Today I announced to the world (or at least to the people who read my other blog, The Peculiar Palette) that I will be completing a new 52 piece art project this year. Not only will making more art be good for my spirit, it will also be good for my body since if I'm keeping my hands busy they won't be able to stuff my face with junk food. Plus, ever since I started working again full time I have been slacking off on posting to The Peculiar Palette, so this project will motivate me to post at least once a week and get it back up and running. Here's my first post of the year, and a sample of what you can expect to see if you become a regular reader (which I hope you do):
Ceramic Painting + Art Journaling = Bliss!
As you probably already have figured out, I am obsessed with anything
and everything art related. I am an artist, but when people ask me what
kind of artist I am I have a hard time answering. I am a painter, a
scupltor, a potter, a ceramicist, a woodworker, a maker of mosaics, a
furniture refinisher, an art journalist, a polymer clay artist, an
interior decorator, an art quilter, a jewelry maker, a Zentangler....I'm
sure I forgot to mention at least a few things. But, what I love to do
the most is to combine any and every one of the above art forms into
something new and different.
I love 'being into' so many different things because I never get
bored or run out of ideas for projects. And it seems like I come across
something new that I want to try on a daily basis. For instance, a year
ago I had never really worked with low fire ceramics or painting with
commercial glazes on bisque. Since I got my job at iLoveToCreate®,
though, this is a huge part of what I do. My head is exploding with
design ideas and product combinations I want to try at any given moment.
Any unpainted bisque pieces I come across at work don't stand a chance
against me and my paint brush. In fact, my boss has to calm me down
quite regularly and remind me that my job here is to be a ceramic
product salesperson, not a painter (although to my delight he has been
letting me work on some non-sales related creative projects with my new
BFF in Fresno, David Hoff, Duncan®
product expert and ceramic painter extraordinaire. I may even be
travelling around the country to teach!). But I just love it. And I'm
hoping that my excitement about all of this ceramic painting will
inspire other people to want to try it, which will in turn increase
sales....therefore I really am doing my job! But I digress....
The other art form that I have been obsessing over is art journaling.
I have always been an admirer, but I have a hard time keeping up with
it. I'll do a few pages and misplace my journal. I'll find it a year
later and do a few more pages then forget about it. But that all changed
during a recent trip to NJ for a work trip. I got stranded in the
Chicago airport for several hours and went to the bookstore to kill some
time. I happened to come across a Moleskine blank journal with watercolor paper pages in it, which was great because I had just recently bought a pack of Peerless Watercolors
which I happened to have with me. I bought it, headed to the bar for a
glass of wine, and journaled for hours until my flight finally left. I
went from being miserable about being stranded at the airport to as
content as could be, doodling all my cares away.
I am so glad I found this journal. I travel quite a bit for work
which means I spend a lot of time in airports. I always bring my
watercolors, journal, Micron markers and a aqua brush pen with me and pass the time making art. It's pretty fantastic.
Anyhoo....now that the new year has rolled around, I decided to give
myself a little bit of a challenge. Since painting ceramics and art
journaling are my new favorite things to do, I am going to start
combining the two. I'm going to make a series of 52 plates, one for each
week in 2013, as a way to document what happens in my life this year.
Of course I will share each one on my blog for you to see. I'm really
excited about this project and can't wait to get started on the second
Here is my debut piece which states my New Year's resolution
for 2013...'I resolve to do one thing every day that is good for either
my body, mind, or spirit'. It will hang in a prominent place in my
house so I am constantly reminded of it. Now I should have no excuses
not to keep this resolution instead of abandoning it in the first week
like I did all of the others I've ever made. It has been 8 days and I've
stuck to it, so things are looking good!
This project was made with a Duncan® OhFour® Bisque plate, Cover Coats®, French Dimensions™ and Pure Brilliance®.