Thursday, July 02, 2015

Blogging and Sea Kelp

If you've been reading this blog recently, you know I've been struggling with whether or not I want to continue blogging or go to some other format like Instagram. I started this blog in February of 2006, and mostly it was for two reasons. 1.) So that I would be able to comment on blogs I enjoyed  2.) so that I could use it as a simple way to keep track of my daily life...and somewhere along the way I got brave and started sharing some of my art.

So in keeping with my original motives, here is what I did last night...

As HB and I sat watching TV, I finished the piece I started a few days ago. This is done with cheapie Crayola markers on 9" x 12" Bristol paper. HB thought it looked like sea kelp so that's what I'm naming it.

I used Sharpies to do all the outlines, and the finer lines of the drawing were also done with an ultra fine point Sharpie. Sometimes I just like using the very basics. I bought the Crayola markers because
Alisa Burke did a post about them. I got a package of 50 markers for less than $7 so I thought that was a good deal. There's something so relaxing about drawing a black line shape and filling it with marker color.

Do you ever use markers? If so, which ones do you like?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Art, Instagram, and Hashtags...

Another week has gone by and I didn't post. I can't seem to think of anything to write about, and since I haven't been doing much art that leaves a big, fat zero! I'm sure you don't want to hear about me cleaning the house or doing laundry and that seems to be all that's going on.

Here are a couple of simple collages I did recently...

This one is in my big altered book.
I used six different magazine pages/images to create her
plus markers and paint pens.

This one is done in my tall, skinny journal.
I only used three magazine pages/images to create her...
plus markers and paint pens.

And here is a WIP...
I drew this a few nights ago,
and then I began adding color using Crayola markers!
I have a long way to go to finish this one.

As I mentioned earlier, I'm dipping my toe into Instagram to see how I like it. Not sure yet. I miss the connections that are made through blogging. But blogging seems to be dying out. Instagram seems so impersonal. You look at something for a few seconds and then go on to something else. I guess that's how the world is going these days. Instant gratification! I don't think I'm very good at using hashtags either. Do they have classes in staying current??!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Still Just Playing...

I haven't even picked up a paintbrush since I finished the paintings for the art show! I'm hooked on making these silly magazine collages...can't stop!

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She Had the Heart of a Pirate
Done in my over-sized journal...10.5" x 13.5"

Happiness Is...
also done in the over-sized journal.

And I'm still trying to figure out how to size my photos for Instagram. I got some good info from Happytiler so I'm trying to figure it all out. 

In the meantime, here is a photo I took of our backyard this afternoon. What was once lush and green is now brown, dead, and crispy! The drought situation here in California is very serious. And the temps have been hovering right around 100ยบ for several days. HB and I are saving every drop of water we can to keep our grapevines alive. Anything that would normally just go down the drain, is saved in a bucket to put on the vines. If you know any rain dances we would appreciate it!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Working in My Collage Journals...

I don't know what's wrong with me...I can't seem to post much anymore but I miss it. I'm trying Instagram but I don't think I'm very good at it. You can follow me there...I'm jkbees. I hope that works. As you can see, I'm not too "up" on all this!

Anyway, here's a few things I've been doing in my collage journals.

(click on any image to see it larger)
Dreamer is done in a new (old altered book) journal I'm using.
I love the size - 10.5" x 13.5"

Rose is in the same book.
I created her from two different women
plus a watch face and some roses.

Tease is in another journal.
It's 4.5" x 11"...tall and skinny!
The beige on the left side is another book underneath.

Pirate Girl is also in the tall, skinny book.
I love doing collages.
I have stacks and stacks of images I've cut from magazines.
My big problem is how to organize them!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The Rest of My Art Show...

A Moment in Time
18" x 24"

Bubbling to the Top
22" x 28"

Building Blocks of Life
24" x 24"

Faded Memories
12" x 24"

Life...and So It Begins
20" x 20"

16" x 20"

Night Blooming
24" x 24"

On Another Plane
20" x 20"

16" x 20"

She Waited for Him
20" x 20"

Winter Sun
16" x 20"

I think that's all of them...I had fun doing this show. And even though I went through a phase of not liking to paint, I'm glad I pushed through. I still enjoy mixed media more than just straight painting. And I'll still continue to put book pages on my canvases first, simply because I don't like the feel of paint on plain canvas...even if it's been gessoed. 

One person at the reception said some of my worked reminded them of Klimt...I considered that to be a great compliment! And another person compared some of my art to Ted Coconis, also a compliment. Everyone sees art with different eyes. That's the beauty of it. The two paintings that I was least sure about were the two that sold within minutes of opening the reception! You just never know who will like what.

So to anyone out there who reads this, don't give up if you love art. Just keep making it. First it will give you pleasure and then it will give others pleasure.