Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Sixties

Wild Thing / Watercolor & pencil / 7X5

A revolution occurred in music in the 60's with the British invasion of America.

Even so, I was born in Detroit and would live in the city for 43 years.   The new music was exciting, but my heart belonged to Motown.

Motown was an American record company founded in Detroit 1959.    It was started in a house where the garage was converted into a small recording studio; the kitchen into the control room.  The company's first million record seller happened the following year & was a song by the Miracles called "Shop Around."

A few of the Motown family of artists included the first "girl groups" like the Supremes, and other singers such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, and the Jackson 5.  My favorite group was the Temptations; the song "My Girl."

The 70's approach...

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Fifties

Arthur Fonzarelli and Richie Cunningham / Happy Days / WikiCommons

Yes, I was around in the 50s.  Unfortunately, I don't have a great recollection of that decade - mainly memories of a few friends in our Detroit neighborhood.   I think watching the old tv show "Happy Days" has taught me more about that era than what is in my memory banks.    

I have listened to most of the music, though.  This is one of my favorites.

WikiCommons photo of Elvis Presley

Performed by a 22 year old Elvis:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Summer of '42

Charcoal on watercolor paper - 6X6

This is a quick smudgy charcoal to prep for a a journal entry - "Decades" theme.

One of my favorite songs from the 1940s is "I'll Be Seeing You."  It was actually written in the 30's, but my mom told me it became very popular during the war.  I have warm memories of my mom humming this song when I was a little girl - probably why I love it.

Almost everything below was done with a Charpak blender (transfer pen) - washed with a warm tone of watercolor.

And the beautiful song, if you care to listen:   


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Watercolor - 6X6

This is a watercolor from last week.

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Art journal:

I was looking for a different way to transfer laser jet copies of images into the journal and found something called a Chartpak blender marker.  There are many YouTube videos describing how to use the pen.  Unfortunately, I got a little carried away with the pen and ruined the journal page, so I did what my favorite watercolor teacher suggested & cropped it.

After cropping the page, I thought it would be nice to make a "favorite songs from every decade" grouping - up to the end of the 20th century.   The one below, of course, is from the 1930s & the song is "The Very Thought of You."  These will be small - 4X4.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Art journal:

What to do with deli paper strips? Because artist Helen Moreda said the strips reminded her of her old quilting days, I downloaded some free quilting patterns from Jinny Beyer's website (thank you, Helen).   The strips were cut and combined with black card stock and can be used for pages.

As far as the inked translucent single deli paper sheets go, I decided to try cutting and piecing them for a stained glass effect.

Found this cute pattern here:  Stained Glass Patterns - Free - no drawing.  I made two copies.

The individual pieces from copy #1 were cut as you would cut a dress pattern.   The deli paper pieces were then cut to fit the pattern pieces and glued onto photocopy #2.   Even at this size, I found cutting the smaller shapes awkward, but I liked the result.

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My watercolor painting today (a leopard) was not looking too good, so I will fight with it and hopefully post it next week.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Watercolor - 7X5

A small watercolor practice.

Art journal entry:
I've had a song stuck in my head all weekend - Purple Haze.  Didn't mind this one, though, because I've always loved Jimi Hendrix's guitar. 

Still learning - still fun.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Two for the Road

Two for the Road / Watercolor batik on rice paper / 16 X 20

Another crazy week, so another oldie.  This is the last of the photos of batiks, I think.

This scene was also done in a red / green color palette during one of those 30-30 challenge months, but I wasn't too happy with it; hence the blues and greens here.

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Art Journaling:

I was wondering what to do with some of the deli paper sheets that were done in class.  Some of them had been heavily stamped and weren't too appealing.

I ripped strips from each piece of deli paper and laid them across a sheet of printer paper:

The strips were affixed to the printer paper with a glue stick:

When dry, I turned the printer paper sideways and cut it horizontal strips so colorful bits from each piece of deli paper would show: 

Some strips were cut thicker than others.  These will all go onto the fun pile for future use:

A few more of these were done in different color palettes.  The edges were trimmed,  but I left the pages whole so different shapes could be cut from the pages.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Lion of Lucerne

Lion of Lucerne - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 16 X 20

We got busy doing other things the last few days, but I found another photo of a batik never posted on the blog.

It is a shortened version of a sculpture carved into a Swiss cliff commemorating the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss Guards.  The lion lays mortally wounded.  I cropped out the spear that pierces his side because it broke my heart.

Wikimedia Commons 

Mark Twain referred to the monument as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." (Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1880)
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Have a wonderful weekend.  Hope to see you next week.