Thursday, May 27, 2010

Drawing Without Intentions

Lately I have been enjoying working in my journals and drawing pictures without any intentions what-so-ever.  I think that helps me to relax and go all kinds of places with my creativity when I create something just for the sake of creating.  I decided to do something with my eye ball people since a friend of mine pointed out that it seems like many of my subjects have big eyes and a uni brow.  I don't know why I like eyes but I do believe they are the window to the soul.  I also think, like she said, I like to take in everything visually.  Sometimes, I can hardly concentrate because so many things catch my eye where ever I may be.  I am attracted to color and interesting lines and subjects.  It could even be a simple arrangement of objects that catches my eye.  So, today I give you "Sisters.....Looking Out For Each Other".....a simple drawing tweaked a little digitally.  Have a good evening.  XOXO
Lesley

Friday, May 21, 2010

Art Journal Idea


Oh my goodness, I came up with a fun idea for my art journaling and I thought to myself, "self, why did you not think of this sooner?!" LOL

I had previously ordered lots of 4X6 prints of my art just to give away as part of the "always give them something extra" when people bought art from me.  Last night, I started cutting out images from those prints (so much of my old art).  I also started seeing how my works could be interchanged by cutting out the pieces and adding to other pieces.  For instance, a different head to a different body.  Duh....I bet all of you already thought of this huh?  Anyway, that is how the journal entry was born (above).  The face and body are from a previous print and I drew her arms on this map paper.  See, I'm not lost, I just wander!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Flow




I have been working on my journal like I said I would using the Creative Entrepreneur workbook by Lisa Sonora Beam.  This is just one of my entries.  Today we are going to Midland to have dinner and shop just a bit.  I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Have a Heart for Haiti



I just discovered this Heart for Haiti call for help and I have decided to help.  If you want to help you can click on this link Heart for Haiti and follow the instructions there.  I have so many art pieces that are just sitting here doing nothing, inspiring no one, and benefiting nothing.  So, I offer my art to this purpose.  Do you have anything for this event?  Just like Mother Teresa said once, "I can do no great things....only small things with great love."  So here is my small thing.



 xoxo

Monday, May 10, 2010

Journal Entry


early bird got it
Originally uploaded by Funky Art Queen
Played in my journal last night. I have not done that in a while. I enjoyed the freedom and the quiet time to think while I mindlessly colored with gel pens and other inks. Of course I can't leave it alone, I had to digitally alter it some with the photo editor on Flickr. I hope you are finding time to play in your journals. Happy Monday!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Do You Believe in Fairies?

Oh my goodness, my favorite time of the  year.  Time for the fairies to come out soon from their winter sleep.  I could not wait to start working on the front of their home  and their pond as a kind welcome to them.  I just want them to keep coming back.  So, I found them this fabulous door on Etsy by Jay Beesmer at Wooden Treasures, from North Carolina!  It arrived today and it is more beautiful in person!  I love it Jay and the fairies will too.  The butterfly, well that is right up our alley around here in funky queendom.  THANKS Jay! As a side note, Jay and his wife at Lovingly Crafted...are quite the brilliant wood artists.  You just have to go and check them out on Etsy.
Here is a close up of the door!


Do you believe in fairies?  I hope you do!  Isn't it enchanting to imagine that the fairies do all kinds of magical things at night while we are sleeping?  I would love to know what your thoughts are about fairies.  How can I fix their little area up more so that they will feel welcome?  Ideas?  

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Creative Entrepreneur

I have looked at this book for a long time at the book store.  I hesitated to get it because my first thought was that it was too right brain and not enough of the business side.  But gradually as time when by, I realized that this is the perfect book for the creative individual who struggles with their creative goals.  It is a "DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real". Keep in mind I have only started the first chapter and this is all strictly an account of my creative journey.

I have this burning desire to live a life of creativity!  I dream of someday actually earning a living doing the very thing I love! Maybe you feel this way too?  Without going into "excuse mode" I will confess that I have many barriers to my success.  It is totally up to me to remove the barriers.  I think this book will help me to further explore my personal road to creative success.  It is set up journal style which appeals to me right off.  I hope to do some serious self introspection while working through this process.  Have any of you purchased this book?  Are you working on your plans/goals?  I would love to hear from you.  I may share some of my entries and some may be personal.

Often times when I struggle with something in my life I talk to my "go to girl" my sister, Rhea.  We had a nice lunch yesterday.  I told her about my frustrations.  Through our conversation we kind of had an epiphany.  It seems that I hop around from this craft to that craft....kind of a "Jill of all trades and Master of none".  I get bored so easy with one craft.  I have always knocked myself for that.  But Rhea, said the greatest thing!  She said I should look at people like Martha Stewart.  She does all kinds of stuff!  Yes, she started out cooking and catering but she has her hands in everything.  Another epiphany is that I love to teach.....and help others be creative.  I know that this is something I am good at.  So we are talking about doing more tutorials, and exploring Podcasts and video tutorials.