altered book revisited…

We have been purging our house of unwanted and unneeded items.  We have taken one big load to Good Will and plan to take another one really soon.  I have become an art supply junkie…buying lots of art supplies because I thought I needed them to become a better artist and also because “art instructor” in my latest online class said I needed a certain product to get a specific result. Not that I’m blaming anyone…I didn’t have to do that, did I?

Anyway, while going through my art “stuff,” I found an altered book that started in 2009.  I decided to work on some more pages in it.  I took an altered book class offered then by Patty at Tuscan Rose(River Bend Ranch).  She has changed her art direction and is now making some beautiful art quilts. I found the post that shows a page from my altered book.  Here are some pages I did last week:



…I planned to draw this book cover from an old Jack and Jill magazine but gave up part way:

J-J…two other sketches last week:

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…trying some things

I wanted to get a quick post in tonight as I’ll be busy tomorrow.  I didn’t do as much sketching this week…I think the paints are calling me.  I want to get back to pushing some paint around…maybe soon.

Here’s a couple of sketches I did using a blue ball point pen…I noticed some bleed through from the other side:



I was playing with watercolor collage pieces here:




…playing with FW magenta ink, drawing with the ink dropper:


d-7_0001 in the one above and the next one, I was experimenting with water soluble crayons and regular wax crayons:


 That’s all for now…I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!

sketchbook, Ruben and Isabel Toledo…..

I’m still mostly sketching.  I said I have sworn off on-line classes but I did sign up for Carla Sonheim’s mini class, “Flower Crazy Mini.”  It begins April 7.  It looks like a fun class and I couldn’t resist it.  Here’s some pages from my sketchbook:




I have a book by Ruben Toledo.  I like his quirky style.  He has illustrated several book covers and his fashion art has been in several high fashion magazines.  This blog has more of his work and style, if you are curious.  It seems that in recent years, Reben and wife,  Isabel,  have joined together to design for Target Stores.  This article also mentions that the design duo are a favorite of the First Lady.




I hope you are having a great weekend!!!



….and spring has sprung


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It was my intention of trying to post more than once a week but I didn’t make it this past week.

I’m feeling better now that spring is in the air….oh yes!  My allergies also told me so.

I have been having so much fun doodling and drawing lately but I am getting the urge to paint again.

Here’s a few pages from my sketchbook up through the first part of the month:





Winter chicken waiting for spring…

Hi everyone…it’s been awhile.  I have some excuses and I won’t bore you with all of them.  One thing, however, is that I have been dealing with a shoulder problem and have been going to physical therapy because of it.  It’s getting better but still isn’t where it needs to be yet.  One day, while doing my PT exercises at home (and doing a lot of loud groaning, etc), my husband said to me: “You have to remember you aren’t a “spring chicken” any more.”  I said, I know, but what am I?  He said, “you are a winter chicken”  We had a huge laugh over that comment. I was thinking along the lines of a late fall chicken.  :)

Since the beginning of the year, I have been doing lots of sketching.  I have sworn off on-line classes for now and have decided to improve my sketching.  I did purchase a DVD by Anne Bagby about grunge journaling and do want to try my hand at that soon.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I hope to do some sketching outside.  What I have been doing is looking at photos, magazine ads, and Pinterest for sketching ideas. I really like some of the old vintage photos.

Here are some of my sketches since the beginning of the year:







…and that takes us to the middle of February…more to come…maybe I’ll do some with watercolor soon.  I know you all have been on the edge of your seat wanting to know if I finished my goal of 200 4×4’s by the end of last year….No, I did not….almost is as good as it’s going to get.

…winter chicken signing off

I’m Back!!!!

I’m back…..or almost back!  I have a few people who still visit this art blog effort of mine…thank you!

I plan to post some new content in the next day or two.

I appreciate those who have encouraged me to continue.

4×4’s and more…

“Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God’s creatures – large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season’s first frost,
for the baby’s laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered “I love you.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I finished a good book last week:  A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley by Neal Thompson.  Go here to check out a great article about the book.  I don’t read a lot of biographies but this one is excellent!

I finished eight more 4×4’s.  I’m going to have to hurry to attain my goal of 200 by the end of this year :)

This set numbers 161-164:





This set numbers 165-168:


…some random pages from my visual journal


…collage using an altered page from a children’s book:


my photos aren’t coming out very crisp….I’m looking for another camera



odds and ends collage:



here’s wishing all in the US a great Thanksgiving Day this Thursday with family & friends!!!