Art101 Challenge – Find Your Way

Find Your Way | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

Find Your Way | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

So we’re 3 days into the Art101 Challenge! My dear artist friends have been creating up a storm and so have I! As you may be aware, my goal is to do 30 paintings and I am well on my way by having completed 6 (SIX!!) pieces already. I guess I should set myself goals more often, it obviously works for me!

To see all pieces I’ve completed recently (not just as part of the challenge) have a look at my gallery. I will share my favourites in this post and tell you a bit more about them.

Be Still And Listen

Be Still And Listen | mixed media in A4 art journal | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow
mixed media in A4 journal

I finally got around to doing Alena Hennesey‘s lesson on Life Book 2014 (you can still sign up by the way!). I love love love her gentle nature! She just oozes calm and I think I was able to tap into that a bit when I created the above piece in my A4 journal.

I’m really trying to push myself lately to try new things, tap into my inner subconscious creativity, let things flow freely. I find it SO SO hard though! I actually bought myself a scented candle so that before I start doing art I can just take a moment to ground, become still and take in the quiet. It’s something I really need in my life.

Pink Hills

Pink Hills | mixed media in A5 art journal | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow
mixed media in A5 journal

I think the above was heavily influenced by looking at all Alena’s yummy art, but somehow it also came from within. I made a sketch for this when I was feeling very upset and angry and I think I needed hills, mountains and trees to help calm down. It was a very intuitive piece and I love it, not even so much for the result as for what I feel is a new freedom in experimenting with shapes, colours and more abstract concepts.

Find Your Way

Find Your Way | mixed media on 8x8 canvas board | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow
mixed media on 8×8 canvas board

This piece is very meaningful to me. The words came from an interview with Flora Bowley in which she reiterated the importance to ‘do the work to find your way’. That resonated with me SO MUCH, because that is where I feel I am right now on my journey. I am putting in the work so that I will become a better artist, so that I am following my own path, developing my own style. I am trusting that I can find my own way and that it will be the right way for me. It’s exciting and scary!

Let me know which one is your favourite & why?

9 thoughts on “Art101 Challenge – Find Your Way”

  1. Just love all your work. Maybe you should reset your goal. Because If you keep this up you will reach 30 in just a few week. My favoriete is Pink hills. I just love those purples colors and the dreamy look over those hills

    • Thank you Carla! I will keep creating until I hit 30, and then I will keep going! I’m aiming to exceed my goal, but I don’t want to set it any higher just in case stuff comes up and I don’t have the time to commit to more. Thanks for letting me know you liked Pink Hills, I’m so loving this piece myself, my mind keeps coming back to it.

  2. All good but I do like the ‘find my way’. I am finding I love all the artwork by our friends in 101. Must watch that interview with Flora though, sounds very inspiring.

    Does sound like you might need a new challenge soon – don’t want you to be leaving us after the 30 are done, maybe ’30 at a time’ 🙂

    • Maybe I should set myself a different goal after the 30! I definitely think our Art 101 group is about more than just this one challenge.

      Are you on Life Book 2014? That’s where the Flora Bowley interview is.

  3. Wow, it’s hard to pick one! I love the first one because of the colors and power, I love the second one because of the beautiful blues and I love the third one because of the message, the image and your inspiration… Thanks for sharing your journey!

    • Thanks for letting me know what you liked about each piece Juna! I really love reading what people think when they see my art, because people invariably have their own interpretations and bring their own experiences in what they see. We all see different art!

  4. I have spent the whole morning reading your blog and looking at your beautiful art, and I must say: I adore your art!! It makes me smile and feel that Life is beautiful, and it makes me imagine lovely amazing things inside my imagination! And I love the way you write too!! So honest and open and warm 🙂 Thank you for inspiring me this morning! 🙂
    Lots of Love from Line <3

    • Line, thank you so much for letting me know!!! That really put a smile on my face. I’m so glad that reading my blog and seeing my art sparked your imagination and inspired you! YAY that is totally awesome!

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