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May 18, 2018

I am back once again for Paint Party Friday...

Hi everyone!
I have really missed blogging and seeing all my blogger friends.

Thank you SO MUCH Eva and Kristin for keeping this
awesome party going into it's 8th year!

Thank you all you bloggers for attending weekly.
I have been gone for months and it feels beautiful
to come back and participate and to have all you amazing artists
posting all your awesome creations from around the world!

(If you have no clue what I am talking about, go HERE!)

Life has been changing dramatically for me.
I have become a Grandma for the first time to a beautiful little girl!

I took a break from painting my acrylic, collage mixed media paintings.
Instead, I have been creating watercolor and ink artwork and I love it!
I even changed the name of this blog to Designs by Rasz Art.
My watercolors and ink look much more like different designs to me.

I've recently opened a new Etsy shop Designs By Rasz Art!
I currently have been listing my original watercolor and ink bookmarks
and have more art and greeting cards to list.

That's just a few. I started by making one for myself and had so much fun I just kept on going.

The one I originally made for me.
I have done some watercolor and ink pieces that I can frame or create into cards.
My first attempt:

Practice and finding my style continues to make me grow.
This is the only pic I have on my laptop to post even though
it's an awful photo, you can get the idea.
I will post more next week hopefully.

My body is what caused the change in creating
and the lack of blogging.
I can elaborate on that later.
What I will end on is this is the first time (in I-can't-remember-when)
that I can actually, honestly say I absolutely LOVE MY LIFE

Sending YOU lots of Love, Light and Hugz,

March 02, 2018

Paint Party Friday and 29Faces is Finished!

Happy PPF!
Thank you Eva and Kristin who host this awesome worldwide artsy blog hop.
Find out more HERE!

Finally Northern California is getting some much needed rain and at my house, snow!

I mentioned to Stacy over at MagicLoveCrow that we needed some of that Canadian snow.
Magically, the storms have been coming in from Canada.
Thank you Stacy!

This year's 29Faces of February 2018 just ended.
I got my faces done altho I did not get them all posted.
Instead of posting 2 weeks worth, here are a few:

Below is bringing a different style to my old
"Rasz Art Dragonfly Girls" from 2012.
I like these better.

My favorite below:

And for the final 28th and 29th faces:

Then it was back to creating.
I have spent way too much time looking at other Artist's YouTube Channels and tutorials. 
As a result, I found myself comparing my art to theirs and judging myself as lacking.
I know that is one of the worst things a creative can do.
I knew better and went there anyway.
I think I lost myself and MY style, My passion, and most of all,
I forgot what My art is by doing this.
Can you relate?

I decided I needed to just have some fun.
I pulled out cleanup paper towels from my last project
that I used Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains, a canvas
and Liquitex Gel Mediums.
I turned the music up and proceeded to play!

Love the texture and gloss that came out.

There were holes already in the paper towels that added interest.

Slight green and blue hues appeared as well.

And the finished piece made me smile.

It wasn't my best or most beautiful, however it is now my favorite.
A keeper that I will hang on the wall.
A constant reminder that MY art is all about fun, texture, color,
recycling, gloss and originality.
MY art is ME.
Just like every Artist and Creative creates exactly what is THEIRS!
And that is the real beauty of ART!

Happy PPF! See you next week for the CELEBRATION!!!
Hugz, Rasz

February 16, 2018

It's Paint Party Friday and and 29 Faces...

Thank you to Eva and Kristen for all their hard work keeping
this worldwide, creative, weekly meet-up happening
by being the hostesses with the mostest-es!

I have not done much painting this week.
I am currently engrossed in the wonderful,
annual 29 Faces of February Challenge
hosted by Martha HERE.

The challenge I gave myself was to watercolor paint
ALL 29 faces this month.
In my head it was a great idea, however on watercolor paper...not so great.
It seems that getting familiar with watercolors first,
would have been a better idea.

Instead, I decided to challenge myself by drawing SMALL faces.

The reason drawing small faces is such a challenge
goes back to when I first learned to write.
Instead of having paper laying on a table straight up and down,
or even slightly at an angle,
I have always laid my paper down completely sideways.
With the paper sideways, I would write bottom to top on what would be
the horizontal side side of the paper.
Like this.

Make sense?

No matter what I have done throughout the years,
the way I laid my paper out in front of me stayed the same.
I draw sideways also, which makes it even harder.

Drawing a face sideways usually causes crooked facial features,
even if using lines for reference.
The smaller the drawing, the more difficult it becomes to
get the facial features straight.

Tilted heads are much easier.
So are larger drawings. There is more room to correct errors.

So as most would think a small face a day would go rather quickly,
for me it takes longer. This is a great daily exercise for me.
I still draw sideways however I am getting a little better at it,
I think.

I am late posting and will try to visit everyone throughout the weekend.
Hope you had a fantastic day
and a wonderful week ahead of you.

Hugz, Rasz