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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Am I Hitting a Slump???

I hope wherever you are that you're experiencing some fantastic spring weather. I just posted a couple of photos over on my photo blog (link is over there on the right side....scroll down a bit) and will add a few more tomorrow. Every tree we have is full of blossoms! It looks so pretty. And we're expecting temps around 76º today! I'm lovin' it!!

The past few art journal prompts for this month have been toughies for me! Either I'm just not thinking or I'm going into a slump but I don't think any of these are very good.

March 14:



This prompt was "rubber stamps"....you may not be able to see it but I completely covered the background with a stamp of tiny flowers, then I added the larger flower stamps. Nothing great. Just another page I can say I finished.

March 15:



This prompt was "self-portrait" and I know this is stretching it but I just couldn't come up with anything else.

March 16:



Today's prompt is "pretend"....so I'm pretending to make a page!! I couldn't come up with anything. The background is really interesting in person because I used a lot of metallic paints and then payne's gray over that. I guess I'm pretending to be an artist!

I'm off to enjoy all the warm temps and get some fresh air. I don't want to stay inside on such a beautiful day....

20 comments:

  1. I think hitting a slump is part of the deal although my husband never does. He just reads for a bit and then he's back in the studio. I hit slumps all the time. Sometimes just seeing other peoples work gets me back in the groove. Often times new materials inspire me. Whatever....its all a process and we are doing it for ourselves. Yes??

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  2. um... you are an artist, so you can't pretend to be one! And all artists have their off days-weeks-months. So enjoy the spring air and than come back to it refreshed. Besides, sometimes its the process, the experimentation that counts, not the end product!

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  3. Janet, I think we all feel that way once in awhile. Your work and journal are still lookin' good to me. Tonight I am hosting a scrapbooking group, so gotta go.

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  4. There is a wonderful face in the "pretend" piece. I'm going back to look at it again. As far as the "slump"....I just switched to needle and thread. I don't call it a slump, I just call it a need for change or something different.

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  5. I went back and actually there are several faces. Wonderful

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  6. ahh, 76...sounds heavenly! love all you've been working on, you are a very busy gal!

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  7. I think they are all lovely. Perhaps it is a bit of Spring Fever and a bit of being too close to the process. As someone looking in from the outside, I like what you've done.

    It has been 80+ here! You know I love that!

    Hugs,
    Tamerie

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  8. I'm not spending as much time inside now either! The weather is fabulous! Love your pages! Have a good week! ♥

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  9. Janet, I don't think you are in a slump at all... not all pages have to be perfect. I still love what you've done here, especially the stamped page. I am struggling with the prompts, just trying to put them in my pages somewhere. :)
    Much Love

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  11. I spelled a couple of things wrong...when I get in a hurry, that is what happens.
    You are so talented Janet, this too will pass. These prompts are hard. It's not easy to plan out.
    If you want a good laugh...go look at my self portrait...it's a hoot!!!!!
    I have my sewing machine out doing other things, I can't just think about these prompts. I got out a empty composition tablet and stated putting in these pages. We will see how long I last. I know that this is good for me, I need to understand how this all works and get it in my head.
    My Dear Janet, Mary

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  12. I don't think you are in a slump, I would find it very hard to do a lot of pages that I was not inspired to do on my own, by that I mean following a word or thought from someone else. I'm off to check out your flower shots.

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  13. I think the last one "Pretend" is awesome. In fact, I could see it it become a wonderful painting. Personally, I think slumps are good; they force you to grow!

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  14. They're all good,Janet, even the ones that you had "problems" with. The point is , is that you did something--art is such a great therapy. Our weather is IMPROVING!! I'm going for a walk today :D

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  15. Lovely day here today! I love trees that bloom in the spring. I think your journal pages rock! I like the dark one best...like Diane said...the point is you are doing something.

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  16. It might feel like a slump but it sure doesn't look like one.

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  17. I know..sometimes 'prompts' don't prompt me..heh.

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  18. Well, you crack me up, extending the definition of "pretend!" I like it!

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  19. Hi! Maybe try looking at your prompts from another view turn the art sideways.You are so inspired.
    Sometimes we do things we aren't even aware of.
    :-)

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  20. you did great with those pages, but what about the cabbage

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