I started an abstract art class at the Torpedo Factory last week. The instructor is a renowned artist from India who also teaches at the Smithsonian. We are learning to use a variety of materials; so far we have worked with charcoal and pastels, which I have never worked with before. The instructor is stressing working in layers, and I am applying what we are learning to my painting at home. The class is teaching me to slow down and be mindful, to enjoy the process of creating art as it evolves. The thing I love most about creating art is that it allows me to be present, to be in the moment, and all of the cares of the world are left behind. What a gift. I am really enjoying the class, and I plan to use the concepts I learn to find new directions and approaches to my art.
I’ve decided that this summer I am going to publish a book of some of my poetry, photography, and paintings. I think it would make a nice present for my family (especially my Mom) and friends. I’m going to call it A Glimpse Into My Mind, the tagline of my blog.
I’ve recently made a foray into mixed media. I’ve done 4: a personal one, a steampunk one, an urban decay one, an art & photography one, and a “women empowerment” one. I have listed the women empowerment one for sale on craigslist. We’ll see if I get any bites. I was unsure how to price it, so I just took into account the cost of the canvas and items I purchased for it plus the time that went into creating it. It’s a fun pursuit; it allows for complete freedom of the artistic process. I’ve had good luck selling my paintings on craigslist; hopefully this venture will be successful as well.
Here are photos of the mixed media projects I have done (minus the personal one):