Life Book 2016, April lessons

By on 10-19-2015 in Journal pages, Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

There are only 3 lessons for April, one week was a wonderful interview with Roben Marie Smith. April was a wonderful month of new techniques and depth.

Ripple effect, honoring your story

Ripple effect was created with Tamara Laporte … honouring our story in life and how it effects others as we go along.

Your Life

Your life with Roxanne Coble was an interesting exercise. I do not work with many dark colours so found a compramise with a dark burgundy because I wanted to embrace the lesson and learn. In the end it was a very interesting lesson in design.

Reframing your story

Reframing your story with Effy Wild was a delight to do although once again I decided on a colour other than black … I chose a metalic blue. I love how the colours shine in this piece.

March Life Book 2016

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Late again, so many musts and wants to do makes for a very busy year so far. March Life Book 2016 brought fabulous lessons.

Praise for the present with Mary Beth Shaw was so much fun to create with stencils, brushes, sponges, acrylic and water paints and I could go on. This piece was actually done in February but got missed in the posting.

Praise for the present

Roots and Ground, Wings and Light with Tamara Laporte brought us another great face, a face of colour. I love the serene look on this face.

Roots and Ground

I love water colours, they are my favourite paint and this graphite and paint mail box are one of my favourite lessons this year. Angela Kennedy brought us a face but I wanted to do the mailbox, like the one I had at the country house with the wild roses growing around the post.

Simple Things

Layers of love with Rae Missigman was a pleasure to create. So many different layers and neon colours to help make the piece shine. This was a great way to get my fingers dirty.

Layers of Love

Lady of Compassion with Shiloh Sophia was done with acrylics, keeping them transparent to give them a watercolour look. Our lady is a bit abstract and was done in a different technique.

Shiloh Sophia

February Life Book 2016

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February was a crazy month for me so I’m posting all my Life Book 2016 in one post. Quirky birds with Tamara Laporte were so much fun to do. My bird group are my now supporters and my maternal grandparents who were past supporters. I have been blessed.

Quirky Birds

This still life was done for Donna Downey’s class. Great lesson in value.

Black and White flowers

Love my medallion page, lesson with Faith Even Sills. The colours are so rich.

Medallion page

The 5 minute flowers water colour painting with Martha Lever took a bit more than 5 minutes. I love working with water colours most of all. The way they blend and play with each other is intoxicating.

5 minute flowers

Life Book with Annie Hammon and Pauline Agnew

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This lesson with Annie Hammon was interesting, painting a portrait without sketching, using a brush, proving once more that I need lots and lots of painting practice with a brush. We were required to let out our inner child and just play and then go back in and recover the painting. It’s one thing to paint a sketch and quite another to paint with nothing but a small photo to follow shadows plus just letting go of what you have just created to start again.

Fearless Art

A vase of flowers, creating a vessel of tenderness with Pauline Agnew proved to be a difficult lesson for me .. still life is not something I do well, it’s not something I do a lot of .. I abandoned a first try feeling it was too dark. I am not a ‘dark colour’ person but I felt I had to try. I feel the vase is too large and didn’t allow the flowers to rest comfortably around it and some of the upper flowers look like they are floating in space but this painting is lighter and I prefer the flowers in this one as well. The tutorial was beautiful and I loved it and I will come back to this one again.

Vessel of Tenderness with Pauline Agnew

Life Book 2016 has started

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Life Book 2016 has begun and it’s been a busy busy busy month. This first piece is a warm up with Tamara Laporte. Lot of fun with paints and collage.

Warm Up Beginning Lesson Life Book 2016

The main lesson for the first week was to choose a word and the title was Happy Traveler. I of course chose the crow and my little dragon as my happy travelers, my word for this year is serenity. I need to learn how to become quieter, to pause my busy life some days.

Happy Travels, Lesson 1, LB 2016

Week two brought us two more lessons. One from Tam and another from Ivy Newport. Tam’s was a zentangled butterfly, leaving the angst behind while reaching for the sun. Tam wrote her words on her butterfly trail, I wrote them down and then covered them up with a pretty flowery trail .. they are gone, gone, gone.

Zentangle butterfly

The main lesson with Ivy Newport brought us lots of glitter and gold and some soul searching. I laid down a woman reaching for her goals, ready to go through the door and see the pretty butterflies in her world. I sometimes need reminding to search for those butterflies each and every day.

Patch it Up Make It Shine collage

Week three gave us a lesson with Melody Ross. We painted a woman hugging a box with all the things we have accomplished to remind us that we are awesome just as we are.

Hugging my awesomeness