I was surfing blogs when I ran across Studio Friday (see link left) on Sharon Wisely's informative blog, Paper Thoughts (see link right.) I checked into it and thought it sounded like lots of fun. So I joined in the fervor.
It seems that every week is a new theme and when you find out what it is you look through your studio for something that goes along with the theme. Then you do a photo or an art piece or whatever and show it to the group. Now you aren't supposed to show too much of your studio in one posting so it ends up being a tease. You know how we artists like to see each other's creative space!
This weeks theme is "sweet" and being a non-cutesy, hip artist (LOL), I didn't have very much if anything that I would say is sweet. Since I left my camera at the grandkids' house and won't get it back until Thanksgiving, I looked through some old photos of my studio and found this one. I think the stained glass butterfly woman hanging in my window could be considered sweet. What do you think?
Illustration Friday: Week of November 20th - "FREE."
Alrighty, about a week ago I joined Illustration Friday (see link left.) These images seem to be popping up on lots of blogs lately. So I joined in. We'll see how many Friday's I will manage to contribute something for the week's the theme. The neat thing about the Illustration Friday web site is that you can click on each link for all the folks who contributed that week and see lots of great art in their blogs or web sites. Hopefully, I'll learn something.
This little deco was created by Maria Garcia, a wonderful artist friend from CreativeChix. She asked that we limit the theme to a secular Christmas as she plans to do a separate religous Christmas deco later. I thought the theme would throw me because I usually jump right to the birth of Jesus when I think of Christmas. I must admit that I had fun thinking about Santa, too, for her deco.
I ended up including a mini book in the pocket on my page on the right.
The mini book is made from library book cards - with no sewing! Every page ends up with a pocket. I used a punch to make a window in the pocket of each page. I inserted a card with a vinatage Christmas postage stamp that would show through the window on each pocket. (The card inserts from the left side of the page.)
This mini book design was one of many things I learned at a conference workshop with Kim Nickens of Anima Designs. If you ever have a chance to take a workshop from her, don't miss it. She is a fount of knowledge and skill. Meanwhile, you can find the instructions for this mini book on her website. (AnimaDesigns) I decided to color this mini book with brayered Kaleidoscope rainbow ink covered lightly with walnut ink instead of the food coloring method that Kim uses.
So, Maria, thanks for the challenge of your awesome little deco. It will be on its way Monday to the next talented artist in this round robin.
are always seen in public places! (This post is for the benefit of my family.)
Look who was on the front page of the Huntsville paper. Mercy! Our church participated in a citywide Thanksgiving service tonight. Yeah, I know the article in the paper says it's tomorrow but my aching bones say it was tonight.
That's me in the coral dress on the right. This picture was taken during a rehearsal and we are all supposed to be doing the same step. Hmmm . . . whom do you think was off? Also, I forgot to take off my glasses. . .Oh well, I wasn't winning any beauty contests. But, you know what? You'd think after losing 50 pounds, I'd look thin... hrrumph, not up against those high school girls nor the head of the movement choir who is pictured there in front - tiny little things that they are. I guess I should have said that you'd think I'd be smarter than to agree to dance with high school girls in the first place. Ha.
The service was a huge success. Turnout was kinda low partially due to the date flub up in the paper but also because this was the first year for this kind of celebration. There was a little bit of every kind of worship that is associated with music... besides dance, we had a praise and worship band sing along, a gorgeous women's choir, a few other church choirs, our church choir singing while our movement choir danced, and an encore of two awesome selections from a knockout gospel mass with a live wire young black man directing. I got to sing with them this time. I tell you watching him from the audience is one thing but to see his face and watch him gyrate from the choir's viewpoint was downright inspirational! Priceless. The whole night was lots of fun and it ended with a touching candlelight devotional. The offering collected will go to our community Good Shepherd Mission. We all enjoyed the whole thing and are looking forward to next year. I'm expecting everyone in my family to be here for it -- and it wouldn't hurt for some more of my friends to come also.
At last I finished the final spread in a journal round robin that was due many moons ago. I had sent the book on and was to complete my pages later. Now the final mail date has come and I'm finally sending these "tip-ins" to their home.
This is the left side of the journal spread (Click to enlarge.) The background is brayered ink. The two pages in this spread include found images and images from my own sketchbook as well as images my grandson, Kade, (age 9) drew with crayon.
And here is the right side of the spread:
(You can click on these images and see a larger version.)
You know how you can sometimes "see" images in the dried paint on a palette after working on a painting? The little blond girl on the right in this spread was sketched by tracing around some paint "blobs" on an old dried palette. I'm glad to get this final spread done in time to make it home to the owner at the same time she will be getting her book. Hope she enjoys these nutty things!
My good friend, Deryn, called today to chat and to make plans. It was great to hear from her and catch up via live voice instead of email! We have decided to attend ART & SOUL in Dallas in May. (Art&SoulDallas) I sure hope we see lots of other art buddies there. We plan to take classes from our friend, D.J. Pettitt who is an awesome artist. Also, we will be learning lots from Traci Bunkers about hand colored Polaroid transfers. I registered this afternoon and while I was at it, I bought the Art & Soul logo artist card deck. It is a complete deck of playing cards and each card was designed by a different artist specifically for Art & Soul. Here is a little peek: