Index Card a Day 2015

Something you should really try out this month is Daisy Yellow’s Index Card A Day.

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ICAD runs from the beginning of June to the end of July each year, but you can join in anytime.

You just do something creative on an index card each day for 60 days, it’s a fantastic way of building a regular creative habit.

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I did a few cards last year and really enjoyed it, so this year I was ready and waiting to join in. Because I haven’t been sharing online much this year, it’s serving a double – no triple – purpose for me.

As well as establishing a daily creative habit, I’m making sure to share more with my friends on instagram and facebook once more. Something I’ve really missed, and it’s been great to reconnect with everyone again.

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I also decided that I want to really focus on painting faces, so every card I do will have a face of some kind.

I began the One Hundred Faces art challenge earlier in the year for just that reason and totally stalled at only three faces (which was kind of embarrassing), so this is another way to get back into that too.

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Way to multitask, huh?
But wait, there’s more!
I also get to share my favourite ICAD’s-slash-Faces right here on my blog, which has also felt the pain of my neglect.

Who else out there is doing Index Card a Day or 100 Faces?

My word for 2015: emerge

Last year, I couldn’t really come up with a word that really captured my hopes for the year ahead.

my creature begins to emerge from her background..
really liking her face, it just needs a little more softening

Looking back, “growth” would have been perfect. There were so many challenging experiences, which taught me so much about myself.

her face is perfect ❤
now I need to calm down the background a little – it’s crazy!

I’m so much stronger and confident now. I’m better at speaking up for myself. I’m able to achieve more because I have more self discipline.

the background is coming along..
and I found out she’s actually a doe – the outlines of her legs was there all along!

2014 was a very inward kind of year. I needed to withdraw, experience and process because so much was going on (more about that later) So this year when I thought about my hopes and goals for the year ahead, the word “emerge” leapt to mind.

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..a little more definition and tidying up and here she is, finished at last.  I love the way she just emerged from her background.

It’s time now for me to step forth again with newly gained wisdom and take on the world. I wanted to share the way my character emerged from the paint. She’s the perfect embodiment of what I wish for the coming year ❤ Hope you enjoyed! Cheers, jane xx

art journaling – revisiting a favourite

I’ve been looking back at my 2014 dreams journal today, and fell back in love with this American Indian girl who appeared as if by magic.

I didn’t plan to paint an indian.

I’ve learnt to avoid planning to paint anything in particular, because it makes me freeze up until I’m unable to create anything.

The only thing I plan is that there will usually be a figure of some sort.

So for days I looked at the background, not seeing anything, and then she jumped out of the landscape.

Whenever this happens, I just know I’m going to love the finished piece.

Her body is wrapped up in a soft, warm pink blanket to protect her from the shocking weather of her homeland.

And I love her hair, lying in tangled plaits across her shoulders.

I’d love to know, what’s your biggest challenge when it comes to your art?

jane xx

Index Card a Day 2014

After seeing images all over instagram of people’s icad efforts I finally capitulated this week, digging up a neglected pack of index cards in our garage and getting messy.

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Basically, the idea is to decorate one index card a day for 61 days  throughout June and July. It doesn’t matter how and it doesn’t matter whether you even consider it “art”.

Now, I have a history of not completing challenges (29faces 2013 & 2014 spring to mind), so before I took the plunge I decided that I’m not even going to try to do a card daily.

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I’m just joining in the spirit of things, sharing when and what I’m happy sharing. These are a few of my favorite icad mini paintings I’ve shared so far.

I think my biggest problem with challenges like this is that I get too wrapped up in making things “perfect”.
We’ll see if I do any better this time…

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I’ve found it a great way to loosen up and just create without worrying about what the result looks like. If I like it I keep it, and if not, it’s only a little piece of flimsy cardboard from a bundle of 100 similar pieces of cardboard.

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It reminds me of the feeling of creating a painting on cardboard box scrap. Canvas panels aren’t expensive, but for some reason playing around with paints and paper this way feels so good!

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I’m joining in again this week with the Paint Party Friday gang, and I’ve just learned that I’m the featured artist!
How exciting! Thank you, Kristin and Eva ♡ ♡ ♡ and Happy PPF everyone!

ps~ I’m also linking to Creative Every Day this week 🙂

Princess Lost, my painting process

Princess Lost - mixed media painting by jane coquillonThis is a painting that really had me stumped for a while there.
I actually put her aside for a couple of months in the end, because I just couldn’t see whether she was done yet.

And then I came across her last week and realized that yes, she was.
She was actually finished.

I started out well, with lots of different coloured acrylics, some sharpie mark making and drips of india ink.
Then some daubs of gesso to break up the darkness where it got kind of muddy.

Add some strips and scraps of patterned and gold paper and washi tape, plus some doodling.

Then I could see where a face should be and added my paper for the shape…

I pencilled in her features roughly, and then got so caught up in painting that I forgot to take progress shots!

Once I was happy with her face, I decided to cover up all the craziness of the background and broke out the gesso again.

After I’d scraped a thin-ish layer on with a palette knife it was much easier on the eye…

You can see bits of india ink and ink from my Krink pen that bled through the gesso to prevent it becoming too white.

I really love that, it’s a lovely subtle effect that happens with acrylics over the dry inks.

This is about where I began to feel stuck. I knew that I’d covered up most of the wild colours and patterns, but was it too much?

I’d scratched a scribbly circle above her head and added some yellow ink, but now I thought it was too yellow with the gold paper in her dress.

She sat for a week or so, then I added some drips of orange/red ink to the “sun” and put her aside again, feeling utterly frustrated.

 

And there she sat for at least three months, until I uncovered her in May and realised that yes, she was finished.

I think this is the longest I’ve ever been stuck on one painting.  What’s your record?

Happy Friday the 13th, jane  xx

 

{linking in with paint party friday this week}