Scary New Techniques

Why is it so hard to try new techniques. Easy we by nature don't like change. Change is an unknown factor and puts us into a uncomfortable state of mind, fearing the unknown outcome. Seems silly to fear the outcome of a new art project, but we often do. It isn't really the project we fear though It may be the fear of feeling like we failed, the fear of hitting a limit or the fear of not being good enough.

I have gone through this stage of fear so many times during my artistic journey. Sometimes I gave up but sometimes I pushed through and was able to learn and grow. It was pushing through and trying something new that has brought my art to the level it is now.

When I started back into my art I was immobilized with my fear of permanency, at that time I only did art with pencil. Then I saw an offer to take an online art course  called Fabulous Faces by Tamara Laporte. This was my first girl painting, done by trying to follow that course. 

Since that time I have joined many online courses, pushing through that uncomfortable stage and I have grown. Not only am I no longer afraid of permanency but I have also learned that I can find a way to fix anything I felt was a mistake. Drawing and Painting girls is so much easier and faster for me now.  Not only that but I am actually proud of my creations now and have so much fun creating them.

 

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So go ahead give it try.  Allow yourself to be uncomfortable and just "Believe" in yourself. ,make it a fun time. You may be amazed at what you can accomplish. You may even find out that you're really good at a certain technique you never would of dreamed of doing.

Hugs & Love from Ranae'

You Deserve Your Passion


Art is more than just a pretty picture. It is a Passion that dwells deep inside of us. It is an expression of all the beautiful parts we hold within, 

both good and bad. Art inspires, heals, motivates, transforms, and connects us with our inner self as well as the very essence of our lives.

We are all creative beings by nature, perhaps your creativity is not artistic, it may lean more towards music, dance, photography.  Perhaps your creativity lies within your ability to problem solve, sing, mathematics, healing, design, inventions. Whatever your passion is, it is born from creativity. Born from that first  creative idea you had when you realized that you wanted to become a...

No matter where your passion lies it is important! It's so easy to give up, to say you have no time, money and/or resources. Find that time, an hour a day, half an hour a day even just 15 minutes a day. Find the money, a dollar here or there set aside, start a kick start for some funding.  Find the resources, Google is your friend, ask people in your networks. Trust me, if it is a passion within, then you can and will get to where you want to be. But since it is 'your' passion it is you who has to begin.  You may be amazed at how easy it is to start developing your special passion(s) once you actually get started.

If you push aside your passion(s) then you will never truly be "You". There will always be a part of you that is missing, an emptiness you will feel inside. You deserve to be the passionate, creative soul that you dream of being!

Hugs & Love from Ranae'

Grand Opening


Crazy Daze & a new Studio

It's been a whirlwind in my life lately. Many ups and downs
that intruded on the things I really wanted to get done.

But all is better now & I have been busy moving to a new
home, located in Tampa.  Moving is so much fun, right? As if !!!
Sooo many boxes to unpack and a lot of empty shelves
to fill, in my new Studio, but it's getting there.


Grand Opening Celebration 

50% off ALL Prints

To help us celebrate I am offering 50%
off ALL prints in my Etsy Store
during the next week.

Click the photo or Discount Code to go
to my Etsy Store & use the following
code to get your special discount.

GRAND2018


Coming Soon

I am creating some YouTube videos that will include tips on various
artistic techniques, as well as some speed clips of projects I am
working on in my art journals. So be sure to watch out for those on my
social media profiles Which can be found at the top right of web page.

Another exciting addition will be "Throwback Thursdays"
where I will be highlighting various art project's from
my past with ideas and tips about how I created them.


Greeting Card Sets

Soon I will adding these greeting cards to my Etsy store.
So be sure to watch my Social Media channels
so you will know when they are available.
Each set is packaged in a protective Crystal Clear Box, which
includes 8 [Blank Inside] Greeting Cards - 2 of each Design
- 8 Envelopes & they will be available in two different sizes.
Who knows I may just run a special discount to
help introduce them So be sure to stay tuned.

Those Wonderful Mishaps

While I was working on Tamara's Winter Soul Flakes girl I had used the golden brand gel medium to glue the paper pieces to my background. So when I went to use the neo color crayons over top as she did, mine just does NOT want to keep the color, it was acting like a relief instead and was ickkk. lol

Soooo, I tried to put gesso over those bits and wound up with a very muddy background. Which I was not really happy with.

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So after asking advice from some of Tam’s other fans and still not being sure what to do, I did a test with 3 different adhesives. Decoupage Matte - Golden Matte Medium - Liquitex Matte Gel. As you can see in the attached photo, they first two still show the glue line when the watercolor crayon is used. However, the Liquitex Does not, it also holds the color better.

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Now this in itself did NOT solve my entire dilemma lol Why? Because I already adhered my pieces and my background is NOT what I want. lol Sooooo  I decided to go ahead and gesso over the background.

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This however in itself would not be enough because it will put me right back at having a surface that is not going to absorb enough to use the water based crayons I wish to use. Soooooooooooo ( lol ) After having covered the back with the gesso, I have also added 3 thin coats of Golden's Absorbent Grounds.

Once this one completed I again added NEW scraps of paper using the “Liquitex Matter Gel” this time. From there I continued on and was able to finally finish my girl and am quite pleased with the results. Especially having been thinking I was about to ruin her completely.

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So thanks to a wonderful mishap, I learned a few tricks and valuable lessons! It's ok to be frustrated when the mishaps happen but don't give up! This is further proof that everything can be fixed, sometimes we just need some trials and error's.

Hugs & Love - Ranae'

 

Perfection is the enemy…

Very shortly after we met he gave me a phrase that has helped me over and over again. It is a phrase that I have shared with many others also.

You see I have for so many years struggled with not feeling good enough. It could be the simplest of mishaps and my reaction would be one of extreme failure. My world would threaten to tumble down on me over something as simple as having forgotten to buy milk. Ok so I may be dramatizing a little bit, but not by much. The point is though that I often went to him feeling as if I had failed in some monumental way, when to him it was nothing more than a tiny bump in the road.

He sat me down and talked at length with me about this and then gave me this wonderful phrase.

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"Perfection is the enemy of the good."

 

What this means is simple, if we are striving for perfection constantly, we tend to get so wrapped up in being perfect that we miss the thousands of things we did good. So by pushing for perfection, and then beating ourselves up when we cannot obtain it, we have missed out on seeing and embracing all the other things we did well. We become imbalanced in our perceptions as well as making ourselves feel like failures when in fact we are really good at so many things

I find this to be true in my art as well. When he and I first met I had just begun my journey back into the art world. Yet I was scared to try a lot of various techniques because I felt that the art I was already doing wasn't perfect. I became a dabbler at my art and yes I enjoyed a lot of it but I was always just shy of actually embracing it, and I very rarely could say I liked a finished piece. There was always something I did wrong, or I was good enough at, or everyone else did so much better than I did.

I had even found myself doing very little of my own artwork and instead was doing mostly coloring work for other people. I loved doing it, since I am a huge lover of color and blending, but it never truly felt like mine because the original image wasn't my own work.

So as I tell you how much my boyfriend’s continual support, encouragement and belief in me has impacted me as an artist let me show you some of my art from when I met him vs. my artwork now...

Here are a couple done shortly before we met...

I am not saying they are horrible, but I was too scared to try my hand at anything more detailed than those type of projects.

Here are a couple of works I just recently finished...

I am so much happier in myself and in my art since I am "finally" understanding the most beautiful gift I have ever received. The gift of his phrase, "Perfection is the enemy of the good." A gift that continues to give to me over and over again in my life. I still struggle to remember this at times, but when I do remember it always gives me the boost I need to smile and remember all those many good things I do so well.

I hope my readers will embrace the phrase and take it to heart so that they may grow and start their well deserved journeys into the world of accepting all the "Good"!

Hugs & Love - Ranae'