The importance of playing with your materials

This week I started playing with my watercolors after reviewing some of the videos for my online watercolor painting class, “In love with Frida: A Watercolor affair”.

It was one of these days when I did not feel particularly creative, but I felt the need to create something, and just staring at art books and my watercolor paintings (Something that always cheers me up!) was not enough.

So I took brushes, paper and paints and I just started with drops and swirls of color, mesmerized about how the paint dances and creates beautiful patterns on the paper.

I kept at it for some time, just playing with absolutely no purpose except watching the color swirl and mix on the paper.

Then, suddenly…

She happened.

And then her.

And her. And many more. Before I knew it, I had a collection of little portraits that I had absolutely no intention of making in the course of a week, but they happened. Just by playing with my materials, with no exact destination in mind I allowed my creativity to spark.

If you see the complete watercolor painting collection, you will notice that there is not a lot of consistency between them, because they were made on a whim, without judging and without any criticism from myself. I just let myself go and let art happen.

After a while I realized the power of playing just for the sake of playing, and how as adults we have lost the ability to lose ourselves into the world of our imagination and just get lost there.

Have you seen children play when you leave them with creative toys like dolls or blocks or boxes? How their play is pure imagination and nothing more, and how they get lost in their creations without judgement?

A cardboard box can be a fortress, then a spaceship and a minute later a giant dinosaur after them. They don’t care, they just use what they have and let their playful nature take command.

I encourage you to try it. Just get your favorite creative tool and let yourself go. Don’t worry about what you are using, or if it’s going to be wasted paper and paint. It will not be wasted.

By freeing your mind from restrictions and just play, you will change your mindset and you will explore your materials in a very different way than when you work. You will enjoy every little surprise, every little mistake will be joyful because you discovered something new.

You will have fun and will love both the process and the end result, and you will  be surprised when you realize what you are capable of after letting yourself go without inhibitions.

I know I was.

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Angels for Valentines Day

I always make special little things for Valentines day, my second most favorite holiday in the world. It may be corny and full of saccharine, but I like it. The combination of pinks and blues is one of my favorite and I always make time to enjoy the day with the ones I love.

 

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Each little angel girl is made on a 3×6 inches wood block with paper collage techniques and mixed media painting for their faces.

 

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Their eyes are deep and expressive, full of love for you.

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Their paper wings are covered with mica flakes to catch the light that shines on them when you hang them on your favorite wall or place them on a shelf.

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They arrive with a little gift wrap, ready to be given away as soon as you take them out from the packaging 🙂

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What do you think? Ready to adopt one from my shop?

The critters of love

You know I am always looking for excuses to create little wood kokeshi doll collections!

They are perfect because I love working on projects at the time and I rarely visit one of the projects, so these collection are perfect for me because I can make a collection while keeping them fresh and exclusive, and it’s always such a thrill to work with them. I love to make each one individually unique, with it’s own personality.


Since Valentine’s day is coming soon at Danita Art, I decided to create a pack of wild woodland creatures with hearts on them, and they have made my shop their home while they are waiting to be adopted.

Don’t worry, they may be wild but they can easily be tamed with love and candy bribes. They are already taking over my heart, and I am sure each one of them will steal your heart too.

See more of these beautiful dolls on my online shop, danitaart.com and choose your favorite, Don’t walk, run to my shop before they hop hop hop to their forever homes!

The road to perfection is full of bumps

Lady Clementine is one of my latest paper clay, handmade art dolls. She has a very interesting story on how she evolved and changed as I was bringing her into our world, and I thought it will be fun to show you.

Well, you already know that everything starts with an idea, and sometimes this idea is sleeping on my mind so deeply, that not even I know it’s there.

Lady Clementine started like one of my regular paper clay art dolls. I started painting her face with my Golden AcrylicsHolbein Watercolors and Sennelier Oil Pastels to give her a beautiful set of eyes and hand sculpted features.

Then, just like that, the idea came from it’s slumber and she awoke. She was coming from my world into ours and she needed my help. So, I gave her a glittery horn and a unicorn princess was born.

And being a princess, a unicorn princess to be exact, meant that she needed to be perfect. We tried lots and lots of hair until I found the perfect shade for her.

A perfect shade of pale pink that goes with her magical presence and her limitless innocence.

A lacy gown, pure white and vaporous like magic is what I had in mind for her clothes, so we got to work. Almost done!

But… Alas! Her face was perfect… for someone else. So we talked over and decided we needed to start all over again. No shame, no anger. She commands and I must obey.

Art behaves in very strange ways. Sometime I start with a very clear path but something happens that takes me in a totally different direction. Her eyes are now green and she has glitter in them to reflect the magic within.

Now her face has softer features, her eyes shine with magic and she looks much more innocent than in the beginning. She is ready to step into our world.

Our photographer said she was a challenge to capture her beauty. Like the magical creature she is, she proved to be elusive and mysterious, but in the end with some convincing she let herself photograph. Definitively, Unicorns are very difficult to catch on camera.

And here she is, in all her royal glory. Ready to be adopted and loved in a home that will teach her all about the human world. Will you take her home with you and protect Lady Princess Clementine?

Running out of wood blocks for the calendar

Thank you for the overwhelming success of my 2017 ACEO calendar! I almost ran out of wood blocks on the first day of sales!

The wood blocks I use for the calendars are vintage toy wood blocks from the 1950’s (I really insist on them being vintage!) and they have been harder and harder to get over time, so the supply of wood blocks for the calendars get shorter.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on another box of wood blocks and I have a limited supply of bases to prop your 2017 ACEO calendar on your desk.

The Danita 2017 mini desk calendar. 12 beautiful ACEO prints to keep you inspired all year long.

This sale won’t last long! Hurry up and pick your calendars before I run out of wood blocks. They are great stocking stuffers!

Showing at Stranger Factory in Albuquerque, USA

Remember the paintings at Among princesses and wolves this year? After the show was over, I sent them to Stranger Factory in in Albuquerque, NM.  where they are currently showing on their “Winter Salon VI” art exhibit.

I am super exited to be part of the exhibit, there are great artists showing there during the month of December, and I’m honored to be along with them.

I’m also very very happy to read their description they wrote for one of my paintings, “Merry Go Wolf” It’s one of my favorite paintings and I really liked the dark and sweet combination on it.

Also, I had “Merry Go Alice“, My favorite work and one the centerpieces of my summer exhibit “Among princesses and wolves” sent to “Winter Salon VI“. I was very surprised when the let me know I did not make it to the opening night.  It sold on the day they received it! Someone saw it while it was being unpacked and now Alice is living on a private collection.

If you happen to be In Albuquerque, NM and you want to see amazing art, drop them a visit and send me note letting me know what you think. You’ll get to see my largest paintings, touch and try out my latest jewelry and lots of other cool things from amazing artists.