Monday, January 31, 2022

January Summary

This month has flown by. Most of my creative time has been spent wrapping up last year's projects. Finishing up my Inspiration Collaboration project and my own annual magazine took me longer to do than I had planned on....I seem to be working slower these days. I also spent a fair amount of time putting proposals together and submitting them to various places. After participating in an exhibit that required a fee, I decided that I would only apply to "fee free" exhibits and magazines. There are still options available for showing your work without having to pay for the privilege. 

However, I still managed to create a few images this month...all for my current project called Haven

The Audition is a re-work of the final image I created for Inspiration Collaboration:

The Audition by Sara Harley
The Audition

Refuge falls under my favourite theme of birds and trees:

Refuge by Sara Harley

My third image is Hideaway. I'm not entirely happy with this one yet and will probably be re-working it. I find it just a little dark and muddied:

Hideaway by Sara Harley

Finally, the fourth image for January is False Sense of Security (I have a mini "stage" series going on within my Haven series):

False Sense of Security by Sara Harley
False Sense of Security


I also completed a quilt...a special project for me which was quite a challenge to create.

All in all, a fairly successful month for creativity. Sometimes it's good for the soul to look back and reflect!

Friday, January 28, 2022

2021 Point of View Magazine

This is my third Point of View publication....a little later than usual. Time is getting away from me these days. I usually publish my annual magazine in December. This time, I'm sneaking it in just before the calendar turns to February!

The creation of this magazine helps me recognize just how much one year can hold. Looking back at my favourite images also helps me see the overall picture of my creative my interests change, how my images change as well. 

To view the complete magazine, just click on the image above. You can page forward and backward through the magazine by clicking on the pages. To view full screen, click on the diagonal arrows on the top right.


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Inspiration Collaboration

Since January 2020, I have been hosting a collaborative inspiration group with Arkansas painter Helen Eaton. Helen and I met online a few years thing led to another...and at the end of December 2019 we were madly pulling together ideas for an art group. After 24 months of providing inspiration to a group of artists in Canada and the U.S., we have wrapped up our project.

I won't lie...there were times that I thought I just couldn't think of another image to provide for the other artists to use as a spring board for their own creations. And there were times that I just had no idea what I would create in response to the paintings that Helen provided for inspiration each month.

But we did it! And...if I must say so myself...the results are a joy to look at.  We created three magazines that summarize our two years of creativity.

This first magazine shows just the work of Helen and myself....72 images that were provided as inspiration...and 72 images that were created in response...over a two year period. If you click on the info below, you'll be able to view the whole magazine online at Blurb. Just click on the pages to move back and forth through the magazine. You can enlarge the magazine by clicking on the diagonal arrows at the top right.

The following magazine is a summary of the artwork produced in 2021 by the whole group: And this magazine is a summary of the artwork produced in 2020 by the whole group: I am so proud of what Helen and I accomplished!