…the band plays on


…while you worry about what each note means, the band plays on.”  ~Mark Hartley~

I finished some pages in my “Teesha” inspired journal.  I’m a bit obsessed with all the cutting and gluing.  I wish I could find the perfect glue but it’s not happening.  Teesha Moore uses Tombow Mono Adhesive tape applicators .  I have tried it,  but I haven’t mastered it yet.  I like for the edges of my collage pieces to be glued down and the glue tape doesn’t allow for that unless you run it off the edge of the collage piece.  I’m finding that Elmer’s X-treme glue stick works best for me right now.  One has to be very careful or the glue ends up on the front of the collage piece…and I don’t like that either.  My pages lack depth…I think it must be lack of shading. I’m working on that.




Jane Davies mentioned this book as a good resource for faces….I ordered it from Amazon.  It is a book of paintings and drawings by Tina Berning:


Here are a few pages from inside the book:





I’m off to work on some 4×4′s.  Have great rest of the week!

…go after it

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”   ~Jack London~

I made some Blonde Brownies for Sunday’s Super Bowl.  We still have some hanging around…it was a big batch.  I always forget to take a photos of my culinary efforts.    Here’s the recipe I used…check Food dot com.

I finished up another set of 4x4s yesterday.  I used acrylic paint, collage, Caran d’Ache crayons, and soft pastels.  I sealed it with a coat of gloss gel.  I learned a great trick.  If your thinner papers tend to curl up around the edges while painting or gluing, coat the back side with gesso and dry it with a hair dryer or heat tool…it will flatten out…amazing :)

I did plan to try and do 29 faces challenge for this month….see the sidebar.  I will do some because I’m always drawing or painting faces.  Here’s a small ink sketch with a brush and ink.  The second one is a thin Sharpie marker and ball point pen drawing:



Here are my latest 4x4s, numbering 29-32.  I won’t be using that gloss gel over my work again…it left a milky cloudy film…I can tell a difference in the photos:





…mid week

“The creation continues through the media of man.”  ~Antonio Gaudi~

This week’s lessons in the workshop, “Studying Under the Masters, ” was taught by Junelle Jacobsen.   The artist she picked for us to apprentice under this week is Antonio Gaudi.  I was pleased to find out about his work.  He was an architect and worked with ceramics, stained glass and all kinds of metal work.  His work is fascinating.  He liked curved lines…here’s an example of his work here.  I still have two more videos to watch from this week’s workshop lessons.

Zorana  is teaching this week at the “Soul Food” workshop over at Community Thrive.  I love her birds and angels.  She has several videos on You Tube.

I finished four more 4×4′s today.  I thought I’d go ahead and post them.  All the little bumps in the photos are caused from some really old gesso:





I also spent some time this week playing with Sumi Ink and a brush.  These will be used as collage fodder:


watercolors and faces…

“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better,  do better.” ~ Maya Angelou~

We have been snowed in since last Friday.  It’s been very cold for Arkansas but I heard the temperatures will be on an upward trend by the middle of the week.

This piece is watercolor background on watercolor paper.  I let it dry completely and did some pen work on it.  I started to use Caran d’Ache crayons to highlight some areas but the pen and crayons didn’t mix very well.   I had fun making circles :)

NOTE:  I linked this to Paint Party Friday

IMG_1335to see more details, click on the photo to enlarge it…



Some sketchbook bits:




ICADs and journal page…

So far, I’m keeping up with my index card a day art….I’m so proud of me :D  Tammy over at Daisy Yellow is hosting this project.  Click here to see others who are participating.  If you want to start… jump right in….you can begin any time.  You don’t even have to do a card every single day if you can’t or don’t want to do that.

ICAD 11 is composed mainly of bars from those postage paid reply cards that come in magazines, etc.  I found the word “undo” lying on my work table….just waiting.


ICAD 12 is the famous Albert Einstein.  That small photo was in a book club catalog.


ICAD 13 is painted deli paper bits glued down on the card.


ICAD 14 is a face I painted on the card,  surrounded by painted paper collage.


I cut out this profile from a magazine intending to cut a stencil of her.  I decided it was much too large for that.  I went over the main lines with teal acrylic paint and a tiny brush.  I used paints and stencils to alter the original.  I finished by using Caran d’ache crayons to add some more shading.  I am disappointed with the photo…I tried twice….the colors are really more deep and vibrant.




I also took some wild flower photos on my walk this morning but I’ll save those for another time. And, I will also do my link love on Monday.   I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday Links and more…

Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
 Og Mandino quote (American Essayist and Psychologist, 1923-1996)

It’s been a busy week.  It’s raining again….very cool weather for this spring.  Grandson’s graduation was last night and Awards night on Tuesday.

This page is from my altered book journal.  I started with ink dribbles.  There’s no acrylic paint on this page…I used Caran d’ache crayons and some oil pastels.  I used a dip pen in acrylic ink for the black lines.


close up:


and another close up:




hosted by Daisy Yellow

Link#1 – This a website that hasn’t been updated recently but is well worth a look.  If you interested in seeing other artist’s sketchbooks…check this link out. Book by Its Cover by Julia Rothman.

Link#2 – New design magazine…there’s three issues to see here:  Do What You Love for Life 

Link#3 – I love Joana Carvalho’s color sense and style.

Link#4 – Truth seeker and artist Cynthia Lee at  Spirit Uncaged

Link#5 – Terri over at Artful Affirmations has some free video tutorials. I liked her video on making your own fairy house.

Friday art and link love…

I planned to post earlier in the week but our internet was down for two days.  Our phone company sent us a new modem…it’s better and faster now :)

Today was our local library’s book sale.  I picked up some great books for altering or junk journal fodder.  Maybe I’ll take some photos of some of my loot for a later post.

I have a spread in my altered book journal to post  and a sketchbook page of a quick doodle sketch I drew with my non dominant hand.




This week’s Link Love hosted by Daisy Yellow


Link #1 – My friend Janet does wonderful Random Acts of Art, check out her Pixie girls and other art.

Link #2 – Another blog friend is Lee over at Defining Me.

Link #3 - After receiving a postcard this week from a swap, I found a new blog: Be Currie

Link #4 – Monica Zuniga is a talented artist from Mexico City. Her blog is:  Hands and Heart

Link #5 -  I don’t remember how I found this one (love the blog name): The Tin Goat

Happy May Day!

It’s the first day of May….2013 is going fast!  There are lots of various activities going on this month…graduation (grandson), birthdays (mine, and, one of my sisters), and Mother’s Day, to name a few.

I wanted to show a journal spread I finished this week.  I glued down some painted paper scraps on one side and didn’t know what to do with the other side.  I put the face there and it went through several different reincarnations before I settled on this one.   I used ink, acrylic paint, watercolor crayons and Stablio black pencil. I threw a lot of “stuff” at it and she still needs something but I felt it was time to move on to another project.




Journal pages…..

Last week I spent most of art time working on some mail art projects. Those will be mailed out today. I’m thinking I will do some “pink” postcards for a swap over at Mail Me Some Art. The link is on the sidebar if you are interested in checking it out….the deadline is April 22. Here’s a journal page I finished last night:


Here is the front side of the little flap:



I also have two spreads from the round robin group.  These are the two spreads I did for Janet’s journal:



Love that aged mahogany Distress Ink! Click on this one to enlarge it!

I am kind of hung up on flowers right now…must be spring :)

I’m back…

It’s been three weeks since I’ve posted.  I am sorry I haven’t been around to visit my usual blogs…maybe I can catch up soon.  I won’t bore you with why I haven’t been around…it would sound  like  “the dog ate my homework” excuses. :) Anyway…this week has been a good week, so far.  I have started an abstract on a canvas…I’ll show that in progress.


Blue Lady is in my big journal:

Three faces in the old book: