Mixed Media

Falling Leaves and Inchies

Whereas many people think of fall as time to discard and rake away liken fallen leaves, I am choosing this time to collect from the leaf pile. The leaves I am shedding are procrastination and self critique. In exchange, I am reconfirming my promise to make a mark daily with an art friend and to make creating art more accessible to me. I decided to start small.

Inchie Challenge Leaves

I wanted to start small so this was kismet. I make my art more consistently when I am involved in challenge. Then into my inbox, the “Inchie Challenge” arrived. The challenge is to slowly and mindfully draw/paint the day’s prompt on a small square of paper only 2″ x 2″!

The first day of Mindful Art Studio Inchie Challenge prompt was leaves. At first my brain stumbled. What could I do different about leaves? I looked at different examples on the Mindful Art Studio web site and discovered that some of the images that often intrigued me was when there was a pile of something. Ta Da I will draw a pile of leaves!

Want to get into a mindful state? Draw a pile of leaves. I started drawing very small, but detailed leaves on the bottom of the square. When I was deciding which leaf to draw, I wasn’t thinking of my overflowing inbox nor the dishes in the sink. My mind was completely focused on which type of leaf to draw, where to put the leaf and in what orientation. I enjoyed it so much that I had to do another one, and another one, etc.

When I started, I didn’t think I could come up with one representation of a leaf and I came up with four! It got me thinking of falling leaves and how many things that falling leaves can be a metaphor for. I thought it would be an intriguing prompt for the blog and presented it to the Ambassadors. I am looking forward to the writings, sounds and sights that this prompt evokes for you.

*Interested in the “Inchie Challenge”?
It is currently running from 9/6-9/16. You can start anytime during the challenge. If you didn’t get to join by 9/16, check out Mindful Art Studio’s weekly FREE slow drawing class.

Mixed Media · Visual Art

Gloria

PWA Participant Artist Allene Steinberg created this beautiful mixed media piece (charcoal and pastels on colored paper) of her cat, Gloria Rose. “My two loves, trees and Gloria Rose…”

Mixed Media drawing of a cat (charcoal and pastels on colored paper), “Gloria” by Allene Steinberg

“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. “ ~Albert Einstein

Community · Mixed Media

Mental Health Awareness Month

Artist Statement: I am an ambidextrous Painter/Drawer, Performer and Writer as well as a Neurological Nutritionist. When doing nutrition, I specialize in the Gut. I put this PDF together for our Mental Health Awareness Month. This presentation is a great place to find information and learn about healing your GUT. The gut is the part that feeds all organs and systems of the Human Body. If we don’t take care of our Body, where are we going to live? Please enjoy a different kind of Art, the Art of healing!

–Melany Bell, CGP | FNTP, & Path with Art Teaching Artist
Community · Mixed Media

Made with a wink and a smile…

Explore some of the expressive artwork that came out of Winter 2022’s Mixed Media class, led by Teaching Artist Garima Naredi!

Combining drawing and color, this class aimed to push the boundaries of traditional media like charcoal, and incorporate mediums like pencils, pastels and watercolors. Referencing inspirational imagery from photography, newspapers, and magazines, participants created pieces with a solid overall structure while expressing emotions through lines and color.

Made with Padlet
Mixed Media

Felted Spring

Felted Spring

by Jessica Peterson

I was sent a needle felting art kit last Spring quarter for the Bunny in the top right corner and I had never needle felted before but because of this art kit I have fallen in love with the needle felting art form and wanted to share a few of the projects I’ve done since my bunny. Thank you Path with Art for inspiring me and teaching me new skills and creative outlets.

Mixed Media · Poetry

Insomnia

I converted a section of the poem into a Photoshop brush and created a mandala. I then layered the mandala with a pattern and clipped out a section.I converted a section of the poem into a Photoshop brush and created a
mandala. I then layered the mandala with a pattern and clipped out a section.

A conversation with my psychiatrist inspired me to write the poem. He asked me why my feelings of hopelessness led to thoughts of suicide. I answered that I thought there was no point in living. He asked me, “What is the point of dying?”

Insomnia
by Tara

What is the point of living
With the struggle for sleep?
But what is the point of dying?

What is the point of living with a storm twisting inside me, turning itself inside out and leaving
The streets bleeding gold rivers of dirt that seep
Through the sheets with the sweat? A fallen rose, dying

Scatters its petals in the gutter. What is the point of living
With the waters that keep
Rising and flooding the banks of my eyelids, threatening

The lowland cottage that I built inside myself, seeping
Up through the floors, ruining the ribbons that I keep
Tucked away in drawers, ruining the snapshots of summer dying

Into fall and winter? What’s the point of living
In the deserted streets of my mind, where I weep
And wander searching

For torn packets of sugar, scattering
Themselves in the wind, searching for fragments that leap
From my fingertips, searching with the sound of lightning dying

In the distance? What is the point of living
With the cockroaches that creep
Down the walls of this tiny room inside my heart, crawling

Across my skin? It’s 3 a.m., time for housecleaning.
The pile of dishes inside the sink is deep.
I toss out the tulips dying

On the windowsill, and I struggle to keep
the conversation in mind about the urge to leap.
Perhaps the point of living
Is to struggle to the point of dying.