Friday, September 9, 2016

day 5

30 paintings in 30 days

29 faces 



i have taken on several creative challenges this month...

one probably would have been enough but i could not say no

to the second... and then the third, a journaling challenge with

prompts came along.  after much thought i decided i would try.

if it became too much i would bow out.  as it turns out,

the journaling is fueling my creative fire.   i learned

that you can never predict what will be the one thing

that will add to your life.  do you spark your creativity 

in any particular way?





mixed media on canvas, 30 paintings in 30 days





acrylic teabag, 365 teabag paintings 




and a journal entry for 

30 day journal with lisa sonora


page in handmade journal,  pages made from eco dyed and boiled paper



"Pursuing my path of becoming an artist wasn't really about the art."
Lisa Sonora


the journaling reads:

my family immigrated to the united states in the
early 1900s from japan.  each of them explored
art at times of distress.

i do my art because it is my calling.  i did not 
know this for decades.


this is a friday post along with others creatives
at paint party friday, a weekly showcase of art 
 hosted by eva and kristen.


thank you for visiting today.
and if you choose to post a comment,
thank you for your time and consideration.
both are appreciated! 






36 comments:

  1. your pretty painted portraits both have a mysterious quality which draws one in. Lovely journal spread too. happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely visit and comments this week Linda. It is so appreciated! Irene

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  2. Oh do stay on your calling, luv that journal
    Happy PPF

    much love...

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    1. Thank you for your support, Gillena. It means a lot to me especially when I waiver.
      Irene

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  3. Your art is beautiful, Irene, especially the mixed media on canvas. I didn't know you were of Japanese descent. My best art buddy is Japanese, born in Tokyo but she came to the US about 40 years ago.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your comments, Faye. I was born here in the US but all of my grandparents were born in Japan. Have a lovely week.

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  4. Wonderful as always.
    Depth & beauty!
    We spoke well of you yesterday. ♥

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    1. Thank you so much dear Jacki. I miss you and look forward to our days together in October. xo

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  5. Fantastic art, wonderful faces. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you Valerie-Jael. I appreciate you taking the time to comment! Have a lovely week.

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  6. I always enjoy much visit here. Your Art is so delicate and expressive. Beautiful ❤
    Have a Happy Time!

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    1. Hello Sirkkis, thank you for your much appreciated comments on my art. You make my day! It does help to have lovely feedback. Have a lovely week.

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  7. I hear you about over commitment but agree that sometimes when we are swamped with work we create our best. Just lovely, Irene!

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    1. Yes!! I agree. Being swamped does not allow for the critical mind to get in the way.... You're just too busy :) Hmm, I should learn something from that. Thanks for visiting dear John.

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  8. OMGOSH..... Irene these are all beautiful. That first painting is breath taking. I am always so impressed on how you create a face with such little detailed lines so the imagination fills it all in. It is truly your gift.

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    1. Oh, what a lovely comment, Nicole. I feel like I stop short of doing something perfectly or adding more detail but it's just not my style. Your feedback is invaluable. Thank you!

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  9. Each one is divine ~ all lovely creations ~

    Happy Creating ~ ^_^

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    1. Thank you for your visit today and for your comments Carol.

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  10. I am so impressed you have done 3 projects. I love your cute little teabag. Loving your work. It gives me joy to look at :) Tx

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  11. This portrait is stunning! Happy PPF

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    1. Thank you Susan! Have a lovely week.
      Irene

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  12. Deeply beautiful and soulful works, I truly love the very first piece..such an ethereal being..super gorgeous and spiritual! Thanks for sharing your history, very special..my family immigrated from Italy. It is wonderful visiting your world again!
    happy PPF
    Victoria #54

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    1. Hello Victoria, Thank you for your visits and comments. My family history often comes up when I write or create art. I gives me the sense the there is much material to be mined and memories to revisit.
      Irene

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  13. The face painting is gorgeous! The journal and teabag are lovely too. That's a lot of challenges! It's very impressive.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments Lisa. Hoping you have a lovely week.
      Irene

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  14. Beautiful artwork Irene, I'm in awe of you accepting three challenges. I would struggle with one. I have only discovered my drawing/painting calling in the last few years. I wish I'd have found it years ago.
    Happy PPF to you

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    1. Hello Nessie, I always enjoy your creations. I started painting 5 years ago. It was a slow fire but now I can't stop!. Thank you for your comments. Have a lovely week.
      Irene

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  15. three challenges all at once! Very brave! I never understand how someone can make 30 paintings in 30 days! But it is true that the more you paint the easier it gets and the more you can do. Your three creations are beautiful, I especially like the journalpage: wonderful composition and choice of colour.

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  16. I admire you so much Irene for your ability to apply yourself so well to every challenge. Wonderful pieces. Especially the first one.

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    1. Hello Morag, Your comments mean a lot to me. Thank you so much.
      Irene

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  17. all three pieces are a joy to see. How wonderful that the three prompts are adding to your creativity.
    it was interesting to consider your family through what you have shared.

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    1. Hello Tammie, Thank you for your visit and comments today. Have a lovely week!
      ~~Irene

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  18. Such beautiful work Irene I'm so glad you found your creative power! I love the variety you always bring to the table. Creativity is always such a beautiful surprise to me, I never know when a good idea might strike. However I do know many of my writings are provoked by deep emotion! I think some of the art just trickles out behind that! I love how a piece will start out as one gender and become another! I love the birthing of an art piece! Great post!

    Hugs Giggles

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  19. Your art is stunning! I love it. And I see we have something in common with painting on tea bags!

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  20. Your story reminds me of all those Japanese tourist who are crazy about Moomin or Marimekko :) - Finnish brands.
    Your teabag project is very interesting - you must love tea in bags :)
    My favorite here is your canvas painting...I like its haziness, dreamlikeness...

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  21. Great mixed media piece. Glad you found your calling. Faces are lovely.

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