Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Creative Sunday . . .

"Listen To Your Dreams"
mixed media on 9x12 canvas board

Yesterday I had a great time speaking in Philly at a women's cancer symposium. Although it was 6 hours of driving round trip it was worth it. The event had a good turnout, I met some lovely people and even got to sign some of my books! I truly feel grateful for those moments when I get the opportunity to inspire others through sharing my cancer survivor story.

Today I enjoyed a quiet morning painting the sketch from my last post. I used the water soluble crayons again (love them . . . I still need to order the caran d'ache!), watercolor pencils, graphite pencil, my brayer, white acrylic paint, and some new stamps I bought.

I have to say that I had a bit of trouble with layering my background. Only because I didn't quite like how it was coming out. I didn't wait for my stamp ink to dry (it was taking very long!) and when I added the next layer it was smearing all over and mixing in as color. Anyone else have this problem? Any tips? So I used the brayer and added more white paint to cover what I didn't like. I just tried to go with what was happening realizing that no matter what I could always fix it.

I am happy with how she came out. Those words popped into my head as I was painting. I outlined them with graphite to make them blend into the background.

All in all a nice way to spend part of my Sunday!

Tonite is dinner with my hubby at our favorite local italian restaurant!

Hope you are all having a lovely day!


  1. Sounds like an amazing weekend Cathy, I think your girl turned out wonderful! I have the same problem sometimes, I lack patience waiting for the layers to dry. Have a great dinner, sounds yummy!

  2. Cathy Great!
    Nice post and wonderful design, congratulations!
    Excellent choice of Italian restaurant!:-)


  3. I love Italian. That's a great painting. She does look like she's listening to her dreams. Have a great week..

  4. Your sketch is beautiful, but my nod today goes to you as a survivor!! YAY for you sharing your story and giving back the encouragement you no doubt got yourself. BIG HUGS Cathy! :-)

  5. She's beautiful, I love the colors you chose. I finished mine yesterday and started a new one addicting! :-)

    I've been using the Caran D'ache crayon, they're SO much fun! I found some on Amazon priced a little lower than everyone else. For the wet background, I used a heat gun to speed it up since I was getting impatient. Only did a little bit tho so my paper wouldn't warp too badly. That's the only thing I can think of.

  6. Ooooh, she's wonderful. It probably depends on the type of ink you're using. The staz on is great, because it does just that--it's permanent and it stays on, and it dries in minutes if not faster. But you're right--you can cover anything up with gesso or paint9(and a heat gun--a must have) and start all over again.

  7. Cathy;
    Love her! I am struggling with girly faces and hair...yours is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration this morning! Have a great week!

  8. Lovely sketch - and sounds like a brilliant weekend xx

  9. She's beautiful Cathy! I'm glad you had a great experience at the symposium too! You have a book out? Why did I not know this?

    Back to your sketch.....I'm like you. I've smeared many a things over the past couple of years! I'm impatient too :) I got a spare blow dryer which is now my companion when I journal. haha Your girl really did turn out great!

    Have a great week Cathy!

  10. Such gorgeous colours! xx

  11. I think she's lovely. I'm always messing up my pieces by not waiting for ink to dry! I think you just need to be patient - something I'm not very good at either!!