Friday, October 28, 2011

Art Journal Phase Three

Here is one page I completed in my handmade art journal. I used Golden fluid acrylic paints, and Caran D'ache oil crayons. I wrote the text with black india ink and a dip pen. The phrase, "Coloring Sunday Morning Black" was pulled from one of my poems.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Handmade Art Journal Phase Two

If you've been following you know I made a handmade journal per Teesha Moore's idea with a 20x30 sheet of 140lb hot press watercolor paper. I've made books and handmade journals before but this is very easy and fast. I like how it lays flat and has fold out pages. A few days ago I posted phase one which was laying color on the pages and adding cut up copies of my artwork for collage ephemera.

Today I worked on phase two where I blend charcoal (willow sticks), Caran D'ache oil crayons, and or Derwent inktense pencil around and over some of the paper art I'ved glued to the pages. This connects the paper pieces to the background. I also cut the plastic windows from envelopes and glued these over parts of faces I wanted accented. In theses photos it shows up as a bold white line around it.

Then I started to sketch...some faces, a cat, etc. I used India black ink and a dip pen to write some of my poetry. Sometimes I just pulled one or two lines from a poem instead of using the entire poem. I love working in an art journal...such freedom for creative exploration and discovery.

Come back again because I will add some finished pages soon.

Happy creating,


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Art Journaling

I did not work on the handmade journal that I posted yesterday. Oops, something else called to me today. I did a two page spread in a Strathmore Visual journal for the Journal Group I belong to in "Hands and Hearts" site. The prompt was "Home is Where the Heart is." My theme turned out to be one of a bit of fear, lovely home images such as the night sky and flower, with a definate push towards a creative home being the heart for me. It is a mixed-media collage using copies of my artwork for ephemera. A large amount of the work was from a picture book I wrote and illustrated titled, "The Interesting Room." That's Lloyd lying on the floor...maybe you'll see the book one day if I'd ever try to market it. Lloyd's been waiting a couple of years.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Art Journal In Process

I made an art journal per Teesha Moore's instructions with a 20x30 piece of hot press paper. So simple to put together. I am loving this little journal with fold out flaps.

First I painted all the pages at once with watercolours or Golden fluid acrylics. I did this quickly without much planning. For paper ephemera I made color copies of my artwork, cut them into strips or other interesting shapes and applied them with gel medium.

Tomorrow I may add oil crayons, gesso, or paint layers. We'll see....

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh, a vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist is in NY this weekend to discuss Global Ethics for Our Future. As Jack Kornfield said in his introduction to Hanh's book, "Being Peace" ..."in the midst of it all he has taught us to breathe, to smile, to live with a free heart. And most importantly, in our troubled world he makes no false division between inner awakening and engaged compassion. To his eye, like his spiritual ancestor Mahatma Gandhi, every being matters, everything is sacred."

Hanh recommends we devote one day a week entirely to the practice of mindfulness.....

Parallax Press publishes his books.

For a worldwide directory of Sanghas practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, please visit

I encourage you to give some thought or meditation to the efforts in NY this weekend. "Be peace" and you will live with a free heart. Go out for a slow walking meditaton with your family. Be aware of the earth below your feet. Be together quietly. Smile and breathe. The effects could change society.

Roger Rosenblatt Means Cancel the Pizza (Twice)

Have you ever ordered pizza twice and cancelled it twice? This is all in the same evening roughly one and a half hours apart. My daughter has the lead in the play, "Wait Until Dark." Opening night is tomorrow so I thought I'd pick her up and go to our favorite cafe for dinner in Gambier, the home of Kenyon College. My daughter also happens to be house sitting and won't see her cats for two weeks. (She's the one with the rescue cats. This is the reason she got the housesitting job because the owner wanted someone who would talk to her cat and listen for a reply while she vacationed in Italy.) We've already ordered pizza and I know now you are wondering why we ordered pizza when we have plans to eat at the cafe. The pizza is for my husband who is at the store working not knowing yet he won't get a pizza and he'd better make a lunchmeat sandwich from the deli. Hmmmm, you say let's get on to why he didn't get the pizza....

We cancelled the pizza so she'd have time to visit the cats before play practice. (Visiting the cats wasn't part of the original plan.) The pizza is in the town where she is house sitting, the practice is in Gambier (an adjoining town), the cats are in another town. Yep, three towns involved. We apologize and say we will order later. So we've seen the cats and are back in Gambier just in time for practice. We order the pizza for the second time, but I remember I need to pick up gel medium at the bookstore. I walk in and see a poster advertising an appearance by Roger Rosenblatt. (See photo) I look at the clock. 7:10 pm. I look at the poster. It starts at 7:30pm. Tonight. I HAVE to hear Rosenblatt's reading. I can make it if......I cancel the pizza.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Back to the Studio

I am happy to report I am creating again. I went one month and three days without a paintbrush in my hand (sigh)....until my NY friend Jackie called to ask what was going on. I had been purging. I was clearing clutter. If it wasn't something beautiful to me, something I loved, or something that defined who I am today out it went. It is amazing the things we hold onto because of some definition of emotional attachment. The first thing I took out was magazines. Three hours later I went to the donation site and retrieved them. Well my daughter did because her arms are longer and she was able to reach into the bin easier. Three days later I worried I was a magazine hoarder and I redonated them.

In 1999 I bought a book titled, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. Since 1999 I've gone through various stages of clearing clutter. I have never understood or been more free from physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter more than I am now. It does take years sometimes to learn to let go and redefine what or who we need in our lives. I recommend this book and if you want a real kick to get started watch the Hoarders or Hoarders Buried Alive shows. Although I hear from my artist friends that they clear clutter inbetween creating art. Always about balance, huh?

P.S. The cat is my daughter's rescue cat (one of four). His name is Moth Tolkien.


I made this for my daughter's birthday card. I attached a tiny vellum envelope to the reverse side to hold a gift of money.

Halloween Paperdoll Swap

This is mixed-media collage on 140 lb. watercolor paper. I'm new to the group "Le Papier Doll" swap at "Roses on my Table" but I am about to mail out my first two dolls for an artist swap. I'll be stuffing their little paper bodies in an envelope tomorrow and sending them off. Wondering whose artistic work I will receive? I used to make shoeboxes full of paper dolls when I was a child. We'd use cardstock or paper and color them with crayons or colored pencils. We printed their names such as, Sophia Reed on the backs and then we'd sometimes swap. Funny how we circle back around.....

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Frankenstien's Bride Paper Doll

This is my first attempt at a paper doll swap. The theme was a witch (of course) and the group of artists is from "Roses on My Table." Stop on over and take a peek at the art opportunities and friendly artist community.