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Techniques’: When is it your own?

I have my own style in many things but lately with my girls I have taken to following Tamara Laporte’s wondrous tutorials. I always try to make some part of each tutorial unique in some way. Yet I find myself leery of saying it is 100% my own yet.

For example, I recently completed one of Tam’s tutorial called the “Merry Muse” The photo below is Tamara’s work.

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(Click Here for more info on this tutorial)

To make it more my own I used a different color palette and I changed the items in her hands from a Celtic Harp to Moon and then made my dove different with no crown. See my take on this tutorial below.

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So yes it looks different than Tam’s yet similar still because the techniques used are pretty close to the same.

My next project I decided to still use the techniques I have learned from Tam but I didn’t follow her tutorials directly and even drew my very own girl without any visual aids from anyone else’s works. In other words, the girl is totally my creation.

However, once I completed her, in my mind she is still not really mine. She is not from any tutorial, she is not a copy, and yet she still doesn’t feel like all mine. Simply because the techniques I used were all learned from Tam.

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I would be very interested in what others may think. If you are learning techniques from other artist’s when does what you are working on become your own work? Does every technique used needs to be 100% your own idea? Does it become your own if you mix one learned artist’s technique with another’s? How do you get to that point where you feel your creations are all yours?

I personally have no answer, I am still on the journey to developing my own personal style, technique and cohesive works. However, I know one thing…

Learning various techniques from various artist’s is definitely a great way to keep me moving forward in this journey. So to all those wonderful artists’ that share their own techniques, trials and tricks with us I thank you with all my heart! Thank to each of you, I am confident that one day I will be able to do the same and will have my “own” unique style and techniques.

Hugs & Love from – Ranae’

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Perfection is the enemy…

I have the most wonderful & inspiring boyfriend ever. Very shortly after we met he gave me a phrase that has helped me over and over again. It is a phrase that I have shared with many others also.

You see I have for so many years struggled with not feeling good enough. It could be the simplest of mishaps and my reaction would be one of extreme failure. My world would threaten to tumble down on me over something as simple as having forgotten to buy milk. Ok so I may be dramatizing a little bit, but not by much. The point is though that I often went to him feeling as if I had failed in some monumental way, when to him it was nothing more than a tiny bump in the road.

He sat me down and talked at length with me about this and then gave me this wonderful phrase.

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“Perfection is the enemy of the good.”

 

What this means is simple, if we are striving for perfection constantly, we tend to get so wrapped up in being perfect that we miss the thousands of things we did good. So by pushing for perfection, and then beating ourselves up when we cannot obtain it, we have missed out on seeing and embracing all the other things we did well. We become imbalanced in our perceptions as well as making ourselves feel like failures when in fact we are really good at so many things

I find this to be true in my art as well. When he and I first met I had just begun my journey back into the art world. Yet I was scared to try a lot of various techniques because I felt that the art I was already doing wasn’t perfect. I became a dabbler at my art and yes I enjoyed a lot of it but I was always just shy of actually embracing it, and I very rarely could say I liked a finished piece. There was always something I did wrong, or I was good enough at, or everyone else did so much better than I did.

I had even found myself doing very little of my own artwork and instead was doing mostly coloring work for other people. I loved doing it, since I am a huge lover of color and blending, but it never truly felt like mine because the original image wasn’t my own work.

So as I tell you how much my boyfriend’s continual support, encouragement and belief in me has impacted me as an artist let me show you some of my art from when I met him vs. my artwork now…

Here are a couple done shortly before we met…

I am not saying they are horrible, but I was too scared to try my hand at anything more detailed than those type of projects.

Here are a couple of works I just recently finished…

I am so much happier in myself and in my art since I am “finally” understanding the most beautiful gift I have ever received. The gift of his phrase, “Perfection is the enemy of the good.” A gift that continues to give to me over and over again in my life. I still struggle to remember this at times, but when I do remember it always gives me the boost I need to smile and remember all those many good things I do so well.

I hope my readers will embrace the phrase and take it to heart so that they may grow and start their well deserved journeys into the world of accepting all the “Good”!

Hugs & Love – Ranae’

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The Healing Muse & Melancholy

How often does your muse turn to you during those melancholy stages? Do you allow it to come forth and inspire you artistically?

I don’t typically create my art to show my places of melancholy, instead my muse brings forth ideas that give me joy, with bright colors and of whimsicalities or fun oddities.

However, this was a tough week…

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I woke up Saturday and all I could think about was Mom’s day. That is a hard holiday for me, for many reasons, some of them way too personal and still too hard for me to speak openly of. But the part my muse grabbed a hold of was how deeply I miss my Mom.

Mom was a wonderful, Wife, Mom, Business woman, Homemaker and friend. It still amazes me to this day how many different people my Mom’s kindness touched.
She was always thinking of other people and could be found lending an ear of comfort, reaching out to those less fortunate than herself and encouraging others. She used to pack a little Ziploc bag with things like aspirin, Tylenol, allergy pills, tums etc. and carry it in her purse just in case one of her many friends ever needed a little emergency med care.

For as far back as I can remember my Mom and I would always use the well-known phrase, “I love you to the moon and back.” But we would put our own spin on it. For example, she would write or say, “I love you to the moon and back a million times!” I would reply, “I love you to the moon and back a billion katrillioin zillion times.” We’d just make up names for our own big numbers. That always meant so much to me and now I even do the same phrase with my youngest daughter, Della.

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As I sat there pondering how much I missed my Mom that phrase came to my muse and I added the phrase in my sketch, to say, “miss you to the moon and back.”
As I worked on this sketch my heart filled with warm memories of Mom and my smile grew. Before I knew it had happened I found my smile and although the heaviness of her being gone was still there it was surrounded by the comfort of knowing she is always with me and how easy it is to pull up those wonderful memories at any time. My muse had helped me put the smile back on my face and the sketch was like a calming medicine for me. Missing her yet so happy to of been her daughter and to have so many wonderful memories of her.
My Mom passed in 12-12-2011, and I miss her so much!

So in dedication to the most wonderful woman I ever met and was so very blessed to of been raised by. This sketch is for you Mom.

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In Memory of Jane Erion the most wonderful lady you could ever of met!
I love you to the moon and back an infinity of times and miss you just as much!

-Ranae’

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A Dibble Dabble Day

So today is a starting out to be a dibble dabble day. One of those days where it’s just hard to settle your mind down long enough to really dig into any one project.

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I started out scribbling chalk over the back of a preliminary sketch I did for a larger project I want to do.

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Dabble…

Then I put that aside and refreshed my coffee, walked away, let my pups outside, said morning to a few friends on FB. Grabbed a piece of copy paper and began sketching a face.

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Dibble…

Was not liking that so I returned to my chalked paper and taped it in place, tested the transfer to ensure the yellow chalk I used would work. Walked to my computer then right back to the taped sketch and began the actual transferring process, finished that, took the transfer sketch off then back to sketch on paper again. Still not liking the sketch, I sighed and walked away from it. Took a bubble bath to hopefully relax my scattered thoughts.

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Dabble…

Then Refreshed my coffee again and back to my computer, opened up MS Word and here I now sit typing this blog entry.

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Dibble Dabble…

I have come to the conclusion that part of this dibble dabble is the result of me starting a project I have never tried before. It’s not an unfamiliar medium, it’s simply on a larger scale than I have done before. So a bit of my dibbles are unsurety of how to move forward with it. Of course there is always other life circumstances that enter into the mix which add to this dibble dabble mindset, on top of our projects, that tend to add to the scattered thought processes.

This might be a good day for an abstract of some sort… *giggle* Dibble… Dibble… Dabble… Dabble..

Do you have days like this? If so what helps you to refocus and settle your mindset? Would love to hear your thoughts on Dibble Dabble days.

Hugs & Love – Ranae’

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Art Begins in the Heart

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So I finally have my site up and ready for launch, and I am so excited! I hope everyone will bare with me as I begin this new journey. It is my intention to not only show my own journey in the world of Art, but to also encourage and help others as I move forward.

Some may notice the name of my site url is Silver Thread Studio. This is actually my Company LLC name. The name came about with help from my dear friend Joanne Fink. As I was out to dinner with her one night I told her I was having a lot of trouble coming up with a name for my business. After fading off that topic I began to share some things in my life with her. I told her that through all the hard things I had to go through I always looked for ways to hold onto that silver thread of hope. I explained that for me the silver thread represented my mother always telling me to keep my chin up. Mom and my favorite saying was always I love you to the Moon and back, so in my mind the silver thread was a moon beam. When I would have hard times I would search for that silver moon beam thread. I could always find it somewhere, a smile from a stranger, a patch of red in a drab setting, a child giggling or maybe just a small ray of sunlight peeking in through my dark room.

As I told Joanne about this she stopped me and told me there is the name for your company. Silver Thread Studio. And I must of beamed as bright as my silver thread as I knew that was a perfect name for my business.

That said it is my business name and not my trade name. *giggles* So it won’t be seen as often. As you noted the name of my Site is Ranae’ – Art Begins in the Heart. Art always starts with passion, and of course passion starts in our hearts, wishes and dreams. So come join me on this journey into the depths of your own hearts and let’s have some fun learning and creating.

Remember there is NO such thing as bad art, mistakes, ugly art etc. Every creation has value and beauty and mistakes are nothing more than new opportunities to try something in a different way.

Thank you for joining me here.

Hugs & Love – Ranae’