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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.

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. 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…

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:

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.) 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…

Having fun

Days 102 & 103: To my way of thinking a creative habit should be fun. I’ve mixed up my focus and medium, rotating what I’ve worked on, only incorporating painting in the last two months. I have such fun painting. I want to be better at it…and I want to continue to have fun. Day 102 – I’ve been curious enough to search out painting tutorials and blogs. I found June Rollin’s ART blog and her instructions on “tapping” watercolor onto water-misted paper, then misting again once the primary colors of paint in place. The hardest part of the piece…

100!

Days 98-101: When I began the Year of Creative Habits I hoped a daily creative activity would ultimately help with my writing. I’m now 101 days in and I think it has – and more. My word choices have expanded, my thoughts jump and connect smoother and I’m able to “dive in” to projects easier. One of the aspects I’ve imposed on my daily creative practice is that it takes no more time than 30 minutes to an hour. In turn, these short bursts of concentrated focus have helped me learn to grab onto and complete writing assignments quicker . This…