Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Total Alignment: Opening My Heart Center

I've recently come across some pretty amazing Blogs for Art Journaling. I mean these ladies are so amazing and extremely talented. I have learned so much about art in the past few weeks just from reading their posts and watching their videos.
One particular lesson lately has really stuck out and opened my eyes, heart, and mind to so many new things. Connie over at Dirty Footprints Studio has a truly wonderful Free Workshop posted on her blog called Total Alignment (which you can find linked over in the Blog Love on the right side of my page) She has taught me a few things about getting started and the supplies needed to start your journey. The first lesson called "Opening the Heart Center" is something that I'm really looking forward to talking about.
 Not only is Connie one of the sweetest ladies around, she has such a calm and loving spirit. I could listen to her talk and be silly and sincere all day. She spoke about just taking time out of each day to just sit and meditate and focus on breathing and really becoming in tune with your heart. Once I closed my eyes I could just feel all the stress and nonsense from the day just disappear. Literally I didn't even think about anything that was bothering me. All I saw was myself. All I heard was my breathing and Connie's voice. I don't think I've felt that relaxed in I don't know how long! It was as if my brain was shut down and my heart was doing all of the work. When you learn to let your heart shine and do the "thinking" for you then everything else just has a way of working itself out, whether its in your Art or in your actions.
I sat down to paint today and I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I didn't know what I wanted or how it was going to end up. I just closed my eyes, listened to my breathing and let my heart do the work for me. I started with just a heart on the paper. Then I turned it into a sort of self portrait. It was my heart doing all of the work after all. I feel that if I let my heart shine and do all of the work for me and I practice this everyday then maybe, just maybe it will shine through the rest of me. Maybe it will shine so bright that other people around me will begin to notice. Perhaps I will even begin to inspire others to let their heart do the work and shine through for others.

Monday, May 12, 2014

My First Water Color Painting

This is my first attempt at painting with water colors.

Not the most creative or original piece of work, but I am quite pleased with the outcome. Especially considering I've never really painted with water colors before (other than with the kids). This was just me with a paint brush and a days worth of watching awesome tutorials on YouTube. I enjoyed playing around with the different colors and the doodles were fun too.

Artwork Inspired by Effy Wild's Painting "Wildly Happy". Her blog is awesome, her tutorials rock, and I am a Fan FOR LIFE!