Friday, May 10, 2013
This is a journal page I just completed. It is actually the beginning of a larger painting. I wanted to play with the paint colors and see how they would work. And it's also my theme for the last couple of months... slaying my dragons. Or trying to...
Despite my best intentions I haven't been posting to the blog as much as I had planned. I have been in such an art slump. I did complete about 20 alcohol ink paintings and I liked a few. They are so small (the largest being 5" x 7") and I'm still trying to find the right way to work with the inks. There are a few that I like enough to show and will post those. I actually have them framed and hanging in my great room.
On the positive side, I am in a few classes right now that have energized me and at least have me back in the studio! I've been taking a lot of photos and that has helped me come up with some new ideas as well. So, for those of you who are still here, thank you for your patience. Thank you for thoughts and your comments. You are all so special to me. BIG hugs to you!!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Soul Wanderer 5" x 7"
"I will give myself to the sky,
see the world as it always was,
reach for the winds that talk to me..."
from Goodbye, by Louise Hastings
I've been experimenting with a new technique this week that I am really enjoying. It's called Dreamscaping. I first learned of this from a fellow blogger friend, Stacy Wills. The artist who created the technique is June Rollins. It's fascinating what you can do with some alcohol inks and some special paper! No brushes involved, you let the inks do the work.
I'm beginning to find these "shadow people" appear in my paintings. At least I see them that way; shapes that look like human figures. That's fine by me! I just go with it and see where the painting leads. So far I've completed about fifteen small paintings. This is one of my favorites. I call it "Soul Wanderer". I think the shape on the far right looks like a ghostly figure. ;)
Right now I'm working in a small format: 4" x 6" or 5" x 7" until I get a feel for how to manipulate the inks. I doubt I will go much bigger for a while. They look nice matted and framed. The inks are archival and so vibrant!
So you may be seeing a few of these for awhile. Not all of mine are landscapes. Some are turning into more abstract pieces.
I am linking this to Paint Party Friday. Be sure to check out all the fun going on there! This week they are hosting an auction to benefit the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Have a great weekend everybody!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Double Vision 29" x 36"
I'm happy to say that with the new year I've started a few new things! Here's my first painting of the year. It was inspired (of all things) by an area rug we recently bought. I just fell in love with it and I wanted to paint something to go with it after we added it to the room. Plus I think it ties everything in the room together now. ;)
Here's the rug that inspired the painting:
Of course I still like the rug better than the painting but I think the two go together well. ;)
Other news: I have a website now! If you look at the top right-hand column you will see the link to it. (It's my Warhol painting). That will take you to my website. It's in the beginning stages but I have plans to expand that this year.
And this is my first entry for Paint Party Friday this year. Be sure to check it out. They never disappoint!
I'm glad to say goodbye to 2012. Here's hoping that 2013 will be a better one for you as well! Hugs to all of you. I've been very bad about visiting blogs and promise to do better from here on out. Thank you for all who have stuck with me. I truly appreciate your notes and friendship!!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"Les morts vont vite, the dead go fast, the next day absent!
Et les vivants sont dingues, the living are haywire.
Except for a few who grieve, life rapidly readjusts itself...
The dead go quickly
Not knowing why they go or where they go. To die is human,
To come back divine.
Les morts vont vite. We living stand at the gate
And life goes on."
-- from Proverb
by Kenneth Koch
I took this photo yesterday at sunrise. I couldn't believe the color! It was like a beautiful painting! It reminded me of fire. The poem was one I came across in The New Yorker today.
This time of year is hard for me. It was Mom's favorite. She used to love getting ready for the holidays. She loved cooking for Thanksgiving and anticipating everyone coming home for dinner. And Christmas was her absolute favorite. She had recently started decorating two trees and hosting an open house. Her face would light up at the thought of preparing for the festivities! :-)
But she's been gone for eight years now and that just seems impossible to me. So we continue with some traditions and not others. Dad has remarried and has a new family to celebrate with. So, yeah, I guess it's true. Life goes on...
I hope you all have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it where you are. HUGS to every one of YOU!
Monday, October 15, 2012
"Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness."
-- Mary Oliver
These are just a few of my favorite photos I've taken over the last few weeks. Birds are definitely my go-to models! ;-) The hummingbirds have left for the summer but I'm finding new birds to photograph in their place.
All of these birds are giving me great inspiration in my art as well. More on that front soon. I hope you are all enjoying the change in season. I know I am!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This was the scene this morning as I walked the neighborhood. It's hard to capture the fog on the camera. It was starting to burn off.
Here are some other scenes from recent walks:
That bird is always there when I come to that particular spot. :-)
This was the scene one morning as the sun was coming up. I'm not usually that early!
I've been quiet lately. We recently lost a family member, a very dear brother-in-law.
Rest in peace, Richard. We all miss you so very much...
Saturday, August 4, 2012
I was inspired by a recent article in Brain Pickings newsletter regarding something called book spine poetry. How intriguing! It was the idea of the artist Nina Katchadourian a few years ago. Evidently she was working on a Sorted Books project and this idea came about. If you search the brainpickings site, you should be able to find an example. Here's the idea. You gather a few books together and make a little poem out of the spines. (Photos by me)
My ears perk up immediately when poetry is mentioned. I have a ton of books here... I couldn't resist the challenge. They don't have to be poetry books; any books will do. Just gather them together and use the titles for your little poem. So I went hunting and here's what I came up with after a few minutes.
My first Book Spine Poem: The Art of Growing Up
The art of growing up,
Inspired remnants, curious dreams,
Ha! That's it! The site listed the books it used for its poem so I'll do the same:
One Art by Elizabeth Bishop
The Art of Growing up, Simple ways to be Yourself at Last, by Veronique Vienne with photographs by Jeanne Lipsey
Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale
Spilling Open, The Art of Becoming Yourself, by Sabrina Ward Harrison
True Vision, by L.K. Ludwig
This was a lot of fun and very inspiring. Now I'll have to go put these books back in their shelf or I'll lose them! Have a great weekend everybody!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
"Every day I walk out into the world
to be dazzled, then to be reflective."
Hubby and I took a short trip this weekend exploring our small community. We haven't really been out and about too much since we've moved here so we made ourselves get out and just drive around. I was excited to see a one-lane bridge out in the middle of the country. With no traffic! Yay! Got this photo and then as we travelled across, took another one:
Have I mentioned how much I love my iPhone? ;-) Yes, I'm playing with my apps for these photos and had a great time doing it! Anyway, we ended up in so many small towns I can't remember their names (my bad) but here are some of the photos from our little trip. I love OLD buildings, alleyways, and iron stairways...
I thought that shadow on the side of the building looked like an alien...
Loved that old iron staircase!
Then we saw this building that had the COOLEST wooden doors! *swoon*
Here is another building, in color, with a little twist... done up in a Kaleidoscope effect to end my little tour:
It's been crazy weather here: unbearably hot. Temps are supposed to be back up in the 100's again today. And we are in a severe drought. I hope the news is better (and cooler) where you are. I'm working on a lot of things behind the scenes when it's not too hot to go upstairs in the studio. I hope to have more things to show soon. Have a great week everyone!!
p.s. For a REAL treat, visit my friend Pat's blog. He is a FANTASTIC photographer and always visits the most interesting places. Somehow he manages to get the best shots. It's like taking a mini-vacation every time you visit. You won't be sorry!
Friday, June 22, 2012
This is another painting I've done with the alcohol inks and Yupo paper I talked about in the last post. Thank you all for your kind comments! This one turned out more abstract; could be the addition of the tar gel. ;-) It kind of reminds me of stained glass with all of the different colors. I like playing with the possibilities this technique presents. It's a fun way to see how the inks blend together and interact with the alcohol. Very cool!
It's been a long while since I've had anything to contribute to Paint Party Friday. I'm glad to be able to play again this week. Check it out! I know I plan to.
Have a wonderful weekend everybody!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This is a painting I finished using a new technique I just learned. I've been kind of uninspired lately. But I was intrigued by an article by Cathy Taylor in the July/August issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. Of course the colors didn't photograph nearly as vivid as they are in the painting (especially on the left side, for some reason). I'm sure it's due to my poor photography skills. ;-)
The technique involves using alcohol inks as your "paint" and Yupo paper as your canvas. I just happened to have both on hand. Do you ever buy something thinking, "I'm going to use that someday!" That's what I did with the Yupo paper. Then when I got it, I had no idea what I had originally planned to do with it. It has a very slick surface and I have no idea what you are supposed to actually use it for. I suppose I should Google "uses for Yupo paper" and see what I get. ;-) Anyway, this article came along at a good time. So I followed her directions and was pretty pleased with the results. This painting is just my practice piece, to see how to work with the alcohol inks on the paper. Cathy gives a lot of useful tips and techniques in her article. Now that I know what the inks will do on the paper, I am getting some ideas for what else I'd like to try!
So I've been painting with alcohol inks, some rubbing alcohol and a little CitraSolv. Lots of different smelly concoctions have been coming from the studio these past couple of days. But it's been nice to actually have something to work on again! Let's hope the positive vibes keep flowing.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
"The secret to a happy life is continuous small treats."
--Iris Murdoch, from The Sea, The Sea
This is my small treat for today. Hubby bought a hummingbird feeder while I was away visiting my friend in Ohio last week. I LOVE it! He placed it right outside the window where I sketch. This little guy comes by every 15 minutes (give or take). Now I notice there are two birds that visit. But this one spends a lot of time getting fed. I really look forward to his (her?) visits.
I took this shot through the window with my iPhone. Not bad, considering I was holding my breath because I was afraid any movement would scare him away.
I'm still not getting much art done. At least not anything I want to show. It'll come. I am working on some things behind the scenes which I'll share soon. In the meantime, enjoy the little treat for today!
Have a great week everyone! :-)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I've been in somewhat of an art slump lately so I've had to head out and search for inspiration to fill the well.
Recently, hubby and I went for a walk at one of the local parks. He suggested I take a few photos. I decided to use the Noir app (because I'm just in that kind of mood)! ;-) I loved this gate at the entrance (could be useful for a future art piece...).
Then we were off to the trails:
We climbed way up the ridge that overlooked the creek. Nice! Found a little foot bridge and had to decide which trail to take...
We kept going deeper into the woods. Found this guy... I mean this huge tree trunk:
I think it looks like a large, imposing figure of some sort. PERFECT for the Noir filter! Definitely thinking of using this shape in a future art piece...
Later we ended our walk in an old cemetery and I couldn't resist this shot. No, I'm not a photographer. But I tried to get a good shot of her:
Mission accomplished. A nice little hike through the woods and a few inspirational ideas for some art. I'm starting to fill the will just a little bit. Have a great weekend everybody!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I've been spending a lot of time in my sketchbook lately.
Lots of faces popping up but that's nothing new. ;-)
I'm taking Mindy Lacefield's class, Paint Your Story.
Lots of Fun! I always wondered how she painted those faces!
We create our own little characters. Right up my alley...
Of course, eventually I'll have to give them bodies. *sigh*
Notice my ever-present helper at my feet!
So, while sketching I get distracted.
I started playing with my new phone. And apps...
Cartoon apps sounded like fun.
And another shot of the room...
Then a sketch app...
Ha! a sketch of a sketch... ;-)
Maybe one of my helper?
Enough of this. Time for a break. Here's one of my little sketch area...
Now it's time to get back to real sketching and some painting.
It's been a silly Saturday...
Now my friend would like to say goodbye.
Have a great weekend everybody!