Where to begin with describing what happened here. The inspiration for these two pages was my painting, The Girl with the Paintbrush. I made a print of the painting on tissue paper, which was run through my computer.
I took the print and tore it into 3 pieces. On the right hand page, you see parts of two sunflowers....that's tissue paper. Then I just put all kinds of shapes and colors around them. I have other journal pages that look similar to this one...I think sometimes I need a "warm up" page to get me going!
I only had a portion of the girl from the original painting to put on the left hand page. I changed the bodice of the dress and the skirt is different as well. I am amazed at how clear a print you can get on tissue paper. Blues and yellows are colors I love to work with. I'm sure I've said that before.
I started this page by dividing it into four blocks. Below is my inspiration page:
I tore this page probably out of a travel magazine...images of doorways in Morocco. When I first saved the page, my intention was to actually try and paint the doorways. What I ended up doing with this is painting the various shades of colors, dark and light within the blocks. But I wasn't satisfied with that because I'm not really a "linear" person....I like circles and curves. So I took a large stencil and sprayed over the page with black paint. Still not enough...I took a black pen and a white pen and just started adding marks to the page. Am I finished? Not sure. I'm just going to have to look at it for awhile....Here are the two pages side by side.
This past weekend, my friend, Jan's daughter got married in NC. I've watched her grow since she was about 2 months old into an accomplished young woman.
I've saved the pieces from her Save The Date postcard to her wedding invitation and assembled them here in my journal, Gifts in my Life. I've saved her sister, Erica's wedding memorabilia as well. On the left page, I saved the wedding envelope and made a pocket for their Save the Date postcard. I made it so you can slide it out and be able to read the Maya Angelou quote on the back. I didn't want to lose the beautiful flower that was the inside liner of the envelope...
I used the polka dot tape to tape the wedding invitation to the page. This way it flips up so you can see the entire flower....and when the flap is closed, it looks like this...
I have done absolutely no art since my last posting. I have such a love/hate relationship with this time of year. My weekends are filled with to-do lists. I can't be creative unless I have enough time to "get in the zone".
So I was searching some of my favorite art blogs and came across this download from Pam Garrison. How nice that she provided this! Not only did I download it, but I sent it on to a couple of other people who I thought might enjoy it. Pam has such a wonderful, light, doodling, creative kind of art so I sat down this weekend and colored it with my Faber Castell pens. You might say....I love color! I also love the saying she chose. I can look at this every day and be reminded that each and every day can be good if I choose it to be. I choose it. This is a no-brainer! Thank you, Pam Garrison.
"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
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!