Here is a Gift, Now Go Hang it Someplace
In an effort to fully embrace my new Mission Statement, I took on my first large creative project. My cousin Tyler’s 30th birthday was coming up and although we don’t have the same taste in art, I decided to do my best to make him something that he can hang on his wall… even if he chooses a wall in his closet.
I started by asking Tyler for some images that he would want made into art. Since he is moving from his beloved Glenwood Springs this fall, he chose a variety of pictures and I ran them through the photo filter Prisma. This filter makes me feel a bit like I am cheating but it is a really helpful tool in helping me choose colors which I find very intimidating, especially when starting a project.
His Lordship and I had decided to take the littles to our dear babysitter so we could both have some “me” time. I got them dressed and fed and he dropped them off. It really makes a difference in my headspace when I get to leave the house without hearing myself say 101 times; “Get your shoes on or your sister and I are leaving you here!”
8:00- With my cold coffee in hand I head to school.
8:40-All of my supplies are organized and I have my image printed.
9:00-Preliminary pencil sketch done.
9:00- Debate doing writing instead…
9:01-Put color on the paper and hate it. The paper is too fibrous so the soft pastels don’t cover it well.
9:02-Wish that I hadn’t committed to this.
9:03- Decide to try oil pastels instead… Go with it.
9:16- Wonder what I was thinking, I am rubbish, this is going to be trash. Who am I fooling thinking I am an artist?
9:18-Decide to just finish it.
9:24-Get into a groove.
10:30- Finish product surprisingly early, decide to try another image.
11:58 Clean up, go pick up my kids for sitters.
All in all it was a pretty successful creativity session. I really thrived with having a deadline of leaving to see Tyler and knowing that it was a gift. Otherwise I am 83% sure I wouldn’t have finished it.
Barriers: Motivation, confidence, organization and time
Blessings: Babysitter, space to work in (my classroom), technology, and a deadline.
Here is Tyler with the finished Products: He said that he is absolutely going to hang them up, no word yet on which wall…