At My Art Table

What’s at My Art Table Wednesday

August 17, 2016



Inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts class, Spirit Wings

Inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts class, Spirit Wings

What’s at My Art Table Wednesday

Every Wednesday I will be showing you what is on my art table for the week.

Here is how it will work:

What’s at my Art Table Wednesday will show some art that will be successful, others not so much. The art might be complete or it might not.  I will show my own art and personal creations or, perhaps a class I am taking and would like to share.  It will spread the gamut.

Remember, in addition to my successes,  I will be showing my imperfect work.  Work that is in progress.  Things I have learned and how I am growing.

Let’s Check Out What’s At My Art Table the Week of August 17


Oh these little angels!  They are so sweet and so fun to make.


She says,

“Come Out Inner Creative, Inner Artist.

Be Birthed, be Brave, be Bold.

Fly Free and be Seen.”


I am currently taking an online class from artist Kelly Rae Roberts called Spirit Wings. Many of you will be familiar with Kelly Rae and her work but for those of you who aren’t, I would encourage you to check her out.

Kelly Rae is an artist full of fun, light and encouraging words.   She has a huge following and her work can be found in many, many stores.  It is not surprising as her work portrays her uplifting, believing spirit.

Something I have loved about the class is that she embraces what she calls, “happy accidents”, mistakes essentially.  Even showing them on camera, not stopping to edit, but instead, gives permission to her audience and to herself in these instances. She then easily carries on, walking through the process of using these mishaps as opportunity to make something better.  I love that!  I think her approach is brave and disarming and inspiring.  Not to mention the truth about how art, and life, really work!

That philosophy falls in line with my intentions for  What’s at my Work Table Wednesday.

To show the work in its’ fullest form,

with beauty and imperfections, with success and struggle,

 examining the process in a real and unedited way.


Here is What I Learned

Of course I learned all the amazing and fun ways to make the angel in through the class . But here is what I learned about my own personal art practice. The placement of the lettering was difficult for me!  It was where I struggled most. Surely, this must be something that needs to be practiced because making the words fit in a succinct fashion did not come easily.  Placement and being able to “eyeball” it was hard.  I even practiced on a sheet of paper that I had cut into the shape of the dress and still I struggled.  There are six angels we will be completing in the class. I am hoping to improve with each angel. I am sure it is a “feel thing” that comes by doing. We will see how my upcoming angels progress.


A River Flows Through Her

Acrylic paint, oil pastels, chalk pastel, Stabilo pencil, and a white gel pen were used to create this lady.

I love the mandala, the vine around her forehead, and I especially love how some of the imagery from the book is left raw and untouched near the crown of her head.  If you look closely you will see a river that is flowing.  This is a such a striking metaphor for how thoughts move through us.  I just loved how the river showing through was not something I purposefully planned, rather, I noticed the opportunity to use the river while in process of creating her.


You can see here how the page looked before the glazing that went over the pages.


It can be interesting to use a book with existing imagery and words for art journaling and creating.  This book was something I purchased about a year ago at Goodwill for this purpose.  I used it for one project and haven’t picked it up since.  Honestly, it has been buried in a drawer and I haven’t even thought of it since.  While doing some other things at my art table last night I suddenly had an urge to work in it. It was one of those moments where I did not want to start something on a blank page.  I am not typically intimidated with the “blank page”, as many people are.  The “messy middle” is a much more formidable place to be in my opinion!  I can get stuck there for what feels like forever!  But on this day I wanted to work on something that already implied a background and had some existing imagery.  It was super fun and I will be doing it again.

A Loose Interpretation of a Floral Arrangement

20160811_142722The Flower Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis is a such a clever book!  When I first discovered it, I was completely taken by it, both for its’ beauty and its’ concise and easy to read formatting.  It is essentially a “cookbook” for flower arranging, each individual arrangement having a “recipe” for its’ creation.  So cool and interesting!  While I am not into arranging flowers necessarily, I did think this would be a great book to use as inspiration for my art!

Here I have done a very loose interpretation in charcoal.  You can see that this is not an exact replication of the photo, rather, in the spirit of it.  This was my goal as I wanted to do something that felt nice and easy and “flowy”.  Perfection was not what I was after.


For the next stage I decided to add some color.  I used gesso and Inktense Pencils, finishing it off with a few butterfly stickers. Here was the lesson.  I liked it so much better without the color. Not replicating the color exactly was purposeful ,again keeping it loose, however I learned that it probably would have looked a bit better if I took the time to get the light and shadow correct. The dark blue in the middle was my least favorite part.  If there is any darkness in the arrangement it is in the succulent off to the right a bit, not in the middle left.

The Lesson Here?  Sometimes it is Possible to go Too Far

Practice and sheer volume of work will help me to learn the stopping points that feel comfortable for me.  Even though I wasn’t thrilled with the addition of color and wished I had kept it as is, I am still able to feel happy with the drawing,  had fun creating it, and learned a few things.  I consider that success when it comes to art making.

Cheers to another week of creativity!  In the comments share with me what have been some of your most valuable lessons about creativity?

 What’s at my Art Table Wednesday will bring new art and life discoveries that you won’t want to miss!

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  • Janice Sullivan August 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I loved your blog. I also a lot. I have a tendency to add to much.

    • shay michelle August 18, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Thank you Janice! I am so glad to see you here on the blog!

  • Bonnie September 4, 2016 at 12:13 am

    One of my most valuable lessons about creativity is that I don’t have to aim for perfection. It’s not about making a picture perfect piece of art … it’s about expression, and that isn’t always perfect. That has helped me a lot.

  • Liviaaaaaaaaa November 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    You are so great!!!