SparkPeople Artists Team Messageboard 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 Drink your H20 ... ? <em>194</em> CHECK IN <BR> <BR> One of our team goals is actually drinking water. Perhaps we all could benefit from a place that gives a bit of a nudge to drink. <BR> <BR> Did you get your water in today. . . <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <em>194</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 01:09:41 EST New Me isn’t here yet After 10+ concussions I’m not sure I’ll ever figure out who the New Me is. All I can say is, right now, she is able to create. It goes in waves. I’ll create virtually nonstop for weeks. Then it’ll shut off like a tap and I might be able to create something again in a few months. Right now it’s turtles. Lots of turtles. Not sure why but these waves seem to have tunnel vision, focusing on a very narrow content line. I’ve had a cephalopods wave, a Whovian wave, a tiger wave... <BR> F... Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:46:08 EST greetings I've just found this forum. I'm a needleartist, practicing most forms of embroidery but in love with blackwork. It's nice to be here! Tue, 19 Jan 2021 19:35:39 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 29 Dec 2020 18:38:19 EST 2021 Goals In December I always like to start thinking about my goals for the coming year. No matter what your age, here's a SparkPeople article written in 2017 to help get you thinking about some things you want to accomplish during the next year. <BR> <BR> "Here's The Thing About Getting Older" <BR> <link><BR>eres_the_thing_about_getting_older </link> Fri, 11 Dec 2020 16:48:07 EST Today did you Walk or Exercise? All of the the exercise in the world won’t help me to lose weight if my nutrition is out of whack. <BR> BUT <BR> I do also know I need to exercise! <BR> <BR> Here is a thread to help step it up, be truthful with &amp; have a place to help hold ones self more accountable. <BR> <BR> So here goes! <BR> <BR> Whatever that means to you... <BR> Whatever you are capable of... <BR> Whatever inspires you to move... <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <BR> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 23:56:19 EST Finishing the book I am almost done with the Writing Diet. Some of the tips have been amazing and some have made me squirm a bit. Today was Clean Eating Equals Clean Living. Loved the de-cluttering idea as a diversion from snacking. Sat, 6 Jun 2020 15:43:30 EST Check-in How..are you coping with Covid-19 I am finding that uncertainty and unpredictability are very difficult things to live with. I find It hard to stay informed without overdoing it. <BR> <BR> I am reaching out more to others that I feel need more social support. <BR> <BR> I am discovering that Old friends I have known for years have become all the more dear. <BR> <BR> I am trying to not let fear control me or let panic take over my decision-making and rational thought. <BR> <BR> I am staying in and staying at home as much ... Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:29:10 EST Trigger Foods: p. 70 The Deep, Dark Secret I think that I am far enough away from old practices that I am ready to come clean on this one. <BR> <BR> My over eating in indulgence had been a place I bathed myself in a kind of luxury that was uneven with the world around me. I would often eat in my classroom after school or in my car on my commute. I had no reigns, no filter or concern. I would buy and eat anything I wanted. It was my one special indulgence. I would even take myself to our fancy movie theater on occasion with luxuriou... Tue, 10 Mar 2020 00:32:39 EST The Body Buddy: Tool 7 Please post your thoughts about the Writing Diet Tool #7, The Body Buddy, here. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:39:51 EST HALT: Tool 6 Please post your thoughts about HALT tool #6 of the Writing Diet. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:38:58 EST Culinary Artist Dates: Fifth Tool Please post your thoughts about the 5th Tool of the Writing Diet, Culinary Artist Dates, here. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:38:19 EST The Four Questions: Writing Diet Tool #4 This is the Writing Diet Tool #4. Please post your thoughts and successes when using this tool on this thread. Carol Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:37:29 EST Walking: the Third Tool Please post your thoughts on Walking: the 3rd tool of the Writing Diet here. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:36:45 EST The Journal - Tool # 2 Please post your thoughts about The Writing Diet Tool #2 - The Journal. <BR> <BR> After reading the chapter I found a nice size one that fits in my purse. Now to use it. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:35:53 EST Writing Diet This will be a repository for thoughts and ideas that come from working through the Writing Diet by Julia Cameron. All members are encouraged to join. Don't worry about being behind just feel free to post. We will continue the Morning Pages thread as well. <BR> <BR> The plan is to start around Jan. 19 or 20. If you do not have the book their is still time to purchase it or check it out at the library. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jan 2020 15:04:56 EST Becoming My DH knows how much I love to journal and he also knows that I am a fan of Michelle O'bama's book "Becoming." He surprised me with the journal that goes along with the book. I am beyond excited. Wed, 25 Dec 2019 14:33:01 EST 2020 Goals ? . . . <BR> <BR> I'm thinking on this... Thu, 28 Nov 2019 15:22:37 EST Question of the day Does the time change bother you or are in an area that doesn't change time twice a year. Sun, 3 Nov 2019 10:09:44 EST Question Do you use Facebook? What are the pros and cons that you encounter? Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:10:37 EST Returning to Spark Hi all. I have recently returned to Spark after a long absence. This team was very helpful and interesting when I was last here and I was happy to see it still going strong. Life has changed a lot over the years! Though I still need to lose a considerable amount of weight I have maintained this weight for a few years now, rather than gaining. And I am in better physical shape, too. As for painting, I was stuck for some time but not for awhile now. I began getting back into painting by att... Tue, 23 Jul 2019 14:15:33 EST The Power of 5 minutes Reading Jamie Ridler's blog today got me to thinking about how we can take a five minute "time out" to refresh our souls. She gave a very nice list but I wonder what you do in 5 minutes that just make you feel good. <BR> <BR> For example this morning I did a very quick watercolor of a flower. I felt good when it was done and inspired to do other things. <BR> <BR> To see Jamie's list go to <link> </link> Sun, 19 May 2019 12:24:29 EST Great question Patient. <BR> <BR> Impatient. <BR> <BR> They’re both useful states of mind (except when they’re not). <BR> <BR> Which one do you plan to deploy today? <BR> <BR> My plan is to be patient. Sometimes it is the only way to be heard. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:53:36 EST For the love of art Anyone interested on here about sharing all things art tips etc. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:16:43 EST Paint is expensive I recccomend that all of my acrylic students use a clear plastic container, of your choice that fits a paper towel ,and your pallette in the bottom of it . I find if you use parchment paper, waxpaper, freezer paper,or pallette paper to set up your acrylics, they need a way to stay wet in order to continue to use them . Many times we put too much paint down and while painting it dry's up on us . wet your paper towel and place in bottom of container, cover with parchment or other wax paper, pl... Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:03:49 EST Hello from South Louisiana !! <img src=""> I am back again due to many health issues, I will be 76 in July, I am enjoying Spark with a new attitude, losing weigh great tracking nutrients can mean life or death at least in my situation! I am an art teacher love showing others and I can talk art day and night !! If I could I would put a paintbrush in everyone's hand in the world !! Art is wonderful for all things, stress, anxiety, etc, but we a... Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:06:31 EST 21 Days in my art world. This is from Tara Leaver's <link><BR>-art-world-free-art-challenge-2019/ </link> <BR> <BR> I actually am posting here for 2 reasons. 1. You have to be smarter than Instagram and 2. I love to go on SparkPeople and share. Sat, 5 Jan 2019 16:02:19 EST Yesterday's Achievement Please post one or two things that will help you reach a goal. Doesn't have to be big just that you did something positive for yourself. <BR> <BR> Example: One of my goals is to declutter my life. Yesterday I cleaned 2 shelves of my studio book case. I removed several books that I no longer need and will donate them to our library. Woo Hoo good for me. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Dec 2018 12:08:37 EST 2019 Goals It is that time again. 30 days to plan the most important goals for the next year. Sat, 1 Dec 2018 12:33:22 EST Artsy Humor Something funny related to art? Post it here so that we can all have a smile -- or a belly laugh! Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:46:19 EST August 13, Cooking Are you a good cook? Do you have a favorite dish for when you have company? Do you share recipes? Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:15:48 EST August 12 Travel Name a place you would love to go? Do you think you will ever get there? Sun, 12 Aug 2018 12:47:30 EST August 11, favorite food What is your favorite guilty pleasure food. <BR> <BR> Mine is butterfinger candy bars. Sat, 11 Aug 2018 12:59:16 EST August 10, description Describe your perfect weekend day. <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:49:47 EST August 8, 2018 Name three things you’re tolerating right now. Wed, 8 Aug 2018 11:07:10 EST Question for August 7 If you could start anew, where would you begin? <BR> <BR> What must you leave behind? Tue, 7 Aug 2018 13:39:31 EST Ready for Another ATC Swap? Is anyone interested in participating in an ATC swap? The topic was brought up on our Coloring Books thread, and I know F8CONE8 mentioned it on another team discussion. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to make some trades, I'll be glad to host this one with an end-of-the-month due date. Please reply to this post with a suggestion for the theme, and then I'll print out the guidelines and other details. (For an idea of what we have done previously, you can search for past swaps under this "Games" forum... Sat, 4 Aug 2018 17:43:16 EST Must Artists Be Poor What do you think? <link><BR>rtists_contribute_to_the_economy_and_h<BR>ow_we_can_support_them?utm_source=news<BR>letter_daily&amp;utm_campaign=daily&am<BR>p;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=image__2018-03-16 </link> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:13:56 EST A new question I saw this poem and it made me wonder, where do you call home? <BR> <BR> Where we love is home, <BR> Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. <BR> ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Homesick in Heaven <BR> <BR> Home to me is when my entire family lived together on Bertie Ave, in Edgemont California. happy times. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:42:21 EST Question? Do you make New Year Resolutions? Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:36:46 EST What will you do differently? The Great Work Provocation message today seems like a good one for a daily what will you do question. Each day we can post here our answer to this question. <BR> <BR> If your number one priority was to be kind to yourself today, what would you do? <BR> <BR> So what will you do? Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:41:50 EST Back again! Hello! Good to see this team still alive and well. <BR> I have not been here for quite awhile....good to see some familiar names. <BR> I am a mess.....gained weight....lost my identity... <BR> Working out an autoimmune disease and taking time now to try to <BR> Get a grip again! F8cones...I think you were here last time I was here maybe? <BR> Good to be back. Ksgirl Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:39:59 EST Word of the year? Each year I try to pick one word that will be my go to word. Last year my go to word was "lucky". In a lot of ways 2016 was anything but lucky for myself and my family but it did help me to remember the good even when living with the bad. <BR> <BR> I am now searching for my 2017 word. Any suggestions? Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:34:32 EST 30 day journal project “All glory comes from daring to begin.” <BR> <BR> &amp;#8213; Ruskin Bond <BR> <BR> I loved the positive start on Lisa Sonora's 30 day journal project. I'm excited to get this one done. It is not too late to join. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:21:21 EST Co-Leader Looking for someone who would like to Co-lead this group. Anyone? <em>303</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:18:17 EST Hi All from a Fiber Artist Hello! <BR> Just finished day 5 of my Spark program, and other than a few sore muscles, I'm doing ok. <BR> <BR> I've not felt well for a long time. This has had a tremendous impact on my creativity. <BR> <BR> Walking 30 minutes a day, and recording every bite. I am already feeling better! <BR> <BR> Here's hoping my muse returns as my health improves. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all, and seeing your artwork. <BR> <BR> All the best, <BR> Ann Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:32:00 EST 21 Day Meditation Todays centering thought from Depak and Oprah. "I am fulfilled when I can be who I want to be." You can join the free 21 day meditation "Getting Unstuck" at <link> </link> You may need to copy and past. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:18:16 EST Horoscope My horoscope today issued a challenge. It says to make a list of all I wish to accomplish and then get busy on it. Wow is that the same as a bucket list? Not sure where to go with this but I do have lots of stuff I want to do. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:13:52 EST newbie Hi, I'm Kim. I have done a lot of pottery and photography over the years and occasional painting with acrylics and watercolor. The past couple of years, I have been mostly carving...wood, skulls, horns, and gourds, which are currently my favorite carving medium. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:23:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:52:42 EST Artist date week 1 I went shopping I. My stash of supplies. Used markers and created Mandela's for myself. :) Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:37:04 EST Diets and Life Style I was at my brother and sister in laws last night and discussed the latest diet that my sis signed up for. I've had friends buy into this same one and honestly they all lost weight and of course, within a year gained it back plus. (one of the gals has kept it off.) I suppose 1 in 6 isn't bad. I didn't want to discourage her as it is so important that she feel like a winner. My concern with "diets" even the ones who say they are NOT a diet is they don't work for the long haul. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:31:05 EST Morning guilt mine are 'afternoon' page I am retired my DH is retired...our morning routines are sacred together time. My 'self' time is afternoon. When I gave myself permission to do morning pages on a schedule that works for me, the pen flows across the page. Even the suggested daily exercises read as 'fun' activities. Maybe what stopped me before is I was too literal. Possible? Think so. When morning causes me to clam up I had to examine what works for me. Kinda like it's 5 o'clock somewhere. &amp;#128568; Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:06:42 EST Intro I started painting after I retired. Painting with primarily decorative artists, but a few years ago began painting from my photos. A ,',friend' told me to put my paints away my greens were garish and not enough contrasts. I looked again at my photo reference and my finished piece and thought ,,"That's the say I wanted it to look". So put my paints away. <BR> <BR> Picked them back up again but no longer share/show my work. Am taking lessons in oil in class that meets weekly for 3 hours. ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:30:24 EST Week 6 Can you tell me which task is missing? Fri, 8 Jan 2016 12:11:11 EST Can any of you recommend Painting workshops? I have a plan of going to either San Francisco (1st choice) or Boston, where I would like to attend a painting workshop or class in may or the beginning of june for 1 or 2 weeks. <BR> Will any of you give me a link to a place to paint you can recommend or you have heard of? <BR> Thank you - And happy New year, Frida Tue, 5 Jan 2016 16:13:04 EST Week 5 Week 5 has given me epiphany after epiphany. I have discovered so much in my journaling and studying I am about to burst. First I must say that a lot of what Julia talks about no longer applies to me but what does is rocking my world. <BR> <BR> I have resolved a few issues around my art and my work that have troubled me for years. I also am so grateful that I have been able to retire and enjoy good health. This is huge. <BR> <BR> There was some talk about decluttering and low and be... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:47:08 EST Hidden Emoticons game We play this on another team that I'm on and it is interesting to see what emoticon shows up. After you click on the "Reply" button, just click on the "Add an Emoticon" button and select any emoticon. Take note of the last number played and substitute the next number in the brackets. Click on "Post Message" and see what emoticon shows up. I'll start the first two! <BR> <BR> NOTE: Sometimes it won't be anything. Sometimes, it will be a surprise! Several of them won't be in Sparks emoticons. ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 21:29:56 EST Week 4 I am still behind but I am hoping others are getting on with it. I still have the exercises to do for week 3 but I started reading week 4. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:41:41 EST Resolutions or Goals? Do you make resolutions or set new goals in January? If so what is your process? Personally I am trying to make some little changes so I am enjoying myself more. <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:33:15 EST Week 3 We are off and running on week 3 <BR> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:32:13 EST Looking for photo printing help - total panic I'm looking for help from a few teams that might use photos for their work. I am trying to get 2" pictures from some photo scans that I just did to use as patterns for some ornaments. Someone had recommended the program GIMP, which is supposed to be a lot like Photoshop, but free. The only other programs I have are Windows Gallery and the one that downloads from my camera. I just did some editing with GIMP, but I can't figure out how to make the photos smaller other than in the print set-... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 18:08:22 EST Week 2 I have to say that I do have a crazy maker or two in my life. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 12:35:42 EST Week 1 Today I will look for my book again. If I can't find it I will go to the library for a copy. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 13:20:58 EST Holiday Destressing With Art Therapy I loved this article! I want to do almost everything on the list. <link><BR>rapy-techniques_56562017e4b072e9d1c19f9b </link> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:04:57 EST Artists Date What do you plan to do this week for your Artist? <BR> <BR> I am going to lose myself in dying fabric for a couple of hours. this is a busy Artist's week for me. Quilting at both guilds and a play date with friends on Friday. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:44:28 EST Island Girl Hi Everyone, I thought I did this before, and I can't find it, so I'll do it again. I used to go by ArtistsBrush. <BR> <BR> I grew up on the coast of Maine, spending all of my childhood being a musician (started lessons at age 6 with voice and piano.) Went to Dartmouth, took one after hours life drawing class while I was there. Fast forward about 20 years, and I move to Hawaii. It was then that I finally took out my pencils and started to take art seriously. I began painting in 2005, an... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 12:23:13 EST Today I will... In 3 words describe something you will do today. For instance: <BR> <BR> ... walk 3 miles. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:27:13 EST Juried Art Shows I know that F8CONE8 and I have both been subscribing for years to the art newsletter "The Painter's Keys" by Robert and Sara Genn. I thought that today's article, "Peer's Process," was especially interesting, and it was about Sara's recent experience in judging an art show. Here's the link to the article which brings up some pretty good points and includes some poignant quotes: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Have you ever entered a juried show? Or have... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:08:12 EST Projects Have you recently started or finished an art project. What is it and how is it going? <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:01:46 EST Where is my muse? Last week there was an incident that has left me a bit low with very little creativity. Any suggestions on how to get my mojo back? Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:55:38 EST Woman Unleashed Online Retreat Reconnect with your Intuition, Creativity, and Passion in this free online retreat which starts August 17, 2015. If you're ready to nurture your Body, Mind & Spirit, you can pause, turn Inward, and make changes the fun way! You'll be reTREATing at home with art, movement, journaling and more. <BR> <BR> This is a collaborative project with Woman Within, and it's easy to register with just your first name and your email address: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:54:22 EST Getting creative - just need to get through ... ... this pile of ... procrastination. <BR> <BR> Hi everyone - my name is Maria, I'm based in London and I am setting out on a creative path to develop my singing voice and my voice generally (in the physical and spiritual senses). <BR> <BR> VERY early days for me. I'm inspired by Melody Gardot who began to sing as therapy after a road traffic accident made it necessary for her to go back to first-steps to rebuild herself. I haven't been in an RTA but I am actively rebuilding myself in oth... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 06:52:27 EST Coloring Books Has anyone taken the coloring craze up? I found several locations online that you can download mandelas or other pics to color. I usually draw in my journal and color it is with pencils. Just fun. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:14:08 EST Hi Everybody Thank you for the welcome. Art has always been a major part of life, always taking classes, doing as many things as I can (drawing, watercolor, oils, pastels). However, I've always had another income & never sold anything. Right now, I have a glass studio where I etch, fuse, & work on stained glass. I really need to work my way to selling. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:08:42 EST Survey regarding Artists I am curious. What is the one thing you need more of to be a better more prolific artist? <em>303</em> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:38:19 EST Self-Portraits Have any of you ever created a self-portrait? If so, please tell us about the process and what you learned from it. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed reading this blog, and suggested exercise, by Sara Genn on "The Painter's Keys" about self-portraits, and I highly recommend it. Genn urges us: "Tell your story as if it might be interesting." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:50:15 EST Travel Tips Vacations, art workshops, business travel, a day-trip, whatever -- and you want to take your art supplies. What art supplies do you travel with? How do you pack your supplies? What do you do to keep from taking too much? <BR> <BR> Please share any travel tips with us! <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> <em>534</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:59:34 EST ICAD Challenge Here's a fun little challenge that some of you may enjoy. It officially started June 1, 2015, but I just found out about it today. It's free, and it's not too late to join in. ICAD stands for Index-Card-a-Day, and basically, the challenge is to do some sort of art -- doodling, drawing, writing, collage, sewing or whatever -- on one 3" x 5" index card every day throughout June and July -- just 61 days total. <BR> <BR> Here's what Tammy at Daisy Yellow Art has to say about her challenge: <BR>... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:28:27 EST ATC SWAP For Spring 2015 How to participate in ATC swap <BR> <BR> You will make at least 4 ATC related to the theme happy. (Anything that makes you happyis acceptable.) <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, watercolor, collage, photography, wax, fibers, fabric, digital, etc. <BR> <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 ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:42:56 EST What are you doing with your talent. What did you do today that helped your creativity? Did you allow yourself any time or energy to your needs or did you block your inspiration. <BR> <BR> I found that today I allowed myself a little time to let my imagination go wild and as a result I have chosen my next quilt piece and baked two lemon merangue pies from scratch for our Easter get together. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 19:54:36 EST Looking to get back to being an artist I saw this group and was inspired. I'm not currently painting or drawing but used to, have a BFA in art and design but being creative has slipped away from me. Want it back and looking forward to participating here. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:08:53 EST new to team 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 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 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 !!! 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 SUMMER ATC SWAP Theme: Summer (Anything goes with this swap. Colors or images that feel like summer to you.) <BR> Number of Cards: 4 <BR> Date to Mail (with SASE): August 4, 2014 <BR> <BR> Who wants in? <BR> <BR> Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) are: <BR> - your art <BR> - any surface as long as it's thin and (somewhat) flat (Can easily fit in an envelope.) <BR> - size 2.5"x3.5" or 3.5"x2.5" (yes, inches, like a baseball card) <BR> - any medium <BR> <BR> On Back of ATC, include: <BR> - your Spark name... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:37:05 EST I'm new to this team... 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 Ive been dabbling in watercolors for a short time off and 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 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..... :) 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? 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? I mostly use pencil that is why they call me Graphite Gal Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:03:40 EST NEWB ALERT! 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! 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 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> </link> . <em>30</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:58:34 EST introduction 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 <link> </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 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 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 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 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 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 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> <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? 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! 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! 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 ! 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 ;-) 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 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 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! 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! 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 ok...I keep hearing that these are very good for you... <BR> however....I can't seem to do them like the <BR> any suggestions??? <BR> <BR> on the art side... <BR> I have about 5 projects all going at the same 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 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! 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 <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:37:20 EST Goals for weight loss 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 :) 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 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 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! 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! 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... 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! 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 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 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? 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!! 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- - which I'm super excited about since it makes me feel li... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:51:47 EST Hey Mintdawn 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 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) 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 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 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 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 "Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory." Fri, 13 Apr 2012 19:42:10 EST Daily Chat 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 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 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 <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! 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? 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 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 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 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> </link> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:33:06 EST Weight Loss Tips 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 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! 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:) 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 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 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! Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello! <em>30</em> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:34:02 EST Fitting Quote for Christmas "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 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 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? 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 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 "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 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><BR>etower-print.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:37:01 EST Add a line 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 5 + 5 Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:39:46 EST ~Newbie On The Block!~ 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 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 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 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!! 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 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? 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 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 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> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 11:10:25 EST New Here! 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! 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? 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 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 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> </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 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> </link> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:30:20 EST Not so new, but back on board 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 The language of art......... 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 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! 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 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 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 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! 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> ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:58:32 EST Hi all! 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 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?! Looky what I found! <BR> <link><BR>-gogh-portrait-jeanne-donnadieu </link> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:41:09 EST Inspiration "Cookbook" 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? Anyone interested in an ATC swap for the Fall? Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:25:58 EST Cinematography that is eye candy and inspiring.... 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 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..... Our "minds eye" has different visions of our own body 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! 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! 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 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! 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 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? 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 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! 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 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!! 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! 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> </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 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! 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? 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 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 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><BR>rland?ref=si_shop Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:57:18 EST Playing with new media. 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 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! 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. 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 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. 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? 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??? 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! 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 :)<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 Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:45:55 EST Book - Keri Smith - Mess 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 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> </link> <em>239</em> <link><BR>korn </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 12:02:08 EST HI IM NEW! Im 21 and have an Associates in Graphic Design and FIne Arts. You can see some Fine Art here : 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 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? 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 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? 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! 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 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 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> Mon, 16 May 2011 19:09:00 EST need motivation to work, but have full schedule... 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... 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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> </link> Sun, 1 May 2011 16:56:43 EST Zentangle, anyone??? What is Zentangle? Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:54:10 EST Exercise challenge? 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 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! Join SparkPeople's newest artist trading card swap! We'll make use of SparkPeople's Inspirational Quotes section. <BR> <BR> <link><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 Emoticons of the day What emoticon describes you today? Are your happy <em>30</em> ? sad <em>39</em> ? or just <em>24</em> not sure? Check in here and let us know! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:16:57 EST Are we ready for another ATC round? 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 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 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><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! 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 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. 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... 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! 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 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 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 :) 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 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 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? Apparently the viewer can roam various museums online.... <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 "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 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> </link> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:08:53 EST Jack LaLanne 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! 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 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!! :) 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> </link> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:57:00 EST Hi I'm new to Spark 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? 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 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 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 :) 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 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 sub conscious is saying it's now time to loose the extra pounds. <BR> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 02:50:42 EST Hello hello 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! 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 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... 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> </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? 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 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? 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? 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><BR>ngs.html <BR> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:44:21 EST I'm new here... 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 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: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 07:57:49 EST how inspiring 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 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 <em>102</em> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 00:27:09 EST What did you spin today 5 Sat, 4 Dec 2010 00:26:07 EST Hi I am new to spark teams 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 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 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 Hey all!! <BR> <BR> So, i thought i'd share my latest artistic endeavor.. <BR> <link> </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's for those of us who love to just po... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:15:04 EST Artists in SparkPeople? 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! 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? 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? 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? 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><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? 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 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? 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