Creative Every Day Challenge Check-In: April 6th – April 12th

April 6th, 2009

Ced2009Welcome, Creative Every Day Challenge participants! 

This weekly post is a place for CED participants to share their creative activities.

Ways to share: Leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a post (or posts) about your creative activities during the days of 4/6/09 - 4/12/09.

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! (If you're reading this in a RSS reader, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.)

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to.

Join in the Challenge: To find out more about the Creative Every Day Challenge check out the details here.

If you want to sign up to be a part of the challenge, leave a comment on this post or email me to let me know. When you contact me, please let me know how you'd like to be listed in the list of participants, which resides in the right sidebar (I can list you as your name or as a link to a blog if you have one. A blog is not required to participate!) Please email or comment to let me know you're participating before you start posting links in the comments or on the "Mr. Linky" widget.

Theme: The (totally optional) theme for April is color. I'll be posting about the theme throughout the month. You can find out more about how you can use the theme here.

Happy Creating!!

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
~Joan Miro
Spanish Surrealist Painter and Sculptor, 1893-1983 

p.s. Join me on a gremlin-busting, playful Art Picnic happening on Saturday, April 25th!

14 Responses

Hi Leah – Now this months theme has really made me sit back & take notice of all the colour is around me.It’s positively inspirational! As we approach winter in this part of the world, it’s successfully dulling the usual feeling of ‘yuk’ I get at this time of year.
I’m enjoying it immensely & even finding time to try new things. Thank you so much :o )

This week, I’m doing a lot of goddess girls as I try to find my way back in to the Flying Girls. Color is really important in what I do, I realize. I’m using colors to aid the symbolism and the mood I want to convey. Maybe part of my problem with Flying Girl is that I keep wanting to paint in bright colors, but I’m only feeling grays. I don’t know what the psychology is behind that, but perhaps I just need to go with it.

I don’t think that color is just the brights or pastels or jewel tones. I remember people arguing about it on’s color contests. people wouldd say that neutrals didn’t count as colors. but they really do. Maybe I need to explore neutrals and how they affect my art.

My EDM sketch is pencil on white paper – not very colorful; but the board book I made by gluing digital scrapbook pages onto a blank book is quite colorful.

Thanks as always for the incentive, Leah!


i am surrounded by bright colours… my walls, my furniture, my clothes, my makeup… colour is my life.

but this week where i have been really pushing myself creatively is sketching. just pencils on white paper. normally i paint everything. i like that i am just sketching and stretching my sketching sills. then when i do go to paint something, it comes out better.

I have been working this past week and a half on taking my angel sketches and painting them in watercolors, experimenting with different ways to paint them. Some I did “traditionally” starting with a pencil sketch, then adding the colors. Others I have done more “intuitively” – splashed color over the page, looked at what the shapes looked like and then made them look more like that. That’s been an interesting experience.

Unfortunately, though I have taken photos of my efforts, I haven’t been able to download them to my computer and then to my blog because my computer is dead. I have ordered a new hard-drive and when it arrives and is installed, then I can get back to updating with images.

I am hoping that next week I will have some new images to share with you all!

I tried to combine a new dream with colors in this sketch I am calling the Fallen Moon: it’s gouache and colored pencil. I may redo it as a more serious art piece.

The colors are mostly shades of blue, which reminds me of you but are colors I don’t normally use. In the dream, they were a dull, chalky blue grey.

This one started from a dream and color played a very important part in it’s creation. It has a poem to go with it, words!

I didn’t post the poem though–I need to redo it.

The dream was about my first husband, and synchronistically, I found a love letter from him on the back of a paiting by Dick Moore. I did this piece after Dick Moore’s piece, but changed a lot. I was looking for colors that both clashed and harmonized–that stood out rather than blended. a digitally altered quick sketch from a dream. The dream was about abuse. I tried to choose colors to communicate pain.

This is the dream (poem) that goes with the abuse picture.

I’m not sure how everyone can keep up with everything! AK!

I’ve done two acrylic paintings, experimenting with bold, vibrant backgrounds. Having lots of fun with it and looking forward to playing with color even more!

Since getting sensitive to my regular art supplies, I’ve had to get creative in finding new options. Artist friends have also given me some tips, and I’ve posted about the top five safer art supplies.

I’ve posted a couple little dresses (texture maps) I made for the game the Sims. They’re a couple of Viking women.

I’ve been making a big effort to get better at watercolour painting. I haven’t posted all my efforts, but I’ve posted a few. I’ve also been doing a bit of sketching. It’s coming up to exam time for me and I really have to start organising my time so I can fit in work and revision and still leave enough time for creative stuff.

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