Yesterday and today I worked on a bonus art lesson from Effy Wild’s (effywild.com) online Book of Days 2017 class. I stayed fairly close to what Effy demonstrated in her video. I need to just create something without any pressure, to soothe myself and relax a bit before I go back to work. I have been off (not teaching) since the end of April, so this will be a bit of a re-adjustment to schedules, traffic, and interacting with more people.
The art journal spread was done by first creating a background with several layers of acrylic paint. Then I added the face and plant shapes, fiddled for a while with shading, outlining etc, and finally added the text. The words I chose reflect my mood while I was creating. When I make these mixed media spreads I often add a sentiment that is a message or reminder to myself.
I have been taking mixed media art classes for about two years now, several with Effy Wild, plus a few with other artists like Tamara Laporte (https://www.willowing.org/), and Tammy Garcia (https://daisyyellowart.com/).
Here is the first face I painted from an Effy Wild lesson, back in September 2015 for a class called “Facing Forward”.
At the beginning every lesson I did had new techniques to learn, and new media I had never used, and I followed every step in the lesson as closely as possible, even the colour palettes. Two years later I have learned SO MUCH. Now I am much more confident and comfortable making art, and am finally starting to alter the lessons to suit myself.