It’s been a while since I’ve posted. At the begining of Aug, my father in law’s fight with cancer took a serious turn, and we were caring for his farm, in addition to caring for our own, and co-hosting our very large family reunion. Then, dad’s cancer issues quickly took a turn for the worse, and we were spending lots of hours driving to the hospital he was at 4 hours away from home. At the end of August, dad lost his battle, and passed away. It’s been a very emotional ride, and life is starting to move forward again. I appreciate your patience with missing prompts while I was dealing with things. I’m going to post the prompts for August in this post, so that if you would like to take part in them, you can. They are listed at the end of the post.
Modus Operandi: She Lay in Wait in the Shadows
SHOOTERS: Shoot your mug with a description of one of the longest waits you have ever had to endure.
SKETCH ARTISTS: Paint or draw your picture in shadow, and only allow your subject’s face to shine through.
I really wanted to take a bit of my Father in Law and put him into this prompt… he was a man that lived life in a way that made you happy to be part of it. He didn’t wait to do things until the “right” time. He made life good by living and enjoying it no matter what the circumstance. At his celebration of life, we did just that. Celebrated that we had been blessed to be part of his life, and share moments with him. He had a knack for making every moment special and fun. He was always ready with a smile, a joke, and a laugh. I have yet to meet anyone who knew dad, that has a sad story to tell. In fact, most stories are of what could have been stressful moments, when dad cracked a joke, or did something to lighten the mood, and made everyone around him glad they were there. That’s the kind of life I want to have. I don’t want to wait for the good times, or the right moment. I don’t want to wait until my sleep to dream, and wake to find that I forgot to live.
This prompt falls under that category: Caution! Visions for a journal prompt in your head don’t always materialize as you imagine! However, I am delighted with how my original idea, which was of a tree with a knot hole and a face peering out from inside, turned out! Now it could be the moon in the sky with golden streams of light…or…or…simply left open for interpretation. I used black paper, a white pencil & silver & gold gel pens. I loved practicing shading and learned that sometimes less is more. Hmmm…could be a metaphor for life there…
Well hey everybody!!
How the devil are you all???
Talk about the perfect title for my art journal post this month.. I have been seriously missing in action..so here I am coming out of the shadows to share with you my art journal page for this prompt!
So, for this image.. I stuck my head in the scanner and hit scan. Yep.. thats what I did!!
(Seriously SO FUN!! Go on give it a go!!)
Then I printed off the image at about 3 inches by 3 inches in size and in black and white only.
Then I took my trusty black biro (pen) and scribbled for days!! I added a few random bits of washi tape and german scrap and a sticker from 7 Dots Studio… and thats all she wrote!!
I hope you all get on board and come on out of the shdows with this prompt.
I am so sorry I have been absent have had my head well and truly buried in my Uni books .. (so thats where I have been!!!!!). I am at the pointy end of my degree.. and I hope to start joining in on the prompts again now that a lot of the pressure is beginning to ease off.
So until next time….. Get it down in those journals, guys!!!
Love and peace to you all xxoo
Modus Operandi: Head Shot
SHOOTERS: Shoot your mug with a description of some of the things that are on your mind right now. Is your mind full of a running list of things to do? Do you have something more pressing weighing on your thoughts?
SKETCH ARTISTS: Draw a face, and cut it out. Assemble that face onto a page using this picture for inspiration.
INSPIRATION FOR 15th’s PROMPT HERE
I love artists like Henri Matisse & Joan Miro, so they were the inspiration for this journal page. I sat down with a blank piece of white paper and a pencil, took a bow and this face came through. I was all set to draw the eyes, but when I looked again this face seemed complete to me. Then I colored it in with pencils, markers and glitter glue. The face found a home on this paper with a dragon on it…then as I used a gold gel pen to embellish him, the other one flew on the scene! While there is A LOT on my mind at the moment, the one word that seemed to shine through was Harmony…which I am attempting to maintain no matter what!
Modus Operandi: Solitary Confinement
SHOOTERS: Shoot your mug with a description of a moment when you felt alone. Do you enjoy being alone? Does being alone bother you?
SKETCH ARTISTS: One of my favorite artists is Frida Kahlo. Draw or paint a picture inspired by Frida Kahlo’s work.http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/surrealism/Frida-Kahlo.html Check out her self portraits. They paint a very vivid picture of the person Frida was, and the life she led. She suffered from several medical issues, and was often bed ridden. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” ~frida
INSPIRATION FOR 30th’s PROMPT HERE
The last time I felt REALLY alone was the day my father died. My mother had died 3 years earlier…and of course, I felt sad & lonely then. But when my father left the planet…I felt orphaned…because the people who had created me and brought me into the world were no longer here. I thought of this journal page idea one morning between sleeping & waking. I used a piece of black paper as the base, used metallic markers for the spirales and glitter glue for the background. All that represents the void where I believe we were created…and where we’ll return. I copied 3 photos of my parents & myself then colored them with a bit of sepia acrylic paint. I loved doing this prompt to honor my relationship with them!
- Use all or just part of the prompts.
- MAKE THEM YOURS. These prompts are IDEAS. They are not set in stone. I encourage you to stretch yourself. If you find a prompt doesn’t speak to you, think on it. Find a way to MAKE it speak to you, and go with that.
- SHOOTERS: You do NOT have to be a coffee drinker to play along! Tea, Water, Beer or the Hard Stuff. WE DON’T CARE!! Make the prompts work for you and your mug. (or lack there of)
- There is NO right or wrong.
- Share your feedback on the work of others that share here positively. ABSOLUTELY no judging of another person’s work. (If I find that people aren’t following this rule, I will remove links left by that person.)
- This is a place for you to explore! It doesn’t matter if you’ve just gotten here in the middle of the year, or if you’ve gotten “behind” and don’t create every day. It doesn’t matter if you don’t create at ALL… (although we’d love it if you do)
- Add your link to what you book or shoot in the comments section of the posts here on the blog, that you create for! Be sure to add a DIRECT LINK. (you can get this most times by clicking on the title of your post, and then copying the URL.) General links to websites will be deleted (because they make it hard for people to follow behind and find the post pertaining to this prompt) ALSO, links leading to posts that do not make it clear how they are related to the prompts will be removed.
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