I've been away for a while. It's not because I don't enjoy my work, it is more because I'm suffering from carpal tunnel. Well, after a couple of months of physical therapy, wearing a brace at night and just plain resting, my wrist is MUCH improved. It was bad. Real bad. I could barely write. All I could do was sew on a machine, and that was limited. I have not been a happy camper (ask my husband) at all! I am so happy that I can write and draw again and it is pain free! I still have some numbness is a couple of my fingers and I do need surgery. In the meantime however, I am back to drawing in my journal and working! YAY!
The first thing I am doing is preparing samples for a summer workshop I do with kids. Yesterday I played around with a technique I learned from my artist friend, Diana Trout.
A couple of years back I took a class with Diana in bookbinding and was immediately hooked. Diana is a fantastic teacher and artist. She is the author of Journal Spilling which I highly recommend. Diana posted this video of her drawing doodle game on you tube. I thought this would be such a fun thing for kids to do, so I've taken it in a different direction and created a project out of it.
It sort of reminds me of Miro:
so it starts with a line that doesn't cross draw on watercolor paper with sharpie
and ends up like this:
I added little monstery details. Then painted it with watercolors. So, this is a little preview of one of the summer projects. I've enjoyed the ability to create something again. Now I'm off to work on a painting...I'm giddy with happiness! Ahhhh...to paint again :)