Sunday, January 17, 2010

wilderness of the mind

wilderness-of-mind

in this resolution-heavy time of year, i decided to paint an antidote, and here it is - a goal-free ode to getting lost in my mind (not LOSING my mind, mind you). this one needed a lighter touch than my normal blast of color, so i put my inky antics aside for a few days and picked up my watercolors. i used winsor & newton watercolors for the background, staedtler watercolor pencils for the layering, and microns for the lettering.

a big thanks to candy for featuring me in her bloggers to watch post this week, and yay to all of you who stopped by my new artsyville page on facebook. great to see so many of you there! i have a bunch of silly doodleprojects to share in the next few days, so please stay tuned. a dreamy sunday to you!

51 comments:

Ces said...

This is very dangerous. The lawlessness of my mind, utterly dangerous if released. I may not be able to survive it! Hahahah!

Never late - HAPPY NEW YEAR to you Aimee!

cactus petunia said...

The lawlessness of imagination! I love being an outlaw!
A dreamy Sunday right back atcha, Aimee!

Candied Fabrics said...

Love it! We all need to get lost in our mind for awhile (or we we WILL lose our minds) Thanks for the reminder.

And, you're more than welcome - you rock!

kendalee said...

"the splendor of reverie" - that's something I could definitely do with more of. inspiring and scrumptiously pretty as always aimee!

daisy janie said...

Let there be lawlessness...let us not follow rules...let us not judge ourselves before our pens hit the page! Get good and crazy and creative!! Thanks for sharing your media for this! I have not had good luck with the microns - maybe it's the wrong paper. Just feels like jerky on the page...not fluid and smooth. Switched to faber-castell recently. What's your paper choice?

Asja said...

beautiful work and a beautiful message!

jane said...

can i put this on my fridge?... enjoy!

aimee said...

well, i'm glad i chose the word lawlessness for this one! i bandied around a few and finally settled on that one because it seemed so overly dramatic. and as ces said, getting lost in one's head can be very dangerous.

used hot press paper, forgot to mention that!

pedalpower said...

what a great take on "wilderness!"

trinsch said...

love it!

dthaase said...

you have a wonderful style - I love the expression in this piece - so well done

soulbrush said...

wilderness is the theme word for illustration friday this week. fabulous and i will definitely be coming along to see what you are up to this coming week.

Anairam said...

Haha - I'll try and keep that distinction in mind - i.e. losing myself IN my mind as opposed to losing my mind (which is my normal state of mind(lessness))

Beth Niquette said...

It is beautiful and exactly as I have been feeling lately.

Let 'er rip!

Kelly said...

love that sentiment!

Jill said...

Wonderful sentiment - in our imaginations let us be free!

Jeannine said...

A lovely way to illustrate such a healthy philosophy for approaching the new year! Thank you for sharing your process with us. :)

Pat said...

I love the "springy" color scheme, the doodliscious background, and of course, your inspiring words!

Laure Ferlita said...

All those luscious colors and shapes and doodles - I could have fun in this for days being lost!!

And a great way to knock the rust off, for sure!!

little blue bird said...

Hi Aimee, thanks so much for your comment, lovely and encouraging, and I am so glad to have found your blog! Ahhh, like a breath of fresh air for me on a rainy melbourne monday afternoon (although it is summer here!). I had a look at your work, it is all quite delicious, I could lose myself in all that colour. Your use of typography and language is fab....I love to see both used so well! Congrats, and all the best, Lisa :-)

Inner Toddler said...

beautiful aimee. and you always land on just the right sentiment.

Christine said...

I love this. The soft tones, your gorgeous lettering, and last - but ohhh not least -- your wording. YES! I WILL get lost (please). Had a momentarily sanction on one of my (many) 2010-pacts this morning, and it felt gooood :)
Life-indulgence, here I come!
I hope your Monday will sprinkle you with happiness.
Thanks for being here, Aimee, and for posting like you do.

la ninja said...

nah, I think the real danger lays in getting one's head lost in one and not the other way round.
your method's perfectly safe, mate.
viva la lawlessness!

Esti said...

getting lost is such a good idea, aimee! i must confess is becoming an habit lately :)

Caroline said...

How delightful!!

Renee said...

Aimee I love your work and my secret garden with my bright blue frame and the beautiful colours.

I have to tell you that those two daughters of mine stole some of my magnets.

xoxoxo

Lori said...

I love "not losing my mind, mind you" lol

●• Thereza said...

cool! i would join your page but you know i don't like facebook so... really refuse to be there. hope you're having a good monday so far :)

justdoodleit said...

Awesome lettering of a very sweet, encouraging message :) Thanks for visiting my blog...your blog is full of delicious treats!

~Valentina~ said...

*GREAT* as usual :)

hanna-happenings said...

This one is beautiful Aimee.

Sometimes I use an alarmclock when I feel the need to get lost in my mind... Then reality can awake me so that I won´t forget to eat, sleep or, the worst one; pick up the kids from kindergarden.
/hugs!

Megan Coyle said...

Lovely colors in this one and it looks like such a magnificent magical garden. And congrats on the feature!

L'Atelier said...

ohh this is one of my favourites of yours...
just how i am feeling at the moment :)

congrat on the fab feature
and i llloooove to see you during my daily dose of fb :D
xxxxx

Rui Sousa said...

Fantastic work, excellent interpretation of the theme of the week!
Would be happy to invite you to visit my site www.ruisousaartworks.com.

If you have time you can also see my idea on the theme of the week
www.ruisousaartworks.blogspot.com

Thank you and greetings

Rui Sousa

ni said...

aaahhh... beautiful thoughts... thank you.

lori vliegen said...

i LOVE it.....i absolutely LOVE it. you are my doodle hero. :)))

Terri said...

now you're speaking / doodling my language.

方便 said...

沒有經過反省的人生,是不值得活的人生..................................................

steve said...

And a beautiful wilderness this is Aimee!

Shirley said...

SOOO awesome, Aimee!! Wonderful doodles and I just love your blog banner, too. I am a fan! : )

Bella Sinclair said...

Aaaah, freedom! Truly beautiful, uplifting color here. It's like floating on a rainbow breeze. And have you ever stopped to notice what a beautiful word that is? Lawlessness. It makes the tongue do fun little flips.

HA! Tattooed patooties! Oh how I wish I could have seen that!

cindy said...

ok, if you say so ;). i love the watercolors!

michelle allen said...

while dawdling thru mags in borders the other day i saw your wonderful write up!! so happy for you :). you are one talented chica!

Liz said...

Oh and I truly believe I must have one o'them... is it in your shoppe? Let no rules apply. let spontaneity reign supreme! You're my kinda hero(e)!

Valerie Lorimer said...

This is such an awesome take on the wilderness theme, Aimee! I always love coming to your blog to see your pieces. This is fantastic.

Veja cecilia said...

love the soft colors, I´m waiting for spring here and this is kind of "springish" for me:)

Nicky Linzey said...

Makes me go all tingly when I read this!

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

All your drawings are antidotes for me ;)

joanne said...

oh i love the soft colors, and the writing is up there among my favorites of yours... losing one's mind is highly under-rated... we probably could all do with a lot more of that and find ourselves a whole lot healthier and happier (and of course more creative)...

Coreopsis said...

I totally aprove of "losing yourself in your mind". It kindof reminds me of a poem by Margaret Atwood called "Journey to the Interior" which is quite a bit more sinister than your lovely light, colorful rendition (which makes me HAPPY).

It ends with
A compass is useless; also
trying to take directions
from the movements of the sun,
which are erratic;
and words here are as pointless
as calling in a vacant wilderness.
Whatever I do I must
keep my head. I know
it is easier for me to lose my way
forever here, than in other landscapes.

rachel awes said...

i am "surrendering" to the gorgeousness of your blog!!! wowie! i love EVERYTHING here!! looooove your art! loooove the flower tub (maybe improved with warm bubbly water inside it!!) at the hodgepodge house! your messages & heart are melty love...