Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another step in the right direction

Oh my goodness, how time flies.  Well then again, it is the Christmas season, when time is at a premium and we're all busier than normal.  This is my latest art piece, another background similar to my last two posts.  Since I explained the others in detail, I won't do that on this one.  I pretty much used the same supplies and technics.  I must admit though, I do love using the torn National Geographic pages to create these backgrounds.  It's such a quick, easy, and cheap way to at least start a new piece of art, to get something down on the base, and then go from there.  It inspires me enough at first to keep on going and adding more layers, to where I feel I'm accomplishing something and actually creating some new art.  No pain, no angst, no fear of ruining it.  This technic is a "new discovery" for me, and has helped me a lot in taking baby steps out of my prolonged art slump.  In my case, going back to a very easy and simple technic to start with, kind of like going back to the basics, has helped me overcome certain fears and artist block to actually get back to creating some new art.  And for me, right now, that's good enough for me!

Even though this is a background, I have further plans for it, and will hopefully work on it more today, and if I'm lucky, even finish it.  I'm making this piece as a gift for friend, which to me always makes it more special and enjoyable.  And when I do finish this piece, and get around to taking a scan or photo of it, I'll post the end result.  But right now, I'm just happy to post it as a background, and as a piece of new art.  Because at least it causes me to know I'm going in the right direction, however small my baby steps are.

So I hope you enjoy this piece, and that all of you out there had a wonderful, blessed Christmas.  I had a wonderful Christmas, which I'm grateful for.

10 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow! There is a lot of depth and texture to this one. I love all the angles and colors.

Tammy Freiborg said...

Magnificent! It may be a simple technique but from it comes a complex, colorful, well-designed creation! For the coming year, may your art's desire, inspiration, and muse return in full force.

Home of the Fairy Smasher said...

I can't wait to see what you do with this! What a beautiful start to a piece of art.
Hugs!

Julie said...

You certainly have inspired me today! ...and I think I'm even motivated! Thanks for the launch!

Lizbethem said...

I love the background pieces, Val! Best wishes for a super-creative New Year!

linda said...

Val,
these are all really beautiful--such vibrant colors. it will be interesting to see the path they lead you down.
Good luck and I look forward to following your journey.

Julie said...

Glad to hear you had a good Christmas Val. Your backgrounds look great fun to do, I shall have to have a go. I hope you have a fulfilling and Happy New Year.

Beth in IL said...

Thanks for the inspiration. My library is going to do journaling this year and I need some background ideas. Mine are getting to look the same. As we just got a Naional Geographic subscription, your idea is timely. God bless.

Gail P said...

Stellar as usual!! marvelous colors. Happy New Year my friend!
May 2010 be grand!

daysease said...

What an extraordinarily exquisite piece... when I gaze at it I see a man on his hands and knees. perhaps it is an appropriate interpretation for this time. We need to bow before God's thrown. He is the only One who helps, heals, and knows what we need. May He fill your heart with peace that passes your understanding, and may He give you an extra measure of His encouragement, comfort, and overflowing joy even through every challenge you face. Remember, God is ALWAYS in control, and we NEVER are. (even when we think we are)... Sending a hug and many thoughts of blessings...

celita