- Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

New Year, New Life, New Adventures

2016 has arrived

So a new year has arrived again.  Last year was a very hard year for me, but I am finally getting used to my new life.

3 Years ago I left my 30 year marriage.  In these last 3 years I have been trying my best to find myself.  Having never been by myself, it has been quite the adventure.  I have tried loads of different things.  In the art world I have tried mixed media, I have started a planner, I did sketching.  I also tried water colour pencils and water colour paints.  I am always trying to learn new media, and hopefully one will stick, or I will just keep doing different things, just not sure yet.

At the moment I am doing water colour paints and easy sketching.  Or more like simple sketching.  This is a class I have been doing with Junelle Jacobsen.  She is truly inspiring.    I love this, as the sketching part is the starting point, finding a subject and then breaking it down into easy shapes.  After that comes the exciting part of filling it in with water colour paints.  Finally outlining it with a black pen to make it pop.  So exciting.

Another fun hobby, hoping to make it into a business, is making bracelets from belts.  This is a class I did with Christy Tomlinson.  I just love her classes.  Making these bracelets has been so much fun.  Finding belts that are pretty to use and then taking metal sheets, cutting them into discs and then using stamps to stamp in sentiments.  Then putting it all together to make something fun to wear.

I have also been doing something else, that is not art related at all.  I have learnt to ride a motorcycle.  Bought my own bike last year, still have to get my license.  But I joined a women's bike club in town.  This has also really empowered me, and given me a new group of like thinking ladies to hang out with.

So all in all a really exciting new life ahead of me.  I am going to try and keep you updated with all my shenanigans this year.

I am going to add a mixture of pictures for you to look at.  Hope you like what I share with you today.

Art using watercolour pencils

Water colour paints

A couple of my bracelets.  You can see more of them in my etsy store at michelesnirvana

And finally my new toy.
Hope you all have a great weekend