Saturday, January 19, 2013

Focusing on Life: 15 Minutes...or more

I have a lot of free time.  I never really thought about it until I got challenged by Sally this week to take some time for myself and just chill.  Uh.  I do that everyday.  Heck, last weekend, I had a full day of nothing.  Through the course of the week, I was conscious of how much time I spend alone and, while chatting with the cat, I figured out that I'm probably a bit unique. Maybe I need to get the hell out of the house and do something.  Maybe I need to volunteer somewhere.  Hmmm.  Maybe I need to move!  We shall see...

I did, though, try a little something new this week to get my solo groove on.  I started on a big art journal.  Those flippin' prismacolor nupastels are now one of my favorite things ever.  I haven't really ventured out of a monochromatic schemes so far, but my new 96-color pack allows for lots of rich mixes.
So, playing by myself was my fun chill time of the week.  I can't wait to keep on filling this book with experiments and color and fun and gripes and laughs.  For now, I need to get on the road for a crafty weekend in Maryland. Whooo hooooo!!!

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23 comments:

  1. We have this time thing in common...I don't have any issues spending time with myself either...art journaling is the bomb...and I'm going to have to check out those pastels...love the color and vibrancy! Have a blast on your crafty weekend!

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  2. wow! 96 colours should keep you busy!!
    hope you really enjoy your crafty weekend, and maybe you'll share more art journalling pics throughout the year...
    have a great week!
    [no. 13 this week]

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  3. Sally's prompts are working, aren't they?! Hope you have a blast in Maryland!

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  4. An art journal, that sounds fabulous. I hope you share other photos of your experiments with colour.

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  5. On man, I LOVE art journaling too! I thought I was addicted to beads before.....now I have to buy every new paint supply. Haven't got Nupastels yet - so you see how dangerous it is to hear about something else? 96... gee whiskers that would be one load of fun!

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  6. Oooh, an art journal - that's such a neat idea! Happy to hear you have so much time for yourself - and glad you're sharing it with us :)

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  7. Taking time as stepping into a new activity. Yes!

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  8. An art journal is a great idea. I cannot wait to see more of it. Yea for staring something new!

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  9. An art journal sounds like so much fun!!

    (I'm #40 this week)

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  10. Sounds like you're going to be spending a lot of time with your new art journal! Don't you love it when you try something new and you're hooked right away!

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  11. Awesome! I love the rush of new supplies. I still browse back-to-school flyers every year and feel compeled to buy new markers or crayons. Having a child now makes it easy to pretend they are for her

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  12. Ohhh that looks like fun! I haven't played with colors for a long time--well except in beads. What a great way to recharge!

    I'm a bit like you. When I am not at work I tend to stay at home--alone, talking to my beads, the laundry etc.

    Have fun with your new Prismacolors!!!

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  13. Prismacolor nupastels huh? Sounds very interesting, can't wait to hear about the creative Md weekend, could it be with likeminded tribeswomen??? :)

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  14. OMG Jen! Those red lines are jumping right off the page! What a great photo!! I have to check out those Prismacolor nupastels!! They sound wonderful!! Have a fun weekend!!

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  15. Hi Jen,
    This sounds like a wonderful way to spend me time. Have fun with your art journal discovering new and exciting things to draw and paint with those new markers.
    Therese

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  16. That is a glorious pink (at least on my computer screen); deep, rich and vibrant.

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  17. I also spend a lot of time by myself, if I am not at mom's house working on jewelry or talking with her. When at home I talk a lot with the cats, waiting to see if they ever talk back :) I love your idea of an art journal -I want to try one - but I feel so inhibited! I am going to have to get out of my box and give it a try. Your post on "I Faced the Blank Paper" inspires me. Maybe that is my new art project for this year - face my fear/dread of drawing and try it again.

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  18. Your pic is so bright and engaging. I hope you have a really fun time at the craft weekend.

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  19. There cannot be too many colors! I can't wait to see how you will explore this new art journal. I have always wanted to do that but never found the time. Ha! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  20. I hear you about having a lot of free time (I'm single and childless so all my time is my own). An art journal is a wonderful way to spend some quality time. And a crafty weekend sounds super!

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  21. An art journal sounds like a sublime way to take some time for yourself. I'm digging the monochromatic scheme and hope you share some of the other bits from your book when you get more adventurous!

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  22. First off - LOVE your photo! Your art journal is an awesome way to take some 'me time', that's for sure.

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  23. Awesome-I look forward to seeing where you go with your big art journal! Looks like you are off to a great start. The photo you created would look fantastic on a wall!

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