Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sketchbook Saturday

As the brave new year takes shape, I find I am in a state of sluggish discombobulation when it comes to getting back to work... As much as I'm dismayed by this, I know it's because I pushed myself beyond belief over the past 5 months. My mind, body, and spirit are asking me for a renewal break. Yes, I know it's so, and I'm listening, yes, I am...

My break is in the doing, but it's the peaceful doing where my mind finds rest. Sketching suits me just fine. I doodle with colored pencil, and watch the beautiful colors blend and images take shape. It's amazing what appears...

When my mind is all a-flutter, and I am in turmoil, I find the things I create so restorative, refreshing and beautiful. I just don't understand the connection... must I be in despair for true beauty to flow? What about when my mind is calm, will it mean I am barren of creation? What's with that?

In an effort to renew my soul and self, I have signed up to take two online classes, yes, I know I need help to jumpstart my creativity flow! One begins very soon, called Hello Soul, Hello Business. I think this class will be simply amazing. Taught by the innovative Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls of Do What You Love, I've signed up for this class because I am certain it will help me take my business to the next level. I am so ready for this! Now, if I can just get the muscles in my shoulders to relax, I think my body will be ready to forge ahead too!

The second class I've signed up for is called The Art of Wild Abandonment, and will be taught by Christy Tomlinson along with sweet Junelle Jacobsen of Yes and Amen! I just couldn't resist this class. Junelle asked me to take Christy's Three Hearts class with her last year, and it was so good for me to get out of my little shell, and get all messy and wild with paints and papers and scrapbooks, and new art tools galore! This is a gift to myself - a just for wild fun - class... don't you need to gift yourself too? Head over to Christy's blog to check out this class. I would love it if you took the class with me! Plus, get reduced tuition if you sign up before Feb 29th!!! Go ahead and treat yourself :o)

Hoping your new year is off to a good and restful start, and a creative one too!!

xx, Val


Kathleen Maunder said...

Your sketch is very, very beautiful!

God's Little People said...

Dear Val
Your sketch is so beautiful and tranquil. About your question; must I be in despair for true beauty to flow? Maybe it is that we are attended by angels (of some kind) when we are in turmoil and therefore beauty comes out! Which just reminded me of this poem
I'm overwhelmed at the delicious choices of online classes at the moment, especially all the classes Christy is featuring (would LOVE to take Junelle's class!!) but that will have to wait for the moment.
I wish you a tonne of fun, I'm sure it will be amazingly restoring!
Happy New Year.
xo Joan

Nancy said...

Your bird is beautiful! Those look like amazing courses you are taking. Have fun!

I had to smile as we have a mini Schnauzer who seems grumpy but is really a sweetie pie - and I had a cockatiel for 16 years!

sandra said...

I absolutely love your birds!!!! What a refreshing way to start your New Year...I learned how to crochet a few months ago and I am loving it so is a fun change from things I have been doing in the past. I will continue to garden, plant, stitch and now create with crochet too! Happy New Year Val, I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful ART :))

Sandy Michelle said...

Woah you sketched that bird?! It's lovely!! I'm off to check out those classes :)

Sandy xox

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Valerie said...

Thanks for your nice comments! I am so glad to hear of your adventures, and what things you are taking with you into the new year :o)
x, Val

Valerie said...

Joan, that poem is so sweet! Thanks for sharing :o)
x, Val

Marfa said...

In the middle of turmoil and chaos...this beautiful work of art, I don't know if I'd call it a sketch! It's more than that. I look forward to hearing how your 2 creativity inspiring online classes go! (I need some of that too)

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Val,

Ahh, Birdita is so sweet! I have a yellow sided green cheek conure (just got her in November) and am loving all her antics. She loves corn!! Definitely has a sweet tooth, that one.

I also signed up for Christy and Junelle's e-course. I took the 12 Artsy Ornaments e-course that Christy put together; that was my first on-line course. How exciting!