Remember the FREE course…

This is an art journal page from the course Art, Heart and Healing by Tam.  I just completed the first week and it was incredibly healing, fun and meditative.  I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to start the next week.  I highly encourage anyone to participate.  The first part isn’t really something you can sit down and do with a friend or loved one because it’s really baring your soul.   Perhaps there are some who can do that but I found it very personal.  The rest of it, however, can be done with or without another person.  I don’t mind either way.  I find that time just flies by when I’m working on art.  LOVE IT!


Bride Portrait

My friend was getting married and I volunteered to do her makeup.  I was going to be there fairly early before the wedding and was 2.5 hours away from home.  So, I brought my sketchbook and started sketching after I was done.  The bride was the inspiration.  She has curly hair, but it’s not as curly as the portrait.

October Inspiration

Can I Keep Him?

Here’s a piece of art I did in response to a monthly art challenge on the willowing site for Halloween.  I wanted to challenge myself and not include pumpkins or masks.  So this is what I came up with while on my way to see my family in Alaska.  I was on a plane and proceeded to draw the whole picture with colored pencils.  Today I finished it with watercolors. 

 It makes me me giggle a little when I look at it.  I hope you enjoy it too.

Expression of Sorrow

Water Color Sorrow

That last week or so I’ve been so tired and just can’t get it together.  Every little bit I did around the house or for entertainment was an enormous effort.  I’ve found that when I get that tired, I get depressed.   Perhaps it’s the other way around, I think it’s a whole thyroid thing…but delving into my medical issues isn’t the point of this blog.   The point is I was feeling down and decided to use art as a way to lift my spirit.  I sat on the floor with my water colors.  I had no idea what I was going to create.  I wanted to surrender to the process and see what happened. 

I know it looks as if it’s a child’s water color and it very well could be but it was a lot of fun to be messy and see what would happen.  Through it I made some discoveries about the different effects I can use for future paintings.  I especially loved the diffused effect of the red on the left-hand side.  You really can’t see that effect there but it was really beautiful.  I could have happily left this painting but I wanted to continue beyond my fear of ruining it if I kept going.  

Face for Water Color

So, I decided to try adding a face.   I don’t have a lot of experience with portraits and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get the expression right.    But I sat one night while watching television with my husband and painted the face.   It was incredibly satisfying to see the transformation from graphite pencil to full color.   

The next step was adding the face to the picture.  This was so easy.  What wasn’t easy was adding the hair.  If I ever do it again, I will definitely include the hair in the original picture.  Oh!  Oh!  Am I setting up boundaries for myself for future painting.  Let me take that back.  That came out of fear that I wouldn’t be able to do it successfully in the future.   Let me state instead, I pledge to leave myself open to explore my art in a way that it needs to be explored without fear of success or failure. 


I finished the face and moved on to adding texture to the background and then put her hair down with her on top.  I decided I wanted her to be the focus but I wanted to express the overwhelming sadness that was felt:   jumbled mess that couldn’t be sorted through. 

It evokes the feeling of sadness for me but it helped me work through the sadness that I was feeling (now I’m just tired, lol) and in the process make something that I am really proud to share with you.

When I was In Alaska

I’ve been up in Alaska taking care of my mom after her neck surgery. It was a success and she’ll get a report from the doctor this coming week to make sure everything is healing as it should. While I was up there I got to see my sister and my two nieces.  I was so excited to see my family.

Michaela's Portrait
Michaela’s Portrait

My 10-year-old niece, Michaela, and I sat down and watched one of Tam’s instructional videos and sketched a portrait together.  Here is Michaela’s first portrait based on Tam’s instructions. 

Can you believe it?  It’s beautiful.  She was so inspired.  Now if her wonderful mother is reading this perhaps she’ll follow the link and get the video for her daughter.  No pressure sis!   Or if you, dear reader, are inspired then you can buy it for your child or yourself.  It really is therapeutic and keeps you engaged doing something other than watching television.