Archive for February, 2011
Art Journaling Every Day is 10 minutes a day. First day of this week (Friday) Covered double page spread with text and shapes.
Second day apply 2 thin coats of gesso – let dry overnight – looks almost the same as the gesso is very thin.
Third day make ink lines and circles for another layer of depth.
Note – I am following directions on one of the links in the Art Journaling Every Day.
Here is the link with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer‘s tutorial. Remember I’m trying out new stuff and other people’s methods to see what I like, what I want to keep as my own and what I want to tweak and keep…FUN
AC4W: Today I’m very excited to be talking with Mixed Media Artist Beryl Taylor.
We have the great good fortune to have Beryl coming to Art Camp for Women to teach for a couple of days at our Spring Art Camp session May 26 – June 1.
Beryl began life in England and now lives on the East Coast of the U.S. with her husband, her son and 2 dogs, she also has a grown daughter living in England.
Between the Sketchbook Challenge and Art Journaling Every Day – I needed to come up with more subject matter, or inspiration if you please, more material to keep me interested in practicing sketching, doodling, painting, journaling, you know, my artistic growth. I decided we MUST go to the zoo.
It was the first time I’ve been to the zoo without any children in over 30 years. It was SO FUN! I saw exhibits I didn’t know were there – even though we have gone many times since we moved here in 1990. I had so much fun that we bought a Zoo membership for a year!
Motivation is low when the temperatures are low – just want to hibernate. February started out in the minuses, as in minus seven degrees – AAACCCKKK! I had to do something!
So I joined up with Julie Fei-Fan’s online Art Journaling Every Day. And I find myself motivated again. Whew.
The idea of Art Journaling Every Day is that you do something for 10 minutes on an art journal every day. This fits for me. Also she admits to having more than one journal going at a time – bingo – this also fits me. Tip: leave the journal and basic supplies out so you don’t waste your ten minutes hunting for supplies or ephemera.
My niece suggested a variation of cats as an opposite of dogs which got my mind to work on what cat would be an opposite of the prairie dog and the more I thought of it the better alley cats fit the bill.
Cities abhor prairie dogs, they might disclaim alley cats, but despite Animal Control, alley cats thrive in the urban settings. Many municipalities have active prairie dog eradication programs and anyone that has lived in Colorado knows about the Prairie Dog controversies.
The large metropolitan corridor that follows I-25 through the state, particularly where it intersects with I-70 is ultimate urban sprawl. There is no room for prairie dogs, even in the open spaces. The current municipal regulations view prairie dogs as a nuisance and pests that interrupt the flow of Kentucky Blue.
Growing in confidence now as I daringly did a sketch and painted it right in the sketchbook! I know, I know, that is what a sketchbook is for – still seems daunting to me.
The theme “Opposites,” is tricky in my mind. I could go light and dark or soft and hard or you name it, but I have an idea – bear with me. The skyline sketch is the next part of my “Opposites” piece.
Since we don’t have Ground Hogs in Colorado I thought I could substitute a Prairie Dog, although maybe I should use a Marmot. I checked the internet and good old Punxsutawney Phil – braved the weather and did not leave a shadow. That means an early spring – I know I am not the only one breathing a sigh of relief.
Okay enough of the woo-woo. The Sketchbook Challenge Theme for February is “Opposites.” I am pretty sure the purpose of the challenge is to get people sketching on a regular basis. So I am fulfilling the purpose – anyone have any ideas on what could be an opposite to ‘ground dogs?’ so I can fulfill on the theme?
We are half-way to Spring!
Did you know that February 2nd is exactly halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox? Here in Colorado we don’t have ground hogs, we have prairie dogs, do they count? I saw them out in the sun earlier this week does that count?
Winter has not been kind this year and I have NO winter adventures planned – so I cannot wait for the spring thaw and our Spring Art Camp for Women with guest artist/instructor Beryl Taylor!
Here’s a pretty link to brighten your winter day and warm your heart right down to your toes.