Friday, January 29, 2016

It's Friday!!...

It's Friday so that means lots of things going on. I'm linking to Kate Robertson's Express Your Creativity and to Paint Party Friday. I usually don't get anything ready for these but this week I managed to get two pieces finished! Be sure to stop by and see some of the other art at these two blogs.

Remember I told you I was working on two bird canvases...well, I thoroughly messed them up and had to start over. Here is one of them...

I did this bird, cut from a map and washed with turquoise paint, over some patterned paper scraps.
It's on an 8" x 8" canvas.
And this next piece I showed in progress here...I finally finished it, too.

 This was inspired by Brandi Dayton...she has several YouTube videos showing this technique. I did mine in a different way but sort of ended with the same result. This painting has acrylics, watercolors, Posca paint pens, Prismacolor  colored pencils, Sharpie markers and Sharpie paint pens. In other words everything but the kitchen sink!! This is done on an 8" x 10" canvas board.

I hope you are all feeling creative today. Make some art!! Not only will you brighten your day, you'll brighten the world.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

My Art Journal Class Last Monday...

It's been another busy week and I'm just now getting around to show you my art journal class from this past Monday. I had some new women this week. Here they are busily working on their projects...

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful facility for our senior center. As you can see the room is large, bright and airy. I have a white board where I write an inspirational quote each week. There's a long counter across the one side of the room with a sink for washing brushes and lots of storage underneath for magazines and other stuff.

And here's what some of them did...

Be sure to click on the photos to see them larger.

 This is on glossy photo paper and they she will use alcohol to move it around.

She cut out most of the birds from a colored magazine page.

This was a new person in our class. She said she had never done any kind of art before.
I think she did a great job of this.

I have a very good group for my class and they put up with my craziness. Next week we're starting on a project to make out own journals. That should be fun. Until then...happy creating!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

T is for Tuxpi and Breakfast...

I'm in my seventh decade so I'm a little slow to "get" things at times. And digital stuff like Photoshop just don't compute in my brain. But I've discovered Tuxpi, a photo editing site that is simple. I use PicMonkey for sizing my photos and a few other editing tools but Tuxpi lets me play in different ways.

You may remember this collage I recently did on wood...

I played with it in Tuxpi and had some fun with it...

Personally I like the kaleidoscope version best. But it's all just for fun to see what happens when you change colors.  Giggles at Happy Tiler has been telling me to try this for a long time. I finally did!!


And since this is Tuesday it's time for T for Tuesday so here's my beverage for this week...

 I took this photo one morning as I was having my morning "coffee" and a couple of biscotti-like twists.

This is one of my favorite mugs and it's quite large at 20 ounces. I found it a couple of years ago at Ross and couldn't resist.

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

National Handwriting Day...and Some Art

I've been thinking about all the things I learned as a child that are no longer being taught to kids today...and writing in cursive is one of them. I heard the schools want to quit teaching it altogether. I love to see beautiful handwriting. Somehow printing just doesn't do it for me. My handwriting has gotten worse as I get older. At one time I could make my writing look like all the sample alphabet letters that were posted around the schoolroom but not anymore.


Here is a journal spread I'm working on...

The light wasn't very good this morning...the background is a wash of terra cotta. And the images are from favorite way to make pages.
I hope you aren't in the middle of the big snow storm back east. If you are, stay safe and stay warm! 

Friday, January 22, 2016

One of My Other Passions...

Today I'm sort of straying from my usual art and sharing one of my other passions. I love to crochet and knit. Mostly I like to have something to do even when I'm just sitting. Sometimes it's drawing but other times it's something with a hook or needles.

I'm trying to use up a lot of yarn from my stash so I'm doing these one color granny squares. My stack is growing but I have a long way to go yet.

And since I get bored with the squares I also have a little something on my needles. Again, I'm trying to use up some yarn. I have quite a lot of this Homespun in purples and blues and this is a bit of a "winging it" project so we'll see what happens! I'm just a little past beginner when it comes to knitting. I won't tell you what I'm making yet but I'll share along the way.

I'm linking this to Express Your Creativity with Kate Robertson.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

T for a Tall Cup of Water...and a Little Bit of Art

It's time for T for Tuesday and that means to show something with a drink. Since I mostly drink water that's what I have for you...plain, icy, cold water. I always have my plastic cup with me wherever I am. And since I was playing in the studio...

that's where you'll find my big blue cup!
It's always close at hand.

I'm just getting started on these two small canvases so they aren't very exciting to look at. They will eventually look something like this...

I did two different ones like this and they both sold...
so I'm making more!

And here's a close-up of that blue's almost empty. Time for a refill! I like that it has a lid because I've accidentally put a dirty paintbrush into other cups when they were on my work table!
Haven't we all done that!!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Visit to The Broad...

Saturday HB and I visited The Broad...the newest art museum in Los Angeles. (And just so you know, it's pronounced Brode, it rhymes with rode.) According to their visitor's guide "The Broad is a new contemporary art museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. The museum is home to nearly 2,000 works of art and holds one of the most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art worldwide."

The inaugural installation, which is what we saw, includes works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and so many others. The building itself is a work of art. The brochure states "Dubbed 'the veil and the vault,' the museum's design merges the two key programs of the building: gallery space and the collection storage that supports the museum's extensive lending activities." There are three floors; the first has art on display, the second floor is mostly storage with large windows so you can look in and see the racks and racks of art that isn't on display. The third floor is where most of the main exhibit is located. It's beautiful because the ceiling lets in so much light from outside but it's not direct. It just makes the entire third floor seem to be alive.

The museum is free to get in but you need reservations. A friend of mine got reservations and invited me and HB, along with another woman and her daughter.

Now here we go...

This was one of the first displays we saw after entering. We all agreed it looks very much like art journaling!

The piece above was very has lots of bits and pieces glued on. I wish I had been able to get a close-up of it. The people who work at The Broad are very good about keeping everyone at least two feet from the art.

I liked this very much...all those geometric shapes. It was difficult to get a good photo of it though.

This was a HUGE piece of art. It covered almost three walls and was done by a Japanese artist. I like all the detail it has although some of the subject matter was a bit strange.

This is a close-up I managed to get...I like all the colors and bits and pieces. It was pretty amazing to see this.

 I thought this was a photograph until I read the description! It's actually oil on canvas and is another huge painting. It took up one entire wall. The blurb said the artist painted this and then left the canvas on the floor of his studio and dribbled paint, walked on it, etc. before he framed it.

  Some Andy Warhol...there were several.

Again, we all thought this looked a lot like someone's art journal except it was a large painting. This one has lots of texture...some of that is fabric added to the canvas. Truly mixed media!

 The painting above and the one right below are both by Jasper Johns. I thought the one below was interesting and couldn't figure out why he had those extra panels on the right side...maybe just trying to make his canvas bigger??


The two paintings above are also quite large. In fact, most of the art we saw was very large. There were only a few pieces that were smaller. I enjoyed the bright colors of these two. Norm's is sort of an iconic restaurant in the L.A. area and it makes a great painting!

 This is at the center of the third floor and is by Jeff Koons...Tulips. You can see some of the ceiling and how the light pours into this level.

 Another piece on the third floor. It was all small pieces put together.

I don't remember who did this piece but it might be Picasso. I was trying to get lots of photos and many times forgot to take a pic of the information!

 This was one of my favorites...again, very large as you can see by the people standing beside it.

Here's a close up of this can't tell but the very center is a tiny picture of a cabin!

We all enjoyed this massive table and chairs! You can see people walking around underneath it. I wanted to climb up onto those chairs and be Edith Ann!!

There were hundreds more that we saw but I thought these gave a good overall peek at this gorgeous museum. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos outside but there are some on the link I gave above. It was a beautiful day, a beautiful museum, and beautiful friends. What more could I want! 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Keeping Busy...

Here it is Friday and time for Express Your Creativity with Kate Robertson. She always has a lot of things going on and it inspires me to try and do more. So here goes...

On my messy work table right now is another journal spread I'm working on. I started with some blue for the background, then added some magazine pieces that mostly have geometric shapes in them. I've only just started this spread so there's a loooong way to go before it's finished.

Here's another shot of it.

I'm also working on this...

It has a lot more to be done on it, too. I saw this on You Tube but can't seem to find it now. I wanted to give credit and make a link. I hate when that happens. This is a combination of acrylic paints, watercolors, paint pens, and colored pencils...really a mixed media piece!

Lastly, in the evenings I've been doing a bit of crochet. Recently I sorted through all my yarn and came across several squares that I had done. I decided to continue on with them and use up all the bits of plain Red Heart-type yarn that I have. I think I'll have enough to make a couple of throws.

So far I have about 20 squares finished.

It's a very simple one-color granny square. When I found the ones I had done previously there was no pattern with them but I was able to look at one and figure it out. This is a close-up of one of the squares. I'm using a "G" hook and the squares are about 6.5".

I have a new blog just for my knitting and crochet because I like to keep things separate. You can find it at this link:  A Wee Bit of Yarn

Thanks for taking the time to read this and to see what I'm doing.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Art From the Women in My Journal Class

The art journal class I have on Mondays has been branching out a little. This past Monday we were working on a mixed media piece that used acrylics, watercolors, and paint pens. Here are some examples of  the art they did...some are unfinished...

This is a sampling of the pieces that were being done. Some didn't want photos taken of unfinished work and I understand that. I love that it's such a diverse group of artists. Some of them go off on their own way, which I love, while others try to stay within the perimeters that I set. Either way, they always produce such interesting pieces of art.