I love the families I am a part of. Art and creativity ooze from both my husband's side and my side of the family. The best part about that...is that is that while we are all creative...we are all very individual in how we go about creating. My sister is a sculpter, her husband is a painter. My brother is a writes copy for advertisements (Have you ever seen the Vikings "what's in your wallet" ad campaign?) My brother in law designs over-the-top trade show booths that would blow your mind. My sister in law teaches Art in an elementary school and the kids love her. My other sister in law is a landscape architect who creates beautiful plans for homeowners and commercial business alike. My Mother in Law is a budding "Grandma Moses" as she has discovered her love of paint only recently. My grandmother painted scenes of China Town and San Francisco in watercolor. My Uncle Ray paints acrylics and is inspired by the bright colors and themes of Mexico. The ones I haven't mentioned may not be making careers in art, or painting daily, but I assure you, their talent and creativity is there.
Over Labor Day Weekend, we had the opportunity to get together for a Family Reunion in Bear Lake, Idaho. This is one of my favorite places to be. It is so peaceful to get away from the computer, the phone and all other things that might tie me down otherwise, and just spend time with my family. I love it!
One of my brother in laws insisted that we have an "art day" while up at the cabin, where we could sit around and paint for an afternoon. I have to admit...I was a little nervous about this idea. Even to the point that I thought I might hang out around the kids craft table and help out there instead of getting brushes out and making a mess on a canvas. The kids craft table was a happening place as they were customizing their own wooden boats to float in the ditch in front of the cabin.
It has been so long since I've picked up a paint brush and made an actual painting. Did I just say that out loud? I enjoy to create alone. I am intimidated by spectators--I feel some sort of pressure for perfection. The funny thing is, is that is such a selfish way to think. I suppose all artists have their own inner insecurities. Soon I realized, that this was not what this activity was about. This afternoon was about having fun...pushing aside any insecurities, and "just enjoying the feeling of pushing paint around with a brush." At least that is what my Mother in Law kept on insisting. I started to believe her, so I finally gave in and joined my family. I'm so glad I did. It was so good for my inner artist to do something not computer related...and to get back in touch with my traditional creative roots. It took a little time, but I truly did push away thoughts of having to make something perfect. It was super fun and relaxing to just push paint around with no pressure.
Here's our little family "art colony." Okay...maybe not such a little art colony...our family was a total of 34 people up at the cabin.
Here is my brother in law Dan...painting an ocean scene from a favorite photograph. His pseudo name he uses for his art is "Otis Ash" you can find his creative page on Facebook here. He's only recently discovered his love of painting and design in the last couple of years. He has some original artwork displayed in a few restaurants in the Idaho town where he lives. I think he's onto something...he's always trying something new and different.
Ocean scene by Otis Ash.
This grove of trees painting is by Jeremy Walker. This miniature painting was created by my brother in law who is the fab industrial designer. Did I tell you about the dungeon playhouse he created in his Mother in Laws basement...equipped with an animatronic Dragon a la Disney style? Beyond cool, I tell you!
This flower painting is was what I did that weekend...I tell you...I took this several directions before I came to this point. I tried doing this stiff and clean lined like my work I create on my computer...but I could not deny my inner love of texture when it comes to oil paint...so I just let loose, gave up my brushes and went with a painting knife. Funny, once I lost the brushes...and picked up a knife, it was like I had found an old lost friend. I ought to paint more. I enjoyed myself so much.
This is the gorgeous barn that is on my sister in law's property at Bear Lake.
Close up of the barn. LOVE that iron gate on the side!
The barn painting here is by my sister in law Shalynn Andersen. She is the elementary school art teacher. I love the texture she made in the grass in front of the barn...and love the yellow sky. The duck painting is another Otis Ash.
As you can see...not a one of us paints like the other. We are all very individualistic in the way we create. We all had access to the same tools but the outcome was completely different. This is much how it is in the crafting world. You have access to the same tools and papers, fabrics and stamps, and yet what you create is so individually you. Just to prove that point one more time...please hop through our blog hop this month. My creative team has been busy once again and has come up with a whole bunch of eye candy for you to get your creative juices flowing. My hope is that you leave this hop today with the energy to start a project of your own...and if you do, tell me about it. I love to hear about your creations on my Facebook page.
This month I am giving away a fat quarter bundle from my newly released Decadence fabric line by Riley Blake. This line is arriving in a quilt boutique near you. If you can't find it locally, the Fat Quarter Shop, and Hawthorne threads online just received shipments of the line this week. It's perfect for Fall with its citrus-y color scheme mixed with rusty browns. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog for your first entry, and for additional entries, leave a comment on each of my creative team member's blogs. They love to hear from you, so please let the know how much you enjoy their projects. ;o) You can receive one more entry by leaving a comment on my facebook page. I usually keep the contest window open for about a week. Good Luck!
Here's the hop list for this month: