So, I Declared Yesterday Family Art Day

I declared yesterday family art day. Unfortunately, Tiny-Small took a nap through the entire thing. That’s OK because everyday is art day for her. Well, almost everyday. She had already painted pre-nap so I suppose she just arrived at the party early, or we arrived late.

Jim holding his clay Goat-Gnome.

Anyway, Jim and I were rocking out in the studio for a few hours yesterday. If you can call listening to South Asia News Line on PBS as rocking out. Still, we were making art and that’s all that matters. Jim broke into his clay.

The Goat Gnome

Tiny-Small says this clay creature is scary. I think she is right. One day it will be in the garden scaring away all of the birds or …something. Jim says it is a goat-gnome. Just when you think you know about all of the mythical creatures out there, a new one is born.

arcylic art painting by Lillian Connelly
The Crane

I finished this painting, The Crane, I had started with Tiny-Small. At least, I think it is finished. Sometimes I don’t know when to stop. This might be one of those times. I think it needs some really, really dark spots to make the rest kind of pop. I am still debating, but it’s pretty much done.

In between waiting for the acrylic to dry I messed around with the ink and Yupo paper. I think I might be falling in love with this new medium. It’s similar to watercolor, but the colors are so vibrant. I think they glow. I am having a blast.

Yupo paper and ink art by Lillian Connelly
Midnight At The Oasis

I’m working on a couple of different collages right now too. I hope to blog about them next week. I haven’t been as active on social media lately because I have been busy painting instead. I wish there were more hours in a day. Of course, if there were more hours, I’d probably spend them sleeping, or eating ice cream, or planning all of the exercise I am going to start doing…on Monday.

Have you been working on any creative projects lately?



P.S. We have a new fairy in town.

Dad’s can be fairy’s too.


17 thoughts on “So, I Declared Yesterday Family Art Day”

  1. Hah, one more fairy, maybe now my wish will come true! πŸ™‚
    I agree with S, this clay thingy really is scary…in this distubring kind of way. Was Jim in a bad mood while doing that? I should hope so, if not, then I don’t want to know what his artistic thoughts become when he has had a bad day πŸ™‚
    I love your painting! And I would leave it as it is…Another Polish saying for you: “lepsze jest wrogiem dobrego” and my online dictionary tells me the English equivalent is something like: “let/leave well alone” πŸ™‚

    1. Jim only makes “disturbing” clay projects. That seems to be his fortΓ©. One day I will have to post a picture of his clay self portrait. It’s amusing and a little creepy too. Anyway, he wasn’t angry at all when he made it, actually he was giggling most of the time. To him, his creations are funny and not disturbing at all. I guess, this is just an example of art being so subjective. What appeals to one may not appeal to another. I find that fascinating, especially when thinking about the concept of beauty. That probably explains why our house is filled with so many mismatched objects. Jim and I have really different tastes when it comes to certain things!

  2. I really like the Midnight at the Oasis one. Love the aqua coloring.

    I used to write and record music a lot (now with kids not so much anymore) and there was always the dilemma as to when to call a song done. Especially when recording it, because you could always find something to improve on. However with music especially in the digital age, you could always undo something if you made a change and then regretted it later.

    I’ve always wondered with painters and such what do you do if you don’t call it done when it should be done and end up regretting additional changes? Are you stuck with it or are there techniques and such to “undo” changes? I’ve always wondered about this.

    1. In some mediums you can have a second chance, like acrylic, you can paint over it and start again if you really want to. Other mediums, like watercolor, aren’t so forgiving. So sometimes you just kick yourself for not leaving well enough alone! Usually when that happens I recycle it into some other art (like collage) or it ends up in a stack. I have quite a large stack of abandoned projects. Some I will revisit one day, but some I won’t. It’s sort of like having a painting graveyard.

    1. We are going to try firing the clay creation in a pit in our backyard. I’ve been reading up on how to do it. We bought some glaze. I am not sure how it is all going to turn out, but I think it will be a fun experiment. Jim is really pleased with all of the compliments he has gotten. You really made his day!

    1. Thank you so much, Marianne. That interview was so funny and the first thing I read this morning. Great way to start the day! That shout out was so nice. I appreciate it. Thank you!

  3. Those paintings are GORGEOUS! I like Jim’s gnome…reminds me of my brother’s final art performance project in college. πŸ™‚

  4. I think the goat-gnome would look great in the garden. I love that you had a family art day. That’s awesome! Also, I love love love Midnight at the Oasis. An absolutely gorgeous piece. Thanks for linking up with Your Place.

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