A pop of colour

winter blues
it's dragging me down
bright colours

lifting up
creativity
stagnation

Middle of January is always difficult, winter blues guiding to lack of creativity. I hadn’t worked on any art page for so long, today I decided to add yellow and pink to a page. A pop of colour to lift my mood. I like my choice of colours: yellow and pink! Yellow means happiness and reminds me of sunshine; pink is related to self-care and love. This reminded me to buy flowers this weekend!

Haiku poem for Tanka Tuesday.

Spooky

“I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.”

Evan Peters

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”

Steve Almond

“The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we’ve come to need Halloween.”

Paula Curan

WQWWC

kindness

me time kindness
kindness
holding a door
a smile

a smile
a cup of tea
thank you

thank you
sending flowers
love you

love you
I'm listening
kindness

Tanka Tuesday – Kindness is the theme prompt for this week. I’ve written this poem but it doesn’t fit any of the classic poetry forms, at least that I could find. I love it, so I decided to be kind to myself and share it anyways. It is a syllabic poem, so I think Colleen will like. The form is 2:4:2, the last word of one stanza is the first of the following on and the first word of the poem repeats as the last one. I am thinking a name for it, but first I’d like know from the poetry experts if there isn’t already a form like this one.

Another gesture of kindness I’m sharing here, is a self-kindness. A few minutes every morning I give to myself to play with colours, images. It’s a ‘me time’ that I use for art journaling.

Hope you enjoy both of my creativity forms.

resilience

“I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.”
Gail Borden

my art and me, me and my art. i’ve tried many media and styles over the years. sketch, canvas, collage, water color, acrylics … but what i really like is messy art. to give permission to the colors and pieces of paper to talk by themselves.

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
Margaret Thatcher

my messy pages are like therapy, i let my feelings pour on them. most of them i keep to myself, but a few i post on IG, i share with my friends in there hoping to inspire them. once a posted a collage and tagged art page. someone left a comment saying my page wasn’t an art! sadness took over me and i didn’t post for a while.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Confucius

many thoughts later, i understood the problem wasn’t on my page or with myself, but with the person that commented. up and down, resiliency, and time to take the stand and enjoy my art, messy art!

WQWWC

Nurt Thurs :: Expression

Refreshing and creating

Expression is the essence of thought.

Tony Calderone

We all need fresh air from time to time, to open up our mind and let our feelings surface. It’s like that say: Thinking outside the box!

Expression is the mystery of beauty.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

There are so many rules and directions to be followed for each task at any moment. We get lost in the middle of them. Where is the creativity in all of this?

To express one’s inner self so that others can understand you, is art. If your expressions are elevated and beautiful, it is good art.

Anonymous

Sharing with Nurturing Thursday.

100 day project – part 1

Hello, how are you doing? A new week is starting and we are still in STAY HOME mood!

I’m trying to be creative and keep up with few projects. One of them is the 100 day project that I started last week. You can see the introductory post here.

I’m using a mix of collage and painting for creating my art cards. Below are few of them I made this past week.

Have a great and safe week ahead!

A random page # 17

Good Morning! Here are a few pages from an IG art party this weekend:

prompt 1: yellow and turquoise
prompt 2: a quote

It’s the journey that’s important, not the getting there.

John McLeod

prompt 3: growth

Today is starting #100dayproject, where we choose one creative project and stick with it for 100 days. I’ve joined it for many years and it’s great to see all the work done at the end of the project. This year I’ll make an art card per day.

Have a great and safe week!

A random page # 15

Journaling is helping me to stay grounded during this time of lockdown. I’ve been up and down with my feelings, but in a way or another when I sit at my desk and start to write it’s like the world is back to its usual flow.

I haven’t done much art journaling recently, but here are the pages I did a few weeks ago.

Acceptance and self-care
Letting go
Being comfortable at home

And you? How are keeping your sanity these days?

a random page # 14

Happy Women’s Day!

The new season is coming and it’s time for changes. Starting by changing the clocks today, this means more day light, more outdoors activities, but the self-changes are the most important: our body, our mood, expectations …

With the Spring knocking on the door, it’s time to get rid of what doesn’t serve us anymore and make space for new things. I’m not talking about material stuff, but thoughts, regrets and old ideas. I try to live a minimalist life style, so I don’t have many things to get rid off. I don’t like cluttering, when I buy something new, the old one has to go out. What I need is to apply the same style to my mind, generally I keep everything in there, and I’m tired of the mind-cluttering.

I need to make more space for the things that make me happy and give me pleasure. More writing, gardening, cooking delicious and healthy food, in summary I need to nest the good thoughts and get rid of the bad ones.

And you? Any plans for the new season?

E.

Art party

This weekend was busy in the online world for me. Saturday I co-hosted an art party on Instagram and Sunday I joined a blogging party organized by Bella from Thoughtsnlife blog! It was lovely! I met some wonderful bloggers and caught up with some old friends.

My friend Yvonne @yvonne.creates from Instagram invited me to co-host the #febgluebookparty2020 with her. We chose the theme Valentine’s Day, I know it isn’t the day yet, but it’s not too late to spread love, so we decided to do it all about self-love and -care. Below you will find the prompts and my pages.

Prompt 1: Be your own beloved

For this prompt, I chose images that pamper me up, like gorgeous shoes, flowers and healthy food.

Prompt 2: The colour Red

Red lipstick, so glamorous, but I don’t own one! I think it’s too much and doesn’t match my lifestyle, but of course, I can still admire it. And flowers, always the red ones call my attention.

Prompt 3: A quote

For the 3rd prompt I chose Rumi’s quote: “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love”. Isn’t this quote wonderful?

I chose flowers to represent nature, one of my greatest sources of inspiration and quiet moments at home, represented here by the cup of tea and a kitchen table.

We had so many lovely ladies joying the party, including my blogger friend, Rupali. I’m so happy she decided to give a try and shared some awesome pages.

All the parties have a giveaway, so I put together a journaling set for it.

Giveaway: A journaling set

One of the new ladies at the party was the lucky one, I’ll mail it to her this week.

Hope you had a great weekend and wish you a lovely week ahead!

E.