…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!

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!

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”  ~Robin Williams

I have been working on the quilt I started three years ago :)  I’ll post photos next time of some new blocks I have finished the past few days.  I want to get that project finished soon so I can start on some other quilt blocks.

In the meantime, I have a few sketchbook pages to share.  This first photo is actually watercolor on a sheet of  9×12 Strathmore Sketch loose paper. It’s only 50 lb weight and it wrinkled a bit.   I started with a watercolor wash, let that dry and used black paint and drew the face over the colors.  I also used a black marker to further define the features and hair.

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These are random drawings from a flower and plant motif book:

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This are some strips of watercolor that I glued down and doodled over them:

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Metal rooster drawing made from a photo taken at a local steak house:

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Violet lady watercolor sketch with brush:

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Altoids collage:

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Painting on an old book page glued into my sketchbook:

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Black watercolor on wet paper:

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These last two are watercolor abstracts:

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its been awhile…

 

“Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil” ~Bernard Baruch

I have no excuses, just haven’t been particularly creative lately.  I am looking forward to a new class with Mary Ann Moss that begins next Tuesday.  She is closing this session after July 4.  She will offer it again next fall.  Go here to read more about it.

I did manage to complete three sets of 4x4s.  I wanted to do something different.  This first set is doodling with a Sharpie markers, both fine and ultra fine.  Here’s what it looked like before cutting into four sections:

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This set numbers 81-84:

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This blue and red set numbers 85-88.  I used inks, acrylic paints, graphite, and lots of gel medium.

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This last set is collage, charcoal, oil pastels and acrylic paints.  I used Mi-Teintes Pastel paper by Canson.  This paper is the darkest shade in the pad…a dark gray.

This set numbers 89-92:

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Have a great rest of the week…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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journal pages plus 4×4’s…

 

“When I realize that God makes his gifts fit each person, there’s no way I can covet what you got because it just wouldn’t fit me.”  ~William P. Smith, Loving Well

I finished the 16-page journal I’ve been working in this week.  I need to do additional work on the front cover…I’ll post that when I finish that.

This page started with the big bird at the top.  This is a bird from the index card a day challenge I did last year.  I enlarged it and printed it off on my printer and glued it on the journal page.  I did some additional doodles around it and then completed the page.  The small flap over to the right is the fold over flap from the back page.

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and here is the back side of the flap:

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This page is my least favorite page in the journal.  In fact, I didn’t really finish it and I don’t know that I will:

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We are going here to eat tonight.  If you are within driving distance of northern Arkansas…give it a try.  The restaurant is excellent….best steaks ever! And, I don’t usually order steak.  They also have a bed and breakfast,  and I understand it’s a get place to get away,  or whatever.  Biggers Bed and Breakfast and The Bluff Steak House

I almost forgot to post this week’s 4x4s. It was a bad choice to photograph these on that sketch pad. :(  These number 61-64:

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