A little bit of this…

…and a little bit of that.

This weekend I dabbled in everything I enjoyed about my Year of Creative Habits experience. I simply created, played with shapes, colors and mediums.


Hit the Road

Saturday I attended The Open Road exhibit at Crystal Bridges. It was a wonderful photography collection, reminding me of the countless summer road trips we took in my grandfather’s Mercury.

I came home and attempted to paint this iconic Rolla sign I enjoy each week on my commute to St. Louis.


May flowers

One of my Year of Creative Habits “Instafriends” asked recently why I wasn’t painting more flowers. Here’s a look at recent attempts, plus some raspberries – just because.

Pebeo – Oh My!

(132/366): I received a “sampler” kit of Pebeo mixed media for Mother’s Day! I’m just learning how this stuff works but it’s a kick. Total freedom. I had never heard of fluid painting before but simply pouring out color upon color is quick the kick! Also, depending upon the paint “type” you have limited control over how it will react to the next color.FullSizeRender 20

Manic Mondays

Day 123 (Year of Creative Habits): *Note: please read the following paragraph as if there were “-” connecting each word. It’s one big, hairy thought.

Day 123: Manic Monday Mandala

Day 123: Manic Monday Mandala

You ever have one of those Mondays where you get up way before dawn to drive four hours to your “work home” so you can take a very important morning conference call only to be created by the very loud chirping of a smoke detector … a wired into your apartment crazy loud smoke detector….so right before the call you’re trying to change the backup battery, which does nothing so instead you try to mute your mobile strategically with each beep. Then you finish the call, dial your condo management who say they’ll get someone over, then six hours later, when you’re mercifully enclosed in the relative peace of your office you discover that maintenance still hasn’t come by and it could be early evening before he does so. Gratefully you have dinner with a friend so you go to dinner, when the maintenance guys calls, can’t get into the condo please come home.

Quick hugs with friend. Rush back to condo.

Only to discover at 10:55am I had put the battery in upside down.

Yep…I’m a keeper!

My mandala is what that kind of day felt like from a “creative” viewpoint.

Where or where is my blogging routine?

Days 108-121: My Year of Creative Habits – creatively is going great. My blogging habit…not so much.

I’ve shaken up my working routine the last two weeks. I traveled to D.C. for a quick visit, expanded my work assignments and visited with longtime friends.

Here’s what two weeks looks like (two big views) and three combo views:

Day 121: watercolor

Day 121: watercolor

Day 120: watercolor, pen, gouache

Day 120: watercolor, pen, gouache

Days 119 - 116

Days 119 – 116

Days 112-115

Days 115-112

Days 111- 108

Days: 111 – 108

Creative catch up

Days 104-107: My days pass by quickly. Motoring back and forth from Neosho to Washington, Missouri. Presentation here. Percussion concerts there (Please note: Ethos is incredibly cool. One of the best small venue concerts I’ve attended this year.)

Days: 104-watercolor flowers, 105-watercolor teapot, 106-continued wrap knitting, and 107-watercolor oranges and lemons

Days: 104-watercolor flowers, 105-watercolor teapot, 106-continued wrap knitting, and 107-watercolor oranges and lemons

As I’m inching toward the 1/3 of a year mark, I’m feeling as if I’m getting the creative habit worked well within my day. My efforts aren’t always something I would share outside my creative Year of Creative Habits group or this blog…heck they’re often not even refrigerator worthy. But they’re improving and I’m having a ball and learning new ways of working.

I’m traveling even more the next few days, so I’m going to see how minimal I can make my habit. I’m winning down to a pocket-size sketchbook and four pens. I plethora of black and white sketches are in my future.