feeding my soul

i've been feeding my soul lately.  

tambennett is an artist mixed media

the months leading up to SURTEX were filled with making technical repeats and lots of digital art.  and lots of logistics and planning and marketing.  i didn't do much drawing-for-fun or painting.  (i did keep my sketch-a-day streak alive, don't worry!) i was talking with lesley grainger at the show (i was so blessed to have her as a neighbor) and we were both saying how we couldn't wait to get home and create art with our hands, getting messy with paints.

so i've been mixing up my media.  putting on some music and losing myself in just creating without a thought to who will want to buy it, or where i should try to sell it.  it's been amazing for my innards, i tell you.  

tam bennett energy works mixed media

soul food #2 :: i got so excited to get lilla's mini assignment in her make art that sells boot camp. nautical!  i have so many nautical sketches in my books and so many ideas in my head that i feel like i might explode....or at least start leaking out of my ears.  

tam bennett make art that sells nautical sketches

soul food #3 :: we got puppies!!!  if you follow me on instagram, you'll definitely get your cute puppy fix, although i am trying so hard not to flood my feed with puppy pictures!  it's amazing how quickly they became part of our family and how much we already love them.

(speaking of instagram, i'm halfway through my daily thankful sketch project, #365tinythanks.  i sketch a tiny thing i'm thankful for each day and post it on instagram.  can you believe we are already halfway through 2014??)

soul food #4 :: reconnecting. i lost touch a little bit with my online artsy friends and the happy happy art collective gals, and i'm so glad to be back connecting!  it feels so good to be involved and supported (and it feels good to be supportive of my buddies too!)

although i didn't create the mixed media pieces above with the intention of selling them or submitting them to companies, i was quite struck by something margo tantau said during the MATS meetup.  she said to show the world what you create in your play time.  what do you create for fun?  THAT is the work people want to see.  THAT is the work that can show art directors your range.  this proved to be true that very day at the show when i was speaking with an art director in my booth who liked my work.  but then i showed her a few pieces of my mixed media that i decided to bring at the last minute and she gasped.  "i am more interested in THAT.  send me THAT."  

so as part of my 50 asks, i'm sending one of my mixed media pieces out into the world today. speaking of my 50 asks, i've already sent 2.  today will be my third.

i leave you with two questions today.  if you are joining me on my 50 asks, have you done any yet?  and two, how have you fed your soul today?