Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Coming Out Of The Dark"

 (I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the many expressions of support, encouragement, and optimism you sent along after my last post.  I am blessed to have you in my life.)
Several months ago, Dawn Browning of Bee’s Fiber Art (check out her blog -- she's doing some wonderful things) posted a link to artist Alisa Burke’s blog, and that link has sent me on a soul-enlightening path along my creative journey.  I fell in love with Alisa’s incredible artistic expressions, especially her journals.  I immediately purchased the Koi Sakura watercolor paint set pictured in her article, gathered up pens and pencils similar to those she used, and sat down to follow her tutorial.  
My first attempt at depicting a seashell looked more like the top of a Dairy Queen ice cream cone; it didn’t matter to me – I was hooked on watercolors.
I then took inspiration from a greeting card I had kept, and the results tickled my heart. 
Emboldened by my tiny successes, I branched out to try my hand at fantasy flowers, using Alisa's techniques.
And then it was Christmas, and these ornaments came forth in the spirit of the season; a few Zentangles worked their way into the scene as well.
I am now finishing an online class with Alisa, called "Sketchbook Delight," and I am learning SO much and enjoying it tremendously; you can sign up for this class at any time.  Do check out her blog; her lessons and her inspiration have truly lit up my life.
Diane

11 comments:

Joanna Monroe said...

Aren't watercolors fun? I just finished a six week class with Betty O'Brien at the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls and have signed up for the next class, too. We certainly would be able to tell our paintings apart--just like our quilts! Have fun.
Joanna

Bee said...

Diane, you are so talented!! These are gorgeous!! Alisa's class was wonderful. I'm so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. I love the Koi watercolors too!! Thank you for the link to my blog.

Terri Stegmiller said...

These all look fantastic. I've been having fun with my watercolors lately too and I think they could become another regular creative tool for me...we'll see. Glad to see you back in blogland.

Judy Warner said...

This inspires me to go and explore!

Quilt Rat said...

oh Diane, I am thrilled to see this post from you.....it is wonderful to see some of what you have been doing to work your way back into the light.
Those pieces are breathtaking..I would LOVE to see that Fantasy flower
piece translated into one of your fabulous art quilts. I LOVE it!!!!

btw.....my first impression of the top painting? A busily bulging beehive :-)

Marilyn Rock said...

Been thinking about you and yours! It's good to see your post here and your beautiful artwork. So happy you are enjoying Alisa's class. xxoo

Pat Spillane said...

These are wonderful. I so admire your intricate work - the flowers and ornaments are simply extraordinary.
So happy to see this post.
Pat

Chris Daly said...

Hi Diane, I have been thinking of you and wondering if everything was okay. I'm glad see you are posting again. Wishing you all bright days ahead!

Marlaine said...

Glad to see your post. Hope you are all doing well. As for your artwork, it is beautiful! Watercolors are probably one of the few things that I haven't yet tried but maybe someday I will!

tangled stitch said...

These are beautiful. I love them! I love all your work.

Victoria said...

Wow! You are as gifted in this medium as you are with your quilts! Have you ever thought of illustrating greeting cards yourself? Looks like you would be a natural!

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