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.

janecoquillon-mixedmediapainting-onelittleword2015-emerge
..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

29 faces, three, four, five

I’m still behind – no surprise there! – but slowly catching up.

This adorable little fellow was face #3, painted on a 4x4in canvas panel.

He just looked so sad and hungry with his bib tied around his neck, all ready for dinner!
And he sold the same day I listed him in my store, which was kind of happy-sad because I only got to spend a couple of days with him.

What Time is Dinner?
What Time is Dinner?
original sold, prints available

This past week has been fantastic! good and not-so-good.
I actually overdid things a little and ended up with another infected throat, but that’s just about gone now..

On the up side I’ve had three full days of art this week (!) sold two original paintings, one print and two aceo prints.
Plus had my etsy store critiqued by the lovely Jen (and boy do I have work to do!)

And I finally realised what my word for 2014 should be: Play!

"Play" original on cardboard available (email me) archival prints available
Play
original on cardboard available –email me
archival prints available

My word last year was trust, and boy did I get a lot of practice with that one!

So this year I think I’ve earnt some playtime, which I explored in this piece on 9x9in scrap cardboard – using every art supply I could think of, including nail polish!

Sunshine Girl original available
Sunshine Girl
original available

My fifth face is another unusual one (of course), because yellow isn’t a colour I use a lot of.
But in this case I just kept wanting to add more and more of it, and I love the effect!

It made her very easy to name, too!

I’ve been quite slack in visiting everyone else’s blog posts for 29 faces, Creative Every Day and PPF this week, so I’m making it a priority to visit at least 5 blogs each day next week.

See you soon!
jane xxx

29 Faces, one and two

29 Faces february 2014I forgot to mention earlier that I’m taking part in Ayala‘s 29 Faces challenge this month!

The idea is to create a face each day for 29 days and it’s amazing to see the improvement in people’s work during that time!

I’m a little behind already (of course), but I do have a good excuse reason, with the kids starting the new school year last week and Monkey Boy turning ten yesterday.

See? I told you it was a good one!

mixed media sad bear -29faces#1

So numbers one and two I did in my Sister Swap art journal that’s going to be traveling around the world for the next several months between myself and my friends Sandie and Tina.

We’ve painted our covers and the first two-page spread ourselves, and will mail on to the next person in our triangle for them to do the next two-page spread. Then rinse and repeat.

mixed media princess play - 29 faces 2014

This second one also doubles as an exercise for LifeBook 2014.
This is my sweet little friend who whispers inspirational thoughts in my ear as I paint.

And my word for 2014 is Play.
Yes, I know how to make my art work for me 😉

Are you doing any of these challenges or courses too?
I’d love to see what you’ve been doing.

cheers, jane xx