Art Abandonment is a group of artists designed to encourage random acts of art Kindness, left in various locations around
the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a
lucky unsuspecting person to find. This is where I think that the right person will be at the right place to receive the art that was intended for them as fate would have it! The project was started by Michael deMeng. You can read the whole story here: http://michaeldemeng.typepad.com/art_abandonment/
A few months ago I joined a very loving, supportive and creative facbook group for one of the mixed media e-courses I am taking. It is a e-course with the talented Kelly Rae Roberts! What an AMAZING e-course this has turned out to be. It is called "Hello Soul, Hello Mantras!" Kelly shows you in these very in depth and awesome videos how to create some beautiful and meaningful works of art. It is a beautiful way to search your soul and create a piece of art that speaks to you. :)
In this group I also learned of Art Abandonment from some of my fellow class mates. They said they had been leaving their art in random places for someone else to enjoy. I felt like this was such a great idea considering all my paintings I did for this course had such meaningful mantras I figured it would be a good way to send good thoughts and happiness into the world.
After joining the facebook group Art Abandonment I quickly began to paint several 5x7 canvas' to abandon while on vacation in Kauai.
I got such a great response from all my friends and family I decided to create a facebook page so they can follow along as I abandon my art as well as show all my recent artworks that I am working on in my studio. If you would like to follow my journey of abandoning art please follow my facbook page. I also plan to randomly select fans of the page to send artwork to as well.
This past Christmas there wasn't much that I wanted but I knew I really wanted to start focusing more on my art so as my gift I asked for an awesome artistic experience... Daring Adventures in Paint & Life e-course with Mati Rose McDonough, and that is just what I got! A complete daring adventure taking a journey for 6 weeks of learning various painting techniques and watching lovely artist interviews. I gained some confidence with the great group of classmates as well.
I discovered Mati Rose last year after I purchased a few mixed media art books one being from a talented Mixed Media Artists Mati Rose McDonough. After that I subscribed to her blog and saw she was offering an e-course. I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. I've tried e-courses in the past and had a hard time keeping on track with assignments due to everyday hustle and bustle but this one I really wanted to immerse myself in, and that is what I did.
Although I have my masters in Fine art I love the sense of creativity and free flowing nature this course had to offer. She will be having another e-course in April... If you are an avid painter, a beginner or someone who has never painting I highly recommend this e-course check it out! http://daringadventuresinpaint.typepad.com/
Here are some of my paintings from the e-course. It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun being daring.
Background above and finished painting below
Background above and finished painting below
Collage and Gold Leafing
And several others that I created....
I'm sending this one all the way to Texas to do a collaboration with a fellow e-course classmate. She created a background and will be sending it to me to finish and I will send this one for her to finish.
My 7 year old is an amazing artist! She wanted to come learn some new techniques in my studio. She loves to paint and has even won two art contests... I'll post photos of those on another post. :)
I am SOOO Thankful for this course it has gotten me painting again. I have created a studio in the garage and I'm loving it. I have really missed just playing with paint and experimenting with different techniques even if the painting doesn't come out so pretty :) Next e-course is with Kelly Rae Roberts. I will post all the paintings that I will create in that e-course. It starts Feb 24th... I'm so excited!
This was probably the most magical party I have ever thrown for my daughter. We had such a fun time searching for fairy treasure, making fairy gardens and saying wishes in our Fairy jars.
Here are photos from the party.
Location: Couldn't go wrong with having it at my parents house. :)
Invitations & Printables: You can find the invite and signs in my etsy shop. Lil Bean Sprout
I had my lovely niece and her friend come and help lead the party. They made very cute fairies.
First each girl got fairy Wings and fairy face paint.
Then we went on a fairy treasure hunt. (I had made some brown paper sacks that had a fairy house, a bird in a nest, a stone, and a butterfly. Once each girl found a bag they came back to the table to open their fairy treasure.) For the fairy houses. I purchased wooden bird houses for $1.00 at joann's and hot glued fake leaves on top. I also drilled a hole for a light to fit on the back of each fairy house so there was a light inside.
Once they opened their sacks... they found the fairy treasure to use to make a fairy garden.
I had a table set up with seashells, Large gems, marbles, and Tulle pom pom trees.
When all the girls were done making their gardens.. they had a little jar of Fairy dust to sprinkle on top. As they sprinkled it on top they all said out loud "I DO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES"
It was really cute! This is to attract the fairies to their garden.
All the Fairy Gardens turned out AMAZING!!
The girls loved it and it wasn't too expensive to do.
Here is Emelia's Fairy Garden
A few other Games we played were:
Little Sally Walker walking down the street
Butterfly, Butterfly, Fairy (Played like Duck Duck Goose)
We also did some dancing.
Fairy Wishes... (part of the Party Favor)
Party Favor: was of course the fairy gardens as well as
I made some Glowing Fairy jars.
This is what it looked like when you take it into a dark room.
So about 15 min before everyone left. We had all the girls sit in a circle. We passed out all the jars, and had them open them. Next we told them to whisper a wish into the jar. Seal it back up and shake the jar. Next we led the girls inside to a room that we were able to make dark so they could see all their little fairies inside. It was really cute and all the girls loved it. (I also put a small ball inside of the jar so when the shook it they felt like they were shaking something.)
How to make: Fairy Wishing Jars
Take a jar.. (I used mason jars) purchase glow in the dark puffy paint and make dabs inside using a paint brush all over. I used different colors and also made some really big clusters and small clusters. Then I took a fine glitter and sprinkled a little bit inside the jar, before it was completely dry. It takes a long time to dry so doing these the day of the party is not a good Idea. Next I put a small ball that glows in the dark inside. tied a string around it, a poem and a key.
Food: We went super simple.. Pizza, and Berries.
Cake: We went with a mixed half Pink and Purple dyed cupcakes. With Buttercream or Vanilla Frosting.
I just love this sweet little face!
THANK YOU to all our Family and Friends for another FANTASTIC birthday Party!
All Tuckered out from a long night of FAIRY PARTYING.