A Little Art a.k.a #alittleart

A little art – Big enough to make your mark, small enough  so that you can finish in one sitting.

I am loving Victoria Johnsons #alittleart project. Victoria started this personal project one month ago and invited others to play along. Like all good ideas, this one took off!

The place to play along – Instagram. It even has its own Instagram site to showcase the work of a global bunch of designers.

I  admire Victoria’s work – there is a certain free spirit about it that I  just love. Her colour combinations are unique. Her style fun and playful.

Below is a little grouping of a few of the experimental pieces she started out with. Visit her Instagram site for more insight on her project and a viewing of her current pieces.

Victoria Johnson for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog}

Victoria Johnson for #alittleart

I asked others to share their work to give you a sense of the variety of options there are to play with. The only restriction here is size, 2.5″ wide, other than that it is free game.

There are so many reasons to participate. Here are my top five.

(click on the images below to go directly to the artist websites)

Studiobarabom for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog}

Studiobarabom for #alittleart

1.Little art is manageable. It can be completed in one sitting. If time is not on your side than this is a good way to get creative with little commitment.

Tanasa Elena-Daniela for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog}

Tanasa Elena-Daniela for #alittleart

2.Watercolor, collage, paint, markers, mixed media – anything goes.If you are interested in trying something totally different, than this is the place to give it a try.

Janet Broxon for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog}

Janet Broxon for #alittleart

3. Experimental – small art is a perfect place to try new things! Maybe there is a new technique or a different way of expressing yourself that you are interested in experimenting with. Maybe some new colours,composition or textures. Small art is perfect to play with.

Deborah Velasquez for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog}

Deborah Velasquez for #alittleart

4.Little art goes Big – I have been using my little art to explore composition and themes for Big art. Think of your little art as a thumbnail sketch for bigger things to come.

Claire Wilson for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog}

Claire Wilson for #alittleart

5. Community – A place to ask opinions, get inspired and meet other like-minded creatives. I love seeing what others are posting and what they are using their little art for.
A little Art - Julie Hamilton {artistically afflicted blog} #alittleart

My little art all lined up. I have been playing around with painted and collaged papers in a grid like form. I have been working intuitively just to see how things go together. From there I have started working on a larger scale with concentration on my composition.
A little Art - Julie Hamilton {artistically afflicted blog} #alittleart

I have to admit I am loving these and excited about the possibility of re-working them into the world of art licensing. I can envision these as greeting cards, art prints, fabric panels, oh the list in endless (I hope!)

More info on that creative process at a later date.

Drop by and give #alittleart a try. If you have any revelations or insight to share about your process, I would love to hear them!


Inspired by…this big, wonderful, bloggin’ world

I am not sure how I missed it, but I did. My 100th post. This is it!

100th post, blog

Nine months ~ 100 posts~ 17,500 views. All this with only a few hiccups, a bit of cursing, maybe some time spent questioning why and just a few moments of social insecurity…why didnt they comment? how come that post didn’t get a LIKE? why is no one tweeting me?…aghhh…

I am proud to say I am over all that now. I don’t even check my stats!

Just having a proud moment….

I am not sure exactly what it all means, other than I have spent a lot of time blogging.  I am not sure what I am expecting when I hit publish but I am hoping for something BIG. A little confetti and some streamers would be nice too.Maybe a prize? A cheque would be awesome for time spent well, blogging.

I would be very happy with a comment or two wishing me well!

Because when all is said and done… that is the main reason I blog. To connect with other like-minded souls about art, photography and all things creative.That has been my goal all along and I feel that it has been accomplished! I have connected and developed friendships with people from all over the world. I have even been fortunate to meet a few of my online friends in real time and have plans to meet more. I blog now because I just plain old enjoy it. Eventually I am hoping to expand and develop it further, but for now I am content.

And without further ado… Its Friday and time for a little ponder as to what made my heart sing this week.

Ta..da! First and foremost~ I was awarded the Versatile Blogger award! I had the honor of accepting this from the lovely Liza Zeni, another online friend all the way from Australia. A woman I have yet to meet, but feel like I know so much about already. I know our paths will cross one day ~only because I am going to make it happen!

I have to be honest it’s not the first time I have received this award. Sorry. The first time was from Nancy of Delight-filled Leaves. Unfortunately, it was right before Christmas and life was a wee bit to hectic around here to blog. So here I am again (blushing) with appreciation. Thank you girls! Once again I cannot express my gratitude for our community. Look out for the Versatile Blogger blog post next week!

This week also saw the start of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. So far, I have loved every minute.  I have been sketching up a storm. The ideas just keep coming! In my heart of hearts I just know this is the right direction…whatever that might be?

surface pattern design, pen, paper, doodle

surface pattern design, pen, paper, doodle

I believe this is going to be my longest post ever….

Finally, this sweet thing…

teenage daughter

My lovely 14 yr old daughter~ the she devil herself.

Ok, maybe it wasnt nice to add horns to her, but trust me, as any mother would know, teenage daughters are a breed onto themselves. I added the horns to her a few years ago while we were away travelling on a 6 month sabbatical together. She was a little too over dramatic for my liking back then.

This week though, she is a star in my books. I watched her rise and shine. I had many a proud moment. She is growing up to be a beautiful, sensible and way too smart young woman. Look out!

Wow. I think I could go on, but I wont. Life is good right now. Things are changing fast, but everyone is up for the game.

As your week comes to an end, I hope it finds you happy, healthy and feeling a little blissful. If you would like to share please join us over at Livs blog with your own little Bliss list.

Have a great weekend!