Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Lazy Kind of Day for Art...

Today I'm enjoying some quiet time...just drawing. I have a painting in the works but it isn't ready yet. I have it on the mantel so I can look at it. That's where I "preview" or "audition" my work. I can sit back from it and see what it needs.

This is what I did today...

I had drawn out some of the outlines yesterday
so today it was all about filling in.

This is a close-up of the lower left corner.
I love doing this kind of drawing!
I can lose myself for hours doing this.

Maybe later I'll get out and go to Michael's. I need some black gesso and a couple of other things. And then maybe I'll just stay home and do more drawings...who knows. It's that kind of day. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Art...

I've been working on a new painting and finally, late last night, I finished it. I'm calling it "In the Garden of Fun"...

I'm going to try and enter this in an art show that is coming up soon. It's a juried show so I probably won't get in but I'm going to give it a try.

I'll also enter the red flowers that got second place at the fair. Unfortunately I can't enter the first place winner from the fair because it's too big! The show only wants paintings up to 16"x24" and that painting is 20"x20"...I even called to make sure about the size.

I also finished my doodle art last night...I had a productive evening while HB watched TV.

This is a bit edgier than some of my doodles but I like how it turned out. It's always fun to put that first line on a clean white piece of paper and then to see where it leads me.

I have a busy day of errands and grocery shopping ahead of me so I better get busy. Have a good day...

PS - I know I posted this earlier but I wanted to link it with Paint Party Friday so I've edited this post.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some WIPs and a Surprise...

First I'm sharing a couple of things I'm working on right now. One is just a doodle drawing, inspired by something I saw on YouTube and the other is a marker piece I'm doing in preparation for a new painting. First the doodle drawing (WIP)...

This is the kind of thing I like to do while keeping HB company at night when he watches TV. I can doodle and still keep up with the show if I want to, or I can completely zone out and not pay attention at all.

This is the marker piece that will eventually become a painting...that may or may not look anything like this in the end! I like to test drive some of my paintings and I usually do that with markers. They're fast and easy to use and I can get results that give me a good idea as to whether or not I want to pursue it any farther.

Yesterday I went to pick up my paintings from the fair. They told us to go in, find our paintings and bring them to the front to check out. I found mine right away...and thought I'd share the paintings with their ribbons. I know you're probably sick of seeing these and I apologize...

 First place/First in Abstracts

Second Place in Floral

Third place in Abstracts...
where's the painting, you ask...
it sold!

HB seems to think someone from Legacy Commons bought it but I don't know. Whoever bought it I hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting it. (If you didn't see my post about winning earlier you can go here to see the third place painting.) Plus I didn't realize that I won money for winning prizes so I had a check waiting for me for the three ribbons I won. All in all it was a good day!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It Was a Book Day...

Recently my art journal class has been interested in making their own books so I've been trying out a few more styles. Being the teacher means I have to know how to do it before I can show someone else! I have taken several book binding classes...a couple with Mary Ann Moss and also some with Julie Prichard but it was several years ago. I've been wanting to do more book binding but just never seemed to do it. With a new incentive I got busy.

The Coptic binding has always interested me so that was the first one I tried.

This book is about 7" x 11"...the covers were from a Japanese cookbook leftover from my book selling days. I covered it with painted newspaper. Inside I used 140 lb watercolor paper. I'm pleased with how it turned's nice and tight but not too tight. A perfect new art journal!!

My next attempt was Japanese stab binding...
(there's kind of a Japanese theme here!)

This one is very basic. I used the backs from paper pads as the covers, and plain printer paper for the pages. It's the size of the printer paper...8.5" x 11"...this will be used for quick sketches or notes.

If you're interested in learning these techniques I found some excellent videos on YouTube by Sea Lemon.

I had a fun day learning new techniques that I can share in my class, and I'm sure I'll be making more of these books in the future. Books have always been a huge part of my life, whether reading them, collecting them or selling them, and now I can add making them. I am definitely a book gal!

PS - I'm also working on a new painting. I should be able to share it with you in a day or so. And I also have another project in the works...the one I gave you a teaser of with the foam board. That will be coming up soon, too. 

Have a happy day!!! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Three for Three...

This year I've been stepping out of my comfort zone and showing my art in more places. Last year I thought about entering my art in the local county fair but chickened out. This year I did it. I entered three paintings.

When I took the paintings over to the fair I felt intimidated by the other art I saw there but I had paid my entrance fees so I went ahead.

Monday when I arrived at Legacy Commons to teach my class, everyone at the front desk was smiling more so that usual. Then I noticed a big poster/card on an easel in the lobby that said "Congratulations Janet Briggs"...and they told me I won first place.

I had to see it with my own eyes and sure enough I painting won a 1st place in its division, abstracts; another painting won a 2nd place in its division, florals;  and the third painting won a 3rd place in abstracts, the same division where I won 1st!!

I'm sorry that I look all washed out but the lighting in the building was terrible and I was very tired and hungry. HB and I had just spent four hours monitoring the photography exhibit! But at least you can see me and my paintings. I was thrilled to win on each painting I entered. Beginner's luck for sure since this is the first time I've ever entered anything in a fair.

Monday, August 18, 2014

This and That...

I've been all over the place with what I've been doing so this is going to be a mish-mash of photos. After the second art show I took some art over to the salon where I have it for sale. The walls were pretty bare for a few days while I did the shows so I wanted to do a nice display...

Lots of color!...a few black and white drawings and a few prints. I like how it looks. HB always does a good job of hanging my art.

Also I've been playing with my gelli plate...that thing can be addictive! I get started and I can't quit. Here is a stack of them...

The other thing I've been doing is making books. For my art journal class, I did a couple of lessons on how to make simple books. They enjoyed it and it got me into making books again.

In class we did a simple pamphlet style book and also one that has ribbon tabs on the spine...I don't know what that type of book is called. For myself, I did two spiral bound books and one with ribbon tabs. The one with ribbon tabs was made using old file folders so it's tall. The small one in front is mostly plain printer paper with a few pages made from file folders. That one and will go in my purse for jotting down notes. The 6 x 6 book has scrapbook paper in it and I plan to use it as a small art journal.

HB bought this Cinch for me several Christmases ago but I never used it. I just kept thinking "I'll try it later" but later never got here until this weekend. I got it out, did a practice book and that was it. I love it and will be making many more spiral bound books. I just ordered more binding rings although I still have some that HB bought. It's easy to use and I think I can make just about any size book I want.

I know some of you don't like spiral bound books but I love them. I like that they open flat. When using one as a journal I really don't mind that I can't work all the way to that bound edge but I know it bothers some people. This year I'm sure people on my Christmas list will be getting a spiral bound book!

I have another project in the works but that will have to wait a bit longer. I don't have much to show yet except a little teaser...

Yes, I have HB cutting foam board again but not for prints this time. I'll share something about this project later this week.

Now get out there and have a fun day!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Another Art Show...

This time I wasn't participating! Lee Ann, one of the women in my art journal class, was in a small art show at her church which is just down the street from where we live. HB and I went down to see her and had a good time. It was mostly young people in the art group. Here are a few of the pieces...

This tree piece was one of my favorites.
The young woman said she doodled this in class
the morning of the art show!

This is actually two paintings done by two different people.
It represents day and night.
They attached them, one right side up and
the other upside down.
I thought this was very creative.

I really like this piece.
One person looking down into a well?
And another person looking up from within.

Sorry this one is at an odd angle...
but it's still beautiful.

This is one of Lee Ann's pieces. She used some gel
printed paper on the background, "found" the bird in
the background and then drew the cage.

Another of Lee Ann's pieces

This is Lee Ann's work.

And this is also Lee Ann's. In person, this piece is amazing. It's all collage and each element is from a different place. The table was bare and she added the lantern. She put the window on the wall and all the other parts to this collage. The photo is sort of on an angle so it looks crooked but it isn't. I love this piece and think she did a great job with it.

A fun little art show and a pleasant evening.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meet Kali...and Kate

This is Kali...
She's about 14 x 18 inches.
This fall 21 Secrets is coming back and my friend, Kate, is going to be one of the teachers. She's having a giveaway for a spot in the new 21 Secrets course. If you head over to Kate's blog she's giving you several chances to enter. And if you don't already know Kate this is a good chance to meet her and see her art. Kate is one of those artists who seems to do it all...she paints, does art journaling, knits, weaves, spins and every year she participates in NaNoWriMo. Kate is not only talented, she's generous. So visit her and enter her giveaway. Who knows, you might win!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Katy and Rosalie...

I did these two pieces on 4 x 12 inch canvases...



Just quick little collage pieces for the art show. They got a lot of attention but they didn't go home with anyone. Now they're at the salon.

Rosalie was inspired by this older piece of art...
I did it back in 2007...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Second Art Show...August 7th

I spent quite a bit of time yesterday getting all the photos from the second art show all re-sized and edited. I'm very slow at that kind of thing. But here they are. This was the August 7th art show...

This is Randy. He does a photography class at Legacy Commons.

I love the big smile on this young man's face!

I didn't meet this artist but their work is beautiful.

This is my friend, Mary. She's a fantastic artist.
Notice the brown cardboard box in the bottom corner...
she even painted a flower on that!

This guy's work was really good. He calls it shadow art.
He actually painted that Lakers logo! He told me it
was more difficult that painting the face.

Incredible black and white architectural photography by this man.

This young woman's work was very interesting. 
I really like the one second from the right.
In person you can see that it's done is small squares.

This is my friend, Jeanette's display.

This is my friend, Juanita's display.
She recently took a Bob Ross painting class...
the painting of the palm trees was what she did.

This young girl had such a cute display.

The father here is the artist.
Beautiful paintings!

I love the tee shirts here.

Another young artist with her mom.

And yet another budding artist!

These were all done by Dorothy from the painting group. 

HB had a hard time getting this photo because of the sun
coming in the window. 

Just a few scenes of the crowd or lack of crowd!

And finally here is my display.
My blue flowers in the background had to set on a chair 
so you can't see them very good.
Many of the items displayed are prints of originals.

It was a fun experience doing my first ever art shows. I would love to do more but I think having two so close together was not such a good idea. They asked for feedback about the show so I mentioned that. And I think they need to do a better job of promoting/advertising the show. But over all I think the shows were a success...and I learned a lot.