I’m getting this out much later today then intended, but that’s what happens when the day is filled with creativity from sunup until sundown! This creativity challenge is mainly about cultivating the habit of creativity by doing one small creative project each day. Today, however, was an exception. Today I spent the entire day in creative pursuits! I was initally going to only share the actual project for the 365 days of creativity, but I decided to share it all with you in one post in the hopes that it will excite and inspire you similar to how it did for me.
I started my day by meeting my friends Debra Fillingim, aka my partner in all things art, and Jaci at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery and Gallery on First in Sanford, FL. We were specifically going to see Tracy Stilwell‘s show, Girls in the Garden: Stitched Stories. What I was not prepared for, as I had never been to this gallery, was how spacious it was going to be and the large array of folk art from so many southern artists, not just Tracy’s show. What a treat it was to walk into this gallery and be greeted by countless paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other variations of folk art. By the time we had wandered throughout the gallery, peeking in all the nooks and crannies to make sure we saw everything, my creative brain was doing flips of inspiration with new ideas and energy to come home and create myself. I’ve decided that I’m going to be scheduling an artist date each month to go to a museum or gallery for any of my friends that want to explore what our area has to offer- more on this at a later date.
Both Debra and Jaci know Tracy Stilwell, but I personally don’t know her and wasn’t familiar with her art. After seeing photos of the “scary” dolls on Facebook, I was pleasantly surprised by her textile art. I absolutely fell in love with it! As a quilter I marveled at the intricacy in each of the quilts she had created. They were stunning and so artistic, filled with emotion.
There were several other artists that I was captivated by their work as well. The ones below are the ones that really jumped out at me for various reasons.
Debe Abbott I loved her interior paintings- I want to jump in one to live!
Michael Banks The whimsy of his faces intrigued me. I found myself coming back to his paintings to look a little closer…and then closer again.
Cherie Dacko I was intrigued by her paintings that felt so real and yet other worldly as well.
After spending the morning with Debra and Jaci exploring all of the art of these incredible artists it was time to grab Goose from school and dash her off to Plaster Cottage in Clermont for Girl Scouts. As luck would have it I received a call this morning that my clay piece was ready for pick up. While Goose worked on her plaster pieces with her troop I tucked myself away in the back of the studio and painted my clay piece. Initially I was going to use bright orange and bright yellow for a kicky brush holder, but the table I was at had a gathering of paints someone had poured and left…I decided to be adventurous and use all of those! Since kiln paints often look different after being fired I’m not really sure what my brush holder is going to look like when I get it back, but two things I know for sure is that I finished it and it will be full of fun colors no matter which ones they are!
Once we finally made it home I sent Goose and Pumpkin to do homework and I snuck into my studio to play a little. This was when I finally got around to doing my personal creative challenge for day 4. I chose to dabble in my art journal using the gelatos I bought about 8 months ago but never used. I wasn’t really sure what they were or how to use them, but I remember buying them because, well, I have an art supply addiction so I had to have them! I found this video and this video by Donna Downey to inspire my pages. They were short videos, but very helpful! There’s some more that she has using the gelatos that I’m going to check out another day. For today I whipped out these two pages using the techniques she showed and then also adding some elements with other supplies as I felt the inspiration move me. My art journal is my playground, a space for exploration and art adventures to be had. I kept this adventure quick and simple, mainly as a way to try something new with no expectations of anything else. For many years I didn’t do much in my art journals because I felt like I should take everything to a finished level of work. Now I know that sometimes the beginning is the end. No pressure, just play and experiment.
What art supplies do you have that you’ve been wanting to learn or use more? Today’s a good day to try them out! Leave me a comment below on your favorite art adventures.