Friday, October 24, 2014

Squeezing In Some Time

So last Sunday I finally made some art time for myself. I was home alone with the kitty-how peachy keen and wonderful that was.  I started off by cleaning off my work table...boy did that feel good. 
After being away from the play space for over a week it was great to have a clean place to rekindle my creative juices.
I started a new painting too, but I haven't gotten very far.
This just looks like a mess right here but it will be an owl on a snowy night. Sitting on that lower branch.
This is just my first paint layout. I've added some more details to this and also sketched out and placed down my first paint layer for my owl. More about this later.
Having this new dog who is still being kept away from the the cat, I've had to adjust my art time schedule. The cat is upstairs and the dog is kept down, and my studio is upstairs in the small spare bedroom. Until the hubby gets home to manage the the dog, I can't go up and work as easily. Art time had been cut back, but I am still managing to squeeze in a little time- well actually I am needing that little bit of time-it really helps me manage the stresses of life. 
What a gift that is to be able to find an hour in the evening. 
Stresses have been pretty high-work had been crazy and my mother's forgetfulness is getting pretty severe. She's exploded with anger lately because we don't want her out driving for fear she won't know where she will end up.
They do say when it rains it pours.
I know that is cliche but its so true. You can see why cliches became cliches.
Anyhow...
So here's a journal page I did make. The background is a gelli print I made back in the summer. I added everything else to it this past week. One of my favorite parts is the daisies. I stamped them with white pigment ink on black paper, and used some Pan Pastels to color the centers and the stems.
Now that I am looking at a photograph of this page online I am thinking it could use something else.
maybe next time I can squeeze that hour in.

So I am linking this page to Paint Party Friday. Check out some great art from some very talented people. 
Thanks for visiting and taking a few minutes out of your day to read my post.


19 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work, and my fave is the lovely collage. I still need to clear my work table, help! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Faye said...

I like your collage just as it is. The large "white space" at the upper right balances the lower part perfectly. It's lovely.

Netty said...

Your work in progress looks really interesting, am looking forward to seeing the owl. Love the Journal page. Hope things get better for you next week. Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Fuzzie Fingers said...

I am glad you found some time to yourself. We need to charge our batteries now and again. Love your art work.

sheila 77 said...

I really like your colourful painting, love the dark daisies and the colourful rays.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your picture of the owl on a snowy night.
Thanks for visiting Orange Esmeralda, but don't feel sad for the girl, the spooky creatures are her friends and have protected her as she walked through the forest.

Beth Niquette said...

What brilliant colors. I love the eccentricity of your artwork. Wonderful.

Linda Kunsman said...

Fab paintings and layers of colors! Dear Karla you need to take some time for yourself and your art. You have a full plate between doggie and work and your poor mum's ailing health and you won't be able to handle it if you don't fill your tank. Do take care. Hugs!

Linda Kunsman said...

oops-SO sorry-I don't know where Karla came from....my apologies Erika!

Aga Gasiniak said...

Lovely creativity. Wishing you a relaxing weekend!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

a clean desk makes a great starting point doesn't it... and you have been so productive... I like the use of white in the collage... makes for an interesting focal point

Giggles said...

Wow very productive considering your new dog. Great collage! Must be so stressful with your mom. I hope you get some help for her so it's not all on your shoulders!!
Wishing you some joyful moments!!

Hugs Giggles

Abigail Davidson said...

Cool mix of collage and color. Happy PPF and hope you're having a relaxing weekend!

jinxxxygirl said...

Looking forward to that snowy owl!! Hugs! deb

Gloria said...

I loved seeing your stuffed-full journal on your work surface..so alluring! You page this week is very cool with the face and Gelli prints on the paper. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

LonettA said...

Wonderful journal page! Great colours!
Thank you for visiting my blog!

Lindsay said...

Wooow I loooove your art journal!! It seems stuffed with so many great pages! Will you make a video as soon it's full?

Sirkka said...

Good to have a clean table to work on! Your journal page is amasing, I love it.

Nat S said...

very attractive composition

Irene Rafael said...

Your journal page is striking...so vibrant exuding energy.