Archive for April, 2011
Almost every culture in the northern hemisphere celebrates the return of the sun around this time of year. Some call it the return of the son, and some just are happy for the longer hours of light and the fresh bright greening of the world.
I started collecting small spherical objects to put in my chicken collection last fall. I have coyote squash, small dead lightbulbs and the ever popular blown-out eggs. Instead of dying these objects I used the scraps from the painted tissue that I talked about in my last post. Using Matte Gel Medium and small pieces of deli wrap I covered the objects with multiple layers of gel and tissue. The last layer I added gold acrylic paint to the matte gel medium. This is a sticky process and takes a bit to get the dried goo off the finger tips.
The Common Areas
A few weeks ago, at the end of March sometime, Sue Bleiweis did a post on the Sketchbook Challenge about tissue paper, brayers and altered books. I had everything except a piece of plastic or glass, so I thought I would give it a shot. I went to the junk store and bought a picture in a frame with glass on it for 87 cents and now I have my glass palette or glass cutting sheet. It is even easy to handle because of the frame.
Okay – I’m not sure why I put this in my blog – other than I want my readers to have a sense of where I come from as a person which in turn is what feeds my art.
I started running when I was 45, but the truth is that I have NOT run more than I have run. When I turned 60 I realized I either had to do it or stop saying I am a runner. So this is my year to run.
Instead of New Year resolutions, this time around I made New Decade resolutions, in fact I’m still working it/them out. In February I made the resolution to run a 5K every month this year, starting with April. I asked a couple of folk what they thought and the above group is the result of some people thinking it a great idea! However, I got them so excited that we did the first run in March. That run was a run/walk for me and definitely had me re-thinking the resolution. (LOL) I realized if this really is my year to run, I am going to have to – duh – run.
We are birders – we cannot help it – we are completely enamored with the Sandhill Cranes. Last week we ventured forth to follow the Whooping Crane migration. To read about that adventure in more detail click here. Since this is mainly a blog for my art journaling I will just show you the Art Journaling Every Day page I started while on the trip, doing something each day except the drive home day, and then doing some more to it here at home.
When ever I chance through Nebraska I am captured by the past. The actual Oregon Trail can still be seen in places and many of the little towns were there when the West was Won! Reproductions of the newspapers of that time are interesting and pull for some collaging.
I added this row of birdhouses to the pockets. Still think they need something more. Feels like they are just floating in space there. Maybe shadows. Maybe I should just start a new collage using the birdhouses.
The row of birdhouses actually exist at the funkiest bar and grill in Everglades City. Can I remember the name? No. Maybe Cora’s. Everglades City is tiny so you should be able to find it. It sits on the canal/river behind the school. It is funky pink with net floats decorating it (along with birdhouses) like Christmas lights. I spotted a manatee while waiting for my lunch. Gorgeous deck right on the water with boats for tourists and fisherfolk alike.
Thinking about the theme for April while watching a riveting movie, Home Alone 3, with my grandson I began doodling some trees from memory. To get the obvious – the branching – out of the way.
It was fun and I felt quite accomplished, getting a recognizable aspen tree and the feel of the fall color here in the Rockies while entertaining company at the same time. I used said g-son’s Blendy Pens and my Micron .08 and .05 black pens. Grandson was quite proud of his contribution to the piece. And a good time was had by all.