Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Art Dreams....

First let me thank all of you who sent me cards and emails for Mother's Day. They were much appreciated and I've gone back and read them all again several times. Some made me cry a bit but they were good tears. All in all I had a very nice day.

One of the things I received was this book....surprise, HB gave me a book!!!

I'm sure many of you have had this book for a long time but I just never got around to buying it. I've already read it cover to cover! There are so many amazing photos and great tips for doing art journals. My problem is always that I know what I want to do but I just can't seem to get it down on paper.

Much of the problem seems to be the freedom, or for lack of a better word, the messiness of this style of art. I love it but I can't seem to get there. Maybe it's because of my age and the times I grew up in....I was always told "don't color outside the lines" and because I dearly loved my teachers I tried very hard to color as neatly as possible. My handwriting was always very neat and precise, too....that is until recently when it's gotten a little less neat!! I think even my doodles are very neat and precise....

I find it very difficult to break the rules....well, that isn't entirely true!! I break all kinds of rules except when it comes to color and visual things. Then I have a problem! But maybe if I keep reading these books and trying to do this kind of art, it will miraculously happen!! Hey, I can dream can't I??!!


  1. This book looks perfect to help break those color rules! I struggle with the same thing. How to use color to enhance my artwork. I need to check this book out.

    Have a Beautiful Day!

  2. A very interesting post, Janet. I love Lynn Perella's columns in Somerset but haven't seen this book. I have trouble being "free." It's far easier for me to be "free" in a class than on my own. The class is for learning, after all. I must make my precious and rare "on my own" time productive. And sometimes I block myself along the way. I understand that barrier of knowing what you want on the paper but not getting it down. This gives me much to ponder!

  3. I have that book. It's one of my favs. Love that doodle - it certainly is neat. Lovely shapes too.

  4. I know what you mean Janet about being neat in our artwork.
    Several years ago I made an altered book and I had a real battle making the background pages messy-- I got there in the end but not without a lot of angst.

  5. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Blogger ate my comment...

    You can do it! The best advice I can offer is for you to not read how to make the page and just go with the flow! Hope that helps- journaling is the best!

  6. What a great gift from hubby! And as you can see by my purses that I don't follow the rules very well, I love color & trying new colors together! Just have fun!!! Hugs***Renea

  7. I have that book and also love it. I am exactly the same way. I want to collage on a page and just be I dont care type of gal, it goes where it goes. But I just cant be that type no matter how I try.

  8. I haven't read that book. I was wondering if you have visited youtube
    to watch any of the artists in action. Like suzieblutube or any of the others. Maybe that would inspire a new approach to getting down what you wish! Love your doodles, I enjoy that kind of art myself!

    Hugs Sherrie

  9. I have this book too and I look at it often. Sometimes it is overwhelming though with all the color and chaos.

  10. oh gosh, the way I see it is you have reinvented the RULES! Love your doodles, always have... I on the other hand lean to the other end of the NEAT scale (-)... hanging threads, thread knots... not necessarily on purpose either. I guess the kid really comes out of me when I sew-

    because at any other time in my life I strive for neatness!

    what a NEAT post!

    happy belated mother's day!!!

    Can't wait to see what projects that book evokes for you Janet. ~Monica :)

  11. I would say your doodles are very neat but there is nothing wrong with that. Each artist is individual and your doodles are amazing. I myself have not read that book, in fact I have never heard of it which is why I love blogs and talking to other artist, always such good recommendations and knowledge. Clearly it is a book worth reading :)

  12. i want that book!!!!
    lucky you!!!
    one of these days anyways I have too many books at the moment, LOL
    ok I have to keep reading your blog (i am a little behind with your news) so i am here still reading you ;-)

  13. Your drawings may be neat, but i still see a lot of freedom in the sinous flowing curves. And your quirky whacky humour often shines through, it is one of the things I so enjoy about you!

  14. Aloha Janet,
    Break the rules of Art..Create what your heart imagines.. there isn't any right and wrong.. Just beautiful art and you create such simple beauty.
    Peace, Kai

  15. I love your art, Janet - precisely because it is so neat and detailed. We each have our own style and way of doing things - but it's fun to try new and different things too. The most important part of making any kind of art, I think, is having fun with it. Though I'm much better at giving advice than taking it - I can agonize over trying to make something look the way I want it too, longer than almost anyone, I think - and still have it not look the way I imagined it. Maybe we just need to make up our own rules and ways of doing things to suit ourselves! :)

  16. I actually don't know the book, so have something to add to my wish list. :)

    Not that you need any words of wisdom, but it's sooo much fun to share ... no matter your personal "issues" try to remember to create from a place of love & truth and no matter the results it will have it's beauty ... and be kind to yourself - ten years ago would you have ever imagined what you are doing right now? :)

  17. Hi Janet ! thanks for stopping by. yep, it's time to try something messy. have fun with it!

  18. Anonymous5:29 PM

    Hey Janet! I'm sorry that I have not been visiting your blog lately. My computer went down and I needed to get it fixed. This is late but Happy Belated Mother's Day!
    I haven't seen that book. Thanks for sharing with us!

  19. I like that book!
    The thing is...you do art the way you want to.I happen to like all the fine line precision drawings you do....and it is fun to see how other people approach their art.
    yeah art
    love it!!!!

  20. Hey Janet.

    Just stumbled upon this site
    and thought about you, here illustrations are great, as are yours, check it out


  21. Hi Janet! I like this book..full of inspiration! Just dropping by to say a quick ello. I sure miss having a computer! Be FREEeee! ha ha! Love ya!

  22. You are not alone, Janet. I am a detail painter by nature because I mostly paint realistic styles so I find it difficult to 'loosen up'. I love detailed, realistic art but I also love the work of mixed media artists which is why I'm enjoying my own 'attempts' at art journaling. It's such a fun process and, I hope with time, I will be able to loosen up. My advice would be to just enjoy the process and try not to analyse yourself too much. Go with the flow and all will fall into place as it should. :)

  23. That is a excellent book! I do have it and have tried a few of the techniques she has used.
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!


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