Friday, February 17, 2017

Road Trip

Gouache / 5X7

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Oops.  I think the Cheshire Cat said that...

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Look

Gouache / 5X7

Tim and I visited friends in Montana several years ago, and decided to drive down to Yellowstone National Park.  We knew the park entrance was closed due to heavy snow, but decided we would enjoy the drive anyway.

Well, we got to the entrance.  And we also got a full appreciation of the size of some bison at the side of the road.  One in particular seemed bigger than our small rental car.  After he gave us "the look," this city girl put the car in reverse and headed north back to Bozeman.

When I asked my friend how fast a buffalo can move, she smiled and said, "Faster than you."  She also mentioned that more park visitors are injured in attacks by bison than wolves or bears...

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Art Journal - 10X7

As far as art journaling goes, I've been experimenting with applying color to deli paper.   For this page, I used alcohol inks, but deli paper will accept watercolor, gouache and  acrylic, too.  

What I like about deli paper is that I can control the color and shapes (by tearing the deli paper and collaging it into the journal).  I also love the translucency of the paper.

I'm taking a short class on inks and deli paper this weekend at a local craft store and will write about it next week.  Hope to get a few more supplies (white markers, stencils, ..), too!

"Clarity" tape transfer removed / added arrow & heart in marker

Happy Valentine's Day

Friday, February 10, 2017

Horsing Around

Gouache - 5X7

This week got away from me.

As far as journaling goes,  I've been collecting images from old magazines & watching beaucoup how-to videos on YouTube (which is why there are no journaling pics here).

But it's all artsy - all good.

Hope you have a happy, safe weekend.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, Monday

Julie - Watercolor / 7X5

A weekend filled with a little rain and a lot of art was just what the doctor ordered.

After finishing this small watercolor, I thought I would dive into art journaling.   It is something I've wanted to do for a long time.

Silhouettes are favorites of mine, so I started the journal with these.   I don't have stamps, stencils, modeling paste or many other supplies used by journalers (not yet),  but that is just an invitation to be more creative.

Journal Page - Gouache  /  7X10

After finishing the tree, I used my husband's hole punch to pop out a few circles from an old painting. The circles were then glued onto the page.

Journal Page - Gouache / 7X10

This page is pretty tame, but I wanted to do something serene.  For the word "Breathe," I printed out the word from a "picmonkey" font, trimmed it & covered it with a piece of 3M clear shipping and packing tape.  It was then plopped into a cup of water for about 15 minutes.  When removed from the water, the printer paper easily peeled off but the inked word remained on the tape.  Then the tape was placed onto the page.

Journal Page - Alcohol Ink & Gouache / 10X7

Since all of the journal pages are being individually covered with gesso prior to painting, I thought I would experiment on the image above with alcohol inks.  I ran out & picked up three bottles of ink:  red, yellow & blue.

The inks were splattered over the gessoed page.  When dry, I painted around the silhouette with the purple gouache.  The page was finished by a quick spotty rub off of the gouache in a couple of places around the silhouette.

Journaling is more fun than I thought it would be.  Hope to get into a routine of blogging twice a week and include some small paintings and journal pages.

Have a great week.  See you Thursday or Friday.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Freak-Out

The Scream - Edvard Munch

This is me after having endured TV, radio, and internet news since the political primaries.  I'm up for a quiet, non-partisan, non-toxic weekend - just ONE weekend.

Hope you'll join me.  If anything "bad" happens,  I'm sure someone will feel compelled to tell us.

Monday, January 30, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge - #30

7X5 / Watercolor - Source: Pixabay

Well, I enjoyed the challenge, but I'm glad its over.  Really, I did more sketches than paintings, but I'm happy with that considering it's been quite a while since I've done any artwork (other than doodles).

What I appreciate even more, though, is reconnecting with blogging friends & making new friends.   I hope to keep posting about twice a week, and am looking forward to exploring other artsy directions.

Congrats to all who participated in the challenge.  And a sincere thank you to everyone for the extremely kind and supportive comments!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge - #'s 28 & 29


Watercolor - 7X5

The devil whispers, "You can't withstand the storm."

The warrior replies, "I AM the storm."

Author Unknown