1. Do the Lifebook art lessons
I know I have said it a million times but I am loving Lifebook and can't wait to enrol again for next year. It has given me a new perspective on my inner voice, my past, who I am right now and what the future holds for me. It is all very exciting. willowinglove.blogspot.com.au/p/life-book-2016.html
2. Make 1 artwork a week
I have been having a friend come over every Friday and we paint while my kids are at school. We give each other feedback, brain storm ideas and offer advice. I really look forward to it each week. Here is one I am working on.
I started off teaching one child on Thursdays and now teach three kids in the morning and one in the afternoon. They are all on the spectrum and it has been a really good learning experience for me to get to know the kids and their personalities and give them an environment where they feel safe and not judged and open up. My goal for these classes is to give them the tools to be able to bring them back home and expand on the ideas, also to teach them that art isn't perfect. Sometimes things don't go the way we want or expect and it can end up being more amazing than we thought. I love Annie Hamman's quote from her Fearless lesson on Lifebook "You get what you get and you don't get upset". I really look forward to these lessons and seeing the kids blossom and overcome obstacles.
Here are some photos of the kid's creations
I usually enter Winmalee Artfest but wasn't organised enough to submit anything. April and May seem to be THE craziest time of the year for me. I don't know what it is.
So this year I saw submissions wanted for the Springwood Art Show and decided to go for it. I had 4 artworks I had done in the Lifebook lessons, had them digitally scanned and framed them. The opening night was fun. It was nice seeing what the locals had been up to, nice seeing familiar faces and we got to hear from David Darcy who went to Springwood High School and took all the photographs for the movie Red Dog. His story was inspiring and his photograph was so emotive and mesmerising. You can read more here www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/4091886/national-prize-winner-returns-to-school/?cs=1432. I really enjoyed looking at the Springwood High student artworks too especially Sleep In a Funny Place which was a photo of a snail under a flower head.