Lately I have been doing a little stretching, art wise. I began by making my honey a birthday canvas , rather than a birthday card, and I had so much fun with that, I just kept going. It’s interesting how each medium I work with seems to inspire a different sort of artistic expression. Whether I am working on watercolor paper, my Donna Downey art journal or even Dyan Reavely’s art journal. Or even just scrapbooking. They all have a different feel.
So, below are just a couple of canvases I have been working on lately. I have another one I did yesterday that I will post as soon as I am able.
This one is my version of a piece I saw hanging at the doctor’s office the other day. I wanted to take a pic of that one, but I didn’t want to be weird (er than usual).
This one started as pseudo scrapbook page in black and pink which I adhered to the canvas and immediately detested. So of course my only choice was to cover it with gesso, tissue paper and a bottom
layer of paint before something decent started to emerge. And yay!! I am really pleased with it now.
BTW , having a WordPress app on my phone is great, because I can blog in bed. Nice!
Hope you have a day full of good surprises.
All of these pages are done in my Dyan Reavely art journal( which is awesome!).
So- its been awhile since I did anything on my blog. I have been so distracted by my life that I can’t even focus on day to day things very well lately. Some really good things, and some not so good things just crushing my mind grapes for awhile now. I am getting ready to say goodbye to my old life and start a new one- so far, it doesn’t look too bad from over here.
- What I am loving lately: Supernatural– Granted, I am getting in on this waaay late in the game. I am only just catching up on old episodes and so far I’m only on Season 4, but I am loving it! It’s the right combination of scary, bloody, gorgeous and hilarious. Check my FB page to see a couple of my favorite moments so far. Especially the one where Dean has demon sickness and sees a cat!
- Still riding the Downton Abbey train,and now I have Tunnel Bear so I can see the new episodes before they officially come out in the US!
- Someone who really takes the sting out of difficulties in life just by being there and treating you like a valuable person. Who calls you a “hippie” and “crazy” and makes them both sound like good things.
- Reading the new Stephen King book about JFK.
- Dry Reisling…who knew?
- Downtown Charlotte- for the first time I can actually see why someone would want to live there.
Something I hate: We had to say good bye to my dog Jake after 14 years. He just couldn’t do it anymore and I wasn’t going to ask him to. My girls and I cried a lot that day-as did my son i’m sure, but from far away.
Well, onto some photos of what my art class has been up to lately. Last time they were working on altered canvases- here are their works in progress. I don’t know why, but I can only get two photos to upload into this post- whenever I add a third-one of the previous one’s gets deleted. Blargh!!!
Ok- so, I did this as a sample for an art class I’m teaching to little homeschool babies (not literal babies-everything cute is a baby in my house)-I had no intention of posting it on my blog-but it just turned out so awesome that I couldn’t help myself! Do you ever have the experience where you are working on whatever and no matter what you do with it-it just won’t happen-that thing just keeps fighting you and you keep trying to force into submission-but then, when you finally give up and just let it tell you what it wants, then all of a sudden-it comes together like a plan on the A-team!(which, btw- dumbest show ever!)
It’s weird-but that’s what happens to me all the time-and it was no different for this. When I stopped trying to force it and just let it happen-it was so cool!
So, I started with a piece of thick preprinted paper- like those big sheets you get at an art store- cut it down and glued it. Brushed over it with gesso- ripped up some book text-glued that (mod podge all over the place on this thing)-some walmart butterfly tape-a strip of scrapbook paper (with good times printed on it) then I got out some doilies that I had already dabbed with brown and blue ink-so I added some purple and cut them up and glued them down as well. On top of that I adhered cut up pieces of a paint card-and for the finishing touch-some drippy circles of purple Liquitex acrylic ink.( the color has a name-but as I have said several times- I am not getting up to go find out-it’s purple, ok?) Finished it all with some blue ink smeared on the edges and done! It’s just a notebook cover-I know and prolly I am just waaaaay too proud of myself-but it is what it is. Now, go glue some stuff!