kittens in mittens

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i couldn't resist this month's spoonflower contest.  kittens in mittens.  i whipped this puppy (ahem...kitten?) up quickly before the deadline.  

if you feel so inclined, i'd love a vote on spoonflower!  click here.  and thank you in advance if you do indeed vote for my design. 

speaking of kittens, my daughter has decided she must have a persian cat.  i'm starting to find notes taped to the walls of the house.  and "persian cat" has made it to the top of the christmas list ::

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the importance of playing

tammie bennett's play cat

i've recently discovered the art of playing.  i've been teaching myself to let. go.  trust in the universe.  trust in the process.  trust in myself.  i've loosened the reins on what i'm creating.  i'm creating for fun

i'm enrolled in ashley goldberg's paint.plan.play class and something about it has opened me up to so much mark making, doodling and pattern making without worrying about what it's going to look like.  she has been a favorite artist of mine for many years and i might have squealed out loud when i saw she was teaching a class.  i even broke out of my self-imposed hiatus on online classes.  and i'm so. glad. i. did.  

the combination of me letting go and giving myself permission (in fact forcing myself to play with art each week) is opening up my mind in crazy ways.  the ideas are shooting out of my head like a geyser of shiny bubbles leaving lots of cute notes and doodles in its wake.  

i've also been sending out at least one  of my 50 asks each week and i have some really fun projects in the works.  the more i'm putting out into the world, the more i'm getting back.

i'm going to keep creating art during play time.  i'll keep sharing it here, letting my fun spill out into the world.  like little shiny prisms.

create days

tammie bennett's shocked kitten

i've had SO MUCH FUN playing with watercolors and gouache lately.  

i've scheduled 2 CREATE days each week where i don't do errands or spend time planning or anything other than VERY basic administrative tasks.  i try to make sure at least one of those two days is set aside for me to create things for fun.  a day each week to create things that just make me happy without thoughts of trying to sell it or without trying to fit it to a brief.