Saturday, August 5, 2017

Keeping A Leg Up..



Finding things to do and keeping your spirit up... 
when your body has to be down can be challenging.




I did however find inspirations each morning as I settled in for a day of keeping off my feet.
With the help of my guy, I was able to pull a few supplies and tools together to have close by so I could create at whim.  

It was a great way to not get caught up in dreary daytime TV, and not feel bad that I wasn't up and around.  Time flew by and I had a few creations completed by the end of the day.


 Papers, stamps, cut outs, washi tape, scissors, glue...easy stuff to keep 
in a basket next to my seated position for the last week.


I turned out a dozen little 5x7 collages, some as "Thank Yous" for friends 
who brought wonderful dishes in for us while I couldn't get to the kitchen 
and my sweet guy just needed a break at the end of the day.









One morning I picked up Nick Bantock's book "Artful Dodger" and started to read,
Nick is the creator of the Griffin & Sabine book series, which I also have and love.
Artful dodger is a book of images and reflections on his creative life as an artist...great read.


It also got me thinking of a few altered book projects I started and hadn't finished, 
so I pulled them out and started working on them again.
Here's a quick video of one of the books that's more along the 
lines of an altered book.

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Down time is a great time to pull out the iPad and watched endless tutorials 
on YouTube.  I have several favorites and watched quite a few of Marmi's Small Art
videos.  First, they're small art (that I could handle) and she has a really pleasant voice 
and fun personality...I enjoyed watching her and playing along in the book I started below.

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I have a few other faves that are fun and informative to watch...

Robert Burridge negative shape painting.
He's great to watch and helps you loosen up and have fun while painting.



I just got my new Gelli Plate right before being laid up
which was perfect timing as I had just made a stack of papers 
that came in handy for creating while I was down.




Only four or five more days to go till I'm up and about again...
just when I was getting warmed up to armchair / small art 
and having the time for so many opportunities to learn and try new techniques.

Please do share if you have a favorite art/creative YouTube video 
that has helped your creative journey along the way.


2 comments:

  1. Proof you can do twice as much as most people with two legs! Beautiful collection of images. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Carole...I'm finally up and about this morning and feeling good. I think I'll sit at my work table and play with that printing plate a bit. Being down has given me the time to look at a few other media's I'd kinda like to play with. Too bad I don't take the time in my regular schedule...I think I'll be changing that now :)

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