June 2, 2016- No time to create, I repeat, NO TIME TO CREATE.... WAAHHHH. Art is a stress reliever for me and also a type of brain meditation. When I am forced to go without it, I think I am a little cranky-pantsish. The house smells good and some drawers that needed some weeding are lighter but nothing new and creative was done so... I decided to take some photos from my art journal and post them. I look at them now and think wowsa, these need a major overhaul. My style and shading has changed quite a bit from a year or so ago. At least I am no longer stuck in the dreaded "penis nose" phase. I like to think all artists new to whimsy have went through a phallic breather hole stage lol. Sadly, at the time I was doing it, I did not recognize it. About a year after I had been practicing I pulled out a few old ATC cards and holy crap... it was staring right at me! ha ha.... all well, wanker like, SHEESH. I completely redid the faces that were really bad. Wish I could find the before/after photos they are a total riot!
June 1, 2016- Okay Dokay.... or is it Okey Dokey, I suppose it does not matter. If you want, you can totally start that sentence over and insert anything you want, the sky is the limit lol anywhooo...Lately I have been doing a lot of different things in between arting like laundry, playing with the canvas dog (Kakko) and his sister Kitsune... also dishes, mopping... you get the idea. So, among those things is eating. Several times now I have gone by the bag of shelled sun flowers seeds and snatched a small handful to gobble walking between projects and yes, I have dropped a few (it is a pain since cleaning them up is one more thing to do... they are super yummy though and I am not sorry ha!). Anyway, so a few days ago I apparently had a giant hole in my chin because a lot had been falling out of my mouth (ok, they never went in... happy now?) and I had thought they all had been hitting the floor, I later learned, that in fact, is not true. I took my under-garments off to soak in the tub and there stuck to my lady dangles were yep, you guessed it... sun flower seeds. Laughing at myself I tripped over the pile of clothes in the floor (they apparently were smuggling my shoes, no I have no idea what they would need with shoes but what do I really need with another marker, I mean I have more than I can use in my life time) and tweaked my knee. I did not laugh so much after that. Anyway, it got me thinking I really need to have a better balance not just so I will not trip over my smuggled shoes but so I will start taking better care of myself by I don't know eating a meal at a table minimally.... that is also going to be a work in progress.
Back to art. When I was a child, we had a few aquariums and in one we had a clown-fish, he was my favorite in the tank, I do not remember if I named him.... but, if I had one now, I would call him "Giggles". Of course any good clown-fish would be owned by a clown-girl so I am happy to present "Matilda" and her fish, "Giggles". No doubt they are the best of friends and are part of some secret underground clown-fish acrobatic group.
Woah, it is the last day of May? What happened? Remember the TV series "Quantam Leap"? Not that I want to go to re-live my whole life (or randomly be stuck in someone else's body (shutter) until I right their wrongs) but, I do think it would be fun to go back in time to some (not all) of my past adventures or misadventures and either live them again or make some better choices. I can think of a few things I could have done better for sure but hey, who can't?
Yesterday morning before Jeff and I left for a vineyard hop, I decided to paint a bit. In keeping with the Oceanic theme, I sketched a mermaid on a background that I had made just cleaning off my brushes from the day before. It is not the most beautiful background but I thought it was interesting so why not. There were several times I got miffed about how she was turning out and I almost got out my acrylics but.... I managed to resist thankfully because I do like how she turned out. I hope you like "Diana of the Sea". Happy Journaling!
Wowee I was so busy Sunday but by the end of the day one Akita was brushed (even though I had to chase Kitsune into two different rooms to get it done ....She is a quick one, I think she may run on jet fuel), wainscoting finished, house is vacuumed and I completed the journal page I had been working on since Friday night (I think it is done, like a lot of other art people sometimes I do not like my stuff the next day and I will tweak it to death ha!). Oh yes, let me not forget, I managed to do 2 loads of laundry including the curtains (they smell AWWW-Some now but, I doubt that matters, I have never had a guest sniff any and say "WOW your curtains sure smell fresh!") from the dining room. Not sure what today has in store, I really want to finish out this journal but I also want to get out and about. We will see, maybe.... Kitsune will lend me some of her jet fuel so I can get a lot done.
Below is the page I think I finished (as I said, I may decide it is not done or that I do not like it which... will result in either minor or major tweaks). I really do not know what this page is about, it is some what psychedelic. The first sketch had a telephone in it but I nixed it... maybe I will work that into another one later. Enjoy and happy journaling!
May 28, 2016- **yawn** A few days ago I got an email from Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, they were going to have a "garage sale" (no it is not in a garage nor is it stuff from someone's garage but, I do agree, it is an odd thing to call a sale) today. So, although I did not go to bed until nearly 5 am, I got up at 8 am and managed to get there before the doors opened at 10 am. It is always interesting to me that someone would walk up to a door (like at this place) and try to open it when obviously a multitude of others are standing around waiting to get in (It is not like they hired us to hold down the sidewalk). I mean do they think that it is magically going to be unlocked if THEY touch it ( If it works, I would have to kidnap this person and make them touch other doors at places I want to get into early.)? Of course, it did not work (darn it, because I was ready to shuffle them away to be my personal magic door unlocker) and they had to wait like the rest of us chumps but not without hearing them (a couple) complain the whole time about how their watch says 10 on the dot... HOORAY for the negativity... the rest of us were waiting in silence happily til YOU showed up and boy are we over joyed to know you can tell time! Ok, enough of that... when I got inside I was happy to see a few things I could use on the discount table and I discovered a few new things (but I resisted the purchase if you remember my cabinet is breeding art supplies like Tribbles). Once we got home, I got started painting on a sketch from last night and I am only about half way finished with it so no art post today... wahhhh (you will live, I promise)!!!!
On a side note, the reason I stopped working my journal painting is Jeff asked me to help with a project I asked him to do. We (mostly Jeff) are adding wainscoting in the dining room and I needed to paint the wall. Now here is something weird I noticed, I can sit and paint for hours on a piece of paper but give me a paintbrush roller and I am ready to stop after about 20 minutes ha ha. Proof of that is I abandoned my post and am in the office typing this instead. Shhhhh... maybe he will not notice I am gone.
Kakko dog AKA my future possible canvas, has been having a great time coming to get me from my art table (since I raise the shades on the french doors and he can see the yard critters) so he can go outside and chase squirrels and birds with his trusty side kick, Kitsune. It is fun to watch the two of them stalk their prey, take off like a bullet and chase the squirrels up a trees or over the fence. Now, I know I would be super crushed if they ever did get one but the chances are very low for this dynamic duo. Thankfully, it is so fun to Kakko that he takes off barking (or sounding his version of a battle cry horn) loudly with no chance of a secret tsunami at all... They are hysterical and poor sweet Kakko is pretty clumsy.
Ok, subject change, I suppose I have pretty much dedicated the journal I am working on to Oceanic or Aquatic Animals of some sort. In the spirit of that theme, I have decided to do a girl making a fish face. Now, keep in mind, I have never drawn/painted a fish face before and I found it way, way challenging (also my face kind of hurts from making the face in a mirror so I can sketch it out... yes, I really did. No, I will not video myself doing it...that it is disturbing... you just need to take my word that I did).
I watched Nanny McPhee for the first time today as I worked in my art journal. What a cute movie. I laughed quite a few times and was very happy to see there is a Nanny MPhee 2 (Nanny McPhee returns if your a stickler for that kind of exactness). As I giggled about here and there, I found myself rather enjoying the art process today. I first gessoed (is that a word? Maybe. Maybe not but I am sticking with it) two pages then added a ripped page that detailed the meaning of the world humble (I really think the world needs more humility. Too many people tooting their own horns these days, the honking is deafening). I picked the little fishy that spoke to me the most and started sketching it. There is something about the white chalk pencil I have that brings me an odd amount of joy... no I can not explain it. It just happens.
As I got further into the painting I found I did not like what I was doing several times. I did not like her mouth, then I did not like her hair... bleh, I think most artist struggle with bouts of doubt and annoyance with their mediums. In the end, I was quite happy and I really liked the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote I found in my things so, I stuck it (kinda like the perfect landing at the end of the balance beam for gymnasts, only way less physical and sans tight leotard... If I do ever get a leotard though I am totally be-dazzling my name on it) down and decorated around it. Some how I seem to get so much into what I am doing that I miss steps in my photos but I am putting together a slide show to please your occulars... (what I call your eye balls).
This is "Louanne", named for a friend who told me of her middle name last night. I think it is cute and so is the whimsical girl I made to go with it.
Wowee, I got some mud thrown in my eye yesterday. Someone who I barely know but I am in an ATC trading group with has described my art as "uninspiring, childish, lots of straight lines in primary colors" to other artists and regular people in her personal life. Now at first it bothered me, I mean why wouldn't it? Why on earth would someone I only know in name go out of there way to hurt me? I have decided I will never have the answer to why horrible people exist well... except because other people allow them to. Please, if you read this and are an artist yourself, know that there are plenty of people who are drawn to my style just as much as yours. We artist need to stick together and build one another up not chip away at other people...not only is it unkind but it is really the lowest blow possible. Also, while I am thinking about it, if someone inspires you, take the time to acknowledge them they deserve it. Now getting off my rantishness. Onward and upward...
Decorative Napkins... you know the things you wipe your mouth and phalanges with or use at a cocktail party to sit your fancy drink on? Well, mixed media people must have a lot of crumbs on their lips and mustaches plus, a ton of sweat rings on their wooden furniture because we see napkins and wonder how we can incorporate them into our artwork and where oh where to get super cool ones (longest sentence ever and I am sure riddled with punctuation issues. Do not be jealous, you can write your own super long sentence when ever you feel like it). Recently I found some new ocean/sea life related ones and I think I yelled out loud... "get in my basket" (just like Fat Bastard said in one of the Austin Powers movies lol). Today I cut a few up and used them in the journal I got yesterday from Tora. I hope you like Celeste (Think you Audrea Gustafson for coming up with a name for her, I was fresh out of ideas).
Many, many years ago I used to work in Georgia and taught for the State ran Pre-K program and often I would allow the kiddos to watch Blue's Clues while we were putting down mats for nap time. So yesterday as I was making this envelope I had a random memory of Steve singing "We just got a letter" lol. I hope this also gets stuck in your head when making art mail or getting something awesome from your mailbox! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4kxlY2_nqo
I went to the mailbox today and was so excited to see mail from Iceland. My friend Tora Geirs, has sent me a handmade journal along with a few pieces of her art. Now, I must say, a lot of people not into the mixed media world likely do not realize that the journal she made is ART and just how much time goes into something like this. She carefully detailed this wonderful gift with paint, stamps and she hand bound it, even the bead on it is hand made from paper, JUST WOW. I am honored to own it. Of course the first thing I did was clear my desk and get to working in it (putting off the ATC I was working on for a swap that is due in a few days... whoops) just so she can see just how terrific it is! I will post a few photos of the process along with a few photos of what she sent me. ROCK on TORA! Hopefully you realize how talented you are!
It happened again! I had something so witty and magnificent written, the kind of stuff that would win me an award (Ok maybe not but it was pretty good) and some how, sherplat.... I messed around and accidentally deleted it. So here is a summary, I got some junk mail and decided to paint on one of the pieces as not to add to the trash pile... "upcycle" as some of the hipster types say. Also there was a mention of the random key we were sent that may unlock a car and we could win it.... but, since I have never seen documentation of anyone actually winning a car I poo-pooed the idea (ok that is not really why lol, I don't want a new car). Back to the art, I had to put many, many layers of gesso on this trifold to be able to paint on it and after I added the three coats of acrylic paint to it, it felt kinda like pleather (you know if you are old enough to remember the pleather clothing rage back in the 80's when Michael Jackson had the red "thriller" jacket... and his video was so cool because it was like a mini movie). Ok, back to the regularly scheduled program, below you will find Ms. Bea holding 3 heart balloons... was she at an art show in the park? Maybe just left a small petting zoo? You decide. I think she was giving them out to people that seemed like they were having a bad day to cheer them up.
I do not know about you lady people (or fellers, there may be a few of you out there who enjoy my random entries) but I have a ton of art/crafting supplies (a lot of it left over from my scrapbooking days) and I have tried to find ways to store them that are easy enough to navigate through so I can find what I am looking for. Yesterday when I was looking for my gelli plates I was over-whelmed by the amount of stuff in my cabinet. Have any of you seen the Star Trek episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles"? I swear my supplies are multiplying when I am not looking... although, none of them purr and seemingly are not super hungry for anything other than my time but, a few may be furry (I do have dogs and they shed a lot... so when I drop things I am sure they may have a small hair or 72 hitchhiking).
Ok, back to the point. I opened my cabinet and was again reminded of the super cool Ribbon Dolls I had made and received in swaps. I keep these beauties inside the cabinet because the orange kitty "Dori" (short for Dorito, when we got her we thought she may accidentally be an orange tasty treat for our then Akita, "Kita-Hoshi". No... nothing bad happened so do not get excited. They loved one another) is attracted to the ribbons and after swatting at them has occasionally has gotten a paw caught (... naughty thing that she is at times, no respect for my things lol). Which brings me to the following photos. I made a majority of these but 2 of them are from trades. The Halloween Witch is from Delores Miller who did a fabulous job (look at the detail in the bodice and the beading, just wonderful) and the Victorian Lady in pink/green was made by Jackie Bloom (again, so much awesome detail and the lace/ribbon is so well placed). There are a lot of different ways to make ribbon dolls. Some people use magazine cut outs, some use clip art I tend to try and draw/paint as much as I can on mine, no real reason why, it is just what I like.
Below you will see photos of the ones I currently have. They make me happy.
Had a wee bit of time to try something new. Some say "Leaf", I say "Canvas". This is why Kakko needs to stop teasing me with his blank canvasy fur.... he he.
I was blonde for most of my life and always was told, "Your roots are showing" blah, blah, blah. I used to really get annoyed that people dyed their hair blonde because they were the ones who needed to get a "touch up" not us Naturally Blonde Girls... as our hair grows out and the sun hits it, it turns blonde (we did not need bleach and dye kits). One day I decided to dye my hair dark and now I have the opposite problem, as my hair grows out it looks blonde at the top and I have to get it "touched up" lol. I guess the moral of the story is to not care what anyone else thinks. If they want to make dumb comments let them... always be the best version of you that you can be and everyone else can take a "flying leap" as my grandmother used to say!
May 19, 2016- It is 1:50 in the morning and I just finished "Nonie". Under normal circumstances, I am not in my art room painting this late but, since Jeff fell asleep on the couch with the remote under him, leaving the channel on some program called "The Auto Show" I ran (did not walk into my special space) away from the TV. I do not have the heart to wake him... so away we gooooo!
Artist Trading Cards still have my heart, I mean good golly Ms. Molly (or is it Mrs? Hmm I need to look that up later) I love making them more than I like my morning coffee (in all honesty, I really rarely finish a cup of coffee but it sounded right in my head).
Now back to my art, Nonie! I would say that if anyone really knew Nonie they could see that she does not wear the polka dot hat to make a clothing statement, she wears it because when it rains (like it has off and on all day here) her hair gets frizzy and grizzly-ish. Pop up thunder showers ruin her day. Since no weather man is 100%, she wears it JIC the bottom falls out of the sky. No matter the fact that people stare at her thinking she is foolish, she thinks they are kinda silly for not being prepared and wishes they would minimally carry an umbrella.
This is my second attempt to document my WIP. I am sure I should have taken a few more photos as I went along but I am not making a documentary of my life skills (like how awesome I brush my teeth or how many times I have to let the Kdogs outside). This is a blog based on my art journey and my thoughts during creation.
Basically, I tried and that is big for me since when I paint I lose touch with common place needs. Hopefully, you can make better sense of it than a few songs I still only half way know by Nirvana (I mean WTH is he saying in Teen Spirit any way?).
I had planned to explain each slide but unfortunately the slide show, after I put in an explanation, took up the whole photo with the comments. Bummer. The next one I do I suppose I need to make into a PDF so that you can see both the image and the explanation. I sure did have good intentions but am limited by my knowledge of these types of programs. I need to hook myself up the machine they used in the Matrix movie... upload the know how straight to my brain however; I do suspect that having a giant belly button on the back of my head would itch and how would I keep that area clean? Maybe it would come with instructions.
Another day, another dollar... umm, spent on cool arsed art supplies he he. So I realized today that I needed a treat for doing all my life chores... you know, making the bed, doing laundry, grocery shopping and not painting Kakko (even though he was intentionally prancing around me like a neon sign shouting PAINT ME!!! I know in my heart he wants to have a whimsical girl painted on his side holding a seashell, I mean what male dog wouldn't?) Anywho, back to my Tuesday Morning visit... I found a few new stencils I do not have and some nice cold pressed water-color paper (I am possibly a paper whore lol. No, I did not mean to write hoarder that is not nearly as funny!) plus a few other random finds like paper napkins. I have a hard time not snatching napkins with ocean themes. This time there were crabs and seahorses, how does one simply walk away from that I ask.
Show and tell time, Jeff was to be home late so instead of cooking I decided to sit down and attempt to document a painting. So, what I have learned is that I am a wee bit forgetful and tried to stop and snap a photo as I did each thing but I must have severe art ADD, cause that crap just didn't happen. Maybe next time.
1st image- I retraced my drawing with a micron then used neocolors as the base for her skin.
2nd image- I wet the neocolor and spread it about, let it dry, applied clear gesso and made
another layer the same way.
3rd image- Shadows were added under her eyes and hair line and color on her cheeks and lips
(all neocolor crayons).
4th image- Color was added to her flower hat and bodice using graphite to add shadows.
The nose was redefined with a graphite pencil.
5th image- Orange neocolor crayons were used to add shadow to her flower hat and to her tail.
The background was paintedwith acrylic paint.
6th image- The whole girl was traced with graphite pencil and then smudged to soften.
7th image - By this time my Art ADD was full swing and I had added a crap ton of stenciling using
acrylic paints. Also I added some glitter acrylic paint to her bodice to give it a nice
shimmer after hand drawing a few scales. Along her tail and some in her flower hat
you will see some of the same sparkle.
8th image- Full body shot showing all her sparkles WAPOW.. ,you may need your sunglasses, it is
9th image- Now presenting Mattie the Mermaid (I hear she is a smashing underwater botanist
who uses the vegetation and other fruits of her labor to make super fancy hats... as you
can see, she is wearing one of her flag-ship hats in the painting). I am not sure if she is
selling her hats to the merpeople in her city or if she just gives them to family
and friends as gifts.
Today has been one of my many lack-luster days when it comes to creating art. Weird feeling to have so many things in my mind and no desire to unleash them on the world (I had a flash back to being a kid and watching "Clash of the Titans"... I was so very terrified by the Kraken, well and the scorpions... but, the robot owl, "Bubo" kinda of made up for that with this quirky self lol.. AAANNnyway, there was no releasing of the Art Kraken today). After sitting about for a while I decided to bake some more polymer clay items and then finish Audra. Nothing seemed to be a natural fit, I tried a lot of different things and then, I decided it was Drimmel Time.... (yes, in my mind M.C. Hammer took over for a bit dancing around in his gold pants waiving around a blue drimmel). I like her better now and especially with the wings which gave her a new feeling I am still not finished with her but for now, I am just happy I did something productive. As I look at her I do think I will do some more work on the wings (they are kinds bugging me) and she needs something else... just not sure yet what. Hmmm... maybe I need a nap.
Yesterday was a busy beaver day, though I was not chopping wood (how much wood can a woodchuck chuck?), I was getting some bushes outside trimmed at a rapid rate of speed hoping to have some art time. I realized quickly that my art time was blown, I had to make lunch, clean up from that and get my self ready for a AAA baseball game at 2pm (they won yea but it went into 11 innings to do so, so.... more art time sucked up). On the way home I thought hmmm... no food in the house, we need to go grocery shopping which is a terribly unfunish (yes I made up another word) time when Jeff is in tow. We made it through the store sans much complaining which is good but more ART TIME GONE!!!! By the time I had put up groceries (which means I also half heartedly clean the frig and the pantry... I mean seriously, why was there so many empty cereal boxes? I suspect there must be a gremlin secretly eating breakfast nummies living in there) made dinner, cleaned up from dinner, washed a few loads of clothes I was toast. Right before I went to bed I went into my art room and used a new mold I got in the mail on Saturday. I popped out two hands to bake today. Some days it is a challenge to create and yesterday was proof positive that I have to fight for my right to parrrr-taayyyy (I hope you sang that in your head).
Today I just did not have time to do much creating. Early this morning I decided to change around our formal dining room (we never use it , just another space to clean) and make it into a sitting room, complete with a small bistro table (if I am going to clean a room I would rather it be because I used it and not because it gathered crusty doggie dust). Of course because of the dogs, I moved a few things and was alarmed by the dust bunnies peering up at me with a nana-boo boo face (I think they thought they could run faster than I can). I grabbed each one of those goofy rabbits by their linty ears and tossed them out on their fury little cotton tails. During a few breaks I went in the art room and played around with an idea or two and also painted a little on the head from yesterday ( I plan to call her "Clarissa".
What to do today, WHAT -TO -DO? Jeff is out of town and will not return until tomorrow now, one would think that I would use that time wisely but no, I likely will not ha ha... I really need to go clothes shopping for an event on Saturday. Probably, as usual, I will wait until the last minute to get motivated and be in a wild rush and then suddenly have a great art idea. This is my normal MO, daydream and then while rushing to do something not art related, my brain suddenly kerplows me with a new...fun... idea. A normal person may table that or write it on a piece of paper but, not me! I will find myself dressed in good clothes, exposing the ruin-ABILL-a-TIE (I mentioned before I make up words this will not be the last time you will see this from me (also say "ruinABILLaTIE " like cartman from South Park)... It is kinda fun, you should like, totally try it and stuff (which needs to be said like a valley girl)... am I really giving extra info inside of extra info? Boy, I make me giggle sometimes) of said awesome threads in a desperate effort to churn out my new idea. How many times did you have to read that to make it make sense? Your welcome.
I had something super awesome typed here yesterday but because I am a virgin to Weebly, I managed to zig when I should have zagged and the info is lost. Like I am going to spend a goober lot of time trying to remember it.... um no... So here is the gist. This is my first spirit doll, Emilina, she is awesome... I think I said some deep crap to explain her existence (like about trees and clean air and other fabulous things) but know this, she is of nature and rocks. The end.
Ok, so who knew one spirit doll would not be enough? Not me! After making a few more faces from molds (and fixing all the wonkified ones... yes quite a few needed a bit of work. There must be a trick to removing them that I don't know about yet.) I came across one that I felt needed to be made into something wonderful. Now it was not the most beautiful face I had in front of me, oh No... but it was the face I felt could be made into something more lovely than she could imagine. I mean what if her outside matched her inside? So away I went. She is still a work in process but darn it, I will make her the best her she can be!
I need to think of a name for her and maybe once she is finished I will hit my head like I could have had a V8 (I loved those commercials for some reason... Maybe because I like the idea of smacking someone in the head and making that weird bonk noise ha ha) and think ahh... she looks like a ..... (well obviously I can not fill in this part yet, I have not had my V8 moment).
So for Christmas I asked for a bunch of random things like Sculpey Clay and some face molds. Let me say that I had no idea how fun and challenging that it would be to get the clay out of the molds. I spent a lot of time reshaping faces that looked over stretched in one area but I figure it is a valuable learning lesson. Now.... what to do with them....
Finally I got a pretty good night's sleep and am ready to get into my art room and start creating. Lately I have been hooked on wooden fan handles, they are such a challenge being that their shape is so odd. Later today I plan to pilfer through my husband's side of the garage to see if I can locate his drimmel shhhhh.... he does not like it when I nab things from his tool box.
I was going through some things on my desk and found some mail art did a long time ago. When I am stumped on what I will do next I think I go on a mail art binge. What is that you ask? For days and days I pull out all my fabulous stamps and decorate envelopes to send to friends or sell. Some how, in the middle of like my 6th envelope I move on and go back to drawing and painting again and always with a head full of new ideas.