Day 3

 

I used a Uni-ball Vision pen for this drawing.  No sketching with pencil first, just going for it.  I see lots of mistakes…like I said on day 1, this is for fun… and learning…no stress. I was looking at a fashion magazine page while drawing this one.

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As I mentioned yesterday, that face was inspired by Ruben Toledo. He and his wife Isabel have contributed a lot to the fashion world.   I am not really  into “fashion” too much, never have been.   However, I am enamored by what they do,  and have accomplished as artists.  Here are a few photos from Ruben’s book, Style Dictionary:

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under this photo it reads:  7th AVE. SAYS WOMEN WILL WEAR NOTHING BUT PANTS THIS FALL SEASON.   Details, August 1988

 

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“I THOUGHT MARINA WAS QUITE A CATCH – BUT MY FRIENDS ALWAYS KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT HER…”   Details, 1988

 

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“ANIMATION PROJECT FOR “7th AVE. OPERA.”   Animation film, 1991

quick late night post

It’s been a really busy week…more so than usual.  I’ve been helping my mom…doctor appointment, taking her cat to the vet, etc.  I’m ready for a quiet weekend.

I signed up for Tracy Verdugo’s “Paint Mojo” workshop that begins next month.  I am looking forward to it.

From my watercolor book:

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The one above was inspired by Tina Berning.

From my sketchbook:

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…and this last one is inspired by my “Flow” coloring book:

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Our weather here in northern Arkansas is much cooler the past few days.  I think fall is on its way.  Have a great weekend!

…art and a blue moon

My art work has been sporadic lately…I’m kind of starting to get back into it more lately. We have taken to sitting on our deck in the back yard very late in the evenings…watching the birds, listening to tree frogs, and looking at the sky. You would be surprised at what one can see in your own backyard. We have both noticed a face in a certain tree out there and last night I grabbed my sketchbook and tried to draw some funny tree faces:

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And we laughed a lot over this one:
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We’ve been seeing a big moon the last few nights. I had noticed on our calendar that shows a full moon for tonight. It will be a blue moon. I always thought a blue moon is the second full moon that occurs during the same month. This article explains that there is also another definition for blue moon. Here is a great article about it:  http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/blue-moon.html

Some more pages from my sketchbook:

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These are from the duct tape journal I made earlier this month:

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I had been obsessing over finding the perfect old book to turn into an art journal…or in my case “visual” journal since I do very little journaling in my journals. I found a book last week with a sewn binding (and the price was right ($2.00) at one of our local flea markets. I will try and finish the duct tape journal before starting a new one….or maybe not. Jane Davenport puts her own watercolor paper along with some of the book pages in her handmade journals. This is an excellent video showing how she does that:

http://janedavenport.com/art-lessons-cloth-paper-scissors/

Have a great weekend!

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:

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This set numbers 165-168:

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…some random pages from my visual journal

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

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

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odds and ends collage:

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

have a good day…

“The expression “Have a good day” was born the week our oil supply was depleted, water became scarce, telephone rates went up, gasoline was in short supply, and meat, coffee, and sugar prices soared.  It was as if the warranty on the country had just expired.”  ~Erma Bombeck~1970’s

I’m having a good day…it’s the first day back on God’s time 🙂

I made a new journal last week…I sewed the signatures together on the sewing machine and used duct tape to put the signatures together.  Then,  I found the middle of the journal and sewed that to the cover using a simple pamphlet stitch.  I will be using this method again.  I wanted to practice using a composition book for the cover.  The next one I make, I think I’ll try using an old book for the cover.

I mostly used painted papers on the cover:

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Here’s the introductory page…watercolor and collage:

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I spilled some ivory paint the other day…so, I quickly swirled it on some magazine pages.  After the paint dried…I went over some of the paint with pan pastels.  I like the effect that I discovered accidentally:

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I painted these 4×4’s last week.  They number 149-152:

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I made this set of 4×4’s today.  They number 153-156:

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Last week we went for a drive to look at the fall color.  We made a little circle and came back home.  When we drove in our driveway, I told my hubby:  I think the prettiest leaves are right here in our own yard.  Here’s a photo of the Hickory Tree in our backyard.  After a rain, the leaves look neon yellow:

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Side yard:

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Across the front yard looking down the street:

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Everyone have a great week and be creative in all you do!

Create…

“if you do what you always did, you will get what you always got”   ~attributed to Albert Einstein~

This is a collage I made a few weeks ago.  It’s a page from a book about the sea and as the chapter title denotes, it tells what to do if your boat springs a leak.  I have no qualms about tearing pages out of the book because the information in it is most likely out of date now.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  🙂

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I completed some more 4x4s yesterday.  This first set is all collage.  I took of photo of the piece before cutting it down into 4x4s:

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The written French notes were in an old French text book I found at a local flea market.  Most of the other collage pieces are from a fashion magazine.  This set numbers 121-124:

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This set includes oil pastels, acrylic paints, homemade stamps, Distress Inks and spray inks.  This set numbers 125-128:

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Enjoy your day and have a great weekend!….until next time…

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton

I have a few things to share.  Sketchbookery class has ended but I’m still drawing and painting.  I am using student grade watercolors until I see if my interest in this medium will last beyond a few months.  I also have a Prang’s set of cheapie watercolors that work very well for beginners(me).

Here’s a chart of my Pelikan Paints. I assigned names for the colors:

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Charts of my other paints:

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Here’s a spread in my handmade booklet I mentioned in a previous post:

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Last week my mother had a procedure at the hospital.  I took some photos of people waiting and waiting out in the wait area.  I drew these with a brush and burnt umber(Van Gogh student paint ):

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This next effort is from two different photos taken of my two sisters waiting with me.  Sisters, if you are reading this, I know it doesn’t look like you….you two are much prettier and more attractive than this. Also, I know I need some anatomy drawing lessons 🙂

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I drew this next one with a Bic grip ballpoint pen.  I was looking at a black and white drawing in Women, a pictorial archive from nineteenth-century sources by Dover Books. I had a second try at drawing the hands.  It’s still not correct but I liked it when I finished painting it.

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And, here’s Happy from my Happy Meal bag.  I know he’s supposed to have legs.  The Happy I was looking at didn’t have legs and I didn’t notice until I finished him:

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I’m so far behind on my 4×4 series.  I will have to catch up, somehow.

I can’t believe it’s the last day of July!

watercolor woes…

“For the artist, drawing is discovery.  And that is not just a quick phrase; it is quite literally true.” ~John Berger

 

I’m taking Mary Ann’s class “Sketchbookery.”  There’s only one more week of class after this week.  It is possible for old dogs to learn new tricks, I hope, I hope?  I have always enjoyed Mary Ann’s style of teaching.  She makes sketching fun.  Just “keep on going” if you make a mistake, she says.

I made a sketchbook using the covers of a composition book.  I wanted something small that wouldn’t have lots of pages.  The book has about 20 pages counting all the flap pages as a page.  I stitched the signature to the cover using a running stitch.  Here is the front cover.  It’s not a watercolor…it’s a page from a magazine that I painted over with gesso and acrylic paints.

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This is the back cover… bright watercolors:

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This is the first page in my sketchbook:

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Page two is a flap page.  I sketched this face from a Dover book:

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Here are some small sketches in another sketchbook.  It doesn’t take watercolors very well:

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(click on the small photos for a closer look)

…until next time

misc. bits…

 “It is the sweet simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder~

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Here we are in the downhill slide for the merry month of May.  Upcoming in the near future are the following:

I’m noticing that Mary Ann Moss is gearing up for another online class.  This time,  the class will be about sketching.  I have always enjoyed her classes.

Traci Bautista has a new book coming out and a new online class about printmaking.

Tammy over at Daisy Yellow is hosting the Index Card a Day project starting the first day of June.

Me, I continue to do my own little projects.  I think I will participate in ICAD again this year.  I really enjoyed it last year.  But,  I’m not buying those flimsy index cards again this year.  I have already cut out 3×5 cards out of cereal and cracker boxes.  I know the idea is to use index cards but I think my “cards” will be much sturdier.  Plus, I like recycling my cereal boxes.

A few posts back I mentioned Tina Berning’s book,   100 Girls on Cheap Paper.  Here’s a few I painted on cheap paper with a brush (mostly) using sumi ink and some watercolors:

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This one is pen and watercolors:

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Here are three small collages I made in the little journal I’m recycling from a junk mail booklet:

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I hope you have a great rest of the week!!!

time grabs you…

 

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road.  Time grabs you by the wrist,  directs you where to go, so make the best of it and don’t ask why.  It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time.  It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right.  I hope you had the time of your life.”  ~lyrics from Time of your Life by Green Day

Time is grabbing me…I had another birthday this week. 🙂

It’s been awhile since the last post.  I finished the cover of the Teesha Moore inspired journal last week.  Scroll down to my March 13 post of this year to see how it looked before I finished it.

Here it is now:

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I have started another 16 page journal…this is a page I have started:

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Sketchbook scribbles with Pentel Pocket brush pen:

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ball point pen:

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Here’s another set in my 4×4 series.  These number 60-72:

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