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Catching up on #dailycreating, days 80 through to 90

2015-11-19 10.36.30

Day 80 / Nov 19. I hadn’t logged day 80 yet: a 15 minute session that led to this – let’s call it a sketch.

I just wanted to put down a ‘start’ of a background in the morning and work on later, so I pasted some washi tape down and added some  Neocolor crayon. Then I figured – what the heck – let’s throw some paint down, scratched in some drawings in Stabilo all pencil, added some more paint and  crayons and it was done in 15 minutes. I am leaving it like this – as an instalment on the #nanojoumo 15minutes challenge.(#nanojoumo: art journaling month, make one page or spread every day; the 15 minutes challenge: do each in 15 minutes max.)

Day 81 I did some drawings at the hairdresser’s. You can find the post here.

Day 82 was a Saturday when I had guests (bookclub dinner), the day after (day 83) I was cleaning up first. Both days I just put in some work on backgrounds for collages, to be added to later:

For weeks I’ve been wanting to do some monoprinting using my Gelli plate. On day 84 (Monday November 23) I felt there was enough time. So I pulled out my Gelli plate and paints (three blues, two greens, a red and a yellow; black, white, brown) and made a lot of ‘painted pages’ – pages with just one color – and some layered prints.

Here’s some prints I liked as is, though I may crop them or add something to them. The painted pages I made that day, I intended to use the next day, day 85.

Day 85. I had been preparing on Sunday for my oil painting class, but wasn’t completely ready. I wanted to make an abstraction of a beach scene I painted two years ago. Starting out with the painted papers seemed an idea…. but in the end I started working rather minutely and got into a representational mode. I will have to try again. So this is work in progress; probably I will make more versions, more and less abstract.

Nov24collage landscape WIP c

Being sick and trying to be creative.

And then I got ill and missed a few days. The day of the beach scene I started on my day work, got through most of the rest of the day OK. By the end of the day I wasn’t feeling too well (I felt extremely slow and SO COLD), but hoping an early night might help. I got up the next day with a splitting head ache. I even went to my Yoga class hoping for it to subside. But no such luck, afterwards I went home and didn’t know how quick I could get back to bed. For two days I slept and slept and hardly did a thing. On the second day I only thought about trying to work on something… but decided not to. I tried putting some random marks to a page, but I didn’t feel good enough to go on. On day 3 I found that just gluing random pieces of paper down was OK. As long as I didn’t have to think! So I added some to the cover of a handmade journal. I even added the beginning of a drawing. I had to leave the painting till later. By the weekend I added some paint to the face. By Sunday (day 90) I had a journal cover complete (not a master piece, but good enough).

It’s at these times that you notice that making art work takes energy. Some say it takes a lot of decision making, tiny decisions often, but decisions anyway. Even the faintest decision was too much. Incredible to be able to feel that.

I was glad I had a few posts scheduled for the week.  🙂

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5 comments on “Catching up on #dailycreating, days 80 through to 90

  1. memadtwo
    December 2, 2015

    Hope you are feeling better now. Love the beach scene especially. (K)

    • corinnebekker
      December 5, 2015

      Thanks for you kind comment. I am a lot better, thanks. And with the choice of a new theme I feel very much like doing a lot of art again. 🙂

  2. Sand Salt Moon
    December 2, 2015

    Yes, hope you are feeling better ~ and don’t push yourself too hard. I enjoy your beach collage and your portrait, too.

    • corinnebekker
      December 5, 2015

      Thanks so much for your comment and concern. I am all right. I am giving myself leeway to do tiny small projects (a drawing) some days and go for it when time and energy allow it. ❤

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