What a terrific day it was, January 1st, 2009. I "planned" to take it easy, meaning I would not look at and/or obsess about my list; I would instead relax and allow the day to develop. Translation: do whatever I wanted to do.
Oddly enough, once the day was done, I found I had accomplished some things that were on the list after all.
Such as the Pizza Box. Why, you might ask, did I paint a pizza box? Well, the boxes are being used to promote upcoming classes at Chesterfield Arts and each teacher was asked to furnish one. I am teaching a ten week painting/drawing/mixed media class to 3rd-5th graders. The class will introduce a variety of different media and I wanted the pizza box to serve as a quasi-illustration. I created my layers with collage, acrylic, pencil, marker, ink, soft and oil pastel.
And here is a picture of gift wrapping for one of my artsy friends. I used paper "blotters" that were taped to my table while I was making paste painted papers. They are always a mess (but still kind of cool) and I hate to throw them away. I save them in a big bin, along with all my paint stained paper towels, deli wrap and other various scraps. As you can see, they make excellent gift wrap.
I even had time to read today! Currently, I am reading a great book, The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn. It's a memoir of her experience going to cooking school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. There are so many parts of the book to which I can relate, although I have certainly never been to cooking school. But she also left a corporate career to pursue her passion, which of course is what I did. Plus I love to cook and enjoy food so much it is fun to read her recipes. I got this book at the library and already know I need to buy my own copy because I don't want to give it back.
I also worked on my sketchbook today. The one I am doing for The Sketchbook Project. It is due by 2/15, so I need to get going and I did several pages today. I am feeling a little shy about them cause they are *really* raw in a way that harkens back to some classes I took when I lived in California. It was actually hard for me to go there, that being the raw, loose place. But I think it is a good exercise and I am going to fight my inclination to tear the pages out because they are not perfect. I will show pics shortly, I promise.