Friday, November 13, 2015

Some Pages in Progress...

Yesterday was the first ever Holiday Handmade Boutique at Legacy Commons. I had a table as did about 18 - 20 others. Mostly there were knitted, crocheted, or sewn items for sale. I was the only one who had art. I took lots of small items...4" x 4", 5" x 5" and some 5" x 7" pieces. I also took copies of some of my drawings...the BoHo Girls. I sold quite a bit. This was my table area...

HB made the pegboard stand for me and it worked great.
Sorry these pics aren't great but I was in a hurry to get set up.

I've also been doing a little work in my art journal. I think this one is close to being finished...

I'll probably do some more doodling on it! You know me!

Left side above...

Right side above...
I'm also working on another spread.

This one needs quite a bit more work...

This is a postcard I received from Kate Robertson. I knew I wanted to use it in my journal because I like sunflowers. They remind me of my paternal grandma and grandpa who lived on a cattle ranch in southwestern Kansas. There always seemed to be lots of sunflowers when we visited.

I'm linking to Express Your Creativity 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Doing Things the Wrong Way...

It's been quite some time since I've done a journal spread that didn't involve collage. Yesterday for my class I had everyone do a background, then draw some "strings" along the top of their pages and hang something from them. Later the string lines can be used to journal. I saw something like this on Pinterest and decided to change it up and make it my own. Here is what I did...

I'm calling this spread String Theory...

it reminds me a bit of Christmas ornaments!

I guess it 'tis the season...almost!

You knew it would HAVE to have circles and dots!

As for the title of this post, this spread was done sort of "bass ackwards" as I drew on my shapes first and then realized I hadn't done a background. The shapes were just drawn over a gessoed page in my current art journal, which is an altered book. I had to paint around all the shapes I already had on the pages so my background is a little splotchy. Then it was time for my favorite part...embellishing! 

I can't wait to see what everyone does with this project. Only a couple of people finished theirs in class.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Collages on Wood...

I've been working on some new art...going back to my first love which is collage. I'm currently working on four pieces, each 12" x 12". These are done on birch plywood that HB cuts for me.

This one makes me think of a jungle so I've named it...
In the Jungle

Sorry this photo is a bit blurry but I think you get the idea.
Not sure what I'm calling this one...
and I don't think it's finished yet.

I love working on wood. Collage pieces go down so nicely and don't seem to wrinkle as much as on a canvas. Plus I can use my paint pens without any problems. I think from now on it's going to be wood for me! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Keeping Busy...

Things have not been going so good for me recently. I'm having trouble with my left eye and will have to have cataract surgery soon...and now I have an infection in both my ears. So I haven't been doing much art but I did work on a few journal spreads.

This first journal spread is probably 99.9% finished...

 I might add a few small things but for now I'm leaving it alone for a while.

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The spread above is not finished...I still have lots more to do on it.
I'm happy with how it's going.

I like the bright colors on the spread above...
and it needs more work, too.

This spread is so subdued from most of my other pages...but I like it. 
Still lots more to do here before I call it done!

As I'm writing this post HB is busy cutting down some wood panels for me to paint on. I'm having him cut some 12" x 12" pieces and also some 12" x 24" pieces. I still have more to cut but for now these will keep me busy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bright, Happy Flowers...and a Re-do

Remember that somewhat finished art journal spread I showed in the previous post?? Well, I couldn't stand it any longer so I went crazy with it!

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It looks better than before but it's VERY busy!!

I did a series of paintings to give as gifts. Three of them went to the women who were in charge of my art show at the Playhouse and one was a birthday gift for a friend. They all have the same theme...just done a little bit differently each time.

 The ones above went to the women at the Playhouse 
and the gift bags below were for them, too

The painting below was for my friend's birthday. 
I love doing these bright, happy flower pictures and everyone seems to like them.

On other news, I'm still having problems with my eye. Next week I see an ophthalmologist so I hope he can give me some answers and some help.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A "Sort of" Finished Journal Spread...

Not much happening today here at Chez least nothing exciting. I did some laundry and hung it outside in the fresh air. I love to do that! In fact, call me crazy, but I love to do laundry!! Of all the things to do around the house, I'll do laundry any time.

Now that you know how exciting I can be, here's my latest journal spread...

This spread seems much more subdued than some of my others. I didn't doodle quite as much on these pages. I think they need something else so I'll look at them for a day or two and see if any ideas pop into my head.

Above is the left page...I liked those fingernails in the lower right corner. They're purple! What more do I need to say!! The purple dots on the side...that's a scrap of painted newspaper. Love that stuff!

I tried to repeat the purple fingernails on this page but they're a different purple. The face is one of my old pieces of art. I just changed the color of her headscarf. I think she needs a neck!! I'll add that later. The black dotted paper at the bottom is more about an inexpensive art supply!

I keep seeing blogs mentioning fall weather and I'm so envious. It's still in the upper 90's here and will stay there for the rest of this week...maybe longer. At this time of year I'm always ready for fall weather. It's my favorite time of year. But I have to be patient and wait a few more weeks.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

72 and Counting...

Since my last post I've gotten another year older. I just celebrated my birthday. I'm telling everyone that I'm 27! I think it's okay to turn numbers around, don't you? Besides 27 sounds much better than 72!!

It was a very good birthday with lots of emails, e-cards, and text msgs from friends. Both of my kids called me and HB gave me a beautiful card, 2 new art books, and a new tea kettle (which I have been wanting) and we went out for dinner in the evening. In case you don't know, I have very simple tastes and want for very little. That doesn't mean I have everything in the just means I don't really want much. The tea kettle was perfect...functional, pretty, and something I'll use almost every day.

Here are the books HB got for me...

HB knows me!!

I taught my art journaling class on my birthday and they surprised me with red velvet cupcakes and a card signed by everyone plus one of the new people in my class came early with her son and daughter and sang happy birthday to me. She also made me a lovely journal to use for zentangles...
 It's got a cloth cover and nice smooth white pages which will be fun to work on. I love the tall, narrow size of it...

and her son did this beautiful coloring page for me with markers in bright colors because he said he knew I liked them.

After the class was over I took several of the people over to see my art exhibit. It's going to be coming down next week. The new people in my class had not seen it and they had expressed an interest in it.

All in all, I had a lovely day with surprises and lots of fun.
Here is my latest art journal spread...I began this one as an example for my class. When I showed it in class yesterday, it just had a painted background and some collage pieces glued down. I finished it last night...

This is the left page.
The girl in the corner is from an art magazine. 
The little tree picture is one of my paintings, scanned and printed smaller. 

This is the right page.
The girl in the upper corner is one of my paintings...
I scanned her and printed it smaller and then changed the colors for this page.
My eye is still giving me problems and this morning I had a dentist appointment...more problems! It sure isn't easy getting to be my age...someone said getting old isn't for sissies!! But I'm thankful for the fact that I still do not take any medications. In this day and age that's almost unheard of. Overall, I'm in good health so that's a plus. A few problems here and there aren't enough to slow me down. I'm off to begin my 72nd year on this planet!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Art and Life in the High Desert...

This has been a busy week for me. Monday my art journal class began at Legacy Commons. I was expecting maybe 6 people and there were 15! It was so much fun. Now I just hope most of them come back next week.

Because of my class, I've been working in my journals again. This time I'm working in another altered book which is a bit smaller. It's only 11.5" x 9.5". I've added several fold-out pages to this journal. The fold-out I worked on this time was a double fold-out. It was originally an ad for Mercedes Benz but now this is how it looks...

Each side of this folds in to make it only half this size when it's closed.

Above is the left can probably see the fold down through the center. 

and this is the right side. You can click on the pictures to see them larger.

I started working on this fold-out a long time ago. I did some stencil work with spray inks over a black
background. Then a few days ago I began layering on some collage images and then I added a bit more smeared paint in pink and green. Last I added doodles. It's not my normal look but I like how it turned out.

This is the end of the art journal/creative part of this post...the rest has nothing to do with art so if you want to stop here that's okay.

I'm linking with Kate Robertson's Express Your Creativity and Julie Balzer's Art Journal Every Day plus reminding you to visit Kim Dellow for Show Your Face even though again I don't have a face to show.

We've been having some spectacular weather here in the high desert. I love clouds and a couple of times while I was out and about I took some photos...

Most of these were taken from the car so they aren't the best but I just thought they looked so beautiful. The huge cloud in the first photo hung over our area for a long time. I love looking at clouds. I used to do that as a kid...lay on the grass and watch the clouds and see if I could find images in them.


The last thing that's been going on is I'm having problems with my left eye. A couple of weeks ago I went to bed and everything was fine. I woke up the next day with blurred vision in my left eye, slight pain, and it waters all the time. I tried getting a referral to an eye specialist but long story short it didn't happen. So I just went to the urgent care associated with my medical group. The doctor only asked me a couple of questions and said he was sending me right away to see a specialist. I went straight there, had a ton of tests done on my eyes and the best they could come up with is my eye is dry! I don't see how that could happen overnight. They gave me some OTC eye drops and sent me home. In two weeks I have another exam to see if I need new glasses. Until then I'm using the eye drops which don't seem to do anything. I still have pain in my eye at times and it's very sensitive to light. Wish me luck on this. My eyes can't fail me now!! Maybe I'll get an eye patch and turn into a beautiful woman like this...

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Different Colors for Me...

My art journal class begins on Monday and I'm busy getting everything ready. I also made another journal spread. This time I used colors I don't normally use...

Many of these images came from an old issue of Juxtapoz magazine
so they're a bit strange but I like that.

This is the left side of the spread...

and this is the right side.

I didn't put as much on these pages as I did in the ones before. Not sure why...the pictures seemed to be almost enough. But you know me...I had to add some dots and circles! I'm sorry these journal pages all look a bit crooked. It's difficult to get the pages in this book to lay flat when I take photos so consequently things look wonky here but not so much in person.

This is one of the techniques I plan to share in my class...just the basics. Many of the people who come to my class don't have as many art supplies as I have so I have to make things simpler. It's still fun!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

More Art Journal Pages...I Can't Quit!

I'm sure you're noticing an absence of something here on the blog...what is it, you say...FACES!! At the beginning of the month I said I would unofficially be doing 29 Faces this month, then I decided to just go for it so I made it official. That was the kiss of death!! I haven't done one single face since then! I'm not sure what is wrong with me (if anything) but every time I actually join in on a challenge I quickly lose interest. I used to love to do faces but lately I haven't been in the mood for them.

I am taking a wonderful class called Creating Soulful Art with a Story. So far I've watched about half the videos and I'm very happy with the content. She also does a video on how to paint hands! And you can't beat the price of this class...only $25! I'm hoping it will get me inspired to paint some faces.
About the only thing I want to do right now is work in my art journal. I'm having so much fun with it. I hope you aren't getting tired of seeing all my pages. I seem to get obsessed with one thing and just do it until I get my fill, then move on to something else. Here are my latest pages...

A few people asked me about this process. I learned it through a friend.
I don't feel comfortable sharing too much of this process
but I'll show you a couple of stages in my pages. 

This is the beginning...paint, some acrylic inks, 
and sometimes I add some washi tape as I did here.
Just be messy!!

Then I start auditioning some images I've randomly pulled out.
I like parts of this but something is off.

This is the final selection just before I glued them all down.

Above is the final result. After gluing everything down 
I begin to doodle...this is my favorite part.

Here's a close-up of the left page...

and here's a close-up of the right page.
My pages don't resemble the original technique very much
but that's good. It means I learned something 
and put my own spin on it.

Mostly it's just the way I like to create...magazine images randomly chosen, bright colors for the background, and doodles. (I just noticed that the dot over the "i" in my name above is right in the center of one of the heads!! I didn't plan that.)

My favorite section of this page is the upper left corner with all the hanging lanterns that I extended down the side. And of course, I love all the dots and circles.

This spread also has an arch which I like and didn't even think about as I was gluing things down. It starts with the stack of bowls on the lower left, up to the pomegranate, to the circle and across to the flower petals. I love when things like that happen on my pages. 

Today I'm posting to Kate Robertson's Express Your Creativity and Julie Balzer's Art Journal Every Day. But don't forget about Kim Dellow's Show Your Face. Even if I don't have anything to post there this week, you should still stop by to see what others are doing.

I guess it's good that I'm creating in my art journal since my class starts up again on Monday. I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends and some new faces. I'll be sharing some things from my class here on the blog. Wish me luck!!