbed a sheet of yupo for an alcohol ink painting. You’ve already seen photos of my sacred space, The Great Salt Lake, so even though I was tempted to go out there and take new pics, I decided to go a less safe and less pretty direction.

Alcohol inks are one of my favorite mediums to work with because they are so uncontrollable. I know that it seems like a negative but for a perfectionist like me, it’s actually a good thing. They force me to let go of the end result and just play. And really that’s the point of this challenge, to play and experiment and push yourself in new directions. Maybe it will lead to something more, maybe not. This time, for me, I’m thinking not. The mountain and it’s reflection are looking a lil more like labia that I would prefer. But, I wanted to show it because perfection isn’t the point. Continue Reading