Autumn Raven – Work in Progress

Autumn Raven Work In Progress by Angela Porter (Artwyrd) 2014

This is most definitely a work in progress, and my first piece of raven art. I have an affinity with and a love of ravens, as well as the rest of the corvids.

My time with art has been very limited simply because being back at teaching is exhausting me. I do my best to find time to do art, but I often just fall asleep in the evenings because my brain is so tired from focusing and monitoring all day. The weekends seem to be vanishing in long periods of sleep too.

Brightly colourful

©Angela Porter - Artwyrd@aol.com

Finally!  I manage to stay awake long enough on a weekend to colour this one in!  School has been wiping me out. I have been drawing outlines for a short while in the evenings, but I certainly don’t have the time I used to. As I am more alert than I have been for a while, I hope to get more art done today.

I really needed to do some art too.  It relaxes and calms me.  Four weeks back at work after a prolonged absence last year has seen me increasingly tired.  I have lessons to learn about pacing myself and not pushing myself so hard or being so hard on myself.  There are many more lessons that I need to learn too.

I am so glad, however, I have found my creative ‘mojo’ once again.  May it long continue!

It’s also only a few days until Color Me Calm and Color Me Happy are available for purchase.  It’s really exciting for me!

Coloured mandala

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This is a coloured copy of the mandala I posted yesterday.  I used marker pens to colour it.

Black and white mandala

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I returned to work at school two weeks ago and I have found it has resulted in a lot less time for me to indulge myself in my creative, artistic pursuits.  The evenings and weekends seem to disappear in sleep as I’m so tired.

I do seem to be coping a lot better with the stresses and strains of being a teacher, which is a good thing.

The mandala above was finished earlier this week.  I am debating whether to add colour and/or shadows or to leave it as it is.  I shall see how the fancy takes me over the weekend.

Focusing more on art…

It’s been a while since my last blog post. The reasons for this are many but include focusing on the art projects “Color Me Calm” and “Color Me Happy“, a return to work after a very extended period of illness, and now working on a book project called “Entangled” for Dover Publications.

It’s been a busy but exciting time with these projects, and I’m sure there’ll be more in the pipeline for me. I’m hoping that this will result in me posting to this blog more often, with updates and sneak previews from time to time of the projects I’m involved in.

I have also had to create a facebook page for myself, Angela Porter Artwyrd.

Here’s a sneaky preview of one of the Mandalas in one of the ‘Color Me’ books.

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Color Me Calm, Color Me Happy and blowing my own trumpet!

I’m not good at blowing my own trumpet, but as the cat is out of the bag it’s time for me to say how chuffed I am to have been approached by Jeannine Dillon, editor for Race Point publishers, to do the artwork/illustrations for two books full of colouring templates with text written by Lacy Mucklow and the design put together by Jacqui Carlton.

The first book, Color Me Calm, is due for release in October this year.

Color Me Calm

 The second book is titled Color Me Happy and is also due for release around the same time. 

Color Me Happy

The titles say it all!

 

I’ve also been working with Bev Robinson of Love Thy Thread and she’s converted some of my artwork into cross-stitch charts available exclusively from this website, just follow the link to me, Angela Porter.

Another piece of news is that I’ll have a third book of artwork coming out early next year with Dover Publishing, Jason Schneider is the editor there.  More news as things get done there.

And with that, I must get back to doing the coloured illustrations for Color Me Calm.  Such good therapy for me while I’m recovering from a long-term illness of my own.

It’s been a while…

Untitled 8 March 2014 by Angela Porter

 

It has been a while since I last made a post to my blog.

I have been struggling with vagueness and lack of focus with the medication I’m taking, and this one I’m on now doesn’t suit either. As well as the vagueness, I’m constantly on edge and fidgety, and the medication is supposed to treat that not cause it.  Have to give it a couple more weeks before it’ll be changed though.  I’m still away from work as a result.

In spite of all of this I’ve still been busy with art, though the focus for the projects I’m involved in has been lacking at times, but just ‘doodling’ with no constraints or requirements does help me settle a little and also is something I can do that doesn’t need that focus.

In the summer I signed contracts to do the artwork for two books linked to art therapy.  In the last week I was approached by another company to do one book for them in the first instance, and if it goes well then there could be a whole series of them.   My hope is that I’ll have enough contracts and work lined up that I can go kind of part time at work.  That won’t be for a while and I need to get myself better first, but the part time may be a way of helping me remain ‘better’ in the future.  Time will tell.

Two more leafy, tree-y and flower mandalas

I finished these in the last day or so.  Pen and coloured pencils.

Woodland mandala © Angela Porter 2014

 

ImageAnother Woodland mandala © Angela Porter 2014

Arty times

Woodland Mandala © Angela Porter 2014

I’ve been busy with art.  This is just one thing finished recently.  It’s a little less than A4 in diameter.

Another new calendar!

Mandala Trees © Angela Porter 2013

 

Another new calendar year, along with the hopeful wishes that go along with it.

For you, I wish peace, love, joy, good health and all that you need for a happy life, not just today, but every single moment of your existence.  I wish the same for all on Earth, which will only come about when humanity as a whole cares more about the living things that we share this planet with than money or power or material things.

For myself, I wish for a way out of the dark and difficult places I find myself in.  I would also like to feel I ‘belong’ somewhere, and with that goes human friendship and companionship. A more peaceful, harmonious and less confrontational and stressful workplace, when I return, would also be a huge bonus.

 

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