One last post for the weekend....in my new altered book.
I had already created the little "Kiss" paper doll using Hershey's Kisses wrappers...perhaps should have made her more "va va voom"...but then maybe her innocence is appealing...and I needed to create some art to put her in. And it's all about the KISS. The paper doll is tied to the page with ribbon. I'm not old enough to have seen the newspaper KISS of WWII....so very famous a photograph and I love it. Then, of course, I couldn't actually leave out the musical group...KISS. And Rosanno Brazzi and Katharine Hepburn smooching in SUMMERTIME, 1955. Last but not least, my all time favorite song...AS TIME GOES BY, from Casablanca. For those of you not old enough to be familiar with some of this...you don't know what you've missed!
It is a miserable day here in New England and at this moment, we are under a tornado warning...it's very strange outside and the sun just made an appearance....and the wind is picking up....hoping it just passes us. So...while that is going on, I created another two pages in my altered book, Sunflower Houses. The graphics are, again, from Sandy Gordon of Artful Tea Life. I added some paint, stamping and even a lush piece of silky trim to the right-hand page. I saved some of the original text on the pages. Down the left page, it says "Gentle Lessons Are Waiting To Be Taught"....seems apropos...and there is a poem by Nancy Bird Turner on the right page called "Home". And it seems to be the type of poem the young woman on the page might have written:
I want to have a little house
with sunlight on the floor.
a chimney with a rosy hearth
lilacs by the door;
with windows looking East and West
And a crooked apple tree.
And room beside the garden fence
for hollyhocks to be!
The beautiful stone "summer cottage" is on the property where the Norman Rockwell Museum is in Stockbridge, MA....where I visited earlier this week. It seemed right for these pages....
p.s. I know....without electronics...you couldn't see these pages....
The annual book fair at our local library took place last week...I was happy to see so many people buying "real" books....I went there in search of books to alter and books to read. And I love to go to the "ephemera" table where I often find fun "little" books ...this year there was a Klimt book!
I found a book in the children's section...a perfect size to alter, and it's called SUNFLOWER HOUSES. This book is going to be filled with paper dolls and gardens and such. I've posted about Sunflowers several times on my blog...here's how this book is starting out:
This page features a house which I painted, stamped, glued, etc., before I attached it to the page. Some of the graphics here are from Sandy Gordon, Art Tea Life (you can find her on ETSY). You'll see more of her graphics as this book progresses....
Here is how the doll looks....
and I can just slip her into and out of the house as it's a pocket. So for today, BEE HAPPY.
You might wonder why I'm calling this post...WEEDING....but it was while doing some weeding in my driveway, that I made a discovery. There are these flat, lacy sort of weeds that seem to like coming up through the gravel. And while for the most part, I was pulling them out....I found them kind of architecturally interesting.
So....I pulled a couple of them out and I took a small water bottle with a mixture of Italian Sage acrylic paint and water. I laid the weeds on the page and sprayed. You don't get the actual pattern of the weed, because the paint is too watered down, but what you do get when the paint hits the paper is very cool. So I decided that once the green layer dried, I'd add another color. So the second layer is Midnight Blue. The end result is sort of a marbled effect. Actually, you could do an interesting sky. Or try it with metallics...
What to say about these pages....I wasn't going to post them. They are more or less just an exercise. The right hand page has very little paint on it, more of the ink that made the bubbles, circles, etc. The left hand page was done with water soluble crayons. I wasn't feeling terribly ambitious yesterday, but still wanted to do something. I tend to gravitate towards....circles in art more than sharp angles. They are visually appealing to me.
I took an art class a long time ago from a woman who had us, on the first day, close our eyes and take a pencil to paper and just draw shapes without lifting your pencil off the paper. Mine tended toward circles and soft edges. That exercise, she explained, is what defines your art style. It's your "art DNA" if you will....At the time I was like, really??? How could that be? It's inherent in us. I found that to be fascinating. Something I had never really thought about. And it's something you can't change. Now you're thinking I'm crazy...that you can paint whatever you want! That's true to a certain extent, but the beauty of art is that you're going to paint the still life in front of you....entirely different from the person next to you.
Lately, I feel like I'm caught in a fragile sort of bubble that I don't want to pop. That as long as I'm in the bubble, I am safe. Ever feel that way? Waxing way too philosophical for this Sunday morning. Think I'll go back and listen to Nat King Cole from last Sunday's post!
"The birds they sang at the break of day Start again I heard them say Don't dwell on what has passed away or what has yet to be. Ah the wars they will be fought again The holy dove She will be caught again bought and sold and bought again the dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in...."
I Love This Piece
Up to her neck in snow....
This is someone's son
There's No Room to Work!
Dog Days of Summer
Red, White & Blue Breakfast
A Book I Couldn't Put Down
....in Yesterday's News
Lynne Perrella's Workshop
Workshop I'm Taking
Fun Learning New Things
Teach your children
We all have a responsibility
Daily Painters Abstract Gallery 2
A New Year - Life is a Verb
Brett & Courtney
New Year's Eve
Next Blue Moon on New Year's Eve...2028
If you buy no other music this holiday season
This is wonderful
A Message from Dove Chocolate
"Keep moving forward; don't look back"
Stars At Night
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." -- Charles Beard
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others....cannot keep it from themselves."
Snapple Real Fact #102
A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories ...fitness tip of the day!
What Time Is It?
Red, White & Blue
Cute Factor is a #10
Ink Sketch of Boomer
Cadbury Mini Eggs
" A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a Song".... Maya Angelou
Tom's April Postcard
Listen to your heart's song
May the road rise up to meet you...
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Cutie Pie Pup
Tree in Winter
Tom's January Postcard
The Hand of History
Election Day 2009
Dianne's Birthday Card
The Purrrrfect card for her
Bill, Dianne, Me, Karen
Tom's December Postcard
Tom's November Postcard
Tom's October Postcard
B.C. Awareness Month
My Left Hand
My Left Hand Creates the Art
My Right Hand
The Daily Puppy
Staff Sergeant Tom
Mr. Shea's Classroom
Our Flag Supporting US
The Gardening Shed
The Youngest c.1965
Jr. H.S. Hunk!
Sisters (me in the middle)
My Son, Tom
College Student, Adventurer, Great Individual, Wonderful Son
"Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life." ---Jon Kabat-Zinn
First cup of coffee, the smell of a newly mowed lawn, the quiet of the morning, smell of freshly polished wood, hearing my son's tires as he pulls into the driveway, freshly laundered sheets, a chick flick, freshly popped popcorn, a good laugh, the first fire in the fireplace in autumn, the smell of new art supplies, hot shower on a cold day, the way new love feels, a good report from the dentist, a tax refund (what's that?), good Italian food, a bra that fits, anything that makes my son happy, when the bathroom scale goes...down, an old love, breakfast on my deck, music, shoes that fit AND look good, my faith, home improvements, time spent with any of my siblings, stars, homemade soup, a rainy day, special friends, CHOCOLATE, breast cancer survivors, smell of my suitcase after a beach vacation, a good book, freshly painted toenails, no traffic, decorating the Christmas tree, good deeds, the beauty of freshly fallen snow, jeans that fit....
The First Page of the Journey -2008
Everyone Is A House
"Everyone is a house with four rooms: a Physical, a Mental, an Emotional and a Spiritual. Most of us live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."
"Simply Blue" is the title of my blue art journal...my first journal. It started out as my summer- vacation -at -the- beach -fun- art -project but it became so much more. I "journaled" a page full of "blue" ideas and then chose the ones I wanted to illustrate....the "blues", feelin' blue, blue jeans, red, white & blue and on and on. I love the color blue! If you're having trouble getting started on your journal...choosing a "color theme" is a good place to start. You'd be amazed at all of the ideas you can come up with....yellow submarine, yellow banana, topaz yellow....etc., etc. Notice I didn't use red....I already have a whole list of "red" things I want to journal about!