This weeks theme is encouraging you to DREAM BIG. At the beginning of the month a lot of people set their goals or intentions for the year. They go hard for the first few weeks then they tend to slow down as they either lose enthusiasm or more importantly they can lose confidence in themselves or those dreams. Going back to last weeks theme .. believe in yourself .. you can do this!!
Yes, they might look scary and some days you might want to run the other way, but the scarier they are, the more satisfying they will be when you break through and achieve them. What’s your scary goal/dream? Have you set one yet? If not, it’s not too late, it’s never too late!
Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:
Use bold colours on your page
If you need a reminder how the challenge works go have another look at the Intro page.
I’ve just got back from my trip so I still haven’t been able to create a page this week but I have these two lovely pages created by friends.
This is a page created by Shara Green:
This one was done by our lovely admin Barbara Hodges:
Thank you ladies for some outstanding page examples for this weeks challenge.
Here’s a link to a video from one of my favourite bold colour artists, Carolyn Dube (you’ll hear some more from her here later in the year) where she uses some very bold colours in her art journals and shows you how to use Dylusions Paints.
Our featured artist this week – Tracey Fletcher King
You may remember Tracey as we featured her on our blog here late last year and you may also have seen some of her challenge pages as she is playing alongside us in the Facebook page. We were thrilled to have Tracey join us again as our featured artist this week.
Tell us a little bit about yourself ..
I am an artist, illustrator and teacher from Wynnum in Brisbane. I have a Masters in art education and have been either creating, or teaching art, or both together for my entire adult life. My work has always been a reflection of where I am in my life, and right now I get to live my creative dreams which is pretty exciting. I create work as an illustrator most mornings, and then I switch gears for watercolours which I sell as originals or prints on my website, or create huge acrylic canvases in the afternoons. In between and over the top of all that is making content for my new YouTube channel, and teaching with a series of online workshops opening from late Feb. Sometimes it freaks me out how awesome my creative life is.
What is your favourite inspirational Quote?
“Great things never come from comfort zones.” – Jim Rohn
This never fails to inspire me to push my boundaries and try things. I tend to lean into new things and am not a feet first person, so I need to be reminded to look for inspiration in new places, to try to see the world with fresh eyes, and to be fearless in letting my personality come through my work and push it out into the world.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by everything and anything around me. I find I have trouble with too many ideas so I have to edit most of the time. I spent years doing “serious” art and it sapped my soul a bit. I am happiest looking at everyday objects and observing things around me and finding their value. I stopped placing values on whether things were worthy to paint or record and it opened up a whole new world. There is such pleasure in painting the café I went to last week with a good friend, or my new hand wash. If they catch my eye then they are fair game, and I love that it makes me mindful of the loveliness that surrounds me every day.
Where can we find you?
My website, http://www.traceyfletcherking.com/, has some videos from my youtube channel, and also a place for you to sign up for a newsletter if you want to be kept up to date for upcoming classes. I will be re running my Delicious Paint class in a new classroom in late Feb, with more classes to follow.
My art blog can be found at http://www.traceyfletcherkingblog.com/
Social media sites are:
Personal Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/tracey.f.king
Business Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/traceyfletcherkingartist/
Week 5 Challenge Prize:
Tracey has very generously donated an A3 print of the winner’s choice from her print shop. This is valued at $55 and will include postage anywhere in the world. New prints are being added all the time so hopefully there will be something there for the winner to love.
We will draw a random name on Friday 12th February from those who have uploaded into the Week 5 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.
Week 3 Prize Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 3 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is … Tina Frost Clayton. Congratulations Tina. This is the page that Tina created about celebrating life.
It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!
Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.
Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.
Have fun, be happy and support one another!