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>A productive day

>Today’s eye candy are my latest Daily Art Cards. The first one you see is #60 and the last of the 4″ x 4″ I made. For March, I decided to try a new format: 4″ x 6″. It gives me a bit more room to play with but sometimes, less is more.

Disturbing dreams last night. It had been a while. I woke up in tears twice during the night. I kept dreaming that someone close to me was dead. I know it doesn’t mean this person will die soon. One thing that was weird in the dream though is that I found an old foreign newspaper. Probably from Asia (I saw characters that looked Asian instead of our alphabet.)

I’ve had a productive day. I have one painting in the works, made 4 ATCs for a swap, made 4 paper spool collages for another swap, made a card for the Deck of Me challenge, finished last week’s page for the Art Journal Challenge and made my Daily Art Card. Plus, I went grocery shopping and washed some dishes. And I always do my Morning Pages (between 15 and 30 minutes every morning.)

For the 21 Days Challenge, I’ve picked a small journal. I’m mostly using the quotes provided by Rhonna and journaling about meditation. So far, for my first 2 days, I’ve only done 5 minutes, focusing on the flame of a candle in the dark, before going to bed. Tonight, I want to do 5 minutes without the candle. We’ll see if it works.

Tomorrow I’m meeting up with Catherine. That’s always something to look forward to. We have so much fun together. Now I’ll just go relax in front of the television.

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>Of creatures (which are mostly of the bird variety) and other things

>So I notice that some symbols keep coming back in my art. Of course, we’re aware of the heart symbol which has already been discussed in a previous post but lately, I’ve also seen a variety of birds appear here in there in both my art AND my dreams. Anyone know what dreaming of birds mean? In the past weeks, I’ve had dreams of hawks (but friendly ones), owls and crows. In two dreams, the bird landed on my left arm. Strange. Anyway, I’ve decided to focus some pieces on those birds which explains the second art card you see here at the top and this painting below.

Now. About this painting. I’ve really been inspired by Kal Barteski‘s recent paintings (I’ve told you about them already) and thought I’d have my own take on this idea. I had all those old books of children stories which were missing a lot of pages (library books that were going to be thrown out.) So I decided to paint on the pages individually. Some have really nice illustrations on them so I might try to use those for something else but the pages with only text will be used in this fashion. They measure about 9″ x 12″. I started with a layer of gesso which had been mixed with some pink paint for another project (which is below) and had some left over. The tree came out of nowhere and wanted to be painted purple. So I did (more like lavender if you ask me.) Then the little bird appeared and wanted a swirly sun so I gave it to him. And before I knew it, he had me writing this little bit right in the middle of the painting! (It says: he just knew that one day he would fly to the sun.) This little guy really had a mind of his own. And now he wants siblings and friends to play with so I guess I’ll have to do more paintings. This was a big change for me: painting on something other than canvas and out of my journals. So, tell me what you think of it. Would you pay for something like this? Would others? It would be so wonderful to actually make money from my art, you know what I mean? Others are doing it. Why not me?

This is my latest art journal page. This journal is almost full. Three more pages and I’m done with it. Yikes! Whatever will I do next? Well, I guess I’ll just have to use one of my many other journals patiently waiting on my bookshelf in my bedroom. Maybe go smaller? I don’t know. I have another big spiral journal that I could use but do I want to work this size again? So many questions tonight!

Anyway, like most of my journal pages and art cards lately, this one has lots of layers. And I just noticed that I didn’t use oil pastels on this one which is surprising. I guess I didn’t want the “dirty” or “muddy” look it would bring to the page. This one almost looks clean to me. The drawings are supposed to represent my cat Diesel and myself. My auto-portrait is ok but Diesel is much darker in real life. She’s a big furry purring ball of colours all mixed in together. I also did this page as a response to iHanna‘s prompt to use hearts in our journal. So here’s to you Hanna!

This weekend I’ll show you another small painting and something I received in the mail.

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>Synchronicity

>Remember when I was saying that I’ve taken the No Stuff challenge? I’m really struggling right now. My favourite online shop just got some new goodies and I am SO tempted to treat myself. Maybe I will… just a little bit… I’ll keep thinking about it until the weekend.

I’ve been noticing a lot of synchronicity (or synCROWnicity as Pam puts it!) lately. I’ve been having a lot of strange dreams and I’m sure there’s a message somewhere in there. Recurring themes and images. One word that’s been coming back for the past couple of days is Renaissance. As in rebirth (and once it was as the historical period.) It was even in one of my dreams. I remember that it was written on a black board in a classroom (I’ve been dreaming a lot about being back in school lately.) It said “entre deux renaissances” which basically translates to “between two rebirths.” Hmm. Interesting. In my quest to living a greener life, I’ve had the idea to make my own net bags for fruits and veggies instead of using those flimsy plastic bags they have at the grocery store. A few days after I had that thought, JoyceAnn was talking about the same thing on her blog. Little things. Big things. Lots of synchronicity. I’m loving it.

So far this week, I’ve really been watching what I eat. Not counting calories or anything like that but I make sure to eat enough from all food groups and especially fruits and veggies. I’m doing really well. Also, today was my fourth day in a row that I’ve been walking, and not just the walk back and forth to work. At least 10 minutes each day. I’m feeling good. I’m enjoying it. Life is beautiful.

Before I go, I want to direct you to Lisa Vollrath’s upcoming countdown. And today’s image is last night’s Art Card. Made with Stampin Up! papers and Amercian Crafts rub-ons. Using up that stuff I have on hand.

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>Daily Art Cards 7 & 8

>Not much to say tonight. I haven’t been sleeping well lately and I have no idea why. And when I do sleep, I have weird dreams. Like this one: kittens and birds chasing one another in and out of a tree and an eagle or hawk (not sure exactly) swoops down to catch the mommy cat in its talons to keep it from attacking baby birds. See? Weird.

For your viewing pleasure, here are Daily Art Cards number 7 and 8. See here and here for descriptions. I’m too tired to type it out again. Off to bed. Goodnight!

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