Day 50 – 100 days to 100%

21 Oct

As you know, my computer and camera have been having issues getting along. They still aren’t playing well together, but at least I can get to my photos now. So the Day 50 post is a couple days late, but better late than never, right?

I have been doing the daily Zentangle®, although a couple of days I did use tangles that were already started or already finished. But they are all tangles I have done, just maybe not completely on that particular day. As you can see from the photos, some are big, some are small, some are colored, some are more complex, and others are quite basic.

Zentangle allows you to adjust what you are creating depending on your time and your materials. I really like that. And since there are NO mistakes in Zentangle, everything you do is just exactly what you were supposed to do. :)

I hope you enjoy seeing these and I hope you are busy with your own 100 days to 100% challenge.

#100daysto100percent

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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

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Week 41 and 42 – 365 days of Art

21 Oct

My computer and camera are still not playing nicely together, but I think I can access my photos now. So I will catch up on a couple weeks of the 365 days of art challenge. Weeks 41 and 42 are now done!

Lots of inchies and twinchies and tweenchies. I always have fun with these. Trying new ideas, using up bits and pieces of leftover projects, combining stuff. So here are 2 weeks worth of little bits.

I didn’t do so well with sketching though. Only managed to play around with one sketch. And it isn’t really a sketch. More just random doodling using some chalk pencils I have.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

I’d love to hear about your own 365 days of art challenge.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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

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Week 41 – 365 days of art

14 Oct

Well I am supposed to do my Week 41 post, but I am having trouble getting the photos from my camera to my computer. Something isn’t working right, so I will have to figure it out.  No doubt having to do with my recent computer problems.

I will post when I have some photos to share. I know there is a fix that I’m not seeing right now. So I will step back and just breathe.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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

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Day 40 – 100 days to 100%

8 Oct

We are at Day 40 of our Round 2 of 100 days to 100% challenge. My how the time does fly. :)

We often try to make changes in bunches. We get the urge to ‘fix’ something or ‘be better’ at something and that leads to one other thing that we ‘should’ do and that leads to something else, and on and on and on. We think we need to do it all at once, which creates overwhelm.  I’m saying that we don’t have to do it that way.

There is always going to be something you want to change or something new to try. Life is a process, and we have to remember that. Even in this instant gratification world we live in now, some things take time to do. And much as we would like to believe it, everything doesn’t get done at once. So give yourself a break now and then. (and yes I know I need to practice what I preach)

Choose your challenges. Choose your journey. And make the most of what you choose to do. As each little bit starts to fall into place, the rest will soon follow. Each new challenge gets easier to do because you have laid the groundwork (just like making art!).

 

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

 

This round of 100 days to 100% I have been focusing on doing a Zentangle® bit of art every day. I love doing it and am happy I chose something that was important to me, but also easy for me to do. If I only have 10 minutes I can do something small and simple. If I have a couple of hours I can do something more complicated and detailed. Perfect.  It reminds me of why I love being an artist and being in the creative business. Doing something artistic every single day is good for my well-being (and I am sure it is good for yours too).

 

Enjoy your own challenge.

#100daysto100percent

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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

719-266-1866

Week 40 – 365 days of art

7 Oct

Week 40 is done. We are into the last quarter of the year, so we are nearly finished with the challenge. Wow.

Here are this week’s inchies and twinches and tweenchies. Looks like I liked the tweenchie size best this week. :)

And here is another landscape sketch.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

Have a great week! And keep up the good work on your own challenge.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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

719-266-1866

On The Road ATCs

6 Oct

I have the On The Road ATCs here and they are a lot of fun. Lots of cool ideas, and a number of the ATCs have related quotes on the back too. I love when people decorate the front and the back of the ATCs. As always, I love every one of them and I appreciate everyone who sent some in this month.

We only had 18 entries this month. :(  But they are awesome. Somebody will be a lucky winner. Here they are, in no particular order.

And the winner this month is………ta ta ta da………Lynnita Knoch. Congrats and I will get your ATCs to you right away. Thanks so much for playing and I hope you will participate again next month. The October theme is WILD WILD WEST! Yee-haw!

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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

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October ATC Challenge – Wild Wild West

1 Oct

 

Are you ready for the October ATC challenge? We are doing the WILD WILD WEST for October. How fun is that going to be?

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Cowboys and horses and rodeos and boots and cattle drives and saloons and so much more. John Wayne and Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid and Marshall Dillon and Annie Oakley. Yep, we have a lot to choose from for this month’s challenge. It should inspire lots of creativity.

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Growing up in the west I have seen my share of western movies and western museums of artifacts and read books about the west. I’ve been to rodeos and rode horses and camped in the wilderness. The wide open spaces and beauty of nature is part of the West. But there is also a ruggedness and heartiness of being that goes along with life in the Wild West.  Can you capture that essence in your ATCs?

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I hope you enjoy this month’s theme and have some fun with it. I look forward to seeing your WILD WILD WEST ATCs.

I’ll be posting the ATCs for our September theme of ON THE ROAD sometime in the next week or so. So be sure to check back to see what everyone created.

For those of you who want to work ahead, the November ATC challenge theme will be GIVE THANKS!

 

 

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 Oct 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 WILD WILD WEST ATCs!!!!!!  Yee Haw! Git along little dogie! :)

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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

week 39 – 365 days of art

30 Sep

Week 39 of the 365 days of art challenge is done. Are you keeping up with me? Are you still having fun?

Some days I do feel like I have no ideas at all and some days I have no supplies handy. But I still do get my daily inchies and twinchies and tweenchies done. A lot of times I do feel like I am repeating something I already did. :)

Here are this weeks little bits and pieces.

My sketch this week was from a photo of a pelican in flight.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

See you next week!

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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

719-266-1866

 

Day 30 – 100 days to 100%

28 Sep

I am so loving this 2nd round of my 100 days to 100% challenge. Today is day 30 of the challenge. Every day I am creating a Zentangle® bit of art. I love the surprise I get from completing each piece. I rarely plan out my Zentangle art. I very much try to get into the Zen of the process. Clear my mind, breathe, focus, relax, and let the patterns reveal themselves to me. Aaahhhh. So nice.

You can see how different each bit of art is. That is one of the cool things about Zentangle. So many options. So much fun!

Are you doing something special for your 100 days to 100%? Please share!

#100daysto100percent

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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

719-266-1866

 

Book Club – Thinkertoys

27 Sep

Book Club was this week. We are reading “Thinkertoys” by Michael Michalko. It is a fabulous book, but much longer than I had anticipated when choosing it.

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

When we got together for book club, nobody had read the entire book yet. So we voted to carry this book over and do it next month again. That will give us more time to complete it, and for those of you who hadn’t read it yet, now you have more time to read it.

That being said – we had quite a lively discussion even though we had only read part of the book. So please plan on attending next month even if you haven’t read it yet. It will definitely inspire you and give you some new ideas.

The book says it is a handbook of creative-thinking techniques. Sounded good to me. However, it is definitely geared towards business. Which is great for me. I am always looking for new ideas for my business, and I know a lot of you are too. We discussed some of the ideas and decided that most of the techniques could also be adjusted slightly and used for our art. A way of getting out of our box and being more creative and adventurous. Just because an exercise is designed for business executives doesn’t mean it can’t be just as useful for artists! After all, it is a book specifically designed  for thinking outside of the box and learning how to be creative!

We are continuing to read this book for our next meeting and we agreed that we would take at least one (or more) of the exercises in the book and use it this month and then share what we did at the next meeting. You can do the same even if you are just reading along on-line and then you can share with us here on the blog. Fun fun fun!!!

Have fun with this!

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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