Thursday, 28 October 2010

So many photos, so many memories

Well it has been a lot longer than I anticipated since I last posted. I feel like it has been a week when it has been two! Since then I have joined in on a free online workshop called Art Heart and Healing by the beautiful, multi-talented Tam at Willowing.It is a great course that introduces healing with your art journalling. I am running a bit behind but hope to catch up this week.

I haven't really done anything in my art journal but have been doing creative things like going through and printing out photos that I want to use in a scrapbook album for my son's 21st and then choosing the papers and embelishments for the pages. I haven't looked at some of these photos for a long time and it brought back some really good memories. It would be a lovely thing if the family sat down one evening every now and then and just went through their old photos and reminisced a bit. Boys don't seem as interested in doing this as girls are and in our fast paced hectic lives this is one thing that can bring us back to each other.
I also taught the second half of my purple iris class on Sunday. It was a lovely day to catch up with friends and paint at the same time.
So my only offerings this week are a couple of doodles that I did last week and a mandala I coloured in. It started as a photocopy from a book I have called Coloring Mandalas 2 by Susanne F Fincher and I added some more lines and curves and then coloured it in with coloured pencils.

 I like curves and swirls

 This one came after a chakra meditation. The bottom looks a bit out of shape but I like the rest of it.
 I was limited in the colours I had so probably didn't match up the colours in the way I wanted but I liked the meditative state and relaxation you feel when doing these.

I am still a bit behind in leaving comments on your blogs but I will get there this weekend. We have a long weekend with the Melbourne Cup on next Tuesday and my work always take the Monday off too so it is a really nice break.
I have just realised that I forgot to lead you guys over to Suzana at Creative Therapies. She kindly featured me on her blog during my absence and my manners flew out the window in not acknowledging that. Thank you Suzana for the mention :) Suzana is all about healing through creativity in our lives and is also currently doing the Artists Way so if you are interested in sharing that journey be sure to have a look.

I did start the Artists way a couple of weeks ago but have been unable to keep up so I have postponed it till after I have finished Tam's course. Sometimes I overload myself so have taken a self care step to drop some balls that I am juggling.

I leave you with a quote from the book

" What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us"

by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have a great day everyone




MissKoolAid said...

Curves and swirls are some of my favourite patterns in doodling.
Nice ones here.

Janet said...

Your doodles are great! I really like them both but the chakra one is my fav. And the mandala you colored is cool, too. I have a book of those that I had forgotten about. I'm going to look for it now!

Isn't Tam's class amazing....and it's free!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Life sounds very busy for you right now Lee so I'm glad to hear you are beign kind to yourself and pacing. I hope Tam's course fills you with creative healing. It looks wonderful.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Serena Lewis said...

I'm a sucker for spirals....your doodles and mandala are wonderful, Lee! It sounds like you've been pretty busy lately. Agreed, Tam's course is wonderful and I can't believe how generous she has been in offering it for free.

I tend to overload myself too and then it takes me so much longer to get things done.

Relax and enjoy your long weekend!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Lee,
I too have been very busy and missing blogland with my Mum here for a few weeks.
Your Mandala and curves and swirls doodles are fabulous. I like the way the top sits along the bottom!
Enjoy your long weekend,
Anna said...

I love the peaceful feelings I get when I see these artworks.

Wini said...

Dear Lee, Your doodle and mandala look fantastic!! Hope you had a great long weekend. How is Tam's class going? Hope you're enjoying it! Wini xo

Anonymous said...

Okay..let me just start off by saying that I always adore looking at your doodles...and I do agree that it really is a soothing therapy!

I love taking old family photos and turning them into music video montages...they are so much fun to look at like that on screen and when set to personal music, well...let's just say that even the boys stick around to watch the girls cry into kleenex! lol

thanks for stopping in to see me!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Ann Martin said...

These are lovely! Coloring is so therapeutic isn't it? I used to love to color with my boys when they were little and really should take it up again. Thanks very much for leaving a comment on my blog, as I'm happy to have discovered yours.

Suzana said...

Hello Lee,
Wow! I absolutely LOVE your mandalas. Gorgeous!!!
Thanks for the shoutout about my blog - I hope lots of your readers will pop by for a visit.
We're battling the hayfever here too - the horseradish & garlic with L-hystadine is particularly helpful. ;)
Warm regards to everyone,

Tyggereye said...

Ooh gorgeous doodles. I love them. So striking and so much work!! Great stuff I love looking at them.

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