awesome april (day 28) – anticipation

awesome april (day 28) – anticipation

R & F Paintsticks
R & F Paintsticks

There’s nothing like new art materials to make me excited.  I just got some new paint sticks last week, and have been looking forward to this week – lots of studio time.  Tomorrow is the day!

I’ve been using these a lot with my encaustic work, but also love to draw with them in my oil and acrylic paintings.

"Today I Feel Refreshed and Excited"
“Today I Feel Refreshed and Excited”

 

I also use oil sticks for many of my drawings on paper.

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I finally made some new cradled panels this weekend, too.  Thanks to my hubby for his help with these (or for letting me help him — he’s so much better at mitred corners than I am).

 

panels2

 

panels

I made these underpaintings a few months ago, but now that I have the cradles on the back, they are ready for me to layer paint and color. Who knows how much of my original painting will even be visible when I’m done (probably not much).   I can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

awesome april (day 27) – abstract circles

awesome april (day 27) – abstract circles

visual journal
altered book turned visual journal

 

While some of my art journal entries use images of people and things, many of them are simple, stream-of-conscious designs . I tend to use a lot of circles.

This is from my first visual journal (an altered book).  The background is made by tearing out phone book pages and layering them over the existing book.  I then glued on patches of pink tissue paper.  I used transparent green glazes to add a contrasting color, then opaque white to balance the black charcoal.

Although this isn’t an image of a real “thing”, to me it reminds me of a totem, a pair of eyes, or even an abstracted female figure.

Like this? You can see more of my  art journals HERE — updated frequently.

awesome april (day 24) – art friends

awesome april (day 24) – art friends

Today I thought I’d share a blog about some of my art friends.  These are all artists that I appreciate not only for the quality of their work, but also their work ethic.  And they happen to be really cool people, too.   Click on any of the images to find out more about that artist.

 

Helen Minkes
Reemergence
T. Scott Stromberg
Olivia Ogren-Hrejsa
Julia Forsyth
Barbara J. Mason
Eilene Houston Carver
Janine Maupin
Tom Freeman
Danna Gann

 

 

Brenda G. Thomas
Brenda G. Thomas
Jennifer Monet Cowley
Jennifer Monet Cowley

 

Jeb Matulich
awesome april (day 23) – o beautiful

awesome april (day 23) – o beautiful

O Beautiful -- altered book visual journal
O Beautiful — altered book visual journal

This is from my first visual journal, which is actually an altered book.  I gessoed out the pages before adding acrylic, collaged photocopied images, collaged wallpaper, watercolor and permanent marker.    See more of my visual journals HERE.

The mother and child image is universal to all cultures, and is always one that is close to my heart.

 

What are some of your favorite topics for your visual journals?  I’d love to hear your comments!

awesome april (day 22) – i plunged ahead

awesome april (day 22) – i plunged ahead

I Plunged Ahead...
I Plunged Ahead…

 

 

I plunged ahead

She turned back and carefully

jabbed her finger.

I found my Criticism that Accompanies

My place of joy.

I breathed in.  And I

breathed out.

Soon I heard

“Your vocabulary seems sadly deficient.”

“Okay,” I said.

I don’t make much noise wherever I am.

My voice was all in my head.

 04.22.14

 

 

awesome april (day 21) – ATCs

awesome april (day 21) – ATCs

Today I’m sharing some of my most recent Artist Trading Cards.  I still have some of the Joie de Vivre images left over from some wallpaper sample books (see my post on Domestics for more).  They’re just the right size for my mini works of art.   Pair the “joy of life” images with interesting text, and you have a recipe for fun.   Click on any image to open a slide show of this series.

 

All ATCs are 3.5 x 2.5.”  See my ATCs page for more of my trading cards.