SparkPeople Artists Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1832 Anyone artistic or creative who wishes to give and receive support reaching their goals. We encourage everyone professional or amateur, crafter or fine arts from all over the world to join. Welcome! SparkPeople Artists Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1832 new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x59439520 I have been with Spark People for a while, with the goal of getting my fitness and weight back to a more comfortable level. I have been enjoying the camaraderie and support on another team and through them have found this one. I love to draw, mostly with charcoal, and paint with oils or acrylics. Unfortunately, I seem to have "painter's block".....and telling myself "just do it" has not seemed to help so far. But, just as with the weight & fitness, I will get there. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:00:11 EST The Artist Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x59074132 The Artist Way is a book by Julia Cameron. She calls it a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. I purchased the book a few years ago and have gone through the exercises before. I think I am ready to go through it again and see if any new revelations come through. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:25:15 EST Newb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x58345719 I hesitated to join the team because when I think of artist, I don't really pop into my mind--if that makes sense. But as someone told me yesterday there's something to be said for having a creative side, whether it's writing or watercolors or drawing or zentangling. Currently, I'm trying hard to get into watercolors, having just finished a class. Love the medium, but hard to feel like I have control over it--and maybe that's just the whole point, lol. Anyway, hello to all and glad to be here... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:14:19 EST I am in love with color !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x58304508 Hello everyone it's been a long time since I have been on SparkPeople . I am 72 and have lots of health issues but I am enjoying life. As a widow , granny and great gran I am learning to live again. <BR> I live in a small town ,Denham Springs, Louisiana, about 65 miles from New Orleans. <BR> I am an artist my medium that I love the most is oils, one of my teachers when I was very young told me I must have had a lot of crayons as a child because I loved the color more than the su... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:38:59 EST I'm new to this team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x58165474 I am almost 52, always making something, biking, hiking, or drawing or painting. I do a lot of art journaling, and am now doing some of the same mixed media things I do in my journal on canvas or panels. I have a shop on Route 66 so when I do something travel themed or Route 66 themed I sell it there. <BR> <BR> On the fitness side, I lost 60 pounds and kept it off for 4 years, but gained 20 back over this last winter. I'm working to lose 31 pounds. I'm very active..biking, hiking, walking. ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 20:44:19 EST New art http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x58062583 Ive been dabbling in watercolors for a short time off and on..now Im getting into lettering and calligraphy arts again..I do scrapbooking and art journaling a lot so I'm enhancing my work with this.. Sat, 31 May 2014 16:46:35 EST Book Arts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x57956348 I was wondering if anyone here was into book arts. I took a book art class and loved it. I like the idea of hand made books. Anyone else? Wed, 21 May 2014 22:51:18 EST newbie? nah, not really..... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x57886776 hello sparkies, :) <BR> <BR> my name is kim. i am a canadian, who loves photography (mostly street photography and nature), addicted to hello kitty & horror movies (yeah, i know that both of them don't go well together...but that's just me){*smiles*}. i am *wanting* to become a vegetarian but kind of nervous that i would just end up turning back to meat in the end... but i am willing to even try to do it. :) i am an emotional eater... but, surprising i did everything but eat after g... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:21:59 EST Anyone Have a Plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x57077081 Does anyone have big plans for March? Something new you are doing or something old you are getting back to? <BR> <BR> I am getting back into shape by walking and eating more veggies and fruit. I have been making a quilt and I have some new ideas for a picture. <em>41</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:30:34 EST What is your favorite medium? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x56923477 I mostly use pencil that is why they call me Graphite Gal Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:03:40 EST NEWB ALERT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x56663466 Just thought I'd post my own thread here with an introduction about myself. My name is Misha, and I'm going to be 25 on Sunday. Yes, this Sunday, the 9th of February. I'm super excited. Trying to get into my goals for weight loss, and found Spark today. I just love the idea of a community of people working towards their goals together. It's a great motivator. And then I came across this group, and was super excited. I totally didn't expect to see something like this in a website dedicated to ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:29:51 EST *waving* hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x56532333 I'm -here again- at Sparkpeople used it for a bit before I got re-married 3 years ago and now that another life change is upon me I'm back. Starting out slow: tracking food only for now, recently we (as a whole family -hubby, 4 boys and myself-) have become vegetarian with the goal of a full Vegan diet. <BR> Artist wise I'm an anything I can get supplies for artist... paint, mixed media, collage, sculpture... I art journal daily and am always have paint splattered on me somewhere. <BR> Glad... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:49:12 EST Hi, I'm Kat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x56419276 I'm Kat. I just started at SparkPeople and am hoping this helps me keep track of my life and health. I'm an acrylic painter and tangle doodler. You can see my work on my site, The Painted Kat at <link>paintedkat.com </link> . <em>30</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:58:34 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x56414056 Hi fellow Sparkers, I have been painting for many years and am looking forward to living in Florida after moving from Nevada. Oils and acrylics are my favorite media and I am getting a studio set up in the new house. The move has been stressful, but things are finally getting back to normal. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:24:17 EST Santa Classics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x56016169 <link>www.santaclassics.com/photographs/# </link> <BR> <BR> Take a look at this link for some clever images created by artist, photographer and Santa devotee, Ed Wheeler. Wheeler imagines Santa entering into the great masterworks of art, with humor and reverence for the originals. <BR> <BR> Which one is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:39:53 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x55790008 My name is Jean. I joined Sparkpeople to track my new lifestyle and to help me to succeed in obtaining my goals. I want to become stronger and healthier. Thru diet and exercise I want to help my body heal and remain drug free. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:46:28 EST November 2013 ATC Swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x55512554 Is anyone ready to do another ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap? I'm ready to host one for November. Let's see if we can get them finished and in the mail by November 18 (just two weeks from today) so that I can receive them and hopefully get them in the mail back to you before the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Theme: Fall Colors (We did a Thanksgiving theme one month and motivational quotes another, which were fun to do. You can incorporate those themes into this Fall Color theme, if you'd like.... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:58:18 EST Im new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x55340403 Hi I am looking forward to getting to know all of you.I wish I joined to early enough to get involved with the inchies swap.I live in Phx Az. I have been a full time Artist for 15 years.I paint paintings,make sculpture,fashion accessories ,ceramics and lots of bread and butter work.This last year I went to school to be a dog groomer and I do that 3 days a week.So this will be nice beacause my only involvement with other creative types is with shops an galleries I do business with.Getting bac... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:52:37 EST Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x55161211 I just read a wonderful article on vision. I have become refocused of late on why I enjoy the process of making art and how my vision or focus changes when I let other people dictate what I "should" be doing. This last week or so I have pulled back and decided to let things happen on their own = to create just to create and suddenly I am really having fun again. <BR> <BR> Do you know why you are an artist? Do you drive your own bus or does the market, friends, relatives, should you? Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:47:19 EST October Inchies Swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x55045279 On another thread, several team members have said they would like to have another inchie swap. So here it is! <BR> <BR> The theme: Where I Live (any way you want to interpret this theme) <BR> Number of Inchies to make to trade: 12 <BR> Number of Inchies you will get back: 12 <BR> Host: ImprovingMe <BR> Deadline: Mail by Tuesday, October 22 <BR> <BR> If you're new to inchies, wondering what they are, and can't decide if you'd like to enter the swap, here's a good link that explains them. <B... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:52:14 EST Etsy shop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x54984182 Hi fellow artists! <BR> My name is Lucy and I live in Northern France, where I paint, I have my own etsy shop ,heres the link: <BR> <BR> https://www.etsy.com/shop/TokyoPunk <BR> <BR> Im back on Sparkpeople to lose 20lbs, and hoping to make freinds XXX LuCy Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:43:36 EST What holds you back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x54888967 What keeps us from making the changes we want to make in our lives? What is it we can do. Share a little something and let's help each other to make a tiny change that can lead to a big on. <BR> <BR> One of my problems is I am comfortable with my life and so it is easy for me to slip back into bad habits. After all I am loved anyway. I'm healthy and happy so why change? Well, diabetes should be enough reason but it seems the damage hasn't really started yet. I know it will but... <BR>... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:19:26 EST Kicking myself in the Derriere! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x54831176 Here is the problem! <BR> <BR> I am building a portfolio of my abstract paintings to present for a coming exhibition ! <BR> Each time it is the same dilemma. I have to take pictures, and guess what..... the colors get out all wrong ! Magenta is cadmium red and cobalt blues have violet hues and so forth... <BR> <BR> I have to admit that my proficiency with Photoshop is nearing a catastrophic level. <BR> I could learn but have the patience and the petulance of a 2 years old when it com... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:02:26 EST Hello from the mountains of Northern AZ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x54719858 I am an amateur photographer that started a facebook page this year with portraits and landscapes - which helped me to actually feel like a "real" photographer! I also draw, do various crafts & projects and love all things creative. I work as an administrative assistant - which is not so very creative, so I love the time I get to devote to creative endeavours! <BR> <BR> My husband is a retired postal worker and a creative woodworker. I started an Etsy shop for his beautiful hand-turned on a... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:25:23 EST On how to paint your own life ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x54646740 Every artist knows that even if one is lucky enough to have heaps of talent, it takes a lot of work and knowledge to develop it and if one has no talent , it takes even more work to amount to something. <BR> More than often , human beings are born with hidden talents. It takes patience and introspection to discover our own, and then it take willpower and persistence to develop it. <BR> Remember the time , when you first picked up that brush and apply colour to a canvas , or grabbed a handf... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:02:16 EST Hi ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x54510179 Just a quick note to say hello! I have just joined SparkPeople today and also chose to join this group. Looking forward to friendships, encouragement, and a healthier and more fit approach to life. Will be moving to the Indianapolis [Indiana] area in September and would enjoy meeting fellow artists in the Noblesville and Westfield areas. Thanks for letting me join your group. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:33:06 EST being under the right influence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x54300615 I was slim most of my adult life, after being a chubby teenager. After retirement an accident at home left me with a very painful ankle and difficulty to move freely for many years. It also depressed me a lot and I was prescribed anti-depressants , which side effects ( unbeknown to me ) were weight gain. Although I mentioned to my doctor , that I had not changed my eating habits, she didn't seem to be concerned and just advise me to cut on fatty foods, sugar , starches etc... Well , that... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:21:42 EST abstract painting and its purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x54223935 Willem de Koonig said that he was never interested in making a good painting, but rather in how far that painting would bring Him . <BR> My painting formation is very classic ( Fine Art School in Bordeaux, France) and my style over the years has developed as Expressionist <BR> About a year ago, an artist , friend of mine suggested that I should start and experiment with abstract art, as I was feeling rather frustrated and had become to analytical therefore to critical of my art. <BR> I fo... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:57:33 EST Hello and Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x54116842 Huzzah for Artists! I know that I love curling up on the couch with my sketchbook and seeing what critters beg to be drawn. Of course, my painting and larger scale drawings are done sitting at my drawing table... and I happen to love to read and play video games, so I do too much sitting! ;) <BR> <BR> This isn't my first round on SparkPeople and the last time I was here I actually lost 50lbs. I've since gained most of it back, but I'm already on a roll for this time around. I have a far bett... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:20:33 EST Heya fellow artists! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x53873315 Hi, my name is Kat and I am currently at a crossroads. I'm working on getting my certification to teach Theatre Arts at the Jr High level, but I also do freelance 2D animation and illustration. I just graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and the stress from going through that program (amazing as it was) has caused me to relapse to one of my heaviest weights ever. <BR> <BR> I'm working on developing a healthier lifestyle (lost 10 lbs so far) as well as continuing with my own ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:24:09 EST Cloth and Clay Dolls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x53213957 There is an internet Group called this.- Cloth and Clay Dolls - <BR> You have to be invited <BR> I have always been interested in theater dolls and still have some from my childhood. <BR> Is there anybody who can invite me or who knows someone who can invite me? <BR> Thank you very much <BR> Lise Sat, 4 May 2013 07:33:38 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x52860884 Hi everyone, my name is Debi. I joined SparkPeople just over a week ago, and have already lost 4.6 lbs. I'm in love with this site already and look forward to making many friends here. <BR> I love creating...it helps me keep my sanity. I love mixed media, collage, sewing and scrapbooking, and anything where I can use pretty papers, lace, vintage jewelry and millinery. <BR> I'm excited to be here! <em>247</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:44:31 EST Returning member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x52832470 I have been off and on Spark People several times, but this times I want to keep at it until I finally reach my goal. I signed up for the Artists team the last time I was on Spark People, but don't think I ever posted. Anyway, I am an amateur artist, but have several professional artists in my family including my brother, my son and a couple of cousins. My mother was an illustrator for the Air Force and my grandmother taught china painting. So I come from a pretty artsy family. I haven't done... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:52:52 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x51681674 Hi, my name is Debbie. I generally work with acrylics, the subject varies. I have a tendency to go in spurts with painting. Unfortunately, I haven't done much of anything lately and I do find that I miss it. Hopefully we can inspire each other. <BR> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:45:28 EST Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x51470414 Do you make New Year resolutions? If so what have you resolved. If not why not? <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:59:08 EST lunges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x51280034 ok...I keep hearing that these are very good for you... <BR> however....I can't seem to do them like the videos...so <BR> any suggestions??? <BR> <BR> on the art side... <BR> I have about 5 projects all going at the same time....it always happens when things like holidays come up.....yes...I seem to get more done when I am busy....! <BR> <BR> but I am not exercising too much right now... <BR> I am just too tired after all the extra fuss over Christmas.... <BR> I am a bit bummed.... <BR> ho... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:12:57 EST Missing Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x51185795 I know I have been gone a lot for the last couple of months! If anyone is interested in taking on the leadership or co-leader with me I am happy to have you! Just send me a spark mail. Carol Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:31:14 EST so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x50223725 So good to join your team , I hope to find inspiration in your enthousiam, I need very much to be active andevery bit of encouragment will be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:57:41 EST 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x50064987 <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:37:20 EST Goals for weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x49999487 Ive reduced my goals to a very manageable one of 5 pounds per month. I think I've been shooting so high that I get discouraged. What about you? <BR> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:57:24 EST Hiya :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x49913641 Hi! My name is Susy and I am here because I need to lose a lot of weight. However, imagine my joy when I found that there is a group dedicated to the fine arts :) I have loved art since I was a little girl. I started with crayons and the worked my way up to oil pastels lol. I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Graphic Design about 2 1/2 years ago, yet I manage a gas station lol. Oh well... <BR> <BR> I hope to meet a lot of new friends on here who are wil... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:29:12 EST Watercolor Artist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x49888150 Hi everyone, <BR> Great to be here! I am a watercolor artist having a blast. Actually I have lupus and my life became limited. I have always loved arts and crafts. 3 1/2 years ago I started painting seriously and haven't stopped. So in a way lupus has been a blessing because I wouldn't have slowed down and taken the time to paint. I do my own photoshoots for my art so I love photography as well. But I am here because I could get much better photos if I lose a bit of weight! Years on ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:25:56 EST Anxious about a new show this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x49706913 Tonight I have to set up my booth for a brand new show, and I'm rather worried about it. I don't normally do brand new shows, but this one is run by a very experienced promoter so I thought I'd take a chance. It's so much easier to be optimistic when sending in applications in January! Anyway it's in the middle of a downtown area I don't know, with a very tight check in/load in schedule, and unfortunately I'm in the last load in tier. I'm worried about where I'm going to park while I'm wa... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:26:40 EST Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x49603900 Hello! I've been here for about a month and just discovered this group. I'm sort of a part-time artist since it isn't my main source of income, and I'm self taught. I make metal jewelry, mostly etched silver at the moment, but I took a workshop in anodizing aluminum last summer and was smitten. I see many colorful bracelets and earrings in my future. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:51:09 EST A Belated Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x49185846 Hi, my story is that I'm recovering from a long depression. I didn't do a thing creative and gained a ton. I've been with sparkpeople about a month now, I guess it is (I so easily lose track of time), and am getting into it slowly. <BR> <BR> As for returning to my art, that is going even slower. Today I did buy some fresh art supplies, so I'm getting there. I'm not alone, I'm in therapy, and looking forward to being fit and creative once again. <BR> <BR> Glad there is an artists group here... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:15:39 EST Coming back to my art... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x48948530 Hi everyone! After many years I am coming back to the art I enjoyed so much when I was younger. I was a college administrator for a lot of years - always volunteering to do that newsletter, or web page or handout - just to do anything related to art or graphic art! Now, retired a little prematurely, am short on cash, but have more time! I have free-lanced in the back ground for years - photography and graphic design - and I do that from my home office/studio. Recently I have gotten out the pa... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 10:25:06 EST 1st Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x48871214 Hello all, I just signed up and wrote a couple of blog posts explaining more about me (well not specifics just an intro) <BR> <BR> Mainly in film but cross over into other arts - am always the biggest in the room - want to change that! Do look at my blog on my page for more! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 14:45:50 EST August ATC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x48734960 Summer fun will be the theme of our next ATC's. I will be glad to collect them just please don't mail them before July 18 as I will be away! Please make at least 4 cards to trade. Depending on the number of participants you can expect at least 4 in return. Include a self addressed postage paid envelope for me to return them in. I'm sending these from the U.S. so I'm not sure how it works in other countries except Canada (they have special stamps). <BR> I'll send my snail mail address to... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:32:21 EST Hello from the UK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x48730903 Hi I'm Tamara. I'm a photographer from the States, living in England with my soon to be artist husband. I'm here to connect and share support with people who love art and are looking to live a more healthy lifestyle. Please add me as a friend! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:44:55 EST ATC's Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x48643686 I just came up with some new ideas for ATC's. Maybe we could shoot for mid August to give people lots of time? Anyone interested? <BR> <BR> An artists trading card is an original painting, collage, print, etc that is done in miniature form. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. they are small enough to fit in a trading card, pokemon card or baseball card sleeve. they represent the artist and their style and can be traded. <BR> <BR> Very fun to do and to trade. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:17:35 EST Salutations!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x48497426 Greetings, my fellow artists!! <BR> <BR> Super awesome to find a group for artists on here :D I'm Acacia. I'm entering my second year this fall at MICA in Baltimore, as an Illustration major with a Creative Writing Minor. I prefer water color and gouache (and yes, I had to try retype that twice to get it spelled right XD I can never manage on the first go), as well as pens. <BR> <BR> I actually just set up my website- acaciahope.com - which I'm super excited about since it makes me feel li... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:51:47 EST Hey Mintdawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x48459016 Saw you joined and am so glad to see you back you are such an inspiration! Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:30:30 EST How artist can motivate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x48448156 To day I exhibited my ceramic art with some others. <BR> I managed to go through the whole day without missing in between meals and just enjoying being with them and other nice and active people. Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:28:01 EST I am an animator! (say it like Arnold S. does) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x48442434 Hi fellow artist's! <BR> I, too, would never have guessed that I'd find this group on a weight loss website. My fresh start began on June 3, 2012 and so far I've lost 5 lbs. <BR> SparkPeople is really great and very easy to spend way more time here than I ever imagined. <BR> I joined years ago, but I was not fully committed to the work of weight loss. Whenever I looked at a photo of myself it would temporarily convince myself to work on it. Then, later I would be around some yummy junk foo... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 04:07:07 EST June exercise challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x48325234 Just like the eating challenge you decide your goal. <BR> <BR> My goal is to walk 30 minutes and/or 5000 steps on the pedometer each day in June! <BR> <BR> Please join me. <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:04:12 EST June eating challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x48325213 Let's help each other be accountable. <BR> Step 1: Post your goal for eating here. It can be anything; calorie count; how many fruits or veggies consumed each day; etc. <BR> <BR> Then post your results. I will kick it off: My goal for June is to stay under 1550 calories each day. <BR> <BR> Hope you join me. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:02:38 EST Good AND Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x47624276 This is just for fun but what I want you to do is tell me something that is BOTH good AND bad and tell me why. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> I can get my pants up and down without undoing them. This is good because it means that I have lost weight but it is bad because they could come down at the wrong moment. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:50:03 EST Random http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x47568893 "Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory." Fri, 13 Apr 2012 19:42:10 EST Daily Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x47369266 I'm starting a new thread for the daily Artists Talk. Hoping folks will drop in occasionally and tell what they are up to. <BR> <BR> Today we take down our show at the mall. It has been a good one so far even though I didn't sell anything. DH sold a waterfall print. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 11:43:02 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x47102804 Just wanted to say "Hello!" I just joined the group for a couple of reasons. I am looking into getting into art as another form of creative expression. I already use writing as one. Abstract arts is one of my favorite forms of art. I am also looking to work with an illustrator for a series of children's stories I've written. Looking to make some friends and learn some things along the way. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Jess Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:29:56 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x47094045 I was wondering about the Journal challenge. What kind of journaling? Art journaling? any kind? Do you have to write, because I have been trying to at least sketch, draw, something in my artjournal. Does that count? Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:56:58 EST hoarding and disorganized http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x47065238 <BR> Hi, everyone. I wonder if anyone has a problem with a place to art, create. I do. I had all my stuff in a small hall closet, and on bookshelves in my bedroom, etc. but I would never do any art, because too much trouble to get it all out. <BR> I did pull out all my art stuff to one area, but then that did create an obstacle as the area is our dining room which we never use (which now looks pretty bad and the first room you see when you come into the front door!) I can't seem to decid... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 22:15:02 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x46974410 I'm new to this team. I am not an artist, but have been dabbling in artjournaling. Also, have recently starting painting with (walmart kid's) watercoors, and LOVE it. Mainly, trying to <BR> ignore that inner critic and draw and paint, for stress relief :) Thu, 8 Mar 2012 15:15:22 EST Are you progressing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x46916173 I went back and checked a lot of my Feb. to do list and found I am progressing in some areas and not so much in others. How about you? What is working what isn't? Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:21:04 EST Hi, I'm new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x46909446 Hi! I'm a printmaker and potter, actively working for an exhibition in May following a year long residency. I also have a few pounds to lose! Nice to meet you all! <em>268</em> Mon, 5 Mar 2012 03:12:02 EST Blogs and swaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x46691790 Hi, <BR> <BR> I´m new here and would like to know if you already have a thread going to share your art blog links and somewhere to organise ATC swaps and trades. <BR> <BR> :) Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:19:39 EST HELLO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x46307664 Hello, my name is Lucy , I am a 35 year old British artist, I am new to Spark people.I've added a link to my work XX LuCy <BR> <link>www.etsy.com/shop/TokyoPunk </link> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:33:06 EST Weight Loss Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x45900431 Do you have a secret to your weight loss success? Is there one or more bits of advise that you would like to share with the team? We all need help and support so it would be good to know what is working for you. <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:46:37 EST "rules" for ATC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x45846748 How to participate in ATC swap <BR> <BR> You will make at least 4 ATC related to the theme motivation <BR> The only real ATC rule is the card size must be 2.5" x 3.5". <BR> Create with whatever medium you want: crayon, pen, pencil, paint, collage, photography, wax, fibers, fabric, digital, etc. <BR> <BR> On the backs of your ATC, be sure to include: <BR> 1. your spark name (and real name if you please) <BR> 2. Theme/Title of piece <BR> 3. Your email or hometown and state <BR> 4. Date the p... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:59:44 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x45818464 I am so happy that I have found an artists group on this website! It's another area in my life that needs motivation besides exercising and eating right. I have worked with oil paint, acrylics and right now I am very interested in mixed media work. I love finding interesting materials and old antique photos to save for a future project. I would love to share ideas with anyone interested in this field! Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:35:05 EST hello:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x45810010 hi there <BR> <BR> i love using acrylic paints, pencil crayons, and pastels. i've just started working with watercolors and i want to try make some paper mache masks. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 00:32:46 EST Good thought for New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x45713677 From Robert Genn's twice weekly newsletter. <BR> <BR> "Today, in anticipation of the New Year, I'm tidying up and reorganizing the studio. Throwing out is hard to do. And it's so easy to be delayed by those half-finished dreams that one discovers under other half-finished dreams. "I'm going to be neater this year--and better at prioritizing," I say out loud, but no one around here believes me. So I'll wish you well in your studio in the New Year. I sincerely hope you get some value from my... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:17:12 EST New Years Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x45682602 Are you planning a New Years Bash or a quiet evening at home? <BR> <BR> I'll be home watching the tube and drinking a glass of white wine! Ahh what a way to celebrate. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:20:57 EST Just saying Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x45670203 Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello! <em>30</em> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:34:02 EST Fitting Quote for Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x45624804 "It is when you give of yourself," said Kahlil Gibran, "that you truly give." Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:06:11 EST ATC's for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x45587981 We have an ATC swap planned for January. The theme will be anything motivational to help us lose weight! See the Games forum for more information or Spark Mail me! Carol Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:19:41 EST ATC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x45561080 Will anyone want to make ATC's after the first of the year and the holidays are over? I would love to do some again they are so much fun. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 13:03:37 EST Resolutions or to-do lists? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x45560889 I had an epiphany today. In the past I have made elaborate goals and charts etc thinking I will change my world in the next year. Well, instead I think I will make a to do list of the things I'd like done this year. Things like where am I going to take a few weekend trips etc. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 12:43:58 EST Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x45446397 Let's see how many of us can make it through the holidays without gaining any weight. I know it is going to be difficult to lose this time of year but holding on until New Year should be doable! Anyone with me? Sign on now. Fri, 9 Dec 2011 16:52:08 EST And I quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x45443895 "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." (Henry David Thoreau) <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Fri, 9 Dec 2011 12:39:46 EST Creating a legacy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x45399673 Life is a series of purposeful choices that can produce great rewards from great effort. Choose to craft your life around creative work that goes up like a tower and out to the world. - by: Chris Guillebeau <BR> <BR> I found this article very interesting. I do subscribe to Chris' blog and am amazed at his upbeat reporting. I just had to share this. Carol <BR> <BR> <link>chrisguillebeau.com/files/2011/12/th<BR>etower-print.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:37:01 EST Add a line http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x45383548 OK my creative friends! Here is a challenge in honor of National Novel Writing Month. (I know that was last month but hey?!$@$@#) Anyway, each of us will help create a story by adding one line. I will start with... <BR> <BR> It was a typical day in winter. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:42:56 EST Wheel points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x45383491 5 + 5 Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:39:46 EST ~Newbie On The Block!~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x45236276 Hi Sparkies. My name is Kim. I've lost weight in the past and need to do so again. I am looking for some support along the way too...hopefully this team will offer the support I am looking for. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy - if you have a couple of minutes -- drop by my page & say hi. :) <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> ~Kim <BR> <em>465</em> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:10:37 EST Drinking Water and the Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x45184900 I couldn't help but share this. Coach Dean Anderson wrote a wonderful spark blog on 6 characteristics of effective goal setting. One point really hit home. You see I am really proud of the fact that I drink at least 64 oz of water a day. His comment and I quote... <BR> <BR> "Get thee off thy butt and go do something that makes you sweat. Then you'll need the water and it won't be so hard to drink. " <BR> <BR> That is so true! Drinking water and staying hydrated is great but it won't ma... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 14:10:03 EST New beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x45004694 Hello, <BR> I'm looking forward to beginning this disciplined, focused, supportive journey toward weight loss with fellow artists. I have just finished schooling at an atelier and am in the process of building a more serious career in art. Both journeys need inspiration, dedication and knowledge. I am hoping to share in the discoveries and practices of these with a team of like-minded sparkpeople. So here's to encouraging my new team-mates in their pursuits and to being encouraged as well. Wed, 9 Nov 2011 20:51:31 EST Painting Wild in Scotland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44922798 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> How lovely to find other artists here! I am looking forward to finding out what you all like to paint and to see pictures. I love to paint the landscape because I love to be outside (when fit enough) and I use oils mostly, although I am quite proficient in watercolours. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 18:49:59 EST HI!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44920241 Holy moly, I had no idea we had an artist's group!! How cool is that!!! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping y'all can help me figure out how to balance art, getting healthy, and maybe throw in a job away from home too!!!! <BR> <BR> Kate Fri, 4 Nov 2011 15:00:13 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44875859 Hello there. I'm new to the artist page. I've been drawing since I was 12 years old.:) <BR> Rachel Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:19:41 EST Do you remember? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x44871249 Here is a new game. Since we cross so many generations let's see how many of us remember certain icons. Things like the hula hoop or movies like Old Yeller. <BR> <BR> So first answer the do you remember question and then ask one of your own. <BR> <BR> Here goes! <BR> <BR> do you remember Polyanna? Tue, 1 Nov 2011 17:18:28 EST new to spark- thus new to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44705756 But loving it so far- only 114 lb to go. <BR> I have been involved in art with all my life, enjoying early lessons through both school and private sources (Gillcrease Museum, Phillbrook, Ect.) I am currently influenced by the stylistic elegance and simplicity of the 1920's Art Deco movement, tempered with the Alaskan beauty that surrounds us daily. I am drawn to the clear brilliant colors and serendipitous nature of acrylics and watercolors; glazed in layers to bring forth a sense of remembra... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 05:58:50 EST Sketchbook Project 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x44612056 Hey fellow artists! I found a possible challenge or just something fun to do! I signed up today and thought I'd post the link here in case anyone else is interested. Basically this place mails you a sketchbook, you completely fill it out, mail it back to them, and they send all the sketchbooks around the world in a tour! <BR> <BR> http://www.arthousecoop.com/ Sun, 16 Oct 2011 11:10:25 EST New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44443317 Hey all. I'm a self-proclaimed artist. :-P I like oils, chalk pastels, graphic art, and I do a ton of ceramic pottery. :-) Wed, 5 Oct 2011 15:18:44 EST Hi, I'm new to your group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44434109 Hi! <BR> I found your team and decided to join :) I'm an artist / art therapist and I'm so glad to meet you all! :) Wed, 5 Oct 2011 02:24:54 EST How Do You Find Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x44404567 I have about 10 ideas a day for art projects. I get these ideas while at work, while in the car, while in the shower, while doing housework at home, while grocery shopping...you get the point. <BR> <BR> I have these great ideas all the time but I don't often find the time to actually get any done. <BR> <BR> How do you fit in artwork with your busy lifestyle? Mon, 3 Oct 2011 13:33:05 EST RAWards Artist of the Year Voting has begun http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x44385780 Hey Spark Team! I'm sorry to shout out for a little shameless self promotion, but I've been entered into a National competition for RAW Artists. If you have a little time, please read this over!! <BR> <BR> "The voting for Denver Artist of the Year has begun! Please visit <link>www.rawartists.org/denver </link> <BR> <BR> Login or create an account for RAW Artists. Then find the city Denver, CO. <BR> <BR> At the top of the page, click category "ART." <BR> <BR> Then click on MY profil... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 13:49:56 EST Accidental Creative http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x44322406 This is a website I enjoy. Today's blog was about not setting your goals so high you are setting yourself up for failure. Really a good read. <link>www.accidentalcreative.com/ </link> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:30:20 EST Not so new, but back on board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44300752 Back with the program. I am trying again with a new twist. Artistic goals just as important as diet goals. My only real diet rules will be to try and eat healthy and write anything I eat down. <BR> <BR> My goal is to think of creating a healthy artistic lifestyle for myself. To focus on creating health and balance in my life in all areas. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:48:20 EST New Motivational Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x44281092 <BR> "We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment." <BR> <BR> I found this on the following website. I subscribe to this blog and although not all of the information effects me this on did make sense. <BR> <BR> <link>chrisguillebeau.com/ </link> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:00:51 EST The language of art......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x44249519 I have a good friend who is such a gifted wordsmith....listening to her is like looking at a complex painting full of conceptual wealth! <BR> I quite like the fact that we need a solid base of descriptive language to discuss our artwork... <BR> ....and I'm finding that I've been looking for ways to fully describe the healthy journey that I'm currently on regarding my weight loss, fitness, well being and reclaiming my focus! <BR> <BR> So what type of juicy language do you love to use to descr... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:50:11 EST Finding a moment of bliss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x44249406 All of us have different ideas of "bliss". <BR> A blissful moment might be stopping everything in order to walk outside and breath deeply. <BR> It might entail the euphoria achieved after a grueling workout session! <BR> Or bliss could be found as you're sitting in front of a brand new sketchbook that's just waiting for you to fill it possibilities. <BR> <BR> I'm finding that I'm taking the time to savor moments of bliss more and more. And noticing that they are never large earth shattering ... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:40:13 EST Upcoming art exhibits and events! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x44214919 Hello all! <BR> I haven't posted hardly at all this past month as I've been busy settling into returning to teaching full time with school start up! <BR> That and I've been finishing work for an exhibit that opens tomorrow!! <BR> "Devastating Beauty" is a group show that addresses the natural and man made forces that are destructive forces on the island that I call home. I've entered work that focuses upon rust. I love the fact that nature is slowly eroding and setting into decay machinery f... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:53:55 EST Painting for Art Tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x44197999 My studio is on an Autumn Ridge Driving Tour this year in Kendall, WI on October 8th. I am paint acrylic & porcelain and doing as much diverse artwork as possible, will have pumpkin bars and other goodies, apple cider & coffee to serve. We live on a cliff overlooking a beautiful valley and I think it will be a wonderful site. If anyone has any suggestions so I can make this a really special event I would appreciate your input. Thanks, Judi Pearl <em>268</em> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:57:38 EST Who said you were fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x44163375 My blog today was about the first time I was told I was fat. I was 12. I remember how horrible I felt realizing that I was ugly (that always follows fat). <BR> <BR> When did you decide you were fat or who told you? It may help us all get healthier if we realize we aren't meant to be a size 0. Let's get healthy but not let others standards sway us. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:22:39 EST pricing art--int eresting last-minute emergency http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x44117753 hey howdy! <BR> <BR> We've got a garage sale tomorrow morning in our V-Day organization at school for one of the battered women's shelter's in the area. I don't have much to donate to them, but would like to do something, so I'm taking some of my artwork that i've made the past few months and going to donate them. <BR> <BR> What doesn't get sold at the garage sale will go to the location where they have a little charity store inside and they can sell the rest of the stuff there. I have ne... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:49:51 EST Old to Art, New to Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44087062 Hey all, <BR> <BR> Joining some fellow artists, trying to balance my art with my healthy lifestyle. Some times one overcomes the other, but I'm getting a handle on it these days. Also, new to the Denver, CO area. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to check out what I'm working on these days, some photography and a little mixed media here and there. Right now, I'm working on a couple commissioned pieces, in the midst of training for a 1/2 marathon. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> <link>www.artindulged.com ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:58:32 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x44040321 Hello there, My name is Lisa. I'm a 23 year old graphics designer from England, Nice to meet you all! : <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:22:30 EST 20 minutes a day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x43942404 who is up for a challenge? 20 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week of strength training. Let's all post our results for the good or not so good! Tue, 6 Sep 2011 20:19:42 EST A NEW VAN GOGH SURFACES?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43803604 Looky what I found! <BR> <link>www.inquisitr.com/137416/vincent-van<BR>-gogh-portrait-jeanne-donnadieu </link> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:41:09 EST Inspiration "Cookbook" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43694675 Hi! <BR> I have been busy learning how to fuel my body in a healthy conscious way over the past 6 weeks ~ and here I sit in my painting studio ready to move onto another project....and I began to think.... <BR> "What feeds my creativity?" <BR> There are so many artist books on the market these days....and in truth most people already have an intrinsic knowledge, a memory bank of their childhood days when their imagination was fed on a daily basis....the bare bones of kickstarting our creativi... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:12:40 EST New swap for the Fall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43588048 Anyone interested in an ATC swap for the Fall? Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:25:58 EST Cinematography that is eye candy and inspiring.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43524117 Every now and then we need to relax....and many of us enjoy watching movies as "chill time". <BR> What movie would you recommend to the team as visually interesting "eye candy" that leaves you thinking "wow"....(how did the creators come up with this concept?!!!) <BR> The one I thought of immediately is: <BR> "What Dreams May Come" it's a surrealistic adventure...with a story line that you need kleenex to watch with! <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 20:34:17 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x43488543 Hi Everybody, <BR> My name is Jody and I love to draw... I think drawing helps me to relax from stress and brings out my inner personality. Can't wait to meet you other artists and see some of your work.... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:25:20 EST Before, During and After..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x43452075 Our "minds eye" has different visions of our own body image....it really is quite amazing. <BR> During the Month of August I would like to pose the challenge whereby we create 3 pieces of artwork that focus on the following topic: A Before, During and After Self Portrait. <BR> It could be a painting of your entire body head to toe, or just from the neck up. <BR> It could be done in realism, it could be abstract it could be a collage or a textile piece of art, it could be a sculpture or a pho... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 13:51:44 EST Physically demanding artwork! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43451899 Wow! It has been awhile since I've wrangled with metal! <BR> I'm currently creating a form for a fish sculpture for above my front fence! <BR> I'm using hardware cloth and wearing leather gloves and using tin snips to cut the shape out....and a good dose of muttering as it doesn't like to co-operate! <BR> Tomorrow I'm off to one of the scrap metal dealers south of our town so that I can poke around looking for more oil drum lids for the outdoor paintings that I'm creating. <BR> Is there anyon... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 13:41:12 EST Balancing creativity with getting healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x43383202 How do you find time to balance your creativity with your focus on getting healthy? <BR> Most of us on this team have experienced periods of intense concentration and focus on creating artwork...to the point where everything else is pushed to the back burner! <BR> What are you doing now that will help maintain balance during those times? Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:20:47 EST Local Annual Craft Fair. Stumped for Ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43370888 Every year there is a local craft fair for Christmas, it's a big event and draws a big crowd. One woman used to make 30 000$ in this weekend alone! The standards meeting (to see if my product is good enough) is on September 6th. So that means that I would have to have one of everything that I want in the craft sale ready to present to standards. <BR> I would like to get a table, it's only 80$ a day this year for a small table. But I have no idea what to make! <BR> I love to do hand embroider... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 17:27:55 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x43363772 It's a big relief to see other artists here! It can be difficult to motivate myself when I'm so wrapped up in my work which, (let's face it) is pretty sedatary most of the time. It will be nice to hear from people who can relate to that and maybe have some ways to overcome it. <BR> <BR> As for me, I'm an illustrator and cartoonist most of the time, and I teach at the local college part time. The big news is that my first book is coming out this month, and now that the latest crunch time has ... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 09:38:15 EST What positives would you like to share this week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43353483 I'm learning that I have a "reset button" that occurs overnight...each morning is a brand new day and a new start! (whoo boy did I have a bad day yesterday.....today it's a great day!) <BR> Reset buttons rock! <BR> And that's my positive for this week! <em>224</em> Wed, 3 Aug 2011 17:53:17 EST Creating to music! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43234593 I really believe music moves us.... <BR> What music do you love to have playing while you're in the creative mode? <BR> Is it upbeat music that makes you stop occasionally and dance in place? <BR> Is it Baroque and the tempo drives your brush, pen etc? <BR> It depends on my mood and what I'm working on: <BR> Loud upbeat Country music is the stuff I can sing to while I'm painting, Baroque is what I seek out when I'm concentrating, and anything goes when I'm sculpting! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 07:16:03 EST Today's revelations: focusing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43213281 I recently decided to make my health and weight loss a priority over everything else, and I have been spending more time working out and meal planning than making art. <BR> <BR> Today, my body was tired and sore from yesterday's workout. One thing led to another, and for the first time in months, I wandered into my art room. <BR> <BR> I found the supplies I was looking for. I didn't find the previous work that I was looking for, but I found a lot of things that I had simply forgotten about!... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:30:49 EST Happy to find this team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x43200710 Hi all, I can't tell you how thrilled I was to find this team while searching through SP this morning. I am an artist and am in the process of starting up my own business. Late bloomer: aka didn't go to college until I was 34. Majored in Art Education and have four teaching certifications. Now to find a job...hmmm...not so easy. So while I'm waiting, I thought it might be a good idea to get my artwork out there...wherever "there" might end up being. <BR> <BR> I'm a mom to five boys ages 11 -... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:15:39 EST Show your Artwork to the Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43132546 Hi Everyone, <BR> I love it when I get to look at all of the wonderful ways in which the members of our team are creative. <BR> If you have photos, a blog or a website post them to this Topic to share with others! <BR> <link>www.seaspiritstudios.com </link> <BR> In this way we will see the ways in which each of us spend some of our creative time which we are balancing with our daily lives and getting healthy! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:03:16 EST Time Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43085326 I don't know about you guys, but I have a full time day job, and now that I'm a homeowner, I have a lot of demands on my time. <BR> <BR> So, I've gained a lot of weight at the desk job, in addition to some unlucky medical situations. Now I'm trying to lose the weight, and I find that I am spending lots of time planning my meals and working out. I am ashamed when I go to get my haircut, because every two months, my hairdresser asks me about my creative adventures, and I haven't had much to ta... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:08:12 EST Thanks Tahoart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x43085093 Hey everyone! I had no idea this was here until I got some sparkmail from Tahoart. Thanks for bringing me over here. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:57:34 EST Natural Dyes; What Do You Know About This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x43028806 I've been playing with some natural dyes and fractional solutions to adjust intensity of each hue. Also played some with ph adjustments to completely change hues of various natural dyes. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you want to talk about this any more. I'd be glad to share what I've tried already and to hear new ideas from you. <BR> <BR> The process is tons of fun if you like surprises. It's an art meets science adventure. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 00:51:28 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42987127 I am so happy to find this group. I have heard about ATC before but have never had the guts to send out any. I am very excited to see this on such a great website. I can't wait to learn more and to see all of your wonderful creations. <BR> <BR> ~Roni Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:07:34 EST New to the Team new to Art http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42970059 Hi! <BR> I'm a recent graduate from a textile program. I majored in knitting and surface embellishment, but I love to dabble into other mediums. I still haven't found my... my what? my calling I guess! <BR> <BR> Anyway I'm glad to be here! <BR> <BR> My Etsy Shop <BR> http://www.etsy.com/shop/WanderIntoWonde<BR>rland?ref=si_shop Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:57:18 EST Playing with new media. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42909391 First of all, I'm not trained. <BR> <BR> I started scribbling stuff on ye olde basic paper with the infamous, school issued 2H pencils way back when. <BR> <BR> Eventually, I discovered the range of graphite and got to play some. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to move to color, so I'm playing with Prismacolor pencils. <BR> <BR> I've also experimented with watercolor. <BR> <BR> What I'm finding with colored pencils is that getting the 'look' I'm going for takes a serious amount of time and work. No... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:06:18 EST Happy to meet other artists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42905115 Hi! My name is Judy and I just joined yesterday but so far so good. I'm happy to meet other artists who not only share my love of art, but also are working toward improving their health. I look forward to meeting you. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 11:17:27 EST I am thrilled to find this group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42798561 I started last week in the SP program. Of course I joined a SP Team which was related to my age group (65). I also joined one that was connected to my state (Georgia). But I am thrilled that I discovered Team Artist! I began studying art when I turned 50. I paint in oils and watercolors. I am a member of the Alpha Arts Guild and the Booth Museum Arts Guild.So I guess this qualifies me for membership in this team. <BR> <BR> I have done Weight Watcher and Quick Weight Loss in the past. ... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 15:55:15 EST Smartest things ever said. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x42764315 DH bought a book for me that includes 1001 quotes. I like including famous quotes in workshops so I particularly like this. <BR> On friendship <BR> Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. Aristotle <BR> <BR> It is a good thing to be rich and a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be loved by many friends. Euripides Sat, 2 Jul 2011 12:45:04 EST Love this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42709393 I'm glad to see so many people on our Team Page sparking and sharing ideas. Keep up the good work. I know summer is tremendously busy for all of us and it really is a challenge to keep up but - you are all so special. Don't forget to stop by and share those little successes! <em>247</em> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:06:07 EST Selling original work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42652563 I have a real problem with sending original work out. I don't mind fabricating and launching limited edition prints if there is interest in a particular dabble, but I haven't been able to accept letting go of the source. <BR> <BR> Each and every one is like a little slice of who I am...a block of time, an idea, a process, a learning experience... <BR> <BR> Do you offer you root pieces out for purchase? Sun, 26 Jun 2011 17:53:15 EST How to deal with changing light? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42650408 I am a newbie, but I'm finding it difficult to work in natural light given Florida weather. <BR> <BR> I've got a couple of hours in the morning where everything is fine, but I'm doing something with colored pencils (a time consuming media), and when the typical afternoon thunderstorms start to move in, I've got gray. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Sun, 26 Jun 2011 15:30:29 EST Anyone sell on Consignment??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42552322 I got an email this morning from a woman that is looking for local artist/crafters to sell their work on consignment in her office. (not sure the type of occice yet either...would be good if it is one that the public visits regularely and not just the same people every day...but I am willing to display my stuff anyhere to get it seen) <BR> <BR> I have requested but not received all the details yet but thought I would ask around since I am not familiar with consignment. <BR> <BR> Do any of y... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:14:52 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42268278 I'm new here too, hope to chat before long (I'm just getting over a horrible allergic reaction from antibiotics, but will be dragging myself back on the wagon tomorrow) <em>24</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:49:15 EST This is fun - and motivating :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42268209 http://www4.weightmirror.com/weightmirror/<BR>index.php?id= <BR> <BR> I love this tool! thought you enjoy it. Download a photo of yourself, get the little rectangle over your face so you get the positioning right, then making sure the slider is at 0 to start with, add or subtract lbs - - and watch yourself lose them (or gain them if you really wanna scare yourself ..lol) Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:45:55 EST Book - Keri Smith - Mess http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42235505 i checked out a book from the library by Keri Smith called "Mess". it wants you to do the projects within the book within the book :P but seriously i'd use your own acryllic pad or something. this book is about experimentation and accidents. it wants you to do things like stand 5 feet above the book and drop ink onto it. you and a friend eat lunch over the book and use it as a plate. bury the book then dig it up 3 days later. it has photos within the book that as u to make a mess of them or s... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 17:49:57 EST New Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42231078 Hi-I'm Mary from Philadelphia. Studied Fine Arts at Moore College of Art and Design. Also, some Ceramics and Photography at Community College. I'm bipolar and only function creatively when I'm manic, which isn't too often. When creating, I do small, mixed-media, abstract drawings. Favorite artists are Diego River and Richard Diebenkorn. Hugs to all! <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_Rivera </link> <em>239</em> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dieben<BR>korn </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 12:02:08 EST HI IM NEW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42219998 Im 21 and have an Associates in Graphic Design and FIne Arts. You can see some Fine Art here : mymoshpitromance.deviantart.com/gallery None of my Graphic Design work is up as of yet but Graphic Design is my passion! I am trying to lose 20 pounds for my end of July wedding so I can look how I looked on our first date! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 18:53:28 EST Anything Goes ATC June swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42167922 Hello All <BR> <BR> I know many of us are extra busy during the summer. We are proposing an "Anything Goes" swap. Some people are getting involved with zentangles, and some are not. I have just started to look into them since hearing about them here, so I might try some. <BR> <BR> How does July 5th work for people? Let me know and I will up date the instructions. This is a slower time for me and I look forward to seeing everyone's work! <BR> <BR> The Pang <BR> <BR> <BR> Anything Goes JU... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:29:42 EST Have You Led an Art Journaling Workshop? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x42153117 Has anyone ever led an art journal workshop to newbies? I want to lead one for people on my triathlon team, so probably it would be a lot of non-self-identifying artists. I see a lot of fears and self-image stuff surface in different people, and I know art journaling has been an important part of my healing and recovery for taking care of myself. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Tue, 31 May 2011 19:17:31 EST Hi All - I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42147695 I'm really glad to have found other artists here on Spark. I do mixed media artwork. I also own a Yahoo group for art journaling challenges. Art journals are my newest obsession. <BR> At one time I did digital scrap booking and also designed kits to sell. After a year of that I decided I wanted to get my hands dirty and I've been full of paint and glue ever since. Thankfully my hubby likes that look on me. LOL <BR> <BR> I need to lose at least 50 pounds and I'm hoping by making some friends... Tue, 31 May 2011 14:36:42 EST Creative Inspiration? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x42041098 Hi there, I just joined sparkpeople and this team today. I'm hoping joining a team full of creative geniuses :) will provide the inspiration and motivation needed to get this weight off, and make it through school (studying visual art). This summer I am doing a project on silk painting. Please reach out to me if you are familiar or interested in this medium, or if you are looking for a weight loss buddy. Good luck with your goals! Wed, 25 May 2011 17:54:35 EST Joining the Artists team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x41994045 Hey! My name is Marianne and I have my bachelor of science in studio art (painting/drawing concentration) from James Madison University and my art education masters from Emory & Henry College. After graduating from graduate school I got married and had my first child... I have been a stay home mom for the past 5 months and my family and I have been in the process of moving because of my husbands job. I got frustrated while I was pregnant because of my shaky hands that I didn't do any art at a... Mon, 23 May 2011 13:59:21 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x41937362 Hi all! My thing is primitive folk art dolls. My mother started me off when I was really young. I went to college for sculpture and decided that I like dolls. I use muslin and paint/stain them. They have wire inside so they can be posed. I like character dolls, being a big fan of Americana and Halloween. I have listed a few on my page. I haven't been making any lately because I have been a bit of a slug, which is the reason why I am here. I am hoping that when I start feeling more energized a... Fri, 20 May 2011 09:49:35 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x41863694 Hi Everyone, <BR> I have been apart of sparkpeople for a while and was on hiatus. I am back and decided to join teams that suited me in present time. <BR> <BR> I am an Artist. I paint Porcelain Antique Reproduction Dolls and make clothing for them along with accessories. I also paint porcelain and I work with glass. <BR> <BR> Here is my website if your interested in my work I have yet to add the flowers. A small sampling of my work is posted. <BR> <BR> http://lisaswildrosestudio.com/i... Mon, 16 May 2011 19:09:00 EST need motivation to work, but have full schedule... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x41859169 Well, I've got a ton of things on my plate this week and in through the summer as far as I know (i'm hoping to finalize my "ongoing" to-do list of things i want to accomplish this summer today). My big thing is trying to leave room for me to practice drawing and try to make figures/characters and such. <BR> <BR> when you have time and you have days where you know you should practice or work on your art, but aren't for some reason, what do you do to re-motivate yourself to do it? I mean, on... Mon, 16 May 2011 14:59:15 EST horror characters ideas...please read 1st... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x41858832 Hey howdy there! bit much here, but hopefully it'll give a better idea <BR> <BR> I'll probably have to get an outside artist (too damn much on my plate at the moment as it is) to work on this, but at the same time, i'd like to give a shot at it--i'm still figuring out what my schedule's gonna be like this summer and would love an opportunity to work on drawing figures and especially horror stuff. I'm helping publicize a convention that's going on in January and if we can't find an artist i... Mon, 16 May 2011 14:42:31 EST New Team Member Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x41855958 Good afternoon everybody! I've been Sparking for almost a month and it took me this long to find you guys! I decided to find teams I wanted to join instead of them somehow finding me, so here I am! I am a watercolorist and an acrylic artist but by no means make a living at it. I just love doing it. Looking foward to being on the team. <BR> <BR> Wanda Mon, 16 May 2011 12:30:52 EST Hello, I'm new too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x41804877 Hi. I'm Fiona and when I'm lucky I work with preschool kids making and doing art on larger projects/workshops. I also illustrate and have a hankering to write and illustrate children's books. <BR> I'm pretty new to this and was very glad to find a team that is Arts based. Am looking forward to connecting with and supporting you creative people! <em>244</em> Fri, 13 May 2011 14:54:36 EST Art Teacher and Education Professor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x41785251 10. Perfectionist <BR> 9. Designer <BR> 8. Emotionalist <BR> 7. Naturalist <BR> 6. Professor <BR> 5. Artist <BR> 4. Teacher <BR> 3. Mom <BR> 2. Wife <BR> 1. Faith-filled Believer Thu, 12 May 2011 15:10:27 EST Words of wizdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x41722485 Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. <BR> ~ Jim Fiebig <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> Mon, 9 May 2011 17:16:09 EST hello hello hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x41679798 Another new kid here - just joined yesterday and am still learning my way around. VERY excited to find an artsy group like this <em>30</em> Sat, 7 May 2011 10:13:09 EST ABC Studios http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x41556272 I am SOoooooo excited!... ABC Studios purchased the license to use and buy 4 framed prints of my watercolors as part of the set dressing in the TV series "Desperate Housewives" coming into their season finale. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>nan-wright.artistwebsites.com/ </link> Sun, 1 May 2011 16:56:43 EST Zentangle, anyone??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x41532818 What is Zentangle? Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:54:10 EST Exercise challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x41456039 I am trying to think of a challenge that will help us all move a little more. I am thinking it is time to get the old pedometer back and start walking or maybe time some of my walks so I know how many minutes I'm really walking. <BR> <BR> I'd like to hear what you think would be a good challenge! <BR> <BR> Carol Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:22:10 EST New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x41455957 How many of us have goals for our art? I've heard it said that you don't choose to be an artisit but you can't not be an artist. Is that you? <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:18:19 EST Inspired ATC Swap: DUE May 23 or sooner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x41387311 Join SparkPeople's newest artist trading card swap! We'll make use of SparkPeople's Inspirational Quotes section. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes.<BR>asp </link> <BR> <BR> Go dig in, find a quote or two that connects with you, and let loose with your art thang! <BR> <BR> If you want to play, PRIVATE MESSAGE ME and I'll send you my address. <BR> <BR> You will make at least 4 ATC related to the theme <BR> The only real ATC rule is the card size must be 2.5" x 3.5".... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:42:44 EST Are we ready for another ATC round? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x41279073 If anyone would like to host another round of ATC's let me know. You would decide when they are due (give at least 4 weeks please) and decide the theme, The rest of us will send their ATC's to you for distribution. Carol Sun, 17 Apr 2011 16:17:24 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x41106031 Hi! Ive been on sparkpeople about two weeks now. Just found this group. I am excited about the creative energy I am finding as I eat right and feel better about myself. Great to find a group that likes to express themselves through art! Fri, 8 Apr 2011 23:07:15 EST Fun Contest on Deviant Art http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x40828446 Deviant art sometimes has contests and the one they are having right now involves combining stock photos in photoshop of a cat, a clock and a fruit. the prizes are pretty nice and deadline is april 4. <BR> <BR> http://news.deviantart.com/article/14504<BR>7/ theres the link to it. <em>268</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:30:21 EST Zombie makeup ideas--please read 1st and help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x40692932 Hi there! <BR> <BR> we have a chili cookoff at the beginning of april. i'm helping out with the Team Zombie and I have a feeling we're gonna dress up as zombies, too. I'm sure there'll be some little kids around, and we don't wanna throw off people's appetite, but i never really got into makeup and costuming before til now. <BR> <BR> But i was wondering if you knew any good ways to do zombie makeup that you'd recommend, one that wouldn't look stupid if i decided to make the zombie funny i... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:36:51 EST Free Art Showdowns http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x40688012 probably this has been touched upon before but always good to have the link handy. The site a singular creation has free art showdowns for prizes. http://www.asingularcreation.com/. you can just sign up and submit. its kinda fun. i dont have a huge amount of experience with the place but ive submitted to a couple of contests. will be doing more now. anyone have any person experiences with this site? <BR> <em>268</em> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 01:26:05 EST new team for sea/ship/navy enthusiasts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x40377971 Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> If you know anybody here who might be a shipwreck enthusiast, amateur sailor, boat nut, marine biologist (amateur or pro), one that worships "Shark Week" on Discovery Channel every year, or loves learning about naval battles and building model ships, etc. then there's a team on here that just got started about a month ago for 'em. <BR> <BR> Its called the "Anything Nautical Nuts and Naval History Buffs" team for those who...well...the title pretty much says it al... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 16:36:07 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x40353204 Hello! I'm an old member, but revamping & housecleaning my sparkpeople profile. I unjoined all of my groups, and rejoining a few I know I'll be more involved in. :-) I'm getting big time back into my art, photography and writing now that I'm in a much better position $$ and emotionally than I was a few years ago. Now I'm ready to tackle other goals on my plate. :-) <BR> <BR> Megan Sat, 5 Mar 2011 12:29:22 EST Hook it Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x40184807 Hi there: <BR> Does anyone have a link, have done a pieced rug from carpet samples? <BR> <BR> I've acquired a number of carpet samples I am going to "quilt" a piece together to make an area rug. Of course I know I will add an artistic flair to it. I know out there somewhere is the foundation instructions on how to do such.. I simple needs the basic and I will take off from there. Please let me know if you do? (know where) Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:10:51 EST SPRING 2011 ATCs deadline April Fools' Day- No Kid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x40115595 Rather than titling this the March (or April) 2011 ATC Swap , I'm substituting "SPRING", and am going to try to stick with the schedule, so April 1, 2011 (April Fools Day) is an easy date to remember for a deadline. (Topic title was GOING to say "No Kidding" but I ran out of letters) <BR> <BR> THEME is "SPRING HAS SPRUNG" or anything related to Spring.You have at least a month to make your ATCs, starting from RIGHT NOW. <BR> <BR> I think the usual rules are: <BR> Artist Trading Cards are 2... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:14:33 EST Walking for artistic inspiration :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x39864472 Hello, I'm Erin. I walk with our dog, who's a great motivator. But I also find terrific creative inspiration when walking, whether from what I see during the walk or what comes to mind after the walk has offered some creative clarity. Glad to meet you! Sat, 12 Feb 2011 01:44:25 EST Sharing Call for artists... Buttonwood Art Space http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39714648 The gallery will be having 3 more show this year and I thought youall might be interested in the call for Artists. Unfortunately, the Call for photographers' deadline was Feb 4th. I just discovered all of this today : <BR> <BR> “Picture Me!” – Buttonwood’s 3rd annual open exhibition for photographers! – April 1 through May 27, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> However: <BR> <BR> T.B.A.” – June 3 through July 29, 2011 (Artists – What show do you want???) Deadline is March 11,2011 <BR> <BR> “Directors... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:15:45 EST I just posted some pictures of my work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x39643115 I would love to know if you like it, only my family have seen my work and they dont care much, but I really like to do it <em>30</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 18:32:36 EST Has anyone heard of the Art Project by google? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39621675 Apparently the viewer can roam various museums online....http://www.googleartproject.com/ <BR> <BR> [I am allowed to mention this, right?] <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:31:13 EST words from barry mcgee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39604256 "Compelling art to me is a name carved into a tree. Sometimes a rock soaring through a plate of glass can be the most beautiful, compelling work of art I have ever seen." <BR> <BR> one of my favorite quotes ever :) Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:09:46 EST The Note Illustrated exhibit to open on Fri Feb 4t http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39577901 I have 2 pieces of art going into this show that opens this weekend. You'll have to visit my Sparks page in order to see. These shots are not the best ones as I am waiting the gallery to send me images. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the event: <BR> <link>www.buttonwoodartspace.com/ </link> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:08:53 EST Jack LaLanne http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39493084 I remember as a young girl my mom working out with Jack LaLanne. She would get her chair from the kitchen and her scarf and follow along. I certainly didn't understand what she was doing but I sure tried to imitate her. Beautiful memories. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:50:09 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x39484793 Hello, all! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hello to everyone as obviously I have just joined! I look forward to chatting with you all and sharing motivation. I'm a bit scatterbrained so I need all the help I can get! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:55:42 EST Hello there. I "stalked" RedCowboyBoots here LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x39405993 My name is Pamela but you're welcome to call me any derivative thereof. Pami is fine, P'la too. Whatever makes your socks go up and down. I'm on a quest to save my life but would like to come and hang out here too and maybe stock my own artistic nature back to life. I have limited time but I hope you guys will adopt me and show me around. Thanks bunches! Hugs and God bless you all! Whatever reason you're here for I support you 100%! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>306</em> <em>2... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:53:18 EST 6x6: DO IT!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39235392 hey guys! <BR> <BR> there's a really cool art exhibit opportunity coming up in rochester, ny. it's put on by the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (ROCO), and is made up entirely of artworks that are 6 inches by 6 inches. they've been doing it for a few years now and it keeps growing. people all over the world are encouraged to contribute!! so i think you all should :) <BR> <BR> here's the link: <link>www.roco6x6.org/ </link> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:57:00 EST Hi I'm new to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x39220161 Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm new to Spark.I'm making some big changes in my life.I just rented a new studio space and am about to go back on the art show circuit-I was working at a home studio and the pounds have really crept up on me. It's time to make a change.I'm hoping to connect with others in the art community who are facing the same challenges Mon, 17 Jan 2011 05:06:49 EST Any other Canadian artists in this group? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39155192 Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am a Canadian Artist and thought it would be fun to find out how many more Canadian Artists were on Spark. So I have started a Team called 'Canadian Artists'. <BR> <BR> If you are interested in participating in the Canadian Artist group please either look up Canadian Artists in the Teams or go to my Sparkpage and click on the Team to join. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to hearing from you. <BR> <BR> Cathy1970-1 <BR> <BR> <em>636</em> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:15:57 EST FEB 2011 ATC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39106577 So the suggestion has been made that we have another ATC for February with the theme of Love (fitting for Valentines). <BR> <BR> First please post if you are interested! <BR> Second Please let me know if you would like to host! <BR> <BR> I'd like to start soon so we can get them in the mail by Feb. 14. That is really close on the calendar. <BR> <BR> Carol Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:33:20 EST ETSY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x39024549 Do any of you have an etsy page? I'm looking into starting my own and I could use any helpful insight (plus, I'd like to see the work too!)... :) Sun, 9 Jan 2011 21:05:54 EST hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38997691 hi there! i'm mary. i recently graduated college with a degree in studio arts. sadly, i haven't been doing much of anything creative since graduation, but i'm hoping to change that! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 20:56:38 EST Paint and Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38978882 It's time to get the weight off as my life is taking a turn on its axis. I'm a Visual Artists from the Interlake area in Manitoba. I usually work in acrylic and watercolour. I recently did a couple of sculptures and those things look like self portraits of my human form...so psychologically...my sub conscious is saying it's now time to loose the extra pounds. <BR> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 02:50:42 EST Hello hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38909100 Just wanted to introduce myself, I'm an animation student living in the UK. <BR> I figured it would be a good idea to join some teams that weren't just related to fitness but also to my other interests. <BR> Obviously my main area is animation but I am also interested in general drawing, photography and film. <BR> In terms of fitness I'm pretty much entirely focused on running. <BR> That's about it really, just wanted to say hi and that I am looking forward to having somewhere I can talk abou... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 15:13:03 EST Dec/Jan ATC's are in the Mail! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x38871432 Thank you all who participated and please post to this thread when you recieve yours and let us know what you think of them! <BR> Happy New Years all! <em>144</em> <em>268</em> <em>12</em> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:05:17 EST Art Teacher Joins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38790756 Hi - I'm an art teacher in Dallas - just joined Spark - is there anyone out there teaching in Dallas HS? Sat, 1 Jan 2011 18:15:29 EST PCRM 21-day vegan kickstart around the corner... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x38728658 Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> I like to bring this up--they start it about 3 different times a year and this time around it starts on January 3rd. <link>pcrm.org/kickstartHome/ </link> <BR> <BR> For those who don't know, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine does this thing where for 21 days they send out daily e-mails and information, give you access to their site and meal plans and such, and it basically helps you get healthier or vegan. If anything, if you're trying to becom... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:53:23 EST Any New Goals for 2011? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x38702564 Thank you Improvingme for the tips on your blog about Goal setting. I teach this stuff but I love it when I see a different point of view. <BR> <BR> I have to admit I didn't do so well last year on most of my goals but this year I've decided on categories. I have to give them considerable thought if I'm going to suceed. <BR> <BR> How about you? Any new Goals set for 2011? Tue, 28 Dec 2010 18:39:06 EST Bonjour, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38611632 Hello everyone, so glad to find this team! I joined SP 2 weeks ago. <BR> I'm a graphic designer/illustrator, live in Wyoming, am French, and couldn't live without art in my life. I hope to share great things with all of you creatives, and support each other losing those LBS. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 15:57:06 EST Did you make any of your gifts this year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x38589899 Just curious if anyone made or gave their artwork for gifts this year? What was the response? How did you feel about it? <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:28:10 EST Who helped you get started in painting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x38513711 I am so NOT artistic, but my 13 year old son is. I now view art through his eyes and I take time now looking at art. I just need some advice to cultivate his art, thus my question. <BR> <BR> Here is a link of his paintings... <BR> <BR> http://paintingsbyryan.weebly.com/painti<BR>ngs.html <BR> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:44:21 EST I'm new here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38485880 Just joined sparks this week and love it! A challenging time of year to start losing weight though. I am a self-taught watercolor artist. Started painting about 6 years ago.. Have 4 website shops where I sell my work. My personal website/blog is http://www.nanwrightart.com where I post the progression of a painting from start to finish. Zazzle is my favorite shop because it sells such a variety of products that can be personalized by the customer. My shop is: http://www.zazzle.com/n... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 07:57:49 EST how inspiring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38444588 This is just what i have needed for the extra special detail in my program. i am Regina and just like my sparkpage states i am a frustrated artist. I have done lots of crafts in the last ten years but only one painting, and i have been at that now for 2 months trying to finish. I mostly work with acrylics and love anything colorful. I am new to spark and have had a pretty good start. It helps that everything is figured out for you, I just have to do the work. <BR> You will be hearing from me ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 23:26:02 EST Hello everyone! I am new to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38378615 Hi, I am Laurel. I joined a few days ago, and find it inspiring to find a community of people sharing similar goals. I am an <BR> American, now married to a Brit and living in the UK. My goal is to lose about 50 pounds. The best thing for me so far is the dog, who insists I take her for long walks daily. I enjoy gardening, reading, painting, psychology, travel etc. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 07:50:04 EST Moods in Emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x38278543 <em>102</em> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 00:27:09 EST What did you spin today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x38278530 5 Sat, 4 Dec 2010 00:26:07 EST Hi I am new to spark teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x38226812 I am a watercolor painter in south Florida. Lately I have been doing small paintings 4"x6" so I can get something worked up quickly. <BR> <BR> I was wondering how I can post to the art challenge of a project every month. <BR> <BR> My background is as a set designer. I am currently working with a latin television network mainly on CAD and 3d modeling. Have been a scenic artist, set carpenter, and art director for Theater, TV, Events, and Films. <BR> <BR> Hoping to lose some weight. It's ha... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:31:13 EST Thanksgiving poundage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x38161557 Hope everyone had a great time this weekend. I don't know about you but even with all the physical exercise I still managed to gain some weight. It is all that good and fattening food. Dang me. Anyway, back on task today and will do my best to lose this weight fast. <BR> <BR> How about you? Did you lose or gain this week? <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em>4</em> <em>497</em> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:38:47 EST December 2010 ATC SWAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x38065483 The results are in and it is really a tough call so for the FIRST time ever there is a duo theme! You can choose one or do a couple of each! <BR> With my vote and those who voted, we have a TIE! <BR> so, the themes will be: <BR> All that glitters isn't GOLD <BR> and <BR> Winter Wonders <BR> <BR> This will be fun and it gives you alot of room for creativity and imagine the possibilities! <BR> Now for the RULES: <BR> *Each participant will do a minimum of 4 cards of the themes posted... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 09:27:54 EST Blipfoto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x37942612 Hey all!! <BR> <BR> So, i thought i'd share my latest artistic endeavor.. <BR> <link>www.blipfoto.com </link> it's a fabulous site for photography! I'm hooked! one photo a day is the limit. there's all sorts of stuff loaded there..its a great community..a way to journal your daily life through photography, i've just been using my little camera phone, it's just so much fun. <BR> <BR> so that's what i've been up too artistically hehe..check it out..it's for those of us who love to just po... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:15:04 EST Artists in SparkPeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x37931352 I didn't even notice there was such team, and it was just under my nose. Obsessing about calories makes me blind. <BR> Well, here I am. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 22:35:46 EST Voting for new ATC"S round! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x37866890 Okay so I listed some time ago what I was thinking of as themes for Dec's ATC exchange. They are listed on the Next round postings. Please give your input. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:04:19 EST How many of you noticed that ART is in our heART? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x37804603 Little play on the word but I was in deep thought today on why I love ART so much in so many ways. I think it is ingrained upon my heart. Anyone else feel this way? Lets share and dare to DREAM the artistic beam! Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:44:38 EST How much planning do you put in your projects 1st? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x37803379 Hey howdy! <BR> <BR> Very curious about something--i have the feeling i'm overthinking this work i'm on, but i have a definitive concept for how i'd like it to look, but working with it so far, i'm not sure how the pieces will come together to get there and how much planning i'll need. <BR> <BR> Sometimes i have no real idea and sometimes i think i overplan. I'm curious, when you're painting or whatever, do you just step up there and let the paint/medium speak for you, manipulating as you ... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 09:53:35 EST THAT is a work of art to me--seen this car before? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x37732710 oh man, my mom sent me a link to this story--i'm just grinning my head off--wish i'd thought of it. Radio Flyer gives me so many great memories. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-radio-flyer-c<BR>ar-092910,0,1784245.story </link> <BR> <BR> has anybody thought of doing something cool like that to their car? what would you do if not the Radio Flyer? <BR> <BR> Me, i kinda wanted that "grass car" that Bill Nye the Science Guy drove around for one episode--that was so cool! Thu, 4 Nov 2010 13:46:46 EST Anybody part of a World AIDS Day art contest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x37731658 Hey guys! <BR> <BR> Just curious. I heard about this a few days ago in the student life office at my University and signed up quick (they only had 20 spots to register for)--i ended up #6 to sign up amazingly. I gotta finish the painting for judging and such by Nov. 23rd and they'll have the paintings displayed Dec 1st. i wonder if we'll get 20 spots <BR> <BR> I wonder if anybody's painted for an art contest with specific themes before and if they are now near where they live. I've neve... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 12:52:29 EST Lack of Inspiration and a Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x37589715 Wow this board needs to be livened up. <BR> <BR> Just thought I would share. <BR> <BR> I am going through a VERY dry period. I was on fire from March through the end of August, then when September hit, forget it. I'm not freaking out. I understand it's just the ebb and flow. <BR> <BR> I usually make 3-4 series a year, every 3-4 months. At the start I will get a whole new bunch of materials and colors, and I usually can't wait to get started. This Fall I got a bunch of beautiful paper that... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:13:57 EST canvas shoes--anybody tried painting them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x37118452 Hey howdy! <BR> <BR> I went a little giddy with the first paycheck in my hands in months and bought 2 pair of plain white canvas shoes. I had the idea before of painting my shoes, and i was wondering if anybody'd done it before. did you have to prep them any, or did the results not last? i'd love to get them and wear them, but i wonder if the spray varnish stuff would be good on shoes (aerosol can, don't even wanna attempt the water-varnish spray mixer thing, which i don't even have). <BR... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 08:30:28 EST Know any High School teachers? New team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x36935790 Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> I was looking around for more high school teacher support and decided to create a new place for us. Its called the "High School Teachers Surviving and Thriving" team. Current, former, and teachers-to-be are definitely welcome, as well as other high school staff and high school substitutes (after all, we are all in this together <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> Feel free to join in and we can build this place together--i left more detail in the introduction sticky threa... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:34:28 EST Back again--getting my streak on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x36931626 yo there peoples! <BR> <BR> I used to be on here maybe a year ago, but i tried to trim down my online time and cut groups as it was (plus i wasn't exactly doing anything art related) <BR> <BR> naturally, i get to the teacher workshops at the museum of fine arts and it gives me my drive to try again and such. right now i've got a large canvas out there, badly mistreated, which i'm covering with gesso to give me a clear surface again. it'll be fun finding a way to cover that thing. <BR> <B... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:28:53 EST What project will you be working on this weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x36734366 I will be working on some Stained Glass Halloween projects. Check out my page to see what I have created so far - my goal for the weekend is to have 2 witches and 3 ghosts. <BR> <BR> <em>424</em> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 17:19:57 EST Streaker in the dark.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x36707051 I got the idea of a film which we can call <BR> "Streaker in the dark" <BR> As we are artists and quite fat or very fat we should be the right persons to write a manuscript for a film with this title. <BR> The theme is being afraid of getting seen - and the obsession of covering up and hiding the fatness or loose skin. <BR> And also the willingness of revolution against a society that is so centralised about the body and not the person behind. <BR> Yesterday I saw a magazine which advertised... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:01:22 EST Wise Words to Live By http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x36606860 "Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip." <BR> - Will Rogers Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:44:59 EST I'm back..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x36600632 I'll apologize ahead of time......I'm sure this is going to be LONG. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry that I haven't been around much lately guys. I was using my body bug rather than the SP program and so I got away from posting here. I was still exercising 5-6 days a week, but my eating was all over the board. I go from weeks and weeks of being on plan to absolutely out of control eating. Even when on plan for an extended period of time I was constantly hungry and I'd fall off the wagon when I can no lo... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:16:09 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x36560588 Hello everyone! I'm new to this sparks thing! I hope it helps me out and makes me keep moving forward in life. I'm an artist well people call me and artist ;) I went to school for art education but didn't linencese myself. I haven't actually done art for over 4 years now really. I have done some photography but I just haven't found the guts in me to pick up that paint brush. I started reading art and fear (which is an amazing book!) but never finish it! I am also going to be teaching art less... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 12:11:02 EST Greetings from the great state of Kentucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x36331237 Howdy all, and yes, I am wearing shoes. I am Ron, a 52 year old train wreck. Actually, I am a portrait drawing, book writing, song singing, husband, grandfather, teacher, electrician, and wearer of several dozen other hats. <BR> I am three weeks into my goal of losing 130 pounds in one year. I started at 350 and am down to 333. I weigh in later today, so we shall see how it has progressed in week 3. <BR> I live in a small town in Kentucky (yes, we do actually roll up the streets at night.) ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:55:40 EST ATC's Next Round http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x36313932 Looks like some folks would like to do this again! I don't mind hosting but I want some input on themes and time lines. <BR> <BR> What would you like as a theme? <BR> When should these be due? <BR> Who wants to participate? <BR> <BR> Here are the basic rules <BR> <BR> &#9830;each person will do 4 cards. The theme is TBA. <BR> <BR> &#9830;Please Include a SASE, with your cards. This is the consensus of the team, so we'll leave it as such :) Y'all are great! <BR> <BR> &#9830;The card s... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:00:57 EST Morning Pages and More http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x36224001 I've been feeling a little down so I resurected my morning pages and let myself get it all down on paper. It is one of those activities that I start and stop frequently. Right now I need to get back to my outside of the busy box and back to the activity box. <BR> <BR> I've read the Writer's Diet and The Artist Way and although I'm not 100% in accordance with Julia Cameron I have found some powerful ways to kick start my diet and my art. <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:25:30 EST Hi! from Vancouver Island Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x36214437 Just a quick stop by to say HI! I'm a graphite pet portrait artist, with a strong desire to paint too....well create in away possible, really :) I've had some struggles this past year and have been away from drawing for a while now. With my new found energy and fitness I'm finding it more and more important to me to get back with it. Hoping to get to know a few great people here!!! Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:16:39 EST No one has posted here over a year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x36175450 I am almost at my goal weight and want to shift my goals from weight and healthy living--which I think I have gotten down pat for now--and onto accomplishing some art!!! Is there a discussion forum for that? Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:54:37 EST Using an airbrush http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x36109800 ~ I'm really at a loss for this tool. I am about to begin a painting that is a landscape at dusk and would really like to capture the soft tones of the sky as they layer and change from closer to the earth upwards....any suggestions on how to achieve this? Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:50:29 EST Just got interviewed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x35867434 I got interviewed about my art and photography on a writer's blog today. just thought I'd share with all of you :D <BR> <link>bit.ly/9THvZt </link> <BR> happy painting... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 18:42:21 EST I WOULD LOVE A PAINTING PAL!!! ANY TAKERS??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x35840587 I would love a painting penpal. I am new to this team and have been reading through the topics and thought that this would be a good idea. I thought that if I had someone who is mad about art - we could chat and help each other out and that it might be encouraging? I absolutely love art and would love to share the subject with someone.....many thanks, Wed, 4 Aug 2010 15:19:56 EST Hello from the West Coast of Canada! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x35828013 Summer is typically my time to indulge my creativity without any time restraints. This year however I spent most of July trying to juggle family commitments and a waffling desire to begin to lose weight. <BR> I finally decided to make a firmer commitment to my weight loss goals as the approach I've been taking is too sporadic! Balance seems to be the key to all of this. ~ The question is will I be able to balance my commitment when I am painting up a storm and don't want to stop!!!!! Wed, 4 Aug 2010 01:24:20 EST I'm New Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x35794790 Hi all. I'm happy to have found this lively and entertaining group. I am a silver smith, metalsmith, and oil and watercolor painter. I mainly design and hand fabricate sterling silver and/or gold jewelry. I've been doing this since 1972 and sill enjoy it a lot. I mainly paint for myself but I have sold several watercolors over the past 6 years. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 16:44:33 EST Looking for a drawing pen pal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x35633480 I've been practicing drawing a lot, and lately the drawings have been piling up in my closet because I have nothing to do with them! <BR> So I got a great idea of finding a pen pal that I can send some of my drawings to and also find some inspiration from, and was wondering if anybody here is interested? Sun, 25 Jul 2010 22:56:48 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x35392518 Hello: <BR> I am really excited about this team and hope that it can give me some of the peace and comfort that I get when I paint- only with getting healthier! I really want to be successful with this weight-loss thing, and love the thought that there are so many people out there ready to give support. I am always open to pointers! Tue, 13 Jul 2010 21:54:47 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x35392512 Hello: <BR> I am really excited about this team and hope that it can give me some of the peace and comfort that I get when I paint- only with getting healthier! I really want to be successful with this weight-loss thing, and love the thought that there are so many people out there ready to give support. I am always open to pointers! Tue, 13 Jul 2010 21:54:33 EST new to this team, not to art! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x35322353 HI! i'm krystin, krys if you like. I joined sparkpeople at the end of may and i absolutely love it! i've always done art to calm me down, get rid of stress. i work as an assistant manager of a retail store and it's nothing but paperwork and schedules and money and i hate it! if i didn't have art i'd be depressed and chaotic. i'm currently looking into going to school for graphic design. but the talent i've developed over the years has been primarily in pencil and ink sketches/drawings. i wish... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 16:44:52 EST Questions about pastels... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x35320275 Hi everyone! <BR> Ok I must admit, besides one semester of high school art about 14 years ago where we concentrated mainly on drawing bowls of fruit, I haven't had any art training or classes. I draw mostly human faces, and have recently got into drawing horses. I use mostly pencils, charcoal, graphite, etc... but recently I bought a set of pastels. I've used them a few times but I find them a nightmare to work with, they're so messy! But I love the art I see other people do with pastels... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 13:54:13 EST Hello from Arizona! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x35310522 Hi everyone! <BR> I joined a few days ago and wanted to say hello. I just turned 30 in December, and I love drawing people mostly, but some other things too. I mostly work with pencil, charcoal, and graphite but have just recently started experimenting with pastels (which I find to be a nightmare to work with because of the mess, but they make some cool looking pictures :) <BR> <BR> I would love to see other people's artwork and maybe someday share some of mine. (I'm not the best...haven't... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 23:00:35 EST Hi!! I'm new and I want to share some of my work=) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x35133327 So I have not gone to college yet for my art but I did take some classes in high school. I am all for constructive criticism so here's a few pieces of my work, feel free to tell me what you like or what you think I could improve. Nice to meet you all and I look forward to being active in this group! <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30904<BR>794&l=4e981ce5c6&id=1095177256 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30885<BR>821&l=b1e624f7d0&id=1095177256 </link... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:04:11 EST Suggestions for Framing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x35004902 Hi. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone here frames their stuff...and how on earth do you afford it??? <BR> <BR> I make drawings on paper--colored pencil and pastel--and they are all about 24 x 36. I have so many and it's getting to the point where I would really like to frame them, but forget it!! It's so expensive! <BR> <BR> Regular frame stores? Hundreds of dollars. <BR> I've been to Michael's Arts and Crafts. Their framing is the cheapest I've seen, about 80-100 for my size, but still,... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:41:39 EST hi all :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x34886599 I love all forms of ART. Painting, drawing, sculpture, dance, music, welding, and photography. I enjoy doing charcoal, photography, and clay sculpture. I would love to learn how to weld so I can work with metals. <BR> On Bravo me and my aunt have been watching the new show "Work of Art: The next great Artist". Me and my aunt love doing art and watching this show is really making us want to do some art work. Right now our art room is a mess. Its full of stuff from my grandmas. She moved ... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 15:22:53 EST ATC's June/July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x34849735 ATC's Details <BR> <BR> &#9830;each person will do 4 cards. The theme will be "Summertime" Anything and everything to do with Summer! Lazy days, flowers, beaches, people in shades whatever rows your boat. <BR> <BR> &#9830;i will send out my mailing address on MONDAY July 23, to allow for the cards to be put in the mail by that FRIDAY July 30th. <BR> <BR> &#9830;Please Include a SASE, with your cards. This is the consensus of the team, so we'll leave it as such :) Y'all are great! <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 21:38:29 EST Another Newbie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x34788303 Lots has changed in my life in the last 2 years - my great (but grant-funded) job ended, and we have downsized to a smaller home nearer to our grandchildren. Once I wasn't working in a conventional job any more, my desire to bring art back to the forefront in my life is overtaking me! Haven't quite figured out how to still bring in some bacon this way, but am determined to do it. <BR> <BR> I do photography and graphic art, but would like to explore other media as well. Have lots of ideas bu... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:36:22 EST Weight loss and art http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x34746989 I love the idea of incorporating my weight loss goals with my art. I think I need to start scoping out some of those opportunities. For instance I love to collage so I need a new collage that will truly show how I feel. I'm also thinking about doing a self portrait with a before and after. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else used their art to spark a weight loss adventure? Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:18:49 EST Hi-Hi :3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x34738580 I was thinking of making a small comic or pic based on SP but didn't know where to post it on the message board; but finding and joining the team appears to help my choice ^-^. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:29:00 EST Moon Ya Ya~ I am new to this team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x34674520 I am mad delighted to find y'all because of another member Thanks KML428! <BR> <BR> Obviously I am a artist. I've crossed several disciplines creative, visual & performing arts, but my primary work now is in fiber & poetry. <BR> <BR> Right now i am also dabbling in photography which has gone from a passive hobble to a strong interest. <BR> <BR> I live in New orleans, La & come from a family of artist 7 generations strong including musicians, dancers, writers, singers,visual artist et al. <... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 17:28:34 EST Where will you vacation this year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x34575321 Here I am 2800 miles away from home and having a really great time. I've taken lots of photos and will do lots more before I go home later in this month. Best of all I haven't worried about work at all. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for this summer? Thu, 3 Jun 2010 22:23:06 EST June ATC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x34563724 Good Afternoon Artists! <BR> <BR> Do we want another trade this month? or wait a month? does someone want to host it? <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to improve upon trades or are they good as they are? Thu, 3 Jun 2010 12:24:25 EST nice to meet fellow Artist on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x34471949 Hello I am new to this Team page...it is great to find fellow artist with similar goals here...I am an Illustrator by trade but have been concentrating on Portrait drawings for the past few years and in the last year or so since I lost my Graphic Design job I have been specializing in Color Pencil Pet and Wildlife portraits...I have returned to Sparks after being away for over 2 years and after trying a different diet plan I came to realize that there point system was just not for me...so now... Sun, 30 May 2010 11:03:58 EST ATC Swap for June?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x34191029 I know we're waiting for our May ATCs to come back to us, so perhaps it's too soon to think about another. I just wanted to throw it our there that I'd be happy to host a June swap if people are interested. Once I get some feedback, I'll come up with a theme (I have a few ideas). <BR> <BR> Jackie Mon, 17 May 2010 06:22:31 EST Do You Have to be in the Mood for Creating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x34020109 I find that I hit a wall at times when it comes to creativity. Sometimes it takes me a while to get in the mood to get that paint brush going. Does anyone have the same problem,or can you just right off the bat create? (I envy those that can) <BR> Most of my problem is getting to the canvas to create, I seem to rely on the mood. Sun, 9 May 2010 14:21:33 EST Art & Self Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x33954227 Do you find that you externalize your self esteem? <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel like I use art to feel okay liking myself. <BR> <BR> While my art may represent something *in* me. It's NOT me. Though sometimes it can be hard to separate the two. <BR> <BR> It can make things difficult when someone criticizes something I do artistically. It sometimes feels exactly the same as if they called me fat and unattractive. <BR> <BR> It's almost as if I use my art as protection. Because I feel in CONT... Thu, 6 May 2010 11:39:24 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x33876028 My name is Jessica and I am 35 and live in Madison, AL. I have been a single mom for a long time and I have finally gotten remarried in October of last year. I have struggled with my weight for a long time. I had the attitude of if I was fat people would leave me alone and I wouldn't have to be open with people. I made the choice 2 and 1/2 years ago to work on my attitude and my feeling about myself and in doing that lost about 40 lbs. I am still far from reaching my desired weight but I have... Mon, 3 May 2010 11:35:42 EST Hi I'm new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x33800509 Hi, my name is Di and I have used Photoshop Elements 7 & 8 and Paint Shop Pro X2 and X3 and I have just gotten Photoshop CS 4 Extended and the whole Creative Suite. I love digital design, though I'm just learning. I love to digital scrapbook too. <BR> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:35:52 EST New too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x33795557 Hi, I'm Megan and I paint and draw. My preferred (and almost exclusive) subject matter is people, because people are terribly interesting. I know a lot of artists, but sort of feel intimidated by them because they've had more formal training than me and know more about materials and finishing techniques, and actually show their work in galleries. I had to drop out of art school after a year and a half, but I definitely have talent! Sadly, I tend to put off being creative and waste my time... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:02:27 EST New to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x33699098 Hi. I've been on Sparkpeople forever, but certainly not active. I've been checking out groups, and finding that I really haven't taken advantage of the support available here. I'm overcoming my weight loss goals. I've gotten over my fear of running. I still have a fear of becoming a "professional artist". I have an associates equivalent from an art school. I do freelance work all the time. I feel like I need a series or some special kind of portfolio to get a job in the art world, or even a ... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 23:11:50 EST Hi- I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x33667012 I just want to say hello. When I go through a noncreative period I tend to eat more. So one of my goals is to focus on healthier ways to go through these times. Sat, 24 Apr 2010 12:47:08 EST Art Challenge SYMBOLISM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x33602393 So here is a jump start for the month of may. We will create a piece that is symbolic or depicts some type of symbol. Good luck! Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:00:53 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x33528316 Hi, I'm Nikki and I live in the burbs of Chicago. I've been doing the Spark diet for almost a week, but am just getting acquainted with this site and all it's features. Check out my blog to see what I’ve learned during my first Spark week. =) Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:49:24 EST Healthy Habits vs Art http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x33443554 For the past month, I've enjoyed developing and reinforcing healthy dietary and exercise habits into my daily life. It seems to me, though, that creating artwork conflicts many times with these habits. For example, when working, I often forget to eat, exercise, and drink fluids in the correct amounts. I will also stay up late working on projects and avoid daily household tasks. <BR> <BR> I've been working to control these situations by maintaining a set schedule in the day. My dietary, exerc... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 20:45:09 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x33271797 Hey so I'm new here... I don't call myself an artist, but I like to do it in my spare time sometimes! here's some stuff I've done.. <BR> <BR> http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/du<BR>ckie23foxy/Axe.jpg <BR> <BR> http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/du<BR>ckie23foxy/RuneBlade.jpg <BR> <BR> http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/du<BR>ckie23foxy/Orc.jpg Wed, 7 Apr 2010 15:10:59 EST What inspires you to exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x33134802 So I am relatively new here, and I love it! <BR> <BR> I got to thinking, we could inspire each other more if we all knew what helped each other to get out there and get some exercise in! <BR> <BR> Every day I take pictures on my walk. It is AMAZING to see how everything changes from day to day. I post the pics to my blog to try and get others to look at the beauty around them on their walks too. It is so much better when you make it an artistic adventure, instead of trudging through exerc... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 16:35:39 EST Jr. High Art Class...help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x33014372 Okay, fellow artists, I need some fun art ideas. I'm going to be teaching an art class at a week-long jr. high camp this summer. I have no idea what abilities/art backgrounds I'll be dealing with, so I need projects that will be fun/challenging for experienced artists, but do-able and encouraging for those who might be exploring fine art for the first time. I have a few great ideas to start, but need some more, and figured this would be a great place to look for inspiration :-) I'd really ... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 22:18:13 EST Weekend Artist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x33003845 I work 5 days a week so most of the time I have chores stacked up on the weekend. I'm trying hard to prioritize my weekends so some of what I want to accomplish isn't overshadowed by what needs to be done. Today I am Sparking for a few minutes then I will frame a print for the upcoming show. Hope that leaves me time to take a few images while the weather cooperates. <BR> <BR> How about you? What are your priorities? Sat, 27 Mar 2010 12:07:54 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32906724 My name is Janet, I am 56, I have Fibromyalgia. I love to do watercolors and have done some oils. I have a few pictures on my spark page and on flicker <BR> I not very good but I love trying. <BR> Janet <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:11:54 EST Artist Challange Week 3 - Interpret song into art http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x32862448 Welcome to the Artists Forum Art Challenge. This is a very laid back challenge to encourage you to create a themed piece every week until the end of 2010. <BR> <BR> Theme for week 3 (03-21-10 Through 03-27-10): Interpret a song into art <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> Art must be created by you. New works only. No restrictions on medium. Anything from a doodle to a sculpture to whatever....as long as its new and created by you! <BR> <BR> I will choose a theme based off the contributions submitted. I... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:40:03 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32796054 I've been lurking for a couple of days. I've been busy reading all the cool stuff on this site. I can't wait to see results. What a good site! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:50:00 EST I use to love to paint and use watercolor pencils http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x32742572 Hello! <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparks joined on my birthday for this year in February! Looking forward to hear what you have to say. I love art. I love just looking at it and seeing all the colors. I am not really talented but I find joy and I also love crafts and clay. <em>223</em> <BR> Sometimes I hit a streak and do good. <em>220</em> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:00:09 EST ATC'S FOR MAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x32733485 Would anyone like to host our next round of ATC's? If so post a message here. the rules will stay the same but the host chooses a theme and collects and sends the cards. Let us know! Carol Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:01:38 EST Art Challenge Week 2 - The Universe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x32730126 Welcome to the Artists Forum Art Challenge. This is a very laid back challenge to encourage you to create a themed piece every week until the end of 2010. <BR> <BR> Theme for week 2 (03-16-10 Through 03-23-10): The Universe <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> Art must be created by you. New works only. No restrictions on medium. Anything from a doodle to a sculpture to whatever....as long as its new and created by you! <BR> <BR> I will choose a theme based off the contributions submitted. If you don'... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:06:42 EST Artist Date http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x32712722 This week I am taking my Artist SHOPPING. My cousin is coming for a visit and we are going to hit all the junk shops and have a blast! I'll tell you all about it next time. <BR> <BR> Where will you take your artist this week? Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:39:11 EST tabby arts - tee a. bur http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32573387 Hi, I'm Tee. I'm almost 53 and I don't like what I see in the mirror. I really need to lose 50 pounds. I want to trim down and tone up, but basically I'm lazy! I figured that joining a Spark Team would provide a platform for honesty and support from others. <BR> I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease, so losing weight will put me in a safety zone. <BR> My companion and I are building a house together. Soon her workshop will be finished and I can reclaim my art/music st... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 23:27:47 EST Nice to meet everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32544993 My name is Tina and I'm an illustrator and a painter working to lose weight and eat healthier. I enjoy watercolors, pens, oils, charcoal, drypoint etching and occasionally acrylics. I also have a lot of fun with bookmaking. My favorite artists are Raphael Soyer, Gary Kelley, Shaun Tan, Norman Rockwell, Vuillard and Nicolas De Crecy. <BR> <BR> I have trouble remembering to eat and exercise when I'm working on a given project. Hopefully SparkPeople can help with that. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 23:09:33 EST Art Challenge: Week 1: Alice in Wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x32522139 Welcome to the Artists Forum Art Challenge. This is a very laid back challenge to encourage you to create a themed piece every week until the end of 2010. <BR> <BR> Theme for week 1 (03-08-10 Through 03-14-10) : Alice in Wonderland (in honor of Tim Burtons movie being released! <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> Art must be created by you. New works only. No restrictions on medium. Anything from a doodle to a sculpture to whatever....as long as its new and created by you! <BR> <BR> I will choose a the... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 08:37:44 EST useful art articles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4752x1832x32475407 I thought maybe it would be nice if we all shared useful articles we have found on either creating or promoting/selling our art... <BR> here is on I found interesting the other day at Redbubble.com <link>www.redbubble.com/people/selling/jou<BR>rnal/4752726-how-to-get-your-work-disp<BR>layed-in-shops </link> I have not taken the plunge at getting anything displayed in local shops myself YET 9have to be willing to part with the originals or be able to afford getting prints done up first). <B... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 00:22:46 EST paintintlady3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32465414 I am a 67 yr old woman who has had a weight issue most of my life. I had and have given it way to much power. I would like to finally get the weight off and keep it off in a healthy manner. I am very resistent to writng things downl I start, but do not finish things. I consider myself creative. I like to quilt and watercolor . I use the watercolor paintings to add to with rice paper, stamps, etc. I get bored very easily. I joined this team for support. I thought it would be fun to commun... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 15:10:38 EST Hi, I'm Slim411 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32447362 I'm a recording artist/musician but I've started working on my art again...drawing, painting, art journaling...really enjoying it. I'm a professional musician but not a professional artist...just love to draw, paint and take pictures. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 21:47:46 EST Spring 2010 5% Challenge starts March 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x32274678 Hey if anyone is interested in joining here's a link: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x40933x322<BR>61276 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a challenge to lose 5% of your body weight in 8 weeks. Every week features an individual challenge (IE do 50 sit-ups everyday or track your food everyday). There is currently 4 teams that will be competing, I am co-leading the Cloverleafs. You are more than welcome to join and request whatever team you'd like... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 17:50:33 EST Anyone interested in doing a themed piece? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x32209811 If there is a thread on this somewhere else, please forgive me in advance. (and point me to it! LOL) <BR> <BR> Is anyone interested in doing a/several themed piece(s) with me in March? Currently, I am trying to do 100 pieces of art in one year (personal goal/project). Anywho, I am in need of themes and motivation. <BR> <BR> Typically how I work, is come up with a concept, string of words, idea and bamm-O and idea/painting/sculpture is born. <BR> <BR> Since I poked my facebook groupies for... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:25:09 EST New to artists group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32174282 This is so great a find. Like minded in other areas. I love all type of art including ACEO cards. Write wildlife articles for magazines, tried my hand in almost everything over the many years of my life. I'm currently in a art opening for Catawampus Art Gallery in Opelika, Alabama. I'm excited to know my journey will be filled with like minded food while I successfully reach into myself and pull out the real pretty sweetthing waiting inside. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:11:10 EST Hi I'm stasha :] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32112301 Hello! My name is Stasha and I've just recently joined sparkpeople .I love all kinds of art from comic book style drawing to realism to photography and so on. I plan on studying to become an Art Therapist and I start college next year. :] If you ever wanna ask me anything or wanna share artwork fill free to message me. Sat, 20 Feb 2010 21:18:08 EST Hola! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x32091498 Hey there, kids! My Alias is Ru but you can call me... Ru. Everyone else does. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I hail from Denver Colorado. I attended Denver School of the arts for awhile and then... well, got kicked out. Who knew you could get kicked out of art school for failing math. HAH! <BR> <BR> Anyways, My main focus, artistically, is sequential art. More specifically, I REALLY love drawing pinup in general. I have some more adult stuff that I do... sometimes for fun, sometimes for money, or so... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 21:50:56 EST make it through valentines with no chocolate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x31965049 just answer yes or no.... <BR> <BR> for me it was a yes <BR> no chocolate this year. <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 08:43:06 EST I'm New 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31931517 Hello have just landed at Spark People, having been referred by my lovely wife and on Valentines Day to.lol <BR> Apart from my wife I have a love for food (which I am trying to fix) and the arts which I need lots more of. The cunning plan is to have a more balanced life. <BR> <BR> Art has played a strong interest in my life and my father who painted was big influence. My preferred medium is pastel, followed by watercolour and acrylics.If you are curious then you may like to go to <BR> http:... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 17:33:20 EST Positive Creative Quote of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x31786954 "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:30:36 EST Favorite Paint Color http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x31756921 I love Cerulean Blue - mix it with some naples yellow - YUM! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 02:05:33 EST Well Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31516772 Hey Everyone, I'm new to this group and am just looking for fellow like minded individual's to talk to. I have me BA in Art Therapy, art has always been a part of me, for as long as I can remember. My mediums include; photography film & digital, painting, jewelry, collage, pottery and am starting to dabble with fabrics and making art quilts. I do a little bit of everything. I started spark people back in September, but never did the whole spark page thing. I started a spark page to see if I c... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:34:41 EST Anybody else on drawspace? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x31389872 Just wondering if anybody else is on there. All sorts of tutorials on art subjects, plus you can post a a gallery and get inspired by other members works. It's free to sign up and participate, and that makes it all that much better! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:44:30 EST Hi new team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31306177 Hi guys! I'm located in Middle Tennessee, and I'd like to think I could be called an artist, but nothing professionally. I think I've actually given away everything I've ever done. Most of my creative activities are in woodworking, but I also sketch (portraits), work stained glass (copper foil and leaded), and lately I've been working on illustrations for a children's book my wife is writing. This week I've been milling out some beautiful wood blanks from some trees that have come down on... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:08:29 EST Greetings Fellow Artists!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31270472 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm a fulltime artist, and maybe someday I'll even make a living at it. LOL <BR> <BR> I used to work in computers. I then spent five years living/traveling in an RV, the last year of which I spent fighting breast cancer. As of a month ago I've parked my RV and am sharing a new (to us) home with my mom. To do so, I moved clear across the country from Washington state (where I stayed to be treated for cancer) to Maryland where my mom is, and where I grew up. <BR> <BR> The c... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 20:17:22 EST Hi artistic friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31200010 Hello - I recently retired in Toronto at 61 from a stressful desk job with long hours. A scary 75 lbs crept up on me and now I want to enjoy my retirement with better health. I just returned to my love of drawing and painting after many years away. Have done six acrylic landscape paintings in the last few months! Am very excited about this but need the energy to follow thru now with my goals. Good luck to all of you with your own health and artistic endeavours. Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:40:26 EST Hi from Oregon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31196805 Hi Everyone, <BR> It is easy for me to get sidetracked and not spend as much time on my art as I would like to. I'm hoping this group will help me stay focused. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:55:53 EST Hi from a MN wildlife artist, New to SP and team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31136399 Hi, new here and fairly new to SP. I am so excited to have found this site. To introduce myself: <BR> I live in MN, have 4 chihuahuas,(my babies don't like this cold, but I sure find it trains puppies quick! They don't want to go out and play around!) I teach piano, and plan to learn the harp. I hope to do harp/music therapy in a few years and perhaps eventually teach it. I am an artist- I paint wildlife, dogs, and beginning to do some landscapes as well- so I do all my work at home. My... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 10:57:12 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31106646 Hi everyone, I just joined the team and started my journey on the 1st of January. I'm a VERY amateur artist and have only recently gotten into graphite and pencil work. I do graphic design and layout designs mostly but have been taking drawing classes on top of my other college classes(Graphic Communications/Graphic Design degree). I'm currently in Introduction to Drawing Part 2. <BR> <BR> This is an image I did my first term in Introduction to Drawing. It was a still life our instructor pu... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 08:39:29 EST HALLO FROM FLORIDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31102172 I have been a Sparkpeople member for about 2 weeks now. I live in Central Florida but I am originally from Norway. I used to paint a lot, but have not painted anything the last 4 years. I really like to get back in to it. The paintings on my sparkpage were painted several years ago. I lost my job this fall (I worked as a technical illustrator) like a lot of other people. Maybe now I can find the time to drag my painting supplies back out. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:53:11 EST Hello from New York http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x31065264 Hello all. So glad to find this team..I am new to SP, and I am in my second week. I am motivated to succeed and look to 2010 to make things happen with regard to my weight as well as my art. <BR> I am a lapsed artist. The last time I "really" worked on a painting, I was nine months pregnant. Fast foward nine years and here I am! I look forward to be a support and recieve support. <BR> Best wishes to all. <BR> Fran Wed, 13 Jan 2010 20:52:29 EST March ATC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1832x31024954 So what do you think? Should we do another round. It sounds like at least 4 of us are interested. Who wants to host? Carol Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:51:40 EST HELLO FROM ILLINOIS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x30994743 I'm new to the "artists" group. I decided I needed a sparksbuddy and checking a box seemed kind of passive ... so I thought I'd post to see if anyone is interested in mutual encouragement/accountability in becoming smaller this year. I'm a thirtysomething Christian -- an art educator -- mixed-media artist -- petowner -- nature-loving happy wanderer with about 50 pounds to lose [yes, and I really mean it this time!!]. Here's to success in 2010! Mon, 11 Jan 2010 19:49:00 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x30935875 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this group & glad to be here. I've renewed my commitment to my health for the New Year and am feeling really positive about it. Keeping up with my job & my after hours life as an artist keeps me really busy. Fitting in exercise as a new priority is an adjustment. I though maybe by keeping up with a group like this I might find other people striking the balance between work, art & health. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me! <BR> Betsy <BR> <BR> If you're curiou... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 23:11:54 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1832x30920416 My name is Alyssa. I am new to Spark. I love painting, especially watercolor. I look forward to meeting new people and giving support and gaining support in my new journey ahead! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 12:36:09 EST A-Z Art Supplies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6381x1832x30856281 Let's play a game! A is for Amber oil paint Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:19:52 EST