Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
I have done absolutely NOTHING in the art studio that has anything to do with paint, pens or collage. The morning was spent on the phone with Sprint concerning my DSL issues. HELLO? It's day 3---and the 3.0 speed won't work with my filtered connection. We finally figure this out after 3 technicians who claim to know what is wrong. Okay, I was happy with my initial speed, so a lesson learned... be happy with what you've got and don't let a salesman talk you into the $4.00 upgrade. I'm now at the 1.5 level, which supposedly my interior jack and line can handle. Hey, I'm a happy girl. I just need to be able to get on the internet.
Okay, back to happier news, the creativity for the day turned out to be a beading project. I won this glass pendant from a glass artist on Ebay for $6.00. So I went shopping the other day to look for glass beads to compliment the piece. Today, I was brave and followed the directions I had from my beginner bracelet class that I took at The Bead Bar in College Park. I'm happy to say that the stringing, crimping and beading journey went rather well. Ta Da! This is my first original beaded wonder. I think it will look smashing with a sleek black dinner dress. Now I just need to make a deal with the hubby to treat me to some fine dining adventure so I can wear my artsy glass necklace.
I've already put a bid on another glass pendant ($4.00). What a deal... I figure I need to use up some of these extra spacers, beads and findings. Dear me, just what I needed---another art hobby.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
VFM4's comment on the post below made me realize that I rarely use crayons the way I used to as a child. I don't find myself digging out the coloring books much anymore, especially now that Caitlin is older. But I did use the wax crayons for several journal layouts where I applied designs with crayon and washed over the waxed lines with watercolor. I did several experiments with this, and now I'm wondering if I could do a more painterly composition using the crayons, maybe combined with some watercolor and ink. I have the Neocolor crayons that can be spread like watercolors, but I wonder if I could do something more experimental with the traditional wax version. Looks like this could be a fun time of exploration. The other method I played around with was the "frottage" technique, gathering textures from around the house. I felt like a kindergarten archeologist finding interesting patterns that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.
I ended up sketching in bed last night while watching the news programs. It was the only time I had to play with paint or pens, so I picked out a photo from my Real Simple magazine and enjoyed capturing the delightful colors of these tomatoes. I had to add the roasted tomato instructions too... olive oil and my favorite "fruit" sounds yummy to me. By the way, I used my Pilot V5 pen instead of my usual Uniball waterproof, because I wanted some of the greys to run into the watercolor washes. Of course I was using my Niji waterbrush--the only way to watercolor in bed. Ha! I sound like a commercial. I also included the reference photo so you can see how I translated the colors from the original photo.
You NEVER ever outgrow crayons. Don't you just love the smell of a brand new box? Didn't we all have a favorite set of colors? I used to love brick red. It was a great day when I got a new set of 64. They didn't make the modern, neon hues back then... no, I'm not going to tell how old I am.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Today I volunteered at the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra office... answering phones, making copies, etc. It was VERY quiet there today, so I was glad I packed my watercolor kit and postcard sized watercolor paper. I should have done some sketching of things that were in the office, but a customer had requested some violets, so I used the time to paint up the small floral. I wish I had enough energy to draw some more this evening, but I feel like I'm running out of steam. I may just go catch up on some news... read, do some knitting, and fall off into an early sleep. :)
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I was inspired by some beautiful photos taken by Sheila Hudson of Cannon Beach in Oregon. I wanted to do a quick study (20 minutes) in my new larger Moleskine, so I did a beach scene using acrylic paints after quickly marking out the large areas of color in light pencil. This was a lot of fun, and something I need to do more of. I like small paintings anyway (often doing miniatures of just 2 inches by 2 inches), so this could be a nice place to store some small works that I can keep for myself.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Once again, I am amazed at how the pre-prepped pages end up being so appropriate when the time comes to add words or thoughts. This page was the next page in my journal as I sat down this morning to note the homecoming events of the space shuttle. I had painted the pages last week and glued in the silly photo of the people wearing 3-D glasses, and figured I would leave it as an "art" page, not thinking space travel at the time. But I couldn't resist adding the lines this morning and making verbal notes in real time as the shuttle approached Edwards Air Base. What fun! I love it when I don't have to do much more than show up for the journaling party. :)
Monday, August 08, 2005
I played around with some of my eraser stamps that I carved last year, printing them with rubber stamp ink over an acrylic painted background. I spent the other night at Barnes and Noble trying to research some good ideas for some garden specimens for the front yard, so I made this my garden idea list page... I also included three current news events in the lower left hand corner.