Thursday, 28 February 2013

My Last Face

Wow, my last face for the 29 Faces challenge.  Today I chose to do a beauty in watercolour and gouache.  She is ready to take on the future.

I have enjoyed doing this challenge and am really happy with what I have accomplished.  I have come to terms with acrylics, rediscovered watercolour and I feel that my technical abilities in doing faces has moved forward.  The faces also have given me lots of ideas for future art and I look forward to carrying these out.

I am sure I will be taking part in any future Face challenges, so thanks very much Ayala for hosting this challenge, you rock!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Liebster Award

Over the last week or so I have been honoured to receive two Liebster awards.  The one below is from Gloria of

And the other from Rebekah of http://www.welive

What is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Each award comes with instructions that vary somewhat. The instructions for my awards are different, so I will follow the instructions from Gloria’s award on this blog and the one from Rebekah on my devotional blog as she also nominated that.

Gloria’s award simply asks that you nominate 5 blogs that inspire you or that you think are worthy.  So in a sense passing on the torch.  So hopefully the below will accept the award and in turn nominate 5 blogs that they love.  Oh and please tell the people you have nominated.

My choices are:
1.    Christine at  Her site has wonderful art that is so gentle and whimicsal.
2.   Mary at Her site is inspirational and real.  Lovely journal pages of her family life.
3.   Netty at  Here you will share her journey studying art as a mature student. She is very inspirational.
4.   Ilona at . Ilona is an amazing artist, very inventive and inspirational. Love her drawings and sculpture.
5.   Maria at Maria has wonderful creative art,

So check out these blogs and be inspired.

The Other Side of Happiness

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February has been a rather difficult month for me, with 2 friends passing away before their time and news of another with cancer.  I have found that doing the 29 faces challenge a great help in coming to terms with the loss. When I came across the quote in the journal page below by Kahlil Gibran, it was like a light going on.
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Happiness and sadness are mirror images of each other.  You cannot be happy all the time and you cannot be sad all the time.  Loving and having delight lays you open to sadness or hurt.  We should embrace it as it proves we are really living life fully.  Being sad is honouring what we love because it shows we have loved.  Wallowing in sadness is not good, but if we think of it as an necessary process we can get joy back.  I hope this makes sense, I am simply saying that you can’t have grief without joy.

One thing I do know I have produced some of my best art when I am hurting, for that alone I embrace my grief with joy.

I used watercolour, acrylics and Inktense pencils for these two lovelies.

Linking to