Thursday, April 26, 2012

Paint Your Story

I am signed up for the fab Mindy Lacefield's ecourse Paint Your Story.  When I signed up, it was all I wanted to do.  Sadly, I have had maybe a few minutes in the past few weeks, and it doesn't look like life is getting any easier.  My fault, I know!  Breeder here.  My mom says, well, you had these kids.  Thanks Mom!

I am pretty bummed about lack of time.  It eats at me daily, especially when a young miss loves to scream her head off and bite.  She's special I tell you.  Honestly, she is the freaking smartest kid I've ever met, also the baby of the household, and really really good at manipulation.  This kid can pull at every string imaginable, and in the process, I had to dye my hair pink, in hopes that this kid is not noticeably aging me.    I digress, eh? Goodness, sometimes I just have to let that out, you know, to people who want to read.

Back to Mindy.  Her class rocks.  I wish I could really participate.  In the few minutes here and there while cooking or something, I grab this little journal and have randomly done a few of the exercises.  I am eager to catch up as the work posted is looking so fab!

Here is a little pieces of that journal.

Doodles, marks...


Words, symbols, paint...


Faces.  This I want to spend much more time on, and plan on it.  The fun thing about these little faces is they are so quick and I don't think at all... so when that kid is screaming and throwing her fits, I can just stand in the kitchen and ignore the delightful sounds of an almost three-year-old. and make a Mindyish face.  





These girls were not part of her class, I just started drawing her loose faces, and went from there.  Just for fun really.  I think this girl is hilarious.  I think she is jealous of that cute girl's bow!





Pics with my phone.  Getting lazy huh?  well, remember that whole time thing!

This week the class is working on backgrounds.  I am excited to play with this, as I love making backgrounds, and what is so fun for me, is how Mindy creates and gives such simple and new ideas.  It will be interesting to see where I go from her class back to my own work.  As much as I adore Mindy's style, I am never interested in creating like someone else.  But what an inspiration she is.  

If I survive any more days with my third youngling, I'll be back, hopefully in much better spirits, next week!  Woot!

and a little fun for PPF~

32 comments:

  1. you'll survive. you'll paint on some feisty eyes, draw something adorable and look at your tattoo birdies and remember that while you don't love every minute of it, you wouldn't trade your life or your kids for anything.

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  2. I love this post! Your little faces are adorable!! I love the color and freedom in them - and the little sayings on the side of each. Poor mama, you will get there! (But I love your descriptions in the meantime ;) Sounds like a wonderfully inspirational class - I love seeing what comes of it, xoxoxo

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  3. Ah, they do grow up. Keep stealing your bits of time to do your art. I love your pages and those faces are just adorable. I can't wait to see what you do with backgrounds next week. Happy PPF! Helen @ Natures Walk Studio

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  4. Aww I love those little faces!

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  5. You are so funny. As always, I love your honesty. I hope you can find more time, I know how hard that is, especially with young ones around and needing much attention. I signed up for an online course this year and have yet to do one class. It is hard to find time.
    I love your doodles and your little girlie pics. Like all your pictures, your cheekyness shines through and makes me smile. :D
    Hope time finds you and is feeling generous when he does. :)

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  6. i am rolling on the floor here. you are hysterical-- love your honesty! and your faces are great-- so much personality in each of them!

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  7. So perfectly put... and I am thinking your mom and mine possibly know each other... mind you I only have one girl, but she uses that line on my poor sister incessantly.... I get well you wanted a big house,etc... I think they are better at finding our buttons than the kids... you just have to hang in there and more time will open up... sending you lots of time fairy visits in the coming weeks though... and love the little girl pics the most... all great but they are a great mix of mischief and fun...xx

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  8. I got a big kick out of your post this week and your really adorable little faces with their conversations. My 3 year old grandson had a teacher's conference at school this week and he didn't want his mother to go. " Why?" she asked. "Because they'll tell you I hit." "Why would they say that?" his mother asked. "Because I hit". We all laughed at that one. The teacher said that they all do it, and unless it gets out of hand they don't worry about it. They also volunteered that someone we know also likes to knock down peoples' piles of blocks! I could have told them that! He has been doing that to my piles of blocks since he was 18 months!

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  9. Fun journal pages!!!!!!!!!!!! HPPF!!!

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  10. so lovely to see how you have been inspired by Mindy's class, they are all wonderful.

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  11. I dig the pink hair. :) Looks like you're enjoying the class. Faces look fun! :)

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  12. Its never easy when your children are so young to have some time to yourself and I think you are doing fabulously to have achieved all this in your sketch book. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  13. I'm impressed that you even found time to sign up for the class. I love the faces, especially jealous girl. Hope your little one calms down and you get some creative time soon.

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  14. I remember those days when my kids were young- my heart goes out to you. I will say the early years were so rough that we ironed all sorts of stuff out then and the teen years have been a breeze! The fact you are finding any time at all is amazing so give yourself credit!!!! As for the hair- every time my gray starts to show I just remind the kids it all started when I had them - guilt can be a 2 way street!

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  15. Love the combination of words, images and paint!
    Great portraits and pages!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  16. I enjoy seeing you little faces and your journal pages. Sometimes it is tough to be creative and have young ones around. My almost two year old loves to scream and hit, so I understand what life is like with the chaos of young ones. Remember that they do get older and more self sufficient. I hope that in the meantime you can find time to be you and not just mom.

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  17. I love their expressions! Very nice! Happy PPF!

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  18. looks like you're having fun!

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  19. That's the life of an Artsy Mama....giving all that we are to our brood and stealing backs bits to recharge with in random doodles and splashes of paint!

    I totally want to see your pink hair ;P

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  20. Your doodles are down right fabulous!! Love the pink and turqhoise pages and your happy faces!

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  21. Oops, sorry...put my reply in the wrong place LOL. That looks like such a great class--I hope you get some "me time" soon to enjoy it ;)

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  22. love.love.love the faces! so much expression! dying for the colors!

    i had a biter too. then a chapter of spitting... ahhh good times. eventially she grew into a teenage sassy pants who can still roll her eyes like no one's business. my mother used to say she wished me to have children that acted just like me... wishes do really come true! hahah
    have a wonderful weekend!
    xo tracie

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  23. Looks like you are having fun, too, on the side! Cute little faces!

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  24. Faces are awesome girl....and kids...i k.ow right...went shopping with my number one today...bought a cute bag and 15 bangles and a lovely long shirt...some me time with a kid...it was awesome...she is 22 next week...lol...no pink hair here i AM old .hahaha ...things are up and down ALL the time ...that what makes the good times extra good.. i recommend reading oh the places you'll go...or some Dr seuss quotes ...truly inspiring...xxx

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  25. Faces are awesome girl....and kids...i k.ow right...went shopping with my number one today...bought a cute bag and 15 bangles and a lovely long shirt...some me time with a kid...it was awesome...she is 22 next week...lol...no pink hair here i AM old .hahaha ...things are up and down ALL the time ...that what makes the good times extra good.. i recommend reading oh the places you'll go...or some Dr seuss quotes ...truly inspiring...xxx

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  26. Faces are awesome girl....and kids...i k.ow right...went shopping with my number one today...bought a cute bag and 15 bangles and a lovely long shirt...some me time with a kid...it was awesome...she is 22 next week...lol...no pink hair here i AM old .hahaha ...things are up and down ALL the time ...that what makes the good times extra good.. i recommend reading oh the places you'll go...or some Dr seuss quotes ...truly inspiring...xxx

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  27. Bravo to you for always making lifes rough spots and turning out such amazing art!!! Your work always rocks...these are oh so special :) I swear reading your blog always has the ability to lift my spirits...I need to stop by more often!

    Magical hugs & kisses!

    Joanna

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  28. I'm impressed that you are able to find time for your art with little ones at home. During those early years, I did almost no art at all, and I now regret that. But you can't go back in time. I really like your doodles and doodling + paint in the first two pictures. It leads to a very interesting use of color, line and texture.

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  29. Love your little faces (yep, the one wants that hair bow big time!lol) and happy that you make the time for art in the midst of mothering and mayhem. :)

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  30. Your journals are very loose and expressive. Fun and beautiful work.

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