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A Spark of Art-spiration

I never know where or when art-spiration will appear- this time from inside this work-in-progress.   Tracy Verdugo, who taught a great class at Art Is You, had us notice the “good parts” of the canvas.  I was so taken with a couple of spots, I knew I wanted to experiment more with them.


This Spark of Art-spiration is a photo from my canvas & was my jumping off point for creative play today.

You are welcome to print off this image and use it for your art play (personal use only please).   Just right click on the image and select “save image as”.  You can then print it any size you want on your printer.





My art journal is a place to experiment and explore.  Since this was just an inkjet print of a section of my canvas, I had freedom to try whatever I wanted on it.  If I ruined it all I had to do was print another.  I added stitches, acrylic and Silk paint, a bit of oil pastels and some scribble writing.







Added to an art journal page I started way back when…







A bit of writing with colored pencil…








A metal number, a black frame and smudged touches of paint around the edges – smudges add so much!





I had sparks of art-spiration in my studio just waiting for me and I realized I want to share them! So was born a twice a month newsletter with a focus on the joys of arting &  sharing highlights of my colorful journey including exclusive subscriber-only Sparks of Art-spiration downloads.  I’d love for you to join me and subscribe to my newsletter at the top right of the page or here.

I love being inspired so I am off to visit all the wonderful artists at Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day,  and Creative Every Day!

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  • Janet October 11, 2012, 11:16 pm

    Carolyn, Your work is always so ‘happy’. I love your ladder. Thanks for sharing!

  • Maria McGuire October 11, 2012, 11:41 pm

    Now I really feel like I was right there with you 🙂 What a fabulous canvas!!! I can see why you were drawn to this snippet of it too….as a matter of fact it gave me an idea right away–let’s see if it comes to reality! Can’t wait to get the newsletter–YAY!

  • Arnoldo L. Romero October 11, 2012, 11:55 pm

    Inspiration hit you good. I love the playful colors and spontaneous feeling of your piece. Blessings!

  • Christine October 12, 2012, 12:13 am

    just a beautiful geometric piece!

  • denthe October 12, 2012, 12:20 am

    I love that word “art-spiration”! That’s exactly what it is. Love your canvas and what you did with that little detail!

  • Nicola October 12, 2012, 2:56 am

    What a great idea, taking a part of your canvas and using it in something else it really changes the way you see things. Great piece! :0)

  • Corrine October 12, 2012, 4:46 am

    Your art inspiration form ypur Tracy class is so cool. Your painting from the class is so YOU. I see you in all of it including your big, broad grin and infectious laugh. Newsletter, count me in….xox PS Can we move Batesville closer? xoxxox

  • patsy October 12, 2012, 5:21 am

    What a great way to play! “Notice the good parts!” I guess that’s what we have to do in life too! Patsy from HeARTworks

  • Ginny October 12, 2012, 5:30 am

    “Ladders to vision” seems so appropriate for you. It appears that when you have a vision, you take the necessary steps to make it come true. Wonderful piece. Good luck on your newsletter. I am sure it will be a huge success.

  • Duaa October 12, 2012, 6:34 am

    Wow..this is so creative and expressive! I love all the colors and doodles..beautiful piece!



  • Susan October 12, 2012, 8:02 am

    Wonderful vibrant colors!

  • Nordljus October 12, 2012, 8:41 am

    What a wonderful idea! Love where your inspiration lead you too, it’s a gorgeous page!

  • Marji October 12, 2012, 8:59 am

    Beautiful canvas, Carolyn. I think the idea of breaking out the small parts of something big is a great idea. It shifts our focus from sometimes what is overwhelming in the large – to something we love and that resonates with us in the small. Beautiful

  • EVA October 12, 2012, 9:16 am

    What fun! And a great way to expand on a section you liked. Wonderful journal page!

  • Jessica October 12, 2012, 9:21 am

    The work you did in Tracy’s class is so cool! And I love what you did with your “snippet.” Can’t wait for the newsletter. I’m in!

  • Faye October 12, 2012, 9:50 am

    Enjoyed your comments, Carolyn. Thanks for coming by. Your colorful work here is delightful. I am so impressed by what you did with the image you are allowing artists to play with. What a transformation! The colors are gorgeous.

  • ann'sart@studiohyde October 12, 2012, 10:33 am

    I love how you have found the ladder in your piece and used it as a jumping off point.

  • gloria October 12, 2012, 11:10 am

    Excellent ladder and wonderful color. thanks.

  • Lynn Cohen October 12, 2012, 11:23 am

    What a fun exercise and how it got my mind rolling on ideas for re-doing a piece that hangs on my wall now! Love what you did here! Thanks for sharing…hPPF!

  • Rinda October 12, 2012, 12:10 pm

    I love this – it reminds me to get messy!

  • Paula - Buenos Aires October 12, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Awesome title as well! Suscribing to your newsletter right away! Love our work. Thanks for sharing the process. 🙂

  • Annette G October 12, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Terrific idea and very inspirational. Happy PPF, Annette x

  • Anne October 12, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Wonderful idea and process, really interesting! HPPF!

  • Linda K October 12, 2012, 1:12 pm

    I only started doing this recently myself but so far have only used sections of a page to print out for card backgrounds-I’ll have to experiment more in mixed media work thanks to your inspiration! happy PPF and AJED!

  • Cris, Artist in Oregon October 12, 2012, 1:20 pm

    What a fun workout with color and line. Good to keep the mind stretching. HPPF

  • aimee October 12, 2012, 1:56 pm

    awesome art-spiration! beautiful, happy, saturated color — what could be better?!

  • valerie-jael October 12, 2012, 2:47 pm

    Great fun and so colourful! Valerie

  • Judy Shea October 12, 2012, 2:50 pm

    Carolyn.. there are SO many spots I want to jump on your canvas. Your colors are do die for.

  • Nora Clemens-Gallo October 12, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Love the colors, the textures, everything!!!

  • Mitzi Zohar October 12, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Stunning! So much color and life, and so much to look at.

  • Tracey Fletcher King October 12, 2012, 4:19 pm

    fantastic result… I love framing and using bits that I like… makes composition so much easier… you are sucha nayural teacher… I know you are a teacher… but you are doing what you are supposed to if you know what I mean xx

  • Mary C. Nasser October 12, 2012, 5:21 pm

    Love your ladder art!
    What a great idea to save and improve a part of a painting your like!
    Always inspiring seeing your blog and art!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Debbie October 12, 2012, 7:39 pm

    what a cool idea and I love your journal page!

  • Cynthia October 12, 2012, 8:24 pm

    Gorgeous colors!! Thanks for sharing the creative process and the Spark too!

  • artmusedog and Carol October 12, 2012, 8:48 pm

    Dazzling and dynamic color creations ~ (A Creative Harbor)

    thanks for stopping by and commenting ^_^

  • Rhonda October 12, 2012, 11:57 pm

    This is so cool! Love the new word “art-spiration”. The colors are so vibrant. Love all of it. HPPF!

  • Carin October 13, 2012, 2:12 am

    I love this! I love reusing the favourite bits and creating new favourites from it. I love “art-spiration”- that just about sums it up! I love the result. So cool! So much goodness in one post!

  • lessandragr October 13, 2012, 5:22 am

    Very interesting – makes me think of looking into windows in a building. That is a splendid idea – using bits of ones unused art – I think it’s time to start digging into my stash of stored unfinished artwork!

  • NatashaMay October 13, 2012, 6:33 am

    Really great, fun and colorful journal. 🙂 I love Tracy’s art too and find it inspiring. 🙂

  • Elisa Choi October 13, 2012, 9:19 am

    A very inspiring and creative approach. Great body of work!

  • Gloria J Zucaro October 13, 2012, 10:51 am

    Beautiful colors and inspired additions. Thank you for your generosity in you posts of your time, your art, and your give-aways.

  • Marjie Kemper October 13, 2012, 3:32 pm

    What a wonderful idea to copy parts of your work and use them in this way… you are so smart, chickie!! Love how your ladder pops off the page. I am off to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • Denise October 13, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Hi Carolyn,
    Pretty page here. Loving all the color and I really like that you wrote with the colored pencil in similar color to the art. It blended into the piece and now I need to try that. I’m subscribed to the newsletter, can’t wait.

  • Kirstin McCulloch October 13, 2012, 5:05 pm

    That is such a lovely piece. I loved reading about your progress, thank you for sharing x

  • Andrea October 13, 2012, 7:39 pm

    Love the page , a very inspiring post!!

  • Diana Evans October 13, 2012, 10:29 pm

    Hi Carolyn!!!!

    I love these pieces and the bright colours….so inspiring!!! wonderful work

  • Carola Bartz October 14, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Wonderful inspiration – for me as well. I love the idea of playing around with your own “stuff” and experimenting with it. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Julie October 14, 2012, 5:18 pm

    wow luv this!

  • giggles October 15, 2012, 4:30 am

    I love your inspiration, ..the colors you pulled to embellish a portion of that canvas
    gave it a completely different look and I love!!! It’s gorgeous!!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • JKW October 15, 2012, 7:29 am

    I am in love with your thought processes. You are always so much fun to be with and your creations are truly inspirational. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • FranT October 17, 2012, 1:27 am

    wow what a page, its just gorgeous!

  • Rita Barton October 19, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Beautiful, colorful work! Happy PPF.