I feel incredibly lucky to have been graced with two beautiful boys. Being a Mummy is one of the best feelings in the world, nothing compares to it.
Christmas is always a pretty big deal in our house, we love the festive season and celebrate throughout December. Of course part of that is going to visit Santa. We went on Sunday to a department store where they had a snow machine and a lovely lady elf.
Of course the boys were so excited – as you can probably imagine. The department store Santa was amazing, he took time to talk to both children and we got the chance to take some photos. It’s these little things that truly make Christmas memories.
With it being the run up to Christmas I am a very busy mummy so I’m sketching inbetween times. My 2nd face is a 5 minute, continuous line sketch using fineliner. It’s pretty simple but I really love it. I don’t sketch males very often but this one was fun!! I have some ideas in mind for Christmas based faces – I just need to find the time.
I’ve gotten back into my knitting again. I’ve picked up a sweater that’s been on my needles for too long – I will share a post about that soon. I have some wonderful Christmas photos to share and I will try to post at the weekend as I’m attempting my first gingerbread house on Thursday.
We’ve been decorating our house for the festive season and it’s been super fun. We like to decorate either the last day of November or the first day of December. This year the boys were able to put the fairy on the tree themselves. They are getting so grown-up and they are loving December so far. We decided to make an activity advent calendar with a different family activity for each day. Yesterday we made biscuits and today we watched the Muppet Christmas Carol.
I will be back later in the week.
Obviously my decision to leave college due to my mental health has left an arty gap in my life – so I started asking in art facebook groups for different ideas that I could use without having deadlines. I was advised to check out Studio 7 ART Academy for the 100 faces challenge – and to be honest I fell in love. I was working really hard on my portraiture portfolio so this felt like a very natural change. I’ve done one face so far and I love her:
I used a cover page from a home décor catalogue I picked up a while back; sponged some paint onto it, added some stamping and then got painting. I decided to go entirely with shades of purple for this – just to do something a little different. Then when it was dry I picked out some of the little details using a black fineliner. This is going to be a fun challenge, I’ve been watching youtube videos for portraiture guidance which has really been helping.
I’m also working on a healing journal using a course called Art, Heart and Healing as a guide. Everything is falling into place. I’m having therapy every week which is helping but it’s going to be a long journey.
Finally thank you to everyone for your lovely comments and messages following my last blog post – they were all truly appreciated. A couple people contacted to ask about MIND – Mind is a UK based mental health charity; a charity that is very close to my heart. You can get lots of information about different mental health problems and where to get help. There are real life stories over there also which I think really helps. Anyway go check them out – obviously as a charity they are always open to donations too.
It feels like I haven’t blogged in a long time, when in reality it’s been a week. It’s been a long and very tiring week.
I made the decision to withdraw from college. I was recently diagnosed with a second personality disorder and; to be honest; it has taken it’s toll on me. Doing my higher art and passing was such an amazing achievement; having my tutor want to keep my polynesian stick map for her home is an amazing achievement – those are the things I want to hold onto. Okay so college this time around didn’t work, I have some severe mental health issues and sometimes I have to focus a little more on those.
Does that mean I won’t be doing art? No. It just means I won’t have deadlines, I will work when I choose and I have time to knit again. It means that my life has changed again and I have to try and roll with it.
Mental illness is hard; I’m not going to sugarcoat it. This past few weeks have been some of the most difficult in my life. They have meant having to make difficult choices; they have meant having to respect my mental health. I’ve shared my mental health problems here before; and as you know I am a huge supporter of the MIND charity. These huge life changes are going to give me time to explore my mental health through my art. I hope that you will continue on my journey.
I’m taking a little bit of time out this week; I will be back to regular blog updates next week. In the meantime I really wanted to share the quote above by Saul Bass.
This is what I aspire to, it’s who I want to be. Every person has a different view on what art is; for me it’s that thing that makes me happy, sad, thoughtful, grateful and wondrous all at the same time. It’s about creating something that I’m happy with, about making a mess, making mistakes and having fun. I want to be an artist and I want to make beautiful things (even if nobody cares).
Another 4 days done and I’m almost caught up. Today my 100 days sketchbook fell apart – it took me an hour to fix it and it made me wonder can I squeeze another 29 days into this sketchbook? I’m going to do it – I want a sketchbook that is loved and used. So here are days 68-71!
For day 68 I painted onto a book page in acrylics using just a pallette knife to apply the paint:
Day 69 is a watercolour owl, painted onto card that has lace photocopied onto it; I love the depth of detail the lace gives:
I’ve had these used (but emptied) teabags and just used fineliner to draw straight onto them:
And day 71. I used some printed paper to create my blue dragon and little photos of our boys sitting on him. I created The Blue Dragon stories for the boys when they were little, I’ve wanted to illustrate the story for a while:
That’s me for today, I will be back in the week to share more of my 100 days and pages from my textiles sketchbook.
What a terrible have you been working on this weekend?