Friday, January 30, 2009
If only the days were warmer and longer and lighter. I need more hours of light. I need light.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Etsy Commercial Break
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This is my crayon challenge and I used my big girl colors for the first time on a face. Some of you ask, and they are Caran D'ache NeocolorII watersoluble wax pastels. Like I said, big girl colors.
I used them exclusively without a sketch. Instead of using water with them, I used Golden Matte Medium which renders them permanent once the medium dries. This is only about 3 1/2 inches square and I am going to use it on a journal cover.
I doubt we will catch up on the January challenge but will carry on as best as we can. I say we because we (my muse and I) had a huge fight and we have been pouting. We cannot be creative when pouting. This has happened before and I can never figure out who is on which side. It all started when in an earlier post I said, "I am also challenged with my grunge journal to stay as dry as possible. In other words no paint." I don't know maybe she said that. Whatever!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Do you remember this lovely little painted box that winged out of my wee town back on November 17th? Well it went to Canada and packaged within was paid-for cargo.
After a month, I heard from the recipient that the box had not arrived. We discussed what to do. And we discussed the thieves somewhere between here and there.
Well, to my delight, surprise and amazement the pretty box came back to me yesterday intact and with a note of several attempted delivers. You might notice that I signed and dated the art, but I did not put my return address anywhere .....anywhere on the box. Don't ask me why. So anyway, it came back to the town and zip code that was on the mailing strip. Seems I have a reputation at my post office and they knew exactly how to get it to me.Turns out the recipient had moved and there was a mix up at her post office. The box needed to come back to me and I'm not sure why except perhaps to show and teach me several lessons.
Not wanting to tempt fate a second time, I placed the box in a box and readdressed it and sent it on its way. I just can't help it.....there was a hole in the otherwise perfect box. The box is winging it way back to Canada throwing kisses all the way.
Anonymous said: "Hi Sharon,Just checking in - and I know what it is!!! It is the inside of your latest bird house. The lucky new resident will love it. Andy has some up in the White Mountains here, but none of them are wallpapered.Kris-10"
I've told you more than once, "I'm certified" crazy. Our most popular bluebird box needed a renovation this year. It is an experiment to see what they think about wallpaper. One male bluebird has already been spotted coming out of the box. They are checking it out. I know it seems early, but they start looking for vacancies in January. Isn't it exciting? I can't wait to take photos of the nest and blue eggs in their beautiful new abode.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I have switched to a different journal that I made of leftovers. It is pretty or rather ugly grungy. So I decided that following Misty's prompts for this week might help me get back to it and make it pretty. We'll see. So anyway this is my embellishment page as I used fibers, a ginko leaf and tiny beads. The faces were from an advertisement that I used Nevrdul to wipe away the color. I almost wiped away too much on the one on the right.
I am also challenged with my grunge journal to stay as dry as possible. In other words no paint. It's hard. I sure like to have a paint brush in my hands.
It is my new Brighton Make up.
That cool little bag traveled with me to Zorana Land.
My plan was to do a little art-in-flight just like I do
art-at-the-desk and art-on-the-couch.
Well, to my surprise, I could not get the image of a little old lady on the air plane and her crayons.
But on the return flight, no problem.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Maybe the words will come another day.
I will expect it.
"You never know where you will get inspiration. I happen to think it builds up from many different places. Yesterday our chickens gave us seven eggs. And that made me think of this yellow page. I suppose I can't explain it but maybe the yellow of the egg. And then 'egg head'. So when I came across a little painting again of 3 tall skinny ladies, that was added to my inspiration. Then, I went to bed to dream about it and woke knowing I would choose 3 different text to use for dresses. But I saw on Zorana's yellow page where she wrote on her white shadow and I knew I would do that too."
That's what is says.......................................
I wonder what the Pink will tell me.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Growing in Green
Still following along with Misty Mawn and a journal page a day. Green is a favorite with me. So In enjoyed this page very much.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Orange in my Garden
Orange in my Garden
I will quickly share my process for this page. Yesterday, I took a profile of myself, cropped, printed, and cut out the image. I used spray adhesive to hold the picture down so I could paint around it. In other words, I made a mask.
In the above picture a mask in in place to the right of the profile while I painted the yellow over the previously masked area. This step could have been skipped, but I didn't know that at the time.
In the above, I have started painting my profile. I used paynes gray to show the features. Then mixed a flesh with the yellow that I used, the orange that I used and titanium white (Golden). Eventually, I go over all of it with Zinc White and that is what you see above. Do you also see that I chased the Zinc white out of the lines.
Here is a tip for mixing flesh. Any red and any yellow mixed with white will make flesh. So, the red and yellow I am going to use in a painting is the one that I use to make the flesh. In this case the red (orange) and light yellow are both Folk Art. Below you can see that I also used Folk Art terra cotta in the darker areas on the profile.
I will probably do some journaling on this at a later time. With any luck (energy) I will paint a green page next.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Dancing in Blue
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Following Misty's prompt to cut and collage.
Wow that was fun!
See, this is a picture of me when Zorana and I went to the Fat Lady for lunch. Sorry, I don't have a picture of Zorana.
OK, I'm not only a Fat Lady, I'm a Big Fat Lie-er. But If I had remembered to bring this outfit, well then, that's what I would have worn. We had such a nice lunch there.
Thank you all for your kind words about my self portraits. They take some getting use to for me. I do see myself in them but I think I will go back to painting pretty young figments of my imagination.
Next week's journal pages will be about color. I can't wait to see what that is all about. If I can stay off the couch at night, well then, you can expect to see some color from me.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
Talking With Baby Birds
I'm sharing the pages from The Paper Napkin Garden Journal.
Until now you have only seen little snips of each page and that was back in October.
I am very excited that I will be offering prints of these pages in my Etsy just as soon as I can get organized enough to list.
Good news, I got my camera back and laptop and all is OK with them.
I'm looking forward to and expect to enjoy a weekend of ART.
I do hope to get back on track with a journal page a day following Misty and the whole wide world.
However, I am dodging that "feeling" of having so much to do and so much on my mind that I'm so overwhelmed with the I-want-to-do and the I-should-do and the I-can't-do and the I don't-want-to-do and I find myself sitting and not doing anything. And then at the end of the day/weekend....bummer!
Do you know that feeling?
I will expect it to go away before 5pm.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Found in California
And there I am in Cloth Paper Scissors latest issue. You might remember this post back in October and several after that one. I was giving little peeks of this and that for several days. I didn't want to spoil the surprise. It is a great article about using paper napkins and I know you will love it.
This is the cover of the Journal that I did especially for the article. And Cloth Paper Scissors did a fabulous job with the layout of 5 pages of my article and art. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful magazine.
In case you may have noticed that I have been quite since earlier this week, we had some drama Monday at my house and it kinda punched me down for a bit. Everything is OK now and we hope to get the stolen property which included my camera and laptop back soon.
I have a journal page to show but will have to scan tonight as I have no camera. And I hope to catch up again with the journal a day page soon.
I also want to share with you the pages I did for the above Paper Napkin Garden Journal. And I will do that from the home computer too.
Expect more later today,
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Routes and Pathways
My journey this month is to follow along with Misty and paint and post a Journal page a day. To see more links to journal pages, visit her site.
Tomorrow I return to my desk job.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Bart and I
We read emails together.
And then it came time for me to pack and leave Zorana Land.
Now, I don't know if Bart was anxious for me to leave or maybe just maybe he wanted to come to Texas. Bart and I.
Expect more of Zorana Land,