Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bright Colours, Giraffes, and The Story So Far



It’s been a curious week. In a good way, mostly. And in some rather bizarre ways.

But here’s the thing: that’s January. I’ve felt this way about this month since I was quite young. By Now I mostly roll with it and let it BE. It’s working and I’m happy.

After December’s daily posts here, it appears I’ve let myself post infrequently. Thus the title… I’m going to combine a couple of things, toss it up, and let it BE a salad of sorts!!

It is wondrous to get swept up in a wave of Something New & Slightly Scary. 2013 Year of the Giraffe with Carla Sonheim has BEcome such a wave. I’ve long proclaimed my inability to draw, drawing giraffes has been telling another story.

And when I take these drawings and scan them to share with others taking this class, I get a real charge out of fidding with them digitally. I don’t think I ever realised the possibilities of digital art BEing what would prove my CAN’Ts are really CANs!!

This morning, while enJOYing the luxury of DOing laundry practically AT HOME [thanks to my front house family letting me DO it while they are off at work and school and whatnot] I started fiddling a bit with some giraffes I’ve drawn.

Kind of like eating M&M’s…

As I was playing I remembered this week’s Artist’s Play Room theme of BRIGHT COLOURS and I was over the moon… This colouring I’d done then scanned and fiddled with a wee bit here…


BEcame this…


Then this... 


And finally this...


Definitely bright colours, definitely giraffe drawings, and last yet nowhere near least, wonderful installments on 2013’s intention to make art every day, play hard, and even get a little “out there” from time to time…

And, just to keep up a tiny bit with The Story So Far… I’ve been savouring Your Daily Rock from Patti Digh and really letting myself imagine and dream and explore and ponder WITHOUT feeling compelled to Write It All Down. This is HUGE and delicious as I tend to think I have to “leave my mark” wherever I’ve been and, imagine that, I don’t!!!

Today’s really set me to thinking, though, as I DO spend so much MUCH MORE time walking these days, and it’s a nice sort of meandering thing to consider. 

As the day has been unfolding I have noticed the little things, the way Gracie chooses for our walks, the ways I think we “should” go when she clearly wants to exercise her right to choose, and how often it happens that we wind up running into someone or having a glad experience simply BEcause of our two wills making an opening!!

Life is full this year. This January. For me.

I am using the month to sift and to sort and to see what happens.

I am letting myself BE surprised.

And most of all, I am simply enJOYing it…

just add water silly's blog hop link                  Upcoming Online Class: Year of the Giraffe 

10 comments:

Sharon Evans said...

Love your giraffes. I also like to fiddle with digital effects on my scanned artwork, it can solve problems, suggest new possibilities or create an entirely new art work. Visiting via APR.

Andrea said...

Three cheers for you, Currie. You even sound relaxed and content. Would that it could be that way every day ... but we must take them as they come.

I am passing an award to you. I don't usually except awards, but this one was from a friend that I couldn't say no to, so I have it to pass on. I so enjoy your blog even though I am terrible about writing comments (unlike you), but I cherish this opportunity to say thank you for being Currie and being a part of my life. Come on over and pick up your award. Happy January, Currie.

Andrea @ From The Sol

see you there! said...

Love the colors you used and all the digital variations. I am so not skilled at digital. Sounds like January is shaping up well for you.

Darla

Miriam said...

Oooh I just love your giraffes, they are truly beautiful.
January used to be miserable for me but this year I said NO to my black cloud and do you know what?...I haven't seen it.

Jennifer McLean said...

love your giraffe heads, one of my best friends absolutely loves giraffes, I've got to get in and draw her up one some day, thanks for participating.

Leovi said...

Very funny, I love these compositions.

Gloria said...

Wonderful colorful drawing and I love the way you played with digital color changes! Do you know "Giggles" from Paint Party Friday? If you want to go to the Paint Party Friday site and find her name in the Linky list, you will see on her site how she also colorizes her artwork. Have a good week. Can't wait to see your next giraffe drawing!

Hwee said...

I like the playfulness and bright colours of your giraffe heads. :-)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I love all the giraffes! Don't know the first thing about digital art so these really impress me!

minnemie said...

Now that is one fun giraffe - with a dream coat of many colors! Of course, in my opinion, you can never go wrong with giraffes. I look fwd to seeing more!