Waiting and wondering…

…thinking and pondering. Welcome to my mind….and, once again, to a page in my art journal.

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Art is the best therapeutic exercise ever. Yoga and meditation are great too, and there are lots of other great ones, but art…..does it for me. I sit down with a question, and I usually come away with an answer. This was my journey last night, with the help of watercolor, colored pencils, and acrylic craft paint.

To those of you sending up prayers and good vibes for my kitty, Penny, please keep them coming.    I believe they are working!   Time will tell.   I definitely see improvement, so … there’s hope.

Happy Wonderful Weekend to you all, and may everyone’s art supplies have a chance to come out and play today. Peace.

B is for Big Toe….with Foot attached!

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I’ve always heard feet are as difficult to draw as hands, so one night when I was up much too late, I decided to draw a side view of my foot. The drawing was not very detailed, which may be why I didn’t find it as difficult as I’d thought it would be.

While sketching the sole of the foot, I used swooping, round lines with a 3H pencil, and kept re-swooping until I was happy with the line I’d drawn, then erased the others. When I was satisfied, I went over the pencil with a Micron pen so that it would show up a little better in the photograph.

One thing I’ve learned so far is that the human body is really beautiful.  If you stop and look at the world as lines rather than colors and shapes, the human body is as beautiful as birds, critters, flowers, or anything else I draw.   It’s refreshing to look out at the world through an artist’s eyes.  It makes everything look like a small miracle, really, as I notice the details, and so I start to see art as a useful exercise for anyone, whether you think you can draw or not, care about drawing, or not.  If the only thing it accomplishes is that it helps you to focus on the little miracles all around you, every minute of every day….think about what that adds to your life as a whole, over time.

Maybe I’m getting a bit too philosophical here, but this journey is about so much more than creating pretty pictures for me now.  It’s a whole new way of living, of seeing, of … being.  I’m glad to be sharing this journey with you all.

Remember, I’m taking requests now for future letters.  At this point, I need something for letters L through Z.  (For this cycle, letters C through K are spoken for.)  Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you’ll stop by again tomorrow.