Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Another Week of Art...

It's been another crazy, busy week since I last posted. And not much art got finished...but I need to get my "backside" in high gear because there are several artsy things looming on the horizon.

Last week I shared with you a couple of journal page collages that were in the works. I managed to do some more on two of them...

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This artichoke still needs more work but it's a start.

I think this one is shaping up nicely.
But still needs more work, too.
I have three collage pieces that I've started on larger canvases...16 x 20...but they are nowhere near completion. Here are two of them...

This one just has a lot of magazine images on it at this point. Nothing else. I want to keep the idea of the door and the stairway...maybe call it Stairway to Heaven!!

This red one has a few lines drawn in the lower right corner, but a long way to go to finish it. This will probably be more abstract...with flowy lines and curves. When I finish these magazine collaged pieces you cannot tell what the images were and very little of them still shows.

I find that starting these paintings with magazine images gives me a jumping off place where I can begin. I will either like some line or some color or something in the images that then leads me to another idea.

I haven't done a face in a long time.
I started this one a couple of days ago.
Not sure where she will end up yet.

I always like to share some of the art that the women in my class are doing. This week two people brought in finished canvases...one a painting and one a collaged piece.

All the little circles on the tree are mirrors. This is beautiful! I especially love the way she's used circles and lots of curvy lines and then the background is all done in square shapes.

I wish I had a better photo of this...it's so detailed. This one and the one above are both done on 16 x 20 canvases and I love love love them both!
On this coming Saturday HB and I are going to an art reception in the evening. The art group I recently joined is having an exhibition and I was lucky enough to get two of my paintings displayed. I hope to have lots of photos next week. Until then, enjoy your week and be sure to do something creative.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Getting to Do What I Love...

It's Tuesday and time for me to check in with some more art. My art journal class is growing and we are going to need a bigger room! Yesterday I had three more new people in the class. Apparently word is getting around to other parts of the local art community. And I must say, even though it is my class, we do have a lot of fun.

Here are a couple of things I'm working on this week...

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You know how I love circles! This one isn't finished but I have a good start on it.
Again, this one is in my extra large World Atlas journal.

Nothing is finished this week!
Here are some other simple collages I did in a smaller book...
but they all need pen work and embellishments.

Sorry for the glare on this one. It's very sunny today.

I seem to get little bits of time to glue things down...
but then I don't get the finishing touches put on until much later.

I want to include a few samples of more of the art being done in my class...

The spread above is finished...

The woman who did this is still working on it.

This one is finished.

And this one is still being worked on.

I think I'm pretty lucky to get to spend time each week with such talented people. They continually inspire me. I love my art journal class!!!

Do you get to spend face-to-face time with other artists?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Space and Birds...

I have another art journal spread to share with you today. That seems to be about all I do lately as far as art goes. I have joined a local art group and hope to be inspired to do more "hangable" art...and yes, that's a word. I just made it up!

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This isn't finished yet but I thought I'd share it anyway. It's done in an old atlas. Some of the spheres were on the page already and some others were on different pages. I scanned and copied them to add to what was here. I will most likely continue that swath of purple on across the other page, and then some pen work and this will be finished.
This is a small piece I did as a demo for my class a couple of weeks ago. I was showing them how to collage a page and then paint over it, leaving things to peek through.

And Lee, if you're reading this, I was inspired by all your birds and flowers, and your use of white outlines. Thank you!

Lastly, several people in my class have signed up to participate in iHanna's postcard swap. I thought it would be fun for them to experience sending their art out into the world. There's still time to join in on iHanna's fun,..April 21st is the deadline to join.

Thank you for stopping by. xoxo Janet

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Art Journal/Mixed Media Class...

Surprise! It's an extra post this week. I want to share some recent work done by the women in my art journal/mixed media class. We just had our second art show (Mix it Up II) and here's some of their art work...

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This piece is so cute! It's done in a shadow box and is very textured...the tree, the flowers, the stones...it's all 3-dimensional. And those are tiny battery operated lights as stars in the sky!

This one is definitely a mixed media piece...and tells a story.

I wish I had a better photo of this. The lighting is horrible to take photos. I love all the detail on this.

This one was done by a wonderful woman who has been a traditional artist her whole life. She is trying something new by coming to my class and I think she's doing great at loosening up.

I wish I had more photos of the art but many of them didn't turn out due to the lighting challenge. We have a wonderful display with almost every one of the women in my class contributing.

And here's a shot of me with some of the art in the background. We had a great turn-out even though the weather that night was rainy.
Due to all the art on display at Legacy Commons, we have had an increased interest in my class. Several people have joined us. Here are a couple of pics of last week's class...

We had 15 people that day. If the class keeps growing we won't have enough room for everyone! Now I'm off to work in my journal. I'll be back on Tuesday with more.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Some Purple and Green...

Another week, another journal spread. This time the women in my art journal class pulled out magazine pictures that were either green or purple. They gave them to me to see what I could make of them and here it is...

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This was a fun experiment!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How to Continue On...

I recently noticed that my blog had passed its eleventh year in existence and that made me sad because it's mostly dead now. In the beginning my blog was a way for me to communicate with others. HB and I live in an area where we knew almost no one, and the older we got, the more difficult it was to meet people. I lived a very quiet life and craved some interaction with people.

Starting a blog seemed like a good idea. I built up a little following. And then it all went away...a combination of my own neglect, and people changing to more instant forms of interaction. And I also got a lot busier with my art.

I think I'll try keeping my blog going for a bit longer, and maybe just do a post once a week to see what happens.

Keeping an art journal is still something I love doing. Here is a spread I did recently in an old World Atlas I bought...it's huge!

I do love me some bright colors!!

Do you think I should continue with this blog or call it a day?