My New Art

As you all know I dally around in art. Usually I make a big mess and then poof it come out into something I like. Here is what I created today with paint and markers.

I turned it into a birthday card. It says: A birthday Butterfly! Winging Birthday wishes to you!

Classes I have Taken

Udemy Classes- Writing

Writing with Flair- How to Become an Exceptional Writer

Ninja Writing- The Four Level of Writing Mastery

Creative Writing- Start writing, keep writing

Writing Dynamic Dialogue 1- Basics

Art Journal Classes

These are not teaching classes but participation through prompts for art journal pages.

Determine to Shine- 30 Day Art Journal

Blogging Courses Online

Build your Blog Bootcamp from Ruth Soukup

Blogging Made Simple- along with videos by Ruth Soukup

My Life in the Fine Arts (An update)

I have not forgotten the blog. I have been busy writing and learning about how to write. Wow what a lot to learn! I have a stack of books and papers sitting next to me on my desk. I pick one up and read it for awhile. Sometimes I do my own writing. I have several projects working now.

Good news. I wrote what was needed to become a character at a Mercedes Lackey Fan Site- Queen’s Own. I followed the directions and wrote what was needed. The first things I sent were accepted. I now have a Herald in Valdemar to continue to write about. I can also play on their role play site they have. I have another piece I want to send in plus a few other things I have worked on.

I am currently working on a story involving walls. I am trying to learn about dialogue so my story is not so full of paragraphs that tell. I am taking a class through Udemy online about dialogue. I have also discovered I tend to repeat things in my writing. After teaching for so many years I have to change the habit of say it, say it again, demonstrate, then say it again. Then get ready to say it again because someone did not hear you.

My art journal has been fun. I spend time thinking about what I want to put into each one. I am trying out my inner artist learning some new techniques and playing with new materials. I have a box of stuff i bought and had to use to create stuff. I learned sequins are a pain the the butt to glue one at a time. I might use them to sew onto a project. I had sequins everywhere for awhile— on me, on the desk, on the floor, stuck to my hands. The thirty days of ideas is almost up. I need to decide if I want to continue with it or decide to drift out on my own. I doubt I would be encouraged to do it on my own. I should find an art journal idea book.

The Art Journal pages

This is based on a question I asked my Facebook friend. Describe me in one word. What feedback. I turned some of them into a poster.

This one is based on What is Magic. It is my first painting attempt.

This all about what are some traits you have from someone in your family. I chose my Dad.

Prompt 4 from diy/MFA What feeds my creativity?

I have discovered that I enjoy learning about writing from other writers.  I am finding new things to go research on the internet.  I am seeing books I am reading in new lights.  I have found several new things to use in my writing bag of prompts and things to use.

 Right now, I am doing an art journaling class and am letting that boost my creativity.  Art is difficult for me.  When I get a hold of paper, crayons, paint and glue; it all explodes into moments of creativity and it turns out like a four-year-old whirlwind came through the room.  Then I remember that I love that part of my artistic side.  Then my writer side comes out, breathes a sigh of relief, cleans up behind the whirlwind, and is usually ready to do some sort of work. Currently I do the art journal, I have writing classes on udemy I bought super cheap, plus I pulled a couple of book lists off the internet to look over, in addition to a couple of stories I am working on. 
I am attempting to join Queen’s Own, the Mercedes Lackey fan site. So I am working their writing requirements. I have sent in two character sketches, plus I am working on a story for them. Then there is a 20 page research paper.

Art Journal 11 An Award for you

You cannot quit dialysis if you want to live. I made it twenty years in November and no one really celebrated it. I hoped for a card or something from the dialysis center, nothing. I brought in cookies and chips to share with patients and staff. I should have made this sign and marched it through the center.

Day 10 Art Journal

Today’s art journal asked for advice we have heard and used. I was watching Oprah Winfrey one afternoon. They were talking with women about men. I do not remember who was on the show with Oprah, but I have never forgotten their advice.

Men don’t change. If you think you are going to change him after you marry him, it will not happen. Men only change to please themselves, or if something forces the issue. You, as his wife, are not one of those forces. So what can you do? You change, or you make changes to work around or with him, or you change your attitude towards what bothers you. If you find you cannot live with the changes you have to make, then seriously reconsider your relationship.

Married 33 years now. I use this advice regularly.