DAY #211- PAPER MACHE PARTY

#211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (15)

I started this week thinking, “Hmm the kids don’t have camp, I will do my art thing in the morning and then, we’ll do kid stuff in the afternoon…”

Yeah, anything but!

Yesterday, I started making movies with the kids around 8:30 am and we came back from swimming in the ocean around 8:30 pm.  Not to mention we picked up an extra child for a sleepover!

This morning I was serving up waffles and creating more movies with our new sleepover actress Barbie Comes to Life (67) Barbie Comes to Life (193) Barbie Comes to Life (229)(note: not a minute to myself) when I realized, ” This is not going to happen. It’s time to let go of that pipe-dream of me-time and just go with the flow!” And at that moment, I realized, this week isn’t going to be about me.  It’s going to be about kids.  You know, those crazy creatures we decide to have, that most definitely flip any ideas you had about your life completely upside down?  Yeah, them!  I love them to death, but when they seek your attention, they don’t want 25%, they don’t want 50% OR %75, THEY WANT  YOUR 100% FULL ATTENTION. As do all humans.  Who wants someone only paying 25% attention to what you are saying to them?  No one.  It’s rude.

Now don’t get me wrong, paying 100% attention to your kids can be painful.  They don’t care about jobs, housework, your own interests, cooking, preparing them for the day, none of these things.  They just want you to pay attention to them.

Pure & simple.

But you know what, when you surrender all of your own expectations and pay full attention, you can find great joy in it.

Great Joy.  That is the direction I am taking.

So I warn you now, those expecting some major work of art this week? – not going to happen.  Creativity? – yes. But that creativity will be going into others. I will most likely not have much to show for it and yet, it is still energy.  It will be created and can not be destroyed. I will have to look to others to see its effects and hope that little old me can have an impact on another human being, be they small, in a positive way. In this way it seems so very important.  I am very blessed with the opportunity to serve.

 So with that said, I’ll show you what we’ve been up to!

#211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (1)

Referring back to Post# 190 – What The heck is that?  I had some young art students that created paper mache with me.  My daughter soon joined in creating a platypus. We decided to reconvene today and have a decorating party.  Since we had an extra child visitor, I took a shoe box and helped her create a cat bed, so she had something to decorate today too.

#211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (2) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (3)

My basement is filled with every craft item you can think of.  Anyone wanting to unload craft items, sends them my way!  I organize them all into bins and I bring them out to share with kids regularly.  I have a fabric scrap bin, yarn bin, paint bin, woodsy bin, recycling bin, glitter, beads, ribbon, stickers, decorative papers, jewelry components, you name it.

Everything got pulled out today!

#211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (4) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (5) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (6) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (7) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (8) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (9) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (10)

Each kid put their own mark on the project.

#211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (11) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (12) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (13) #211 - PAPER MACHE PARTY (14)

And the results were very special.

I think the whole reason for even embarking on these crazy kid projects is to be able to ask a kid to imagine something, and then in a small way, show them that it is possible.  Imagine & manifest.

Again, great joy in that.

I think it’s why I’m so addicted!

http://www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

Advertisements

DAY #210 – TEACHING MY KIDS ABOUT STOP-PHOTO-ANIMATION

Is he real (48)b

It all started with my daughter taking some photos of our cat.  She was laughing as she scrolled through them on our camera.  When she scrolled through quickly, it appeared as though the cat was waiting to cross the street.  The cat looked left, looked right, looked left again, then jumped.

I thought “Oh man, we could have some fun with this kids!”

Between yesterday and today, we have made 5 movies.  They keep getting better and better!  I am going to share the one we made today, because by now, the kids really get it.  They understand timing, turning off the camera to manipulate the environment, and how to keep a straight face….well maybe not a straight face.  We laughed pretty hard through this!

Sorry, our media is fairly crude.  It’s mom’s camera taking multi-shutter photos on sports-mode and Movie-Maker, a program my husband put on our PC for us to play with.

I hope you guys get a great laugh….I’m off.  My kids want to make more movies!

http://www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

Day # 209 – CLEAN HOUSE

room redo

You may look at this post and wonder why I bother.  Really is there that much difference between the photo above and the photo below?  To me, YES!

I am not sure if there are other people like me out there, but I go batty living in the same environment within a month or two. It’s like my eyes hit that saturation point where they just don’t notice details anymore. Like a pretty picture, a cool looking vase, a fabulously patterned pillow.  Nada. My eyes turn off.

After this happens, my moods get affected.  I feel claustrophobic, bored, and irritable.  I start having thoughts like I am ready to move again or ready to invest in new furniture…I get antsy.

I figured out that people like me, do really well with switcheroos.

Here were the photos of my living room this morning.

2013-07-28 11.42.05 2013-07-28 11.43.47

They are fine.  Nothing wrong with this picture, but I simply CRAVE change.

2013-07-28 12.00.14 2013-07-28 12.00.32

So I stripped the room of its curtains, pillows and accessories and started with a clean slate.  Over the years I have slowly figured out that white walls allow me to change everything else so easily.  If my walls were purple, I’d be locked in to fewer options.

2013-07-28 13.22.21 2013-07-28 13.22.54 2013-07-28 13.23.23

Next I go shopping in my basement.  I put back what I’m not using and find some new props.  Being “creative” lends itself to being a collector of many things.  I rummage thrift shops, yard sales and my family members basements for things with character.  Then I store them all and switch them in and out throughout the year.

2013-07-28 14.07.42 2013-07-28 14.08.09

Then I decorate.

 I definitely know people who stress about decorating, they find it a mind-boggling chore.

Not me. I love it.  

As soon as I’m finished, I could pull everything out of the room and start all over again!  It’s that much fun for me.

2013-07-28 14.08.48

Here is a cute touch.  I took all my kids little itty-bitty toys and I compartmentalized them into trays and cups.  I have actually found they play more with toys when they are out than when they’re tucked away in baskets and boxes.

2013-07-28 14.09.42

Here is another treasure.  I grabbed a white pillow case at Ikea for $2 bucks.  For my birthday I asked my kids and niece and nephew to decorate it for me.  Just sharpies.  I love it.  It’s happy and personal.

IMG_2109

To finish off the afternoon, I cut flowers and put them in different rooms.  I have to say, since I started this 365, I rarely get around to creative small touches.  In fact, my gardens are a mess!

With that in mind, today was a special treat to myself.  My house is clean, my eyes are re-stimulated, and my spirit has been re-lifted.

It’s the simple pleasures for me.

Sweet and simple.

http://www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

DAY #208 – NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

#208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (1)

Thanks to a friend, I was able to score Newport Folk Festival tickets last-minute.

I had never been.  It was pretty darn cool.

#208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (2) #208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (3) #208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (8) #208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (10)

We did arts & crafts.

#208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (4) #208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (5)

#208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (7)

We bopped to the music.

I have to say, the smaller bands in the smaller tents were the best part of the day for me. My favorite was a band called Spirit Family Reunion.  If you click on their name right here in my post, you can hear what they sound like.  I’m telling you, I thought their feet were going to go through the stage, they were stomping so hard.  Awesome energy.  I’m going to try to catch them in NYC at some point. Oh, and one of the musicians played a wash board.  My son was amazed!  He’d seen it in cartons but couldn’t believe how great it sounded in a band. It was awesome to expose the kids to so many instruments and to so much talent.

#208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (6)

They also had state of the art headphones so you could hear bands that were playing inside the caverns of Fort Adams.  That was different.

#208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (1)

Somehow we were there seven hours and I still had enough in me to come home and create a little painting.  It’s folk music so of course I had to include a banjo.  It’s in Newport overlooking the Newport bridge, so I added that.  And some might tell you the Rhode Island Red (chicken) is our state bird, but I’d like to argue that in reality, it really should be the seagull.  They are everywhere!  So I made the musician a seagull as a little nod to our locale. I also thought it important to add a little patriotic nod, mainly because folk music is so very uniquely American.

#208 - Newport Folk Festival 11

No complaints here.  We had gorgeous weather.  Spectacular views.  Terrific music.

A perfect day.

#208 - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL (9)

A ride back over the Newport Bridge and we’re home again.

Cool Beans.  Thank you universe.  I’m sure diggin’ this life!

WWW.BECREATIVEMARY.COM

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

Day #207 – The Block Island Ferry at Sunset

#207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (1)

This ferry painting is the third in a series on Block Island, Rhode Island.

#178 - View From Old Harbor Block Island #188- BLOCK ISLAND STAR DEPARTMENT STORE (1) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (1)

I plan on painting most of the buildings in Old Harbor.

Here is the progression of the ferry over the last three days:

#205- SAIL AWAY ON THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY (1) #206 - CAROL JEAN -THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (1)

I wrote quite a bit on the ferry, so if you are interested, check the last three days of posts.

I was wondering if any of you wondered about the background I chose?

Were some of you thinking, why would somebody paint such an over-the-top sky?  It’s almost ridiculous!

Well yeah, it probably does look ridiculous to some, but if you’ve been to Block Island, then you know what dusk looks like on the island.  Here are some of my sunset photos spanning the last decade.  All of them have the same thing in common,

#207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (2) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (3) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (4) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (5) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (6) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (7) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (8) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (9) #207- The Block Island Ferry at Sunset (10)

Pink, blue, & purple.

What’s awesome, is this is a daily occurrence!   A daily phenomena!   A daily miracle!

It’s one of the first things I think of when I think of the island and that’s why I painted it that way.

So, call my backgrounds over-the-top, maybe even strange, but for those of us who have been there, who have seen the sunsets with our own eyes, it makes perfect sense.

http://www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

DAY #206 – CAROL JEAN – THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY

#206 - CAROL JEAN -THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY

Yesterday’s post was about sketching and transferring my pencil sketch to 140 LB Cold Press Paper.

Today is about my trusty SAKURA black ink pen.  It is water proof which is what one needs for watercolors and delivers a nice clean line to a drawing.

I created a pen contour drawing and added in all the relevant background details.  The ferry will be departing from Old Harbor, Block Island and will match the other buildings I am drawing/painting of the harbor.

#178 - View From Old Harbor Block Island #188- BLOCK ISLAND STAR DEPARTMENT STORE (1) #206 - CAROL JEAN -THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY

Many, many days ago, actually 157 days ago, I did a quick sketch of the Block Island ferry departing from Narragansett.  Post # 49 – OLD BLOCK ISLAND IS A CALLIN’ #49 -OLD BLOCK ISLAND IS A CALLIN'

The gist of the post was that to many of us, the ferry represents excitement & anticipation.  It is this magical vehicle that will take you from everyday life to an oasis, a paradise, a vacation!

On the flip side, when you are on the island, the ferry is the vehicle that will take you home.  Boo Hoo.

#206 - CAROL JEAN -THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRy (2)

We usually vacation with my friend Jesse’s family and they started a tradition in which, no matter what you are doing on the island, you must show up to the ferry to say farewell to whoever we know, that is departing.

Sometimes there are 15-20 of us on the island.  Everyone has different departures.  We all meet up, stand together and wave to the poor soul leaving before us.  It’s a kind gesture to those leaving the party.  My friend Jesse always makes sure he get’s the last ferry out.  He wants to be the waver, not the one departing.  He probably owns the most departure photographs.  All of us waving our hearts out as the ferry blows its large smoke stack and heads out to sea. I may have witnessed a tear or two in my day.

So even though I must take Dramamine, otherwise I’d gag, the ferry does hold a very special place in my heart.

It’s a beautiful symbol.  One I hold dearly.

http://www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

DAY #205 – SAIL AWAY ON THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY

#205- SAIL AWAY ON THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY (1)

Today I decided to return to the Block Island Old Harbor series I am creating.

#178 - View From Old Harbor Block Island

So far I’ve done the Old harbor Inn

#188- BLOCK ISLAND STAR DEPARTMENT STORE (1)

and The Star Department Store…

Next, the Block Island Ferry.

After that, I will do the National Hotel and The Surf Hotel.  The whole harbor is a gem of Victorian buildings from the turn of the century.  It’s also where I vacation every year with my best friends which makes it quite sentimental.

Today was sketch day.

You start with nothing and hopefully an image begins to emerge.  My first sketch wound up flowing off the sides of my paper in two directions.  I taped some paper together and kept going.  I then had a preliminary drawing but it was on three pieces of paper!   I took a piece of over-sized tracing paper and traced my ferry-boat onto it.

#205- SAIL AWAY ON THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY (2)

But now my ferry-boat was heading in the wrong direction. I flipped the piece of paper over again and traced it one last time.

I now had a tracing of my ferry-boat on both sides of my tracing paper.

#205- SAIL AWAY ON THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY (3)

Next came the scribbling.

If you rub your pencil over your existing pencil lines, you can transfer a graphite image to a new piece of paper.

#205- SAIL AWAY ON THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY (4)

Now I have a pencil drawing of my ferry-boat, in the correct direction and eraser free.

tomorrow I can finish adding more details in pencil before I transition over to pen.

This way takes quite a few steps, but you are able to edit and make corrections on scrap paper before moving to good paper.  I thought I was going to be using a 16 x 16″ piece of cold press watercolor paper, but it wound up, I needed a 16 x 20″ piece.  You may not have much to show for day one, but there is quite a bit of math, proportion, and calculation that goes into a drawing.

OK.  Off to bed.

It’s nice to know what I’ll be working on tomorrow. Takes a little stress off!

http://www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

#204 – JUST FINISH IT! The Newport Bridge as Seen from Jamestown, RI

#204 - FINISH THE DARN PAINTING

What is my problem?

Why have I put off finishing this painting for well over a month?

Even yesterday, this was on my to-do list and somehow I escaped it.

I think the subject matter is just too traditional and not light-hearted enough to captivate my interest.  Yet, I still wanted to see it through, so today was the day.  I just had to get it done.

It’s a 24″ x 24″ acrylic painting on a wood panel.  Here is the progression:

#161- VIEW OF NEWPORT BRIDGE FROM JAMESTOWN (1) #163 - NEWPORT BRIDGE GETTING CLOSER (2) #163 - NEWPORT BRIDGE GETTING CLOSER (1) IMG_9520 IMG_9523 #204 - FINISH THE DARN PAINTING

I originally had a barn in the painting, but I felt like it was to central in location and just too cliché.

I’m not sure which was the better scenario, but it’s done now and I’m not going back!

The painting is of one of my favorite places in Rhode Island, Jamestown.  It’s a quiet little island filled with nature and farm land.  When ever I pass this farm I marvel at the juxtaposition of the rustic farm land and the modern bridge that always looks as if it is popping out from the woods.  It’s a truly stunning location.

So two good things came from today.

I got the half-finished painting out of my dining room and I get to pat myself on the back for following through.

Nobody’s gonna call me a quitter!

Never!

http://www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

#203 – POTTERY BREAK

#203 - POTTERY BREAK (1)

I had every intention of finishing the painting I abandoned a month ago(the one of the Newport Bridge), but something happened along the way…

You see, I had to drop my kids at camp today.  It just so happens that their camp and my pottery studio were in the same building…one thing led to another, and like a moth to a flame, I was right back in the pottery studio!

I had totally forgot about the 6 handle-less mugs and 4 bud vases I threw at the end of my last pottery session.  They had been bisque fired and were now begging to be glazed.

I literally have NO coffee mugs at home…priorities right?  One needs mugs if one is to drink coffee!

So I settled right in to the old pottery scene.  It’s been a month or so.  I totally miss it!

#203 - POTTERY BREAK (4)

The glaze application is dirty business.  For every color you choose, you have to stir up the glaze for it.  Many of the glazes are stubbornly stuck to the bottoms of the buckets.  And of course, I can’t just pick one color… so twenty colors later, I’ve made quite the mess!

#203 - POTTERY BREAK (9)

This time around, I chose a pearl color with hyacinth pink & fire orange.  Another combination was bright turquoise with black and cappuccino. I also used some light fern green and cornflower blue.  I am such a newbie I really can’t tell you how they will come out.  It’s still a total crapshoot.  Whatever the outcome, I should at least be able to drink coffee out of them!

#203 - POTTERY BREAK (3) #203 - POTTERY BREAK (5) #203 - POTTERY BREAK (6) #203 - POTTERY BREAK (8)

Another bonus of the day, was that my mom was here visiting, so I gave her a bowl I created and she had a blast applying a multitude of glazes.  On the inside of the bowl, my mom applied orange to the dots, dark brown to the stripes and then a whole layer of a runny light fern green color over the entire bowl.  Cross your fingers, for all the work she put in, I sure hope it turns out beautifully!

I’m glad I got to take a little pottery break today.  Tuesdays were always the day where I need not stress over what I was going to do for the day, I could just show up and go with the pottery flow.

I will definitely be returning to the pottery studio when the kids go back to school.  It’s just way too addicting not to!

I will post the finished products in about two weeks. Waiting for the pieces to be fired is always the hardest part!

http://www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary

#202 – BLUE FLORAL SERIES

Blue Floral

I did it!  I eked out four more paintings created with my handmade stamps.

I am not very good at showing restraint, but I tried very hard today not to go over-the-top!

I tried to keep these 11×14″ prints simple and understated. In fact, surprise, surprise, I actually kept some of the paper white and unused (that’s a big deal!)

#202- BLUE FLORAL SERIES (4)

These were the stamps I chose today.

#202- BLUE FLORAL SERIES (3) #202- BLUE FLORAL SERIES (2) #202- BLUE FLORAL SERIES (1) #202- BLUE FLORAL SERIES (5)

I first started with the flowers.

To my surprise, I unintentionally use similar colors for the flowers in all 4 prints.  I then decided that I was going to create all 4 vases in the same color.  Instantly Tiffany blue came to mind.  The primary colors are red, yellow, & blue.  Since the flowers are red and yellow, it would make perfect sense for the vase to be blue. Red and yellow mixed, create orange and orange’s compliment is blue.

Lastly, I chose the background to be the same color as the vases (that was where I tried to keep things simple).

All in all, these little paintings are very sweet.  Maybe I’m partial, but that blue is one of my favorites.

I also hate to say it, but this might make some very fine bathroom art!

hee hee hee.

So That’s it, tomorrow my kids are off to camp and I may have an opportunity to actually start on something new.

Until then, everybody enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thanks.

www.becreativemary.com

Join me on Facebook:  Be Creative Mary