Today’s quote is a favourite of our feature artist, Mary Beth Shaw. Make sure you scroll down and read all about this talented artist and author.
This quote is all about how ART can help us in so many ways. We can use art as a form of therapy to work through our challenges. It is a wonderful way to express ourselves. It can teach us how to think and improvise. It allows us to express unique thoughts while simultaneously sharing and connecting with others. It can help us to discover who we really are but at the same time allow us to completely immerse ourselves and be lost in the moment.
To me most of all, it simply feeds my soul.
Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:
Put a bird on your page somewhere.
If you need a reminder how the challenge works go have another look at the Intro page.
This weeks inspiration:
This is a page in my art journal. The left side of this spread was inspired by an online lesson with the clever Joanne Sharpe but I had to add a peacock (of course!) so extended over to the right side with some more drawing. I used Dylusions inks for this layout, dipping a brush into the bottles and using them like watercolour.
Our Feature Artist – Mary Beth Shaw
Mary Beth is an artist, an author and the founder of Stencil Girl, a company that sells fabulous stencils designed by many creative artists.
A little bit about Mary Beth …
Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. Since then she has spent all her waking hours exploring life as a painter working in mixed media.
She worked as a road gypsy for 5 years, exhibiting at outdoor art fairs and selling as many as 300 paintings in one very blurry year. She transitioned into being a workshop instructor and finds pleasure helping students find their own voice.
She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl, is a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine and a Golden Artist Educator. She is the founder of StencilGirl Products, LLC. She has a tattoo of a shooting star on her right shoulder.
What is your favourite quote?
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton
What inspires you?
What doesn’t inspire me? I am interested in rust stains, the shape and texture of tree bark, the striations of sand when the wave washes out. Rocks inspire me, cobwebs, frost markings on the window and shadows. I am interested in Life. It never fails to inspire me, every day, every moment.
Where can we find you?
Week 16 Challenge Prize:
For this week’s challenge prize we are giving away a selection of Stencil Girl stencils very generously donated by Mary Beth Shaw. How lucky are we!!
We will draw a random name on Friday 29th April from those who have uploaded into the Week 16 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 14 Prize Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 14 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is … Rochelle Melville. Congratulations Rochelle! Here is the page that Rochelle created about HOPE.
Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.
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!