No More Excuses

The middle of May I was in Portland, Oregon for Spring Quilt Market and met with my good friend and former editor, Barbara Weiland Talbert. She’s one of those friends that you can just pick-up where you left off the last time you were together without getting reacquainted. She excitedly told me about an on-line course she had completed and knew it was something I would love. As she said, “You have all the supplies for it.” This was almost true, but there were a few things I didn’t have on the supply list even after spending two days organizing my craft closet. It had been a long time since I had attempted working with paints, brushes, pens, and  glues.  Much of it was dried out and had to be thrown away.

Organized Craft Closet

Organized Craft Closet

Now I was ready to sign-up for Christy Tomlinson’s on-line She Art Workshop. So, I did. After reviewing some of the sessions, I was so excited about the class that I told my friend Willie about it.  She also signed-up for the course. She started right in and made three canvases before I had bought my remaining supplies. I had one excuse after the other for not starting. First I needed to get a blog post done. Then I needed to get things in my etsy shop again. Then I didn’t want to get all the supplies out because I was expecting grandchildren visits.

Then I read a post from Daily Om which comes in my email daily which was entitled “Protecting Your Flow/How Fear Blocks Creativity.” Was I afraid of failing as Madisyn Taylor said in her article? When I’m in my sewing studio, I feel safe and assured.  My creativity unfolds without conscious effort. Madisyn says, ” When we feel unsafe, whether we fear being judged, disliked, or misunderstood, our creative flow stops.” I tried often to reassure myself that I could do this. I remembered an art teacher from college who liked my abstract painting and the words of my artist nephew, Jimmy D. McDonald, who said “just paint over it if you don’t like it.”

So off I went to Texas Art Supply to get the 6″ X 12″ canvases I didn’t have and to order on-line the dryer Christy recommended for the class. You know you must have all the toys to start a project. Right?

Shopping Finished

Shopping Finished

OK. There are “No More Excuses.” So I started this week with the She Art Workshop. It’s a three-week course and I have made it over the hurdle and completed the first three canvases. Yippee! I have learned a lot, experienced a lot, and am relatively happy with the results so far. However, what a mess it creates. I have to keep my very curious kitties away while I am painting in the great room upstairs. I have to admit that over the last week, I have wanted to be in my sewing studio at times rather than in  what’s now my paint studio/TV room.

So Much Mess

So Much Mess

This is the first on-line class I have taken. Christy Tomlinson is a great teacher, and the instruction is excellent. She’s a darling young woman with lots of talent and eagerness to share. I had a great time and look forward to continuing after I return from Summer Quilt Festival in Long Beach. I head there tomorrow.

Christy’s instruction is very specific and I followed her every step by watching the video and then pausing it as I completed a step. Here’s a quick run-down of how the first part progressed. First, she instructs you to cover your canvas with pattern tissue, ephemera, and scrapbook paper. She recommends Mod Podge for gluing and sealing.

Cover Canvas

Cover Canvas

Then, step by step, we learned different ways to use paints, rubber stamps, rub-ons, and permanent pens to enhance the canvas background. Wait. You mean some of this work will be covered-up?

Mixed Media Canvas

Mixed Media Canvas

Now we were ready to create our first girl. With the patterns downloaded it was like playing paper dolls again. Here’s my first girl who says “She kept her little girl heart.”

Little Girl Heart

Little Girl Heart

Feeling fairly safe  with the first canvas done and with a kind husband who made me feel worthy, I went on to create the second canvas. Christy’s instructions moved a little more quickly, but I was catching on somewhat. I thought my canvas got a little dark and tried to correct it in different ways, but kept going and finished “She kept the faith.”

She Kept the Faith

She Kept the Faith

With one canvas left to go this afternoon. I was determined to finish it and post a blog to you. So my third girl “She wanted to grow old by his side” was the conclusion of this trilogy.

She Wanted to Grow Old by His Side

She Wanted to Grow Old by His Side

Friends and family who know me well will guess this is all about me and it is. It’s my story and it was fun to tell.

My Story

My Story

I’ve signed-up for several more of Christy Tomlinson’s on-line classes, and I look forward to doing them as well. But, after I finish the rest of this class. Yes, there is still much to learn in this first class. Can you believe it? Maybe I can do as Madisyn Taylor suggests in her article when I start on the next canvases. She says to take a moment to bathe in  the warmth of a feeling of protective energy and unconditional love. Then, fearlessly surrender yourself to the power that flows through you. I’ll give it a try. How about you?

Until next time I wish you power to create.

Love and hugs,

Judy

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11 Responses to “No More Excuses”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Woo hoo! You did it! They are wonderful, and so YOU! I’m proud of you and glad you are having fun. Yes, it is messy, but so much fun!
    Hugs

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  2. Holly Says:

    Aww mom – love it! They look great and so fun! And the message on each…so perfect! Yay you! Love you! Have a safe trip and great time in Long Beach – hug Troy for me too! Xoxo

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  3. Barbara Black Says:

    Terrific pieces–love them–see you soon!!

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Thanks, Barbara. It’s certainly a departure from needle and thread, but fun as well. I’m at the airport, but don’t board for another half hour. See you in Long Beach.

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  4. Barbara Black Says:

    Terrific pieces–love them–see you soon!

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  5. Kay (swartzkopf) Smith Says:

    I love the artwork and the message on each so speaks to me!
    You have a gift from God in your works!
    Always look forward to reading your crafty adventures!

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  6. vcmquilts Says:

    Great job Judy! You (and Willie) are amazing!

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