Friday, January 13, 2012

Creative Exploration Challenge Week 1 & 2

So what a fantastic week! I have completed my first 2 art challenges for 2012! My challenges this week were:

Week #1 - paint on silk
Week #2 - create an observation icon


I am excited to report I am very happy with how these first 2 challenges went.  I was pretty much in a creative rut and pretty down on myself last year.  My goal with these challenges was to step out of my comfort zone and try new things in the effort to learn new techniques and discover my creative niche.

Here is what I worked on this week! 
Week #1 - Paint on Silk

So this is a acrylic on silk using a embroidery hoop

This was interesting to do - I am not sure this is something I would do again but what I discovered was I loved the Golden Flow Release that I used - I really never worked with this in the past and it was fantastic! 

Week #2 - Create an Observation Icon

This challenge was to paint with watercolor onto small watercolor paper cut outs.  Now I have tried to work with water colors before and was never thrilled with the result.  A suggested item for this project was a water brush.  OMG LOVED IT! 

I see myself working with this a lot more!  The challenge was to paint geraniums - but I was not feeling that so I went with my favorite flowers - daisies!

What a great week and I am so excited for next weeks challenge. 

In my previous life a was a Program Manager for a automotive supplier, I really excelled at my job and took pride in it.  When we decided I would be a stay at home mom to take care of our daughter and scale down our hectic lives I was so excited to be able to focus on my art.  But somehow I could not get my groove and was not happy about this.  So I sat and thought how would Dayle the Program Manager tackle this??  And I decided I needed an Action Plan - so that is what I did!  I created my Action Plan for getting my creative butt in gear.
I needed to find my creative niche and program manage my time for this creative journey.

Working on a year long challenge is perfect for me - and I feel that creative spark coming alive again.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my journey! Dayleanne
sorry this is short and sweet but my laptop is in getting fixed and I had to post from my iphone!


  1. Nice job - and excellent start to your new year! Important steps you're taking, AND you're inspiring others! Best - Kristin

  2. what an awesome post from an Iphone ... would have never known ... had you not told us ... the beauty of digital.

  3. Thak you so much!!! @ Sonya - I know right! Technology is awesome!!!!

  4. So good to see you have made a start and you are excited about art again. A little motivation and encouragement goes a long way.

  5. I like what you created with new techniques! I love trying something new; you never know what will be a good fit if you never try, right? I am planning my art time this year, too. It is definitely helping me to be more productive!

  6. These challenge pieces are each so different...I know you will find that voice and that new the left-brained approach to a right brained activity!

  7. Great job! That water brush looks really neat! Watercolor is not my thing, but I wonder if the brush would help...

  8. Your work is lovely! I recently tried painting using watercolor. Visit me at

  9. I think that is so awesome to step out of your comfort zone and try new things! You are going to discover so much that way. I have never heard of a water brush... that sounds so interesting! So happy you are sharing your journey with us. I'm sure will will all learn some new techniques from your experiences! :)

  10. Thank you all so much for your kind words and support!