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Last week's BOD 2014 lesson really caught my imagination.  I've already done it in two different sizes and different media, and I want to do more.  I'm even thinking of doing it on canvas and hanging it in my studio, I love it that much.

I did this one in my small practice journal.  It's done in Pitt pastel pencils and charcoal.
I did this one in my small practice journal. It's done in Pitt pastel pencils and charcoal.
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This one is a full two-page spread in my art journal. It's done in acrylic paint and charcoal over stamped tracing paper.

I purposefully put in seven figures, partially because that's what was shown in the tutorial and partially because I like sevens.  Then, this morning when I shared it in the class group, someone commented on all of the sevens in the piece.  I hadn't noticed, but I put seven stars across the top and another seven down the side.  Fun serendipity!

Have you even discovered accidental symbolism or meaning in any of your work?  I kind of want to go back through other pages and see what else I might find.  I'll keep you posted.

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Last week was a full one in the world of creating.  I did a full moon art journal spread (for Moonshine), a really fun mandala spread (for BOD 2014), and then a cute and quick February spread in my No Excuses journal.  Here's a snippet of the three pieces:

FebCollage

I also tried out a new recipe over the weekend (chicken divan, really good and I will be making it again with a few tweaks), started Finding Your Photo Style on Big Picture Classes (with many thanks to Mortal Muses--I won their giveaway for this spot in the class).  I also set up a little journal for practicing faces and alphabets.

Do you ever have days or weeks like this, where you seem to be creating and arting and making things all over the place?  Do you do anything to help trigger these really prolific, creative times, or do they just come to you?  They seem to just come to me accidentally, but I am examining things that might bring them on so I can maybe have more of these fun, creative jackpots more often.

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I'm not sure if this one is done or not.  I'm letting it stand for now.  This was another great lesson from BOD 2014.  I stretched myself on the background because I was resistant to the messy technique, and then I stretched even more to draw the face and the little vignette on the right side.  Feeling really happy with myself for this, but still thining of adding in a vine with some leaves.

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What about you?  Have you stretched yourself creatively or otherwise lately?  How does it feel?  Is there something you'd like to stretch toward?  Tell me about it, and let's do it together!

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I worked on two art journal paintings this past week, but the second one that I planned to share here isn't finished.  So here's a detail from the first one.  It's a little more of a personal spread, so I'm not going to share the whole thing here, but this is my favorite part anyhow.

Brighid Detail

I had fun playing with effects in PicMonkey.  The original is very bright and vibrant, but I love the way this detail came out.  I'm also especially proud because I drew and painted this face!  No templates or printed out underpaintings.  I have only done a small handful of painted faces this way so far, and I'm still not comfortable drawing faces (but I'm working on it), so this feels like a pretty big accomplishment.

What have you been working on lately?  Have you made something/done something creative that you feel especially proud of (it doesn't have to be recent).  I'd love to hear about your creative accomplishments.

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