Sunday, 15 June 2014

My creations for sale have their own facebook page 'Creatively Well Creations'

Creatively Well Creations

As you may have noticed my blog and facebook pages have a new web banner. This was the result of many frustrating hours trying to learn how to use Photoshop :-) It is all part of a set of changes & updates I'm slowing implementing online. Another is the creation of a new facebook page entitled 'Creatively Well Creations' on which I shall post some of the creations I sell.

For a long while my efforts to keep well using creative activities has resulted in many gifts for loved ones but also some creations that I sell locally. People have repeatedly suggested I make a facebook page to showcase the kind of creations I sell - personalised cards, bespoke jewellery, paintings, mandalas & various crafty gifts. Anyhow, I finally did it!

To celebrate the launch of this page I shall soon be running a prize draw. So, if you're on facebook, please like my new page & keep an eye out for the prize draw I plan to launch on there this next week.

  • What new projects, ideas or creations have you been working on recently?
  • Or/and what ideas fill your dreams for the future?

My head is always full of ideas and dreams but one that I'd like to bring into reality sooner rather than later is my 'Creatively Well' book. I have it in rough form but I really want to work it into a publishable, hopefully useful and enjoyable read soon. 

Wishing you all a Happy and Creative Week!
Kat :-) x

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

"The Difference a Flower Can Make" MJJ2014

Gemma's chosen artist for our Magical Journal Journey 2014 is Georgia O'Keefe , a prolific artist that inspired me to spend my time studying flowers and plants in fine detail. Georgia O'Keefe also enjoyed painting her surroundings at whichever locatioon she was at therefore above is my painted interpretation of the abundant Cornish grass topped granite cliffs. This is the photo I took of the local lanscape that provided the inspiration:

The photo of my painting doesn't seem to do it justice because it doesn't reproduce the colours and texture very well but it gives you an idea. Although I tried to paint this cliff side in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe I wasn't successful. Yet her influence is in may just have to take my word for it ;-)

For the middle spread I used this photo of flowers in my garden as inspiration:

And this was my interpretation of the flowers (again not a great photo):

I kept in mind Georgia O'Keeffe's way of painting flowers large and in close up.

I spent many happy hours painting this spread which is around A3 in size but felt quite sad when I finished because it ended up so much less than I imagined. However, a few kind friends gave me a telling off about being too self-critical and I reminded myself that the process had been full of joy which was what mattered most. With that in mind I started to look upon the painting with kinder eyes. I hope Gemma will see the love that's gone into its creation.

On the final page I Painted a bright pink gerbera:

This then decorated a large pocket in which I put a short story (email me if you'd like a copy to read) in book form and tag:

I'm not sure that I've managed any of Georgia O'Keeffe's painting style but I was certainly inspired by her love of flowers and nature. Again, it stretched me out of my comfort zone encouraging me to practice new skills. Thank you Gemma: great choice of artist!

Oooh nearly forgot, we also had to contribute to the journal's inside cover art work:

I wrote the Georgia O'Keeffe quote: "I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty" along one of the swirly lines of paint someone had created and added decoration to the top right and middle right.

Hope you all have had a joy filled week that has inspired and stretched you in a positive way.

Kat :-)

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