100 Faces Challenge

I am really excited about this latest FaceBook-based challenge group called studio7ARTacademy. We are completing 100 Faces/Portraits with no deadlines, no restrictions, no other criteria. We are all inspired by Dina Wakley’s loose, painterly portraits she creates in her art journals. I’m pretty sure most of us has at least ONE of her books and watched her very excellent videos promoting her latest book ART JOURNALING COURAGE.

The moment I watched the videos, I started painting A FACE A DAY and sharing them on FaceBook. Then my friend Debbie told me about the FaceBook group and it’s been wonderful!!

Here is my portfolio for Week 1:

day 1

day 1

day 2

day 2

day 3

day 3

day 4

day 4

day 5

day 5

day 6

day 6

day 7

day 7

I’m sharing this for a number of reasons:
1. To show you that ANYONE can paint a face,
2. To kickstart the next chapter of my art journey, and
3. To encourage some of you to put pen, pencil, paint to paper.

I don’t like ALL of them.
Some are unfinished, raw, crude, weird and wonky.
But I have 93 faces to go, and that’s the best and most exciting part!
I have no idea what number 100 will look like, but I’m certain she won’t look like this week’s lot.
If you’re interested and would like to have a go, here are the important links:
Best price for Dina’s latest book – www.artified.com.au
artjournalcourage

You can find Dina drawing and painting a face on YouTube via artistsnetwork page:

xx Giovanna

Gelatos on a Canvas (or 4)

Grab a cuppa and note-taking material as I guide you through the process of making these 4 canvases.

Aaaaand, if you decide to have a go yourself, make sure you post a link in the comments section or email me (hello AT giovannascott DOT com) and I’ll feature you in a follow-up blog post.

If you love what you see, please share it around and link back to here.

Enjoy!!
xx Giovanna
Warning: commentary done at 10pm….might sound slightly flakey LOL

Gelato brings Contentment

True story!

Contentment lies in a box of Gelatos….

my happiness sticks

my happiness sticks


It took me a long time to convince myself I needed some of these delicious sticks of pigment and I’m so glad I came to my senses…finally!

So I began to play
Cautiously at first.
Then bravely.

I got a not-so-subtle hint from my Bestie that a certain Writer’s Quote would look fantastic and be great inspiration for her novel.

by Dean Koontz - the quote that began the process

by Dean Koontz – the quote that began the process

Hmmm, surely she deserved more than one? Why not give her a great birthday present, and do a series!!
I backed myself to produce not only one canvas for her — but FOUR!
butterflies altered with ink and Big Brush Pitt Pens

butterflies altered with ink and Big Brush Pitt Pens

I played around with textures and mediums and gathered all kinds of junky ephemera, including some authentic writing nibs that another friend, Fiona, had found in her mother’s belongings after she had passed away. Fiona had given them to me because she knew I would put them to good use. I’m pleased to say Fi, they certainly have!
these are real vintage nibs!

these are real vintage nibs!


Then, bugger me, that old nemesis, “Doubt” came creeping back. I am not worthy, I am not worthy, I am not worthy. Yes, strangely Monty Python-esque and every bit as surreal. I let them sit there, unloved, naked in their uncolouredness (another new word), until the Gelatos came into my life.
composing embellishments before reaching for the glue gun

composing embellishments before reaching for the glue gun


Every bit as wonderful as the videos and social media chatter promised. I felt the acknowledgement as I rubbed and slicked and added all kinds of mediums to these beauties!

CLARITY!

This is what I love doing.
Creating for Others.
Throwing caution to the wind and playing and enjoying myself.
Not abandoning the project when things aren’t turning out according to the Master Plan.
Celebrating when the trinkets and quotes and colours and textures begin to tell their own story.
Being the Finisher.

Kelly turning 46 (she doesn't mind me telling you so)

Kelly turning 46 (she doesn’t mind me telling you so)


So here is my Bestie, Kelly on her birthday (that was one berry delicious cake) and she couldn’t be happier with her gift.
“Love those vibrant colours! So me!! Ah! Pen nibs, ah! nuts, ah!……”
(that’s happiness right there!)

Looking forward to the next batch….what theme this time? who is my friend this time? what do they love? what would they like inspiration for? aspirations? celebrations?

20x20cm each - looking good!!

20x20cm each – looking good!!


Oh the mojo is flowing this time round, and it feels good.
CONTENTMENT!
So what do you love? What/Who is your favourite quote, author, poet, painter, philosopher? How do they inspire you into action?

Let me know by leaving a comment below. I love your company.
(yes, I’m learning to love this blog again….my blog)

If you’re ready to jump in and order one similar to Kelly’s gift, drop me a line at hello (at) giovannascott (dot) com and we can chat and chat and chat about what makes you happy.

Stay cool if you’re in Australia!
BE cool if you’re in Winter and think of me with beads of sweat as I write this post … yikes it’s humid!

xx Giovanna