My workspace


I have finally had a moment to go downstairs into my office to work on some things. As you can tell, I have a rather large desk and many things that help me be more successful at everything that I do. This desk is amazing because I got it for $50.00 from a swap shop.

Below you will see some pretty cool containers. They are formula containers that I wrapped with Scrapbook paper. The center one on the bottom I actually drew on with some permanent markers.

Having a space to call my own and to be able to actually hang out down here is so important to me. I’ve been working on the arm of my couch for too long and I need to focus on my space. The only thing that is missing from my space is a nice comfy chair. Right now, I am using a metal folding chair, which leaves little to be desired on my back when I’m done with some projects.

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Digital enhancement 


 

Mandala 1

Let me start by saying that this mandala you see is completely hand drawn. No compass, no grid lines, nothing. Just my notebook and my pen. It was super fun but super scary at the same time. I have been in the middle of watching a series on Netflix with my honey so I did this one sitting on the couch as opposed to sitting at my desk where there is a large flat surface.

OK, Now lets move to the digital enhancement part of the post. Because I am such a newbie at art, I have marveled at the abilities of those around me, but then I found out that the art had been digitally enhanced. Now, digitally enhancing your own personal artwork is not a bad thing. Although when I first found out, I was stricken with sadness. I had been pushing myself so hard to be perfect with my art, just to find out that some artists just use photo shop techniques to give various views to each art piece they did, essentially creating and endless amount of art from one drawn piece.

So, here is my attempt at doing just that. The wonderful thing about mandalas is they look good alone or in a group. I felt like creating pop art from this single mandala made it so much more interesting to look at. Keep in mind that all this digitizing was done on my phone so there weren’t many options when it came to creating something different.

This next piece was so much fun to draw. I also drew this is my small notebook I keep with me always. It allows me to draw wherever I am, when I have a moment. This started as a single flower in the in the bottom corner and turned into a garden! As with all my art, I don’t ever know how things are going turn out in the end. But this one, with just a pop of color turned out fantastic.

So to digitally enhance this picture, I decided to use the Negative filter. Boy was I amazed at how it turned out. I thought I liked the original, I really liked the enhanced version. It made me want to try some art on black paper. I haven’t found what I’m supposed to use to draw on it yet, so I haven’t tried it. I hope to figure it out in the near future.

So in the end, you can see that digital enhancement of an original art piece can be so much fun and can also lead to amazing ideas in the future. I would love to know your thoughts on digital enhancing software and creating prints for sale. (As I hope to start creating soon!)

I am very excited about where this has taken me with my art. I am always eager to learn new things. Digital enhancement of original artwork is not new, but it is new to me.

One Decision


I read a quote recently that read, “You are only one decision away from a completely different life!”

How awesome is that thought. Lets think about this right now. If I had never decided to try to fill a single page with doodles, on a whim, I would never know that I could be such an artist now. One decision: left or right, blue or red, compliment or steer clear. This statement is amazingly inspirational because, if you think about it when you’re having a bad day, you know that a good day is one decision away.

So smile, take risks and go on adventures. You’ll never know what you’re missing, unless you get out there and try.

I would love to know how one simple decision changed your life, please leave a comment below.

Brick by Brick


The following poem was one that I wrote several years ago when I was told we were getting a divorce. The finality of it set in. I had been a wife for so long, I hadn’t even realized how to be just me. I hope that it inspires others that may be going through the same thing.

At once I saw no fault in your eyes,

Never thought you were capable of lies,

My heart beat faster when you were near,

I never thought that feeling would disappear.

My heart had wings, flew to cloud nine,

I was so happy you were all mine,

Your expansive knowledge amazed me,

From my past, I felt you saved me.

But throughout the years, bricks in hand,

You showed me how you take a stand,

With ever hurtful and painful memory,

You started to build what now you see.

I started to watch you closer still,

And analyzed what really I fee,

The mortar laid thicker with each lie,

I saw our love had started to di.

The pain and hurt so full inside me,

Suppressed who I was meant to be,

I forgot who I was, I assumed your new role,

But in the mirror I saw it taking its toll.

This wall is building around my heart,

The blindness of love is breaking apart,

Alone with myself, I find no comfort,

I’m screaming inside, “Abort! Abort!”

I push against this wall, I want out!

I’m tired of the negativity and doubt,

Like a bird in a cage, I want to be free,

Of this wall you’ve build up around me.

I can’t breathe, I’m starving for true love,

I get up the courage and put on a glove,

Now fighting for my existence, Its on now!

To your feet no more, will I ever bow.

One by one they start to fall down,

No more in your lies will I surely drown,

You can lay it on however thick,

But I will fight you forever, Brick by Brick.

By Charity Woods, 2011