Arty Update: July

July, July, July…sounds weird when you say it three times!  Where do I start?  I have been busy with non-arty stuff, mostly prepping for DisneyWorld vacation, when I say prep I mean working my nurse gig, haha, can’t be a starving artist all the time!

I took a brief hiatus from the art and sip classes, however I did get to paint cupcakes (paintings, not real cupcakes) with some girls at an 11 year old’s birthday party.  I will post a pic of all the pieces below!  It always amazes me how different these group paintings turn out!

YouTube is still a go!  I have 24 loyal subscribers now….I know that number isn’t very impressive to some folks, but I appreciate those 24!  You can check out my channel from the menu link up above if you want to see what I have been up to over there 🙂

Looking back at the month it seems my goals were more in line with taking a step back, rewiring my brain to stop trying to make a masterpiece every time I sit down to doodle, (when I say masterpiece I mean something I give my blood, sweat, and tears to…and mostly gets discarded into the trash bin).  I stopped trying to paint everything at a “this is going to be the one” level, and stuck mostly with sketches, small watercolors, and art journaling.  I worked on developing my visual vocabulary, starting with sea creatures…and tested my skills with a no reference test! Video is up on YouTube if you are inclined to watch the process!

I did abandon my giant painting of Marie Antoinette (posted on last months Arty Update), I was unhappy with my skill level with acrylic paints and not getting the result I wanted….so practice, practice, practice!  I always have fun painting desserts, so I opted to paint a giant ice cream cone on the opposite side of the wood panel, Now I have a fun 4 foot by 2 foot ice cream cone painting hanging in my living room…and it makes me smile 🙂

Goals for August are:

  • finish another giant dessert painting…. I’m picturing colorful macaroons
  • post weekly on YouTube
  • work on more sea creature drawings and develop a concept for a finished piece
  • write down concepts for a children’s book
  • oooh maybe a children’s book about sea creatures….2 birds…1 stone 🙂
  • 1 art and sip class… I’m thinking elephant
  • start and finish an animated illustration of a song, a tribute to my mom, as the 1 year mark of her passing is approaching.

Sounds like I better get to it!  Just a side note… I tried to start bullet journaling…in an actual journal, but I every time I sat down to do it, it seemed like a waste of art time haha.  Typing out my monthly goals is much easier, I think when I am typing my mind is in a different space.

Thank You so much for taking the time to read my Arty Update!  Have a beautiful day!

Here’s some of July’s art!