tammie bennett's uncovered illustrationthis time of year i'm ready for new beginnings.  i  crave routine, i want things to be streamlined, organized and less cluttery.  it's about this time of  year i start looking around at some of the excess in my home.  i have a bookshelf crammed with really. great. books.  books i've bought to teach me techniques. books i've bought for inspiration. books to give me ideas on new materials or subject matter.  the problem is that i glance over them, do a couple "oohs" and "aahs", and maybe even put a sticky note on a few pages.  and then i shelve it.  ne'er to return. and funnily enough, often in times of overwhelm (which happens more often than i'd like to admit), i have turned to retail-inspiration-therapy.  and not in the cool i'm buying cute sweaters and shoes kind of way.  i buy more books.  instead of taking all those ideas dancing around in my head and putting them onto paper, i buy more books thinking that it will solve all my overwhelm.  "maybe that book has that one image that will bring it all into focus for me."  ... and the cycle repeats.

SO.  i'm going to try a new challenge. once a week i'd like to show you a new art piece that i've created directly inspired by a book on my shelf. i'm calling this new series "uncovered". as in, looking under the covers of the books to find something cool. as in uncovering a gem inside the book (and maybe myself).

this week, i uncovered jenny doh's craft-a-doodle: 75 creative exercises from 18 artists*. it's basically a book full of amazing doodles and projects from an all star cast of some of my very fave artists.craft a doodle book i wanted to try almost every project in this book, but i felt super inspired by dinara mirtalipova's "framed love" project :: doodleexerpt cute, right?! here's what i came up with. the word "yes" comes into my head all. the. time. (probably why i'm always so overwhelmed. i tend to think it's ALL possible). yes! yessketch

have you uncovered anything cool lately?

*affiliate link to amazon.  if you buy the book using this link, i'll have a few cents to buy art supplies....or food for my children.