I almost didn't get to participate in the Sketch Fest #47 of Feb. 2014. February is a busy month for a mom/artist of a high school cellist. The biggest event of the school year, the All-State Orchestra, takes place during the middle of the month, which is preceded by a concert at a high shcool, then followed a week later by a Solo and Ensemble Festival for Strings for the school district. So the cello mom gets busy! Especially for the Solo and Ensemble since this artist/cello mom moonlights as the lowly piano accompanist. XD lol
While trying to get the challenge blog (http://www.aurorawingschallenge.blogspot.com) for my digital stamp business ready for the big day (March 17th is the day!), I had to squeeze in some practice time on the piano. It's just like homework that requires a lot of hours! Since the Festival was during the same weekend as the Sketch Fest #47, I nearly scratched this event off my schedule. I've learned from my past experience to not taken on more than I can handle. So I kind of checked and looked at the prompts during Friday evening, but didn't actually select and tag prompts until Sunday morning. Luckily, not a lot of prompts caught my attention this time, so I only picked 2.
The first prompt I picked was "cheeky freckled pixie with head of clover". Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Just descriptive enough to get your imagination going, but definitely not too specific like a novella (Yes, some prompters actually leave lines of text as their prompts. I just run the other way whenever I see those. ^^; ). I like a lot of breathing room when picking prompts. Nothing like overly (and demandingly) specific prompts/requests to rob the wind out of your sail of creativity...
|"Clover Pixie/ Shamrock Elf" ACEO (2.5 " x 3.5") in ink & watercolor on bristol vellum (140 lb.) *SOLD*|
Next, I picked something that's classically "me". "Storm of Petals". It was easy to see the vision of cherry petal storm in my head.
|"Sakura Fubuki - Urei" (Cherry Petal Storm - Melancholy) ACEO (2.5" x 3.5") in ink & watercolor on bristol (115lb.)|
Cherry blossoms are loaded with memories and emotions for me, as I am Japanese. As I get older, the memory seems to get bitter sweet, and all of my cherry blossom images (except for the happy sprites) like this have a touch of sadness permiating from the work. That said, I am very fond of this particular ACEO. I am very happy it sold to one of my dear collectors. ^_^
The line art versions of these two ACEOs have been released as digital stamps at my Etsy shop.
|"Sakura Fubuki - Urei" digital stamp|