Heart Inspired Art with Pan Pastels and Stencils.

Today is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day - so I found some time to play with this in mind over the past week.  We are celebrating this day over at Unruly PaperArts too, so I am linking these up there also.

My biggest love when creating is simply playing with color and going with the flow........letting myself be in the moment.  Very often I have no idea what I am going to create I just start playing with the color and it goes from there.  I find the more I try to create to a certain criteria, or force things it just doesn't happen and there is no joy for me.


This first page A3 in size is using Pan Pastels and Paints along with a new Stencil - Loose Women #3 by Sue Pelletier from Stencil Girl.  My stamped Sentiment is from Rubber Dance Stamp Co who are the February and March Sponsors over at Unruly PaperArts.  I have been using this sentiment a bit lately.  After creating this one I used it as an example last weekend to create with one of the foster children we do respite care for.  We create together often and I so enjoy this time together.  She did her own take of this using this stencil and her favorite colors, and sentiments.   On her's she added her name and that 'God Is Love..'.  





I have an affinity with circles and as some of you may be aware, of late I have been taking a more spiritual path in life so my Second Play had all this in mind.  It is A3 in Size (forgive me the photo isn't straight) and done with Pan Pastels and Pastel Pencils.  I am calling it Unlocking the Higher Consciousness.  It incorporates all the colors of our chakras, and the various stencil patterns used to represent the movement and way color floods into our consciousness (and how I see them) when we are tapping into our inner self through meditation.  Various stamps (from the Rubber Dance Stamp Co) have been used to represent the unlocking of the consciousness, and the finding of our higher self.  This is so much bigger than ourselves in our physical form hence the small physical body representation in the bottom corner.  The use of black represents the presence of doubts, fears and confusion that still can occupy our minds as we try to reach that higher state and just be.

As mentioned I am linking up this post with the Inspire Your Heart with Art Day Link Up at Unruly PaperArts.



20 comments:

Mary Ann Potter said...

How lovely! I've been inspired to use more color from other artists; I'd gotten accustomed to vintage shades of khaki and ivory. Love your use of pan pastels! Your work is beautiful. And it inspires me! I enjoyed visiting your site and am your newest follower!

Becky said...

I love circles too but not in the artsy way you do.. This is fabulous! Wonderful colors.

Pearl Maple said...

love your creative use of colour



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Sharon said...

Wow Danie fabulous creations!!! Love them both!

Toni said...

Danie... love love love these pieces... It's amazing how you used the Rubber Dance stamps on your second piece... My heart was soooo inspired by your art. xoxo

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Straight out of the box, the colors in these two pieces are wows! An intriguing combination of vibrancy and peacefulness. Very successful!

The dancing lady is delightful - but the abstract piece is the one that really grabs me. Its cheeriness with a darkness and hints of shadow just beneath the surface appeals to my sense of suspense and story telling.And the composition is very nice.

Brava!

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

I can say, these creations are straight from the heart, Danie!!
Wow love to read the thoughts behind them. Both pages are amazing!! Thanks for inspiring us all for this event!!

Tracy said...

Your heart shines through in them both Daniel, I love art with heart and ones that tell a story...you are an inspiration. .♡♡♡♡♡

Julie Ann Lee said...

This is such a joyous blog post. It really is created in the moment, full of movement, colour and heart!It is so liberating to create just for the sheer pleasure of it. I love your use of the Rubber Dance stamp and the Pan Pastels.

Krisha said...

Beautiful work Danie!!
What is not to love about circles??

Bibi at Rubber Dance said...

Wow and double wow, Danie! Love both pieces. They're very different, but both appeal to me in their own way. Thank you for sharing from your heart, and for using some of my stamps - I feel honored!! :-D

Nicie Ibarra said...

I love your blending technique! I have to make time to play with my Pan Pastels! Beautiful work!!!

Lyneen said...

Both are fantastic!!!! Love Loose Women... the sentiment is perfect. I love your second piece Unlocking Higher Consciousness your use of stencils and color is amazing!!!

Lou Sims said...

I adore both your projects and the stories behind each. Lou x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful creations, love the feeling of movement in both of your lovely pieces.

Judys Fabrications said...

Colour is such a motivator isn't it. Love those moving circles in gorgeous colour.
Looks like me taking a dip!
Thanks for sharing.

Jess M said...

Oh Danie, I love her. She is gorgeous.

2amscrapper said...

I love the movement you created in the first project. And I love the colors in the second.

Michele said...

so much gorgeousness! the freedom and love and inspiration in these is really most wonderful! xo

ionabunny said...

Love the girl. What a great stencil. Love the circles as well. Quite mesmerising. Hugz