Saturday, January 30, 2010
I was waiting for the painting to dry on a couple of WIPs and decided to check out a few blogs. Michele Ward posted a reminder for the latest Green Pepper Press Crusade and gave this link to make virtual snowflakes. In the past, I've made virtual snowflakes at another site and it can be addicting...so..... Just one snowflake today. And since I'd just been to Michele's site and we both love XOXO, I wondered if I could design a flake inspired by that motif.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I'll start with a couple close-ups of a WIP (work-in-progress) using acrylic paint and Liquitex fiber gel on illustration board.
I've been playing with more paper tiles in my journal. These were punched from a matte stack that I bought on clearance. There are some papers that I really like, but many I don't care for at all. So I decided to try this project. By altering them and adding layers of ink, stamping and drawing, I like the way it pulls together.
I used Tim Holtz distress ink to prepare the pages of this watercolor journal. After building the background color, I stamped leaves on the page. Today I applied gesso with a tailor's wheel to make the dotted lines. I never did that before, but it works as long as the gesso is thick enough. I will be adding some journaling, but not sure what I have to say yet.
Thinking of adding some metallic copper to this. I actually like the photo better than the real life piece. It mellowed a bit in translation. Before my last painting session, the colors were more pastel and I was going to add a bit of orange for accent. But I moved away from that idea after I added so much texture and darker hues to the piece. I'll keep you posted.
And to those of you who have wondered how we are after all the ice last week... We are great. There are just a lot of twigs to pick up out of the yard. However, they are under a new blank of snow that assaulted us yesterday. No gently falling snow in that system. The finches were amazing to watch as they tried to eat from their thistle sock in the driving snow.
Thanks for all your concern!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
What a difference a couple of days makes. This is the ash tree in our front yard today. There is a creepy cracking noise coming from the ice coated branches.
This is the same tree on Saturday when everything was covered in a feathery frost after a freezing fog night.
The ice is destructive. Our neighbors lost a large section from a tree. Another neighbor's yard is littered with twigs. So far we don't have any visible damage, but there are a lot of sagging branches.
You can see the brass stencil spelling HOPE on the window sill. It was my theme word for 2009 and since my Hope journal is not complete, I'm just going to go with the same word for now. My hope today is that Spring will not come late!
Even though the ice is a nuisance, it has a beauty of its own.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Journal page in progress. These "tiles" were punched from a 4x6 card that I used to experiment with this color scheme. I had tucked the card into the back of my journal. Last night I was inspired to use a 1-1/4" punch to make tiles. I found this already prepped page in my journal with a compatible color scheme.
This spread had been prepped with left over green and a bit of burnt sienna some time in the past couple months. I have several pages in this journal that get started this way when I finish a painting session on canvas, etc.
I love this scene that I can see from our dining room that I use as my art studio. We placed finch feeders in the near flower bed. A large hopper style feeder is hanging in the Prairie Fire crab apple tree along with a smaller wire feeder. The junkos appear to enjoy the lilac hedge and the drift of snow that goes through it.
On Saturday we awoke to a different kind of winter wonderland. The sun was shining brightly after a foggy night. Instead of a delicate layer of frost, there were spikes of frost on everything. I didn't get out until mid day and the sunshine was warming surfaces enough to cause the frost feathers to fall off and were scattered on the ground under the trees.
These are the heads of sunflowers that I am now calling "Feather Flowers".
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Michele Ward has given a new challenge with the GPP Crusade No. 36. Read about it here. Last month I prepared watercolor paper journal pages inspired by Teesha Moore. Check out her fun videos. When Michele suggested we make snowflakes to use as masks, I knew where I would draw my inspiration. Last fall I added "The Art of Decorative Paper Stencils" by Kanako Yaguchi to my personal library. Even though I have a tried and true method of making six-pointed snowflakes, I wanted to explore Kanako's ideas. I started following her designs pretty closely. That was a good warm up and then I started cutting more intuitively. These ended up being my favorites.
Yesterday several inches of crisp, fluffy snow fell. Last night when I drove home, it was like I was driving on a sparkling crystal carpet. That inspired me to add a bit of glitter to my spread with glittered embossing powder.
I added some journaling with a Sharpie. I wanted to use a fine line marker, but it didn't want to write on my surface.
This is another journal I have been working in. I have an idea for text that I'd like to add, but I'm feeling reluctant since I really like the pages as they are.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Last Spring Mom discovered an antique oval frame complete with curved glass. I promised to paint something for her to go in it. This is what the completed painting looks like.
I took inspiration from a nearby lake where I find retreat. Using some reference shots of the local lake and my imagination, I sketched the scene and began the painting process working on illustration board that I prepared with gesso.