Friday, May 29, 2009

Seeking and Striving....

"I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart" -Vincent Van Gogh"....I saw this quote on a newsletter from Leah Piken and it seemed to fit me. That's exactly what I'm doing. I'm seeking information in the form of online art classes, I'm striving to do better with my art, and I am most definitely in it with all my heart. I won't ever be a Vincent Van Gogh but that's ok. I need both my ears to keep my glasses on! Recently there has been some speculation that he might not have cut off his own ear but that Gaugain might have sliced it off with a sword! You can read about all aspects of Van Gogh here but there's no mention of jkbees!! Oh, well, I don't want to be famous anyway!

I'm so behind in posting any of my art. With the recent long weekend I just got behind with my rather than bore you to death with picture after picture I'll just put them all over on Artopia and you can see them there if you want.

I'll just show you yesterday's work.

May 28 art journal page:

And my art piece for the 30 day challenge is the piece I did in Julie's class. It's lesson three and I'm happy with how it turned out. I haven't put any words on it or done anything with it yet but here is the background:

You should be able to click on it to see it bigger.

One more thing....back to the seeking part from above. If anyone knows of a really good upcoming online art class please let me know. I'm searching for the next one!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Long Weekend....and a Giveaway!!

In just a few days my friend Snap is having a birthday and also celebrating one year of blogging. She's doing a fantastic giveaway so you need to hurry over and participate. One of the items in the giveaway is a gorgeous bag made in Columbia. Here's what Snap had to say about it: "It is a "mochilla", a traditional bag used in Columbia and hand made by women from several villages near Proyecto Titi's field site in Santa Catalina, Columbia. The bags are made (crochet) entirely of recycled plastic bags. The production of these bags helps to reduce the amount of plastic in the local landfills and to create a sustainable local economy." You can learn all about the wonderful organization called Proyecto Titi. And you could win a great prize, too. So go on over to visit Snap and tell her I sent you.


Did you all have a good Memorial Day weekend? Ours was quiet but good. The weather was just perfect. So far it hasn't been very hot here but I know it's coming. I didn't do a lot of art over the long weekend because HB was home and we did some running around, spent some time sitting and talking (something we don't often have time to do) and just generally being lazy! We did the obligatory cookout on Monday. About the only thing I did manage to do was my journal pages and a couple of very quick pieces for the art challenge. I had new videos from Julie's Layer Love class but I haven't done them yet! Do you think my mojo is slowing down?? Here are the art journal pages I did....

May 22:

"the wind blows around inside my brain scattering my thoughts into corners where they become jumbled"

May 23:

The tree is a stencil I cut freehand. I didn't write anything on this page....couldn't think of anything!!

May 24:

This page was a real quickie! I had experimented with the scrolly stencil and the lace way back during Mary Ann's class. Then another time I had some excess paint that I smeared on the page. So it was just sitting there in my book. Then on Sunday I decided to use it as a background for my page.

May 25:

Around the urn it says "be sure to remember your loved ones and all the men and women who died for our country" This was another quick page. The background had already been painted....I think it was leftover paint from another project. Any time I have paint left when I finish something I just slap it down on a page in my art journal.

I'll catch you up on my art challenge next time.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Some Notes on Creating....

This is not mine. I read it on Becci Renfro's page over on Julie's site. It was originally seen here. But this really hit home and with so many people having problems being creative and asking me how I keep my momentum going I thought this might help. Several of these are really so important to remember.

Notes on Making Art by Sven Bonnichsen

I've been influenced by Julia Cameron's "Artist's Way" and also Philip Sylvester at the Drawing Studio -- but I feel like I'm really beginning to get a grip of my own on the creative process and wanted to take some quick notes.

1. Quality through quantity. Don't get hung up on making this one piece good -- make ten and one will certainly be pretty good.

2. Do NOT mix generating and editing. When you're making a piece, don't stop and get judgmental half-way through. If it's a piece of crap, get that piece of crap out of your system -- don't try to fix it mid-flow. Finish it, move on.

3. When to judge: After you've completed a piece, look at it and decide what direction you want to go in next. Or if you're selecting pieces for submission to a show, apply your critiquing mind then. Make a piece of art; look at it; make another.

4. Don't be afraid to re-use elements. If each piece has to be unique, then you're going to get hung-up when you create some bit that you like. But if you can re-use bits, then you can keep moving.

5. How to have "lots of ideas": permute. Start anywhere. Once a piece is done, try varying some aspect. Think of all the variables that could have permutations.

6. "Get through your first 50 failures as fast as you can." I don't think that we should be shooting for a place where we no longer make crappy art. A good artist is one who's in motion making lots of art -- you only think they're so much better because they produce so much quantity that their pile of "good art" has also been able to accumulate. For every piece of crap you create, you're one step closer to getting something you really like.

7. Don't even bother "fixing" pieces. Making art shouldn't be a struggle. You're simply "thinking out loud" onto the page, photo-paper, or canvas. If a product seems confused, leave it confused. Make another piece where you contemplate whatever issues you were wrestling with. Try something different. When clarity arrives, it will come in one living piece -- not be Frankensteined together out of a single infinitely re-worked, mangled corpse.

8. Work fast. Creativity is exciting. If you're not judging while you're making, then you can just throw things together as fast as your mind can move. You're smart; if you don't like what you've made, you'll know immediately. You might not know what to do about the problem you perceive... Don't "think", standing there cogitating -- try things. If your hands are in motion, you can be generating new permutations. The one that you want to pick will come out on its own time.

9. Let your level show. Let the world know that despite having years of investment in your art form, you're still a beginner who doesn't know it all. Rather than hide your thought process, let your questions be present in your work. You are a fundamentally more interesting artist if people get to see what it is that you're struggling with, rather than just your final answers. Show your work. Talk about what you still can't understand (unapologetically).

10. Don't hide your failures. If you are only willing to show those perfect pieces that you are aspiring towards, you're never going to display / publish your work. Show everything, the worst of the crap included, and let your ego be humbled -- and goaded to create more.


This is a bit like what I've been doing lately. Yes, I'm doing a page a day in my art journal and they aren't all fantastic....but I share them anyway. I'm human. I can make some good stuff but I can also make some crap! If I only showed you the good stuff then that wouldn't be honest and fair.

And I'm participating in the 30 day art challenge....same thing. I don't create a winner every day. Some days I just create something, anything, just to keep myself doing art. I don't fool myself. They aren't all hits. There are a lot of misses mixed in there but that's ok. If I don't try I'll never learn. When I read this piece I thought how smart Sven Bonnichsen is! This is an excellent list of things to keep in mind when you're creating. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

I'll be back later with my journal pages and 30 day art but I'll leave you with what I did in Julie's class yesterday. I'm very happy with it....

You should be able to click it to make it bigger. It says "my eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blowin' Away....

I'm sure you're all sick of hearing me complain about the wind but today has been especially bad. It's howling! And it's getting on my nerves something fierce. I tried to get busy in the studio but that didn't work. I tried reading and that didn't work either. I think I'm about ready to kill something!! Someone please tell me where the "off" switch is located!

We had lesson two in Julie's class today and I haven't even picked up my paintbrush. When the wind blows like this I can't concentrate on much of anything. I managed to do a quick piece for my 30 day challenge and I did my journal page and that's all I've accomplished today.

So before I run screaming out into the street, here is my art journal page....

May 21:

"to be alive is to be vulnerable"

And this is what I did for my 30 day art challenge:

You may notice that there's spray paint used here....I had to resort to the garage again. I have so many ideas for stencil art but I don't want to do too much inside. This little bit was bad enough.

Now I'm off to bury my head under a pillow and see if that helps!

PS - I added some photos of my art studio in all its glorious mess....they're over on my flickr page if you want to see them.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More From the Classes....

It's been another play day in the studio. HB came home at noon because he had a dentist appointment so I stopped for a little bit but as soon as he left I went right back up to paint some more.

The wind has been ripping the past few days and I have so many ideas for spray painting....wouldn't you know! Oh well, I'll just keep playing with the techniques I'm learning from Alisa Burke and Julie Prichard.

Here's another piece I did in the "Alisa class"....

I called this one "Mardi Gras"....everything here is mine. I carved the stone stamp and I cut the swirly stencil.

And here is my piece for the 30 day art challenge....

I'm not so sure I like this. It's a total experiment using the technique that Julie is teaching us. I wanted to see if it would translate to something other than a background.

And last, here is my art journal page for today....

I used the "Julie technique" here, too. It reads "Tears are words the heart can't express."

I have tons more that I've done but I won't bore you with them now. The techniques I'm learning from Alisa are so much fun....I have painted several things in her style. Julie's technique takes a little more time and practice for me. But I'm trying!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I'm Learning....

Each day in my email I get these daily messages from Abraham-Hicks Publications. The one I got last night said something I thought was great...."The only thing that ever makes you tired or bogs you down is resistance." I'm certainly not resisting art right now! Maybe that's why I have so much energy in the studio. I spent the entire day in there yesterday. I watched videos from both the classes I'm taking, then got out my brushes and got busy. It was soooo much fun. Today has been more of the same. I have so many projects lined up that I'll have to live another 65 years to get them all finished!

Here's my art journal page for today.

May 19:

I used a picture from a children's book layered over some circles I was messing with. I think some of them are painted and maybe I used a Sharpie, and they're all layered over a spray painted background with lace as a stencil. I made the background several days ago. This was kind of a last minute page!

And here is my first attempt at Julie's technique in Layer Love class....

Sorry for the glare. It looks a lot darker than it is in person. Someone commented that it looked like "Night Fire" so that's what I'm calling it.

And here's another piece I did in Alisa's class....

I think this one is going to be "Retro Gals"....I used a stencil from Stencil Me In.

I wish you all could see my hands....well, maybe not! I've tried to wear gloves when I paint but then I take them off and forget to put them back on so I just don't even bother anymore. The only time I use gloves is when I mess with the automotive goo! Right now I'm looking at my hands and they're every color of the rainbow! It's a good thing I don't get manicures. I'd go broke paying for them!!

I hope you're all having as much fun as I am. Now if the heat would just hold off a little longer I'd be happy.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Life is Great and I'm Lovin' Every Minute of It....

It's been a couple of days since I've shown any artwork but I've been busy. Thanks for all your responses on my question. I took your advice and went directly to and found a solution. So far, so good!

As you may know today was the big day....Layer Love classes began. What you don't know is that Sunday I signed up for another class that's also running right now! HB egged me's all his fault!

So besides Layer Love I'm also taking Graffiti Chic taught by Alisa Burke. To say I'm a busy gal is definitely an understatement! I'm still doing some of Gary's Loosen Me Up stuff, plus my art journal page each day, the 30 day art challenge, Layer Love and Graffiti Chic!!! Do you think I'm crazy?? Don't answer that!!

I'll try to get caught up on what I've accomplished. Here goes.

May 16:

This is my art piece for that day....

This is another painting I did while listening to music. It looks a lot darker here than it does in real life.

May 17:

And my art piece....

Nothing special. Just another background with a stencil.

May 18:

And this is a piece I did after watching Alisa Burke's videos....

I'm calling this one "The Three Amigos"

So what have you all been up to lately? I'm sure you know I haven't been around visiting much over the past few days!! Let's see, if I give up eating and sleeping I might have time to squeeze in some blog reading!! Life is GREAT!!!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Please Help!!!

I know I need to catch up on showing some art from the past couple of days but right now I have a question and I need your help.

As you know I belong to several groups. I have a problem that happens on every single one of the ning sites I visit....and it happens on both my computers. When I try to upload photos the page freezes. I don't even get the page to open completely! I have been successful several times on Gary's site so when I am I upload several at one time!

I just tried to put some photos on Julie's Layer Love site and same freeze. What the heck am I doing wrong???

Any advice?? Does it happen to you??

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Havin' a Fun Day....

Oh, my gosh! If you haven't visited Gary Reef's mixed media site, you should try it. There's so much going on over there! (The link is over on the right side of my blog.) He's got all kinds of new groups. There are groups on fairy art, stencil art, art competitions, how to market your art, figurative painters, abstract art, encaustic art....and even photography and poetry. There's something for everyone. And you can learn so much....and it's all free except for the Layering and Texture course that he does.

The thing I like about Gary is that he shares just about everything. He isn't proprietary about his techniques and his art. He promotes other artists and other sites, and he's just plain fun!

Yesterday I was wondering what in the world I was going to do for my daily art challenge piece. I popped over to Gary's site and there in the Loosen Me Up group was a video by Gary showing how he paints to music. He really got into it! He even had a canvas on the ground and painted with his feet! It was great!

I went right over, popped in a CD, grabbed some paint and here's my piece for Day 15....the halfway mark!

HB thought it reminded him of a jungle, someone else said it looked like Asian characters, and I think it's Mardi Gras! I was listening to a group called Big Bad Voodoo Daddy....they do a mixture of swing, big band, salsa, and just about everything else! We saw them in concert a few years ago and fell in love with their music. If you're interested, you can learn more about them and hear some of their music here. I had a fun day in the studio.

And here's my journal page for May 15....

This is one of those pages that came together over a couple of days. Recently I had experimented with some lace with a rather big pattern to it so there was that purple-fuschia background staring at me. Yesterday afternoon I just began grabbing scraps from my paper box and slapping them down just to cover some of that busy pattern. Then I opened my drawer of magazine pictures and grabbed the closet picture. For some crazy reason I kept thinking of that credit card commercial that say's "what's in your wallet" so I just changed it to "what's in your closet" and the rest was easy.

It did make me take a good hard look at my clothes and I realized I don't wear a lot of color. I love color but I don't have a lot in my home either. As the page says, I guess that's why my art is so full of color.

I think I have to go shopping for some new clothes!!! Yuk! My least favorite thing to do.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Not the Mona Lisa....

After my post the other day about "wife of the year" I went upstairs to the studio and began working in my art journal. And this is what I did....

May 13:

I like how the roses are just barely visible, same with the lace on the other side. Both of them were stencils I spray painted and then I put a wash of color over them and added the legs! Now if I looked like this when HB came home that would be another story! One I might not be able to share on here!!!

And here's the one for May 14:

I've also been busy keeping up with the 30 Day Art Challenge, too! I have a couple of things to show you....

Day 13:

The piece for this day started out with Gary Reef's rust technique. I first spray painted a layer of can use acrylics too. Then a layer of varnish or some kind of sealer. When that was dry I painted on red and yellow acrylic paint....I dipped my brush in red and then in the yellow and just made wide swipes across the page. After that was completely dry I put a thin layer of the automotive goo. Several people have asked about this stuff. I use this....I bought it online.

After that dries completely I then added a layer of white paint in wide swipes. I didn't cover it completly but left spaces. After that dried I took a rag with some turpentine/white spirits and began wiping back the white paint. The white immediately turns a dirty beige color but that's ok. I kept wiping back and then I used sandpaper to really get in there and get down to the blue layer in spots. I absolutely LOVE this technique!! Then I decided to try a transfer on top. I chose to use this picture I did last year....

The transfer didn't work much at all....but I still like the rusted, peeling paint look....

If you click on the picture you might be able to see a hint of the transfer in the lower right hand area. I was only using an inkjet image and soft gel and it was an experiment. I've never done any transfers so that's something I'm going to be playing around with. I'll get some better copies and then see what happens.

Day 14:

Just playing around with colors.

Have you noticed that I seldom ever use purple or lavender in my art!! I seem to be drawn to warmer colors when it comes to art. I just bought a gallon of rust colored paint. It was on the "mistake" table at Home Depot and I got it for $5. Gary uses house paint quite a lot so I thought why not try it at that price! I also bought some white house paint. It's not like I'm going to be painting the next Mona Lisa!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wife of the Year....Umm, Maybe Not!

There for awhile I was caught up and posting my art journal pages and daily art work the next day but now I'm all off again. I get busy and forget to post them. Yesterday was another one of those days where I went into the studio and thought I'd only been there a couple of hours when I heard the front door open and close and knew that HB was home from work! I had spent the entire day in the studio and thought I was only there a couple of hours!! That's how fast time goes when I'm up there.

I looked down at myself and my hands were covered in paint, I had paint smears on my shirt, and I'm sure my hair was standing on end....oh, hair is always standing on end!! Oh well, I'm sure I was definitely not the sight HB wanted to see when he got home! The paint smeared, disheveled look probably wouldn't make it on the top 1o list of ways to impress your hubby! I guess that means "Wife of the Year" is out, too!

Here's the art pieces I did for the past couple of days.

Day 11:

The burst of rays is a stencil I cut and I found the fist online, I think. I did this one for HB as the left-handed fist has significance for his IBEW union.

Day 12:

Another layered background with a stencil from the "Stencil Me In" book.

Both of these spray paint pieces were quick and easy to spray the images so I was able to do them in the garage. On the fist/burst of rays I had already sprayed the background of lace and punchenella and just had it waiting for something to be added so that was great. Maybe I'll do more of that when I get to spray outside again. The jellyfish background I did yesterday. I just love that layered, paint peeling look.

My art journal page for yesterday:

I saw the picture of the woman pulling her suitcases and it just made me think of baggage and how some people haul around a lot of it! After looking at the image here I think I might draw around the woman with something darker to make her stand out a little more....but for now she's just the way she is!

Today I have some errands to run so studio time will be limited but I'll still have to do a piece for the challenge and my art journal page. Yikes! Maybe we can give up eating for awhile! All that shopping, preparing, and eating takes way too much time that I could be using for painting!! I'll mention it to HB....or maybe not! I think Wife of the Year is definitely out!!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Some Days It's Just $@#&*^*(%....

Yesterday I said I would catch up on my art journal pages today and I'm going to do that. But I must warn you that a couple of these are just not much. I've been concentrating on so many other artsy things that I think my journal pages have suffered. I have a couple of ideas clanging around in my brain but I can't seem to pull them together on a page. Some days an idea or a picture just sparks something and I'm off and running. Then there are days when I really struggle with my journal.

So here are the pages.
May 8:

This one isn't too bad. I used my "flying girl" stencil and then just painted on her mermaid tail.

May 9:

This one says something we should all remember but the drawing isn't all that good.

May 10:

This page is such a nothing page!! I just slapped some flowers down over a spray painted page and said "that's it!"

May 11:

Mostly spray paint and stencils.

You can see that my inspiration just wasn't there in these pages. But I'm continuing on and making something each day even if it is crap!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

I Had A Great Day....

Hi everyone! Did you think I fell in a hole somewhere? I've just had a lot of things to do recently and then yesterday was Mother's Day. I hope you all had a beautiful day....I did. I'm not really big on holidays except Thansgiving and Christmas. I don't do a lot of celebrating, wouldn't even notice most of the holidays if not for the internet! Yesterday HB made me a yummy, huge veggie omelet for breakfast. I guess I could say brunch because it was late in the morning when we ate. He had asked me if there was anything I wanted to do, anyplace I would like to go, and I said no. As it turned out that was perfect because guess wind during most of the day! I played with my stencils and spray paints out on the patio most of the day. I heard from both of my kids and HB made dinner last night. So I had a terrific day doing just what I wanted to do....and yea!!! cooking!!!

I have to get caught up on my 30 day art challenge pictures now. Here's the one for May 8....

Nothing exciting. It's bookmark size and I was trying to get a leather look. It has about a million coats of paint on it and I'm happy with it but as I said, nothing exciting.

May 9

Again, nothing exciting. This one I was playing with paint layers and collage and added a big stamp. HB thought the areas where I used punchenella/sequin waste looked like grapes. So maybe I'll call this "A Day at the Vineyard"

May 10

I did several spray paint pieces yesterday but some of them are gifts so I can't show them. This was an experiment using that stencil I did freehand....the white one. I like this one ok.

Gary says this challenge is just to keep us doing something each day. It can be experimenting with a technique, it can be big or small....just so long as we're doing a piece of art each day. It's almost like the Creative Every Day challenge with Leah. It all helps to keep me focused on art. Creating something each day, even if it isn't very big or very good helps me to learn and grow. No one can hit a home run every time they come up to bat and I'm finally getting that! So I'm sharing all my things with you. The good and the bad.

It's beginning to warm up around here. We turned on the swamp cooler/air chiller yesterday for the first time this season. We haven't used the a/c yet and probably won't until it gets into the triple digits. I much prefer the swamp cooler because I can still have the windows open even if it is just a little bit. I don't like being closed in with a/c.

I almost forgot about my journal pages. I'll do a catch up with them tomorrow. Now go out there and make Monday a fabulous day!!!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Something in the Mail....

Today I'm going to start off showing you what came in the mail for me the other day.

This is a wonderful little piece sent to me by Julie from Australia! I had admired this piece on her blog and she sent it to me. I love the colors, the faces, the cat....and I don't know if you can see it or not but inside that window is a picture of a farm. The little inscription reads, "The soul can not think without a picture." The whole concept is so cool....having the window cut in the canvas showing something else inside.

If you don't already know her work please visit her blog. Among other things Julie makes the most amazing jewelry....I'm the proud owner of two of her pins and a pair of earrings and I can say I never wear them when I don't get compliments on them. Thank you, Julie!! This piece will have a happy home in my studio. (PS - Julie, I hope you don't mind that I used your photo of the piece. I couldn't seem to get a good picture with my camera.)

Remember I mentioned buying the book with all the stencils....well, even though it was windy I managed to spray a picture and use one of the new stencils. I did the spraying in the garage. The background is one of the techniques I learned in Gary Reef's Layering and Texture class and I love it! It reminds me of decades of paint peeling and flaking off, leaving behind an aged patina....

I like just the hint of a city showing through. So far this is one of my favorites.

And here's my art journal page....

May 7

This one says "words hurt more than swords"

I hope you have a great something fun!!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Shopping, Saving and Creating....All in One Day

If you read my blog yesterday then you know I went shopping!! Gotta love those discount coupons! At Joann's I got 15% off everything even sale items so every single thing I bought was a sale item! Here's part of what I got....

I also got a couple of tubes of paint but I forgot to put them in the picture. Some of these brushes were marked for 50 cents and then I got the additional discount! Since I'm really tough on brushes and go through them like crazy I bought all the ones they had left in sizes I thought I'd use. None of these were more than a dollar! And the canvas boards were on sale as well. I like them for some of the heavy textural things I'm doing.

And just because I can't pass a magazine rack without looking, I got the latest issue of Where Women was 10% off plus my 15% coupon.

I like the art of this artist....Alisa Burke. It say "She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique to use in her artwork." Definitely my kind of artist!

Then it was on to the bookstore where I bought "Stencil Me In"'s a terrific stencil book that includes 28 stencils. And they aren't on flimsy cardboard either. They're some kind of plastic and very durable. I figured the stencils were worth the price of the book since I got my regular 40% discount and I had an additional coupon for 15% more.

It has all kinds of different ideas for using stencils.

After all that shopping I was tired out (!!) so I came back home and played in the studio all afternoon.

Here's my piece for the 30 day art challenge....

"Under the Big Night Sky"....this is another one with difficult colors to get captured in the photo. I used a coppery orangey brown and a deep turquoise and they (as always) look so much better in person.

And here is my art journal page....

And just so you aren't confused like HB seemed to be, that is supposed to be a nose ring in her nose.

I hope whatever you did yesterday was fun, and if you shopped I hope you saved money, too!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Cinco de Mayo....Oops!

I actually forgot that yesterday was Cinco de Mayo! That's almost impossible to do if you live in Southern California. But I managed to do just that until I read a couple of blogs last afternoon and then the light dawned! I should have done some art with that as a theme but I didn't. I didn't have any Mexican food or any margaritas. I didn't do the Mexican hat dance. I didn't shout Ole!! I was just plain old, head-in-the-sand, American me all day long.

My art piece for the 30 day challenge is done on a scrap of wood HB had given to me quite awhile ago. It had just been lounging around in the studio until suddenly it caught my eye and said "I need some paint....I'm completely naked"....yes, the wood talked to me! I think I'm spending waaaay too much time alone in the studio!!

So I gave the wood some texture and some paint and this is what it looks like now....

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I named this "Door to the Castle" just seemed to be a door of some kind with the "handle" over on the left side (that gold blob) and hinges on the right. I know, I know....I have a weird imagination!

And my art journal page for yesterday is....

She might just be having a bad hair day but I choose to think it's ideas popping out all over! I did this on a page that I wasn't happy with so now the bad page is all covered over. I seem to do that a lot lately. Many of the pages in this art journal were ones I struggled with last year before I took Kelly's class. Taking her art journaling class was a real eye opener for me and got me going with my journal. Thanks, Kelly!!

Today it pays to be old! I have a 15% coupon for Joann's....15% off anything including sale items!! But you have to be a senior citizen! These are the times I love being 65! I also have a coupon for Barnes & Noble so look out here I come! It's going to be a fun day!!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Frustration Goes in Circles....

Ok, I guess you aren't bored with least the ones who commented! If you are bored and you didn't comment then I'm sorry! Ya gotta speak up!!

Yesterday I tried my best to get some spray painting done early in the morning but try as I did most everything turned out a mess. Every time I got ready to spray, the wind would blow and something would fly away, I'd lose my concentration and spray where I didn't want to spray! It was fun....NOT! I got some rather bizarre pieces out of it. Another day I'll be able to salvage them but it won't be today.

Here is my piece for the 30 day art challenge....I'm calling it Frustration!

May 4:

That's how I felt when I did this one! This was actually excess paint from something else I was trying to do. It didn't work but when I stood back and looked at this I rather liked it! It had a certain intensity that I was feeling at the time. I did most of it with an old credit card....there is a bit of stenciling along one side and the bottom....that was a mistake from another day! I just added to it when I needed someplace to put the excess paint. So there you have it. My secret! I never waste any art supplies!!

And here is my art journal page for May 4:

The quote says: "our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another one can be drawn" was part of a longer quote I found online.

PS - Thanks, Julie....the tip about gloss medium worked just great!