A photograph of some holly growing well locally, altered a little in Painter IX. In a style inspired by Joy Eliz.
This week in the Artist's Way is called Integrity and has a big challenge in it - Reading Deprivation. This is the week when one is told not to read - at all! Avoid TV and radio too. Keep other people's words out of your head. Let your own words come through in the silence.
I was wondering how to do this especially as I do not want to stop blogging again, even for a week. Then, when I was answering the comments to yesterday's post, the word verification came up with something that suggested to me to look in one of Julia Cameron's other books - The Vein of Gold. It opened on what she calls a basic tool, I'd call it a basic concept, that of Clusters.
A Cluster is a group of people who support you in your artistic endeavours, and whom in turn you support in theirs whether they are the same sort of artist as you or not. And of course my cluster, the one to which I currently belong, is here with all of you! Which means I will dip into your blogs and comment - but I will restrict myself - I won't go surfing off looking at new blogs and I won't follow many links either.
Joy Eliz tagged me to name 5 favourite Christmas songs. Strangely mine are all carols.
Caroline's Carols, in no particular order:
- Good King Wenceslas
- Ding Dong Merrily on High
- The Holly and the Ivy
- We Three Kings of Orient Are
- Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
To decorate this posting I decided to play with the idea of being influenced by others and took two photos, one of holly and one of an evergreen tree, and played with them in Painter in a style inspired by Joy Eliz. (I used the Van Gough brush).
It was so much fun (I was singing to myself and that's always a sign that I'm enjoying myself) that rather than tag you for 5 favourite Christmas songs I suggest you pick a blog artist and do something Christmassy in their style!
Some artists with distinctive painting or drawing styles you could get inspiration from:
Andrea, Johnny Norms, Joy Eliz, Janey, Shelia.
Amongst many others of course. I look forward to seeing your results.