Week 33 – 365 days of Art

19 Aug

Woo hoo for Week 33!!  Lots of fun inchies and twinchies this week. It was nice to be back from traveling and have access to more art supplies.

I was working on a Zentangle® sketch for a challenge I am participating in and figured I would share it with you for this week’s sketch. Sometimes I just randomly tangle ideas, and I often find some great results that way. It is not a finished piece, but still worth sharing.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

I hope you are enjoying your own challenge this week.

#bts365days

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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100 days to 100% – Day 90

17 Aug

Day 90 of our challenge of 100 days to 100%. I’ll bet you already feel 100% better! YES!!!!

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Have you followed through on your commitment to this challenge? Exercising – eating right – sleeping enough – nurturing your soul and your spirit – learning about yourself and what you love most – growing as a person?

This journey has been incredible and I am so glad you are on it with me.

I actually had one of those Aha! moments, when something just clicks and you wonder why you never noticed it before?  I recently  injured my knee and so I have been unable to walk or do much exercise. While it is much much better now, it is not at 100%, so I am still taking it easy and being careful so I don’t re-injure it. Set-backs like this happen, and we just need to move forward again when we are able, and make the necessary adjustments as we go.

The Aha! moment came when I noticed that as soon as I was not getting in my daily walks, I also stopped doing the other things that were good for me (or at least not doing them as much). Now granted, I was traveling part of the time which offers a whole bunch of other obstacles for us to deal with, but I started noticing that I wasn’t preparing my daily smoothie, wasn’t paying attention to what I was eating, wasn’t going into my art studio, wasn’t playing the piano, wasn’t taking care of myself, etc.

There seems to be this connection between each of the components of taking care of ourselves. When one of them starts getting neglected (for whatever reason), the rest soon follow suit. Hmmm. As I thought about it, I realized that this is typical for me, which means it is probably typical for others too. Of course, I knew it was all connected – I just didn’t realize how literal that connection was.

If I start exercising, then I start eating better, then I start sleeping better, then I start doing things that I love, then I start noticing what is important to me, then I start thinking about my life journey and purpose, then I start making art, and then I feel happier and more grateful and so I start exercising more, and it creates a full circle. I can start anywhere along this circle, and each part leads to the next part. Amazing!

But if I break the circle anywhere along it, then soon all the other parts start getting neglected. WOW! Have you noticed this happening to you too? It is all connected – it is difficult to just do one part of this circle. As we start focusing on one of these elements, the others all start falling into place. That is so incredibly empowering! You don’t have to set out to completely change all these different elements, which can be overwhelming to think about. You can just start anywhere and soon the circle will be complete. AHA!!!!

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I’m not sure why I never really noticed this before, but I am happy to know about it now. It makes it so much easier to get back on track if I start to neglect myself again, or if an injury (like this time) puts me off track. It gives me a sense of empowerment! I can just choose one area to focus on and the rest will follow suit. YES!!!

Has your journey of 100 days to 100% been smooth? Or have you had some set-backs? How did you compensate and adjust? The journey is never going to be smooth and wrinkle-free. But if we are always moving forward, then we are on the right track.

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out to Play

Blue Twig Studio - 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Look at the Birds!

13 Aug

I am excited to share the BIRDS ATCs for the July challenge. I knew there would be some great ATCs. It makes me smile every time I get a new envelope in the mail with an ATC in it. I want everyone to play and have fun and making ATCs is one way to do that.  As always, there was lots of variety in mediums and techniques –  with fabric and paper and texture and dimension, etc. I especially love when people add quotes or clever titles on the back of the ATCs. Very fun stuff!

Here they are in no particular order. Enjoy the show! I wish you could see them in person, because they really are fabulous!

And now for the winners. We had enough entries for 3 winners this month. Woo hoo!!  Congrats to……..Asha Watson, Pat Petersen, and Margaret Bremner.  Yay!!! I will get your ATCs sent off this week. Thanks so much for participating and I hope you will participate in the August challenge too. And maybe get your friends to join the fun as well! :)

The August theme is AT THE CIRCUS and I know you will be creating more ATCs that are just as fabulous as these. Let’s get to 40 entries this month with 4 winners. YES!!!!  Send them to the address below, or you can drop them off if you are local.

Thanks to everyone who sent in ATCs!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

719-266-1866

 

Week 32 – 365 days of art

12 Aug

I just finished up Week 32 of the 365 days of art challenge. I was traveling all week (I just got home last night) so my challenge was making sure I did my daily inchies even though I was very busy at the conference, very tired by the end of each day, was driving in the car several days, and had limited art supplies.

I want you to know that you can still make art even if you are somewhere that doesn’t seem like an art environment, or if you are traveling and have no room to carry art supplies with you, or even if you are exhausted and uninspired (which is probably when you need art the most).

Mostly I used pens and paper as I had that easily available (except for today’s tweenchie since I was back home and in the shop again). I also used a flyer that somebody gave me and cut it up into colorful bits. You can always find interesting words to use from flyers and handouts. I also used part of the hotel soap packaging one day. If you don’t have glue with you (I usually try to pack a gluestick to have with me), you can usually find somebody who has some tape or a stapler that will hold your bits together too. The point is to do some small little bit of art to complete your day.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

The drawing this week is a flower sketch with colored pencils and gel pens (I did it before I left town). I like how it turned out. I’ve used the combo of colored pencils and gel pens before and they seem to complement each other nicely. Plus, they are fun to use.

I hope you had a creative week with your own challenge.

#365daysofart

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

100 days to 100% – Day 80

7 Aug

Day 80 is here! You have to finish now, right? You are so close to the end! Let’s keep going and cross that finish line! YAY!

This has been an amazing journey and I am so glad that I listened to Sandra Yancey and made that commitment to taking care of myself. As a matter of fact, I am at the eWomen Network Conference in Dallas this week. Sandra Yancey is the founder of eWomen, which is a remarkable organization. The Annual Conference is an amazing event and I love being here.

Sandra is an inspiration to all of us and I want to be an inspiration to others too. I want to be my best self, my 100%!!!!! How about you?

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Week 31 – 365 days of art challenge

5 Aug

Week 31 of the 365 days of art challenge is complete! Enjoy the inchies and the tweenchie from this week. I like them.

I also did my sketch for the week. I almost didn’t share it, it seems so bad.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

I had a cute photo of some raccoons that seemed like I should be able to draw. But I don’t think they look very much like raccoons. More like scrawny rats. Ha Ha. The fur is hard to do, which I expected, but I really thought I could get the coloring right.  So the thought crossed my mind not to share, but I know I need to share all that I do on this journey. They are kind of amusing to look at though.

See you next week.

#bts365day

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

August ATC Challenge – AT THE CIRCUS

1 Aug

 

I almost missed that it is Aug 1st and time for a new challenge. The August theme for the monthly ATC challenge is AT THE CIRCUS.

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Summer often includes a visit to the circus. The fun and laughter and spectacle of the circus seems particularly fitting for the end of summer. The circus has been around for a long time, in one form or another.  From feats of daring and strength to equestrian skills to acrobatic wonders to the weird and unusual, the circus covers a lot of ground.

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Kids always want to run off and join the circus (some adults too). Perhaps because it is so far removed from our everyday lives.

We go to the circus expecting to see things that we don’t normally experience – from trapeze artists to elephants to sword swallowing to the bearded lady and clowns and more. It is an adventure, that comes to our cities and towns, so we can experience the excitement without leaving home. For many people, you only ever get to visit that circus cousin – the carnival, which is fun but not nearly the spectacle and glamour of a real circus. Nonetheless we all know what a circus is all about, if nothing else we have seen pictures. :)

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This is your chance to JOIN the CIRCUS by completing your ATC and sending it in.

 

I’ll be posting the ATCs for our July theme of BIRDS sometime in the next week or so. I will be traveling next week so I’m not sure I will get it done before I leave town (which means you have a few extra days if you still want to submit an entry).

For those of you who want to work ahead, the September ATC challenge theme will be ROAD TRIP! Fun fun fun!!!!

 

 

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person will win all of them :))
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter :)
  • deadline is Aug 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC. We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I love this monthly challenge and I am always grateful to those of you who submit entries. Tell your friends too. The more the merrier for this challenge, as we have extra winners with more entries. And really, everyone is welcome to join the fun no matter what skill level you are at. :) It is a great way to practice new stuff.

 

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your AT THE CIRCUS ATCs!!!!!!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

Video Zentangle Fun

31 Jul

I’ve made a few videos, which you can find on my you-tube channel. I would love it if you subscribe. :)  This video is one of the more popular ones I have. I hope you like it.

If you are interested in Zentangle® supplies and books, please visit the website. If you are interested in a class, just let me know. I often have Zentangle Basic classes which are a great way to get started. I can also do private classes if you are interested.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 719-266-1866

Week 30 – 365 Days of Art Challenge

29 Jul

Week 30 of the 365 days of art challenge is done. Yippee!

Here is this week’s inchies & twinches & tweenchies. I was limited a couple of days to what was in reach of my chair as I fell and hurt my knee so stairs were difficult to do, and my home studio is in the basement. Of course, part of the challenge is making do with what you might have available no matter where you are,  and still doing the work even when you are hurt or sick or traveling or uninspired or whatever.

I did another flower sketch. But it was done on one of the days of pain, so I didn’t spend much time on it.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

What challenges have you encountered on your journey?

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 8018

719-266-1866

 

100 days to 100% – Day 70

28 Jul

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100 days to 100% day 70! Amazing! Did you think you would stick with it this long? Did you think I would stick with it? :)

One thing about committing to a challenge, especially on a public forum like this, is that it makes it easier to follow through with it. I find that if I can have somebody do something with me or hold me accountable somehow, then I am more likely to do it. I think most of us are.

Sure, that self-motivation and personal journey stuff works. I’ve done it myself with good results.  I know for a lot of people that works best.  I also know that sometimes it is nice to have somebody along for the ride! Do you like the public accountability? Or would you rather nobody knew you were doing it? Do you have a workout buddy? Or do you go it alone? Have you convinced your family that this is a fabulous idea? Or did you even share with them what you were doing?

I hope by now you have let go of the guilt of taking care of yourself. 30 days to go! Woo hoo!

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

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