Come Outside class with Orly Avineri

The third and final leg of my Painted Diaries journey for July brought me to the Come Outside class with Orly Avineri. I didn't know if I'd ever get a chance to work with Orly in person as she lives far away in Oregon, USA. So I was beyond delighted when she announced that she …

June interlude

June in The Painted Diaries was meant to be all about Urban Sketching. Even though I was been enjoying the sketches themselves, it ended up being  a strange process trying to find places and objects to draw each day — one that often left me feeling a bit disconnected. One evening, I spent a wonderful …

Urban Sketching

At the start of this month, I was totally excited about the Urban Sketching theme in The Painted Diaries and also felt totally out of my depth. I’m not usually so “sketchy” in my drawing or my painting. So this month's theme felt freeing and at the same time a steep learning curve. I decided …

Spells, Prayers, and Invocations (part 2)

In working with spells, prayers, and invocations this month, much of my artwork revolved around the use of symbols. I found myself drawing on symbols I identified in the Art Witch Academy seminar on Mapping Your Personal Symbols last year. I also found myself reviving words and images from other journal pages which have lodged …

Spells, Prayers, and Invocations (part 1)

The theme for May in The Painted Diaries is mood boards. My board includes ancient manuscripts and mystical Jewish symbols. I have also decided to limit myself to using acrylic inks in the Liquitex Muted Collection (plus black, gold, and white). So far, I’m treating them like watercolours but I’m sure there are many more …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – April (part 2)

During the second half of April, I continued dedicating my Painted Diaries journal to the All Shapes and Sizes watercolour workshop with Misty Mawn. I really loved spending time drawing birds and other animals – something I enjoyed so much last Autumn. Bird Inspired by the wonderful 'Imagine a Forest' book by Dinara Mirtalipova. Wise …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – April (part 1)

This month I decided to go a bit off piste and dedicated my Painted Diaries project to watercolour. In particular, I wanted to return to the All Shapes and Sizes watercolour workshop with Misty Mawn — a class I signed up to last November which I was really enjoying and yet somehow it managed to fall by the …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – March (part 2)

I have been especially grateful to have this daily art practice during this time of change. Whatever may be going on each day, to sit and spend some time making these pages has been both calming and grounding. I continued with the theme of finger painting to create the backgrounds. It feels so therapeutic to …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – March (part 1)

This month in The Painted Diaries we are painting with our fingers! I can’t think of anything as satisfying as smooshing paint around with my bare hands. On top of these abstract backgrounds I’ve been drawing – most often a self-portrait – and adding a phrase taken from my tarot journal. Much as I love …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – February (part 2)

The intuitive art theme of this last month's Painted Diaries transformed my least favourite month into a dream-like and playful exploration. I fell in love with the characters that appeared each day and couldn't help but imagine the stories they came from. January's pattern-drawing theme definitely played a big part in embellishing the figures once …