Archive for March, 2011
I’m taking a series of classes with Landmark Education.
I haven’t tried to do art journaling AND class notes together before – but every blank page is an opportunity right?
This notebook was started last Halloween. I went to Ft. Lauderdale to combine taking the class with a visit with my sister. She was working the annual boat show and I was taking this four-day seminar. In order to play together we were getting up around 6 and spending at least an hour-and-a-half drinking coffee, working in our journals, munching and chatting. At 9:30 (a.m.) we would pile into our vehicles and take off for our various destinations. I would set the notebook under the A/C and blast it the 20 minutes to where I was going so the pages would be dry. It was one of the most fun vacations ever.
Here are a couple of the Journal pages I’ve finished from the Everglades trip.
I was after the effect of the alligator hide through out the backgrounds and tried various ways of coming up with it. I drew in a section of hide for the right side border. I painted some in the furthest back background – don’t think this was very effective. Lastly I used a little date stamp and lightly stamped all over the page. I like that effect the best. I think all the texture alludes to the hidden tension of the alligators lurking throughout the landscape, which is how it is in the Everglades. A pervading sense of things not seen, you know they are there, you see the ripple and shadow, but not all is seen. Totally exciting.
Fran Miller, artist and participant at Art Camp for Women, October 2010, recently was awarded first place for a piece created while at Art Camp for Women.
In an e-mail from Fran she wrote, “I won first prize in the “Other” category at the Royal Gorge Artists Association Salute to Southern Colorado Artists exhibit, held in February 2011 at the Fremont Campus of Pueblo Community College. This show attracts about a hundred artists from around SO CO.” This is the first original art piece Fran has entered in a show.
Continuing on my quest for Interesting Material for my Art Journaling Every Day as well as continuing in my intention that education for the kids be fun and exciting – we moved the quest to Florida. On the East side of the Everglades our favorite part was the Anhinga Trail. On the west side we stayed in at The Ivey House in Everglades City and went kayaking on the Turner River. We saw lots of alligators of all sizes from 12 inches to 12+ feet. And the bird life was exotic, abundant and fulfilling.
I know that giving my studio a good spring cleaning and reorganization really works. I find all kinds of things that I have forgotten and each time I do it a little tweaking makes the space that much more usable.
But how to get me to get to it? Here’s what I do – I give myself something new or different. Kind of like a bribe. Last year I started collecting up drawers from old treadle sewing machines. I ran across one in a junk store and bought it and then i found another one in a different store – this one in Montana! There were so many different styles and sizes. I eventually ended up with about a half dozen. They usually cost from $5 to $15. depending on the ornateness and condition. Mixed media artists need many little cubbies for things and we also need the aesthetics. I know they cost more than the all-round plastic drawers, but they are so cute! I incorporated them to my studio last spring.
This month’s theme for the Sketchbook Challenge is Spilling Over. I kind of hate that kind of theme…what does it mean?
I started this piece with a sketch of a beer mug foaming over. I sketched with pencil and then colored it in with my “B” Pitt Pens, beer color and black with a Sharpie Water Based Poster Paint Pen Extra Fine for the white. I used the pens because I had them with me.
Then I sketched the runner. I started with pencil, then went over the main marks with pen (Micron Black .80). I then colored her in with my water color crayons and water brushed lightly to keep it neat and dry.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”
Last Saturday was my first 5K race – first one this year and the first one in my life too! I am the lovely green-braided wench #907.
Last year I had a New Year’s Resolution to have an adventure every month! That got completely out of hand – I wasn’t dull, but I wasn’t very productive either. This year I am going to run a 5K every month – starting with March. Last year’s resolution led to an excess of fun which I am hoping will bleed over to this year’s resolution. As you can see, the team is fairly serious about this. (LOL).
“Somethin’ tells me it’s all happening at the zoo.” Simon and Garfunkel
I’m at the line in the song “And the elephants are kindly but they’re dumb…” Third zoo trip so far this year and this time I brought a van load of kids. I figured that while they were playing I could sketch – um, not quite. Good in theory, but they are just too excited and distracting. February at the Denver Zoo is sunny and beautiful, but not necessarily warm.
I knew I wanted to sketch the elephants and so I spent quite a bit of time in that area and took many pictures. I think it is just too bad that there isn’t a line in the song about hippopotamuses – uh hippopotami? Ah no – hippos. I had to drag the little urchins off the hippo statue made especially for climbing on.
IRL – I just came across this term in one of my online venues. It means In Real Life. I can relate. I want to have real people i.e. friends to do art with IRL! I have many art acquaintances, friends even, via Facebook, Yahoo groups and online classes – but I would like to do projects and go on excursions IRL – yes IN REAL LIFE.