The Studio Friday theme this week is "Ta Dah" and I had planned to enter a picture of my studio -- all cleaned up. (Yeah, right.) But since that didn't work out, my entry is probably fudging the rules just a bit. Although it doesn't come from MY studio... it does come from Jerri Reimann, a wonderful artist, writer, and friend from Illinois. She shared her Christmas Greeting with me by way of a link to her web page where I found the most wonderful poem written by her. It WOWed me so that I thought I must share it, too - with her permission, of course. Thanks, Jerri. Here's a copy of the vintage postcard that she has on her greeting:
(Vintage postcard from the collection of Jerri Reimann)
I'm wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and a love-filled, joyful holiday. ~Sally
And now for Jerri's awesome poem:
H-e-e-e-e-e-e-ere's JERRI! -- TA DAH --
This is a page done by the awesome Reiny Rizzi in a deco round robin. Seeing her fabulous art up close and personal has rendered me impotent! Hopefully, I'll move off dead center soon and add my pages to this great little deco circulated by JerriReimann, who started the deco off with this inspiring page:
by Jerri Reimann
This is my favorite page done by Reiny:
by Reiny Rizzi
See more of Reiny's incredible work here and her blog here.
Ever want to draw or paint like a master? Here is a picture of Van Gogh's painting, Almond Tree in Blossom, April 1888:
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This is the spread I did for Deryn's AFEL journal based on that painting:
A closer look:
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(1) Left side of the spread - no trick here, I just collaged this copy of his self portrait and mimicked his drawing strokes around it.
(2) Now about the "memorex" question -- on the right side of the spread, I copied the master. First I used a large graphite pencil to draw in a background using a loose simulation of his brush strokes. Then I painted with acrylics, on top of a cutout of the color copy of the tree:
BTW, that is a transparency made from a picture of Van Gogh's original drawing which is attached with photo corners over the trunk of the tree. This drawing of a blossom triptych done by him in 1888 was a sketch in a letter which is in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. I have been to his museum but alas, although I was a young adult, I was way too immature at the time to appreciate what I was seeing and so I don't remember much of it unfortunately.
Here (left) is a detail showing the way I painted ON TOP of the color copy of Van "Gogh's painting of the tree. Where you see black dots is the color copy showing through. Hopefully, you can see my brush strokes of cream, pink, burnt orange, and green acrylic paint on top. My doing the painting over a copy of his tree was just a trick I thought of - knowing I couldn't paint the tree on my own!! (Originally, I wanted to goop up the paint thickly, like Van Gogh, and cover all of the original scanned copy. But I was too chicken!)
Van Gogh says of his his own painting:
"My brush has no system at all. I hit the canvas with irregular touches of thebrush, which I leave as they are. Patches of thickly laid on color, spots of canvas left uncovered, here and there portions that are left absolutely unfinished,repetitions, savageries. . . ."
This is a journal spread I completed last night. It is my third spread in Deryn's awesome journal for the "Art for Everyday Life" RR. (I'll post the others when I get them completed.)
The left page of the spread is based on a photo I took of a dead tree in the woods near my house. This tree intrigues me because of the little wreath of live leaves around the trunk. I finally photgraphed it and then manipulated it in Photoshop for this page. In this composition, the photo is covered by a transparency of a page in one of my "morning pages" journals. The page is further embellished with nylon mesh, postage stamps, brass corners, a scrap of faux stucco, and a rusted leaf garland.
The right page of the spread has a leaf from my yard captured between two pieces of laminate and adheared in a window cut in a sheet of embossed wallpaper. The wall paper is colored with metallic rub-ons. The page is embellished with a scrap of faux stucco and a metal mesh rose. The window is edged with frayed metallic thread. I used the same thread to sew on a blanket-stiched edge to the whole page. Through the laminate of the window you can see a little bit of my spread on the following page. I'll post pictures of the rest of my work in Deryn's journal as I finish and scan it.
What was I thinking when I INSISTED they install the electric fuse box in the wall INSIDE one of my storage cabinets? The only reason you can see the fuse box in this scan is because I removed the 12 compartment nail and screw container before I shot the photo! Imagine having to remove that and the huge stacked storage carosel of JUNK (that falls all over the place) everytime a breaker trips in the house or you need to clean the oven or whatever?? #&*%&$@ (Shucks)!!
In my blog entry on December 8 titled "Picture Challenge," I promised to post instructions for making a faux dog tag like the one I made for a journal spread. To make the tag, I started with a tin tag from a set of party favors like the one on the right which I bought at Walmart near the greeting cards section. I carefully cut around the raised border of the bottom section of the tag. I put aside the top portion of the tag for another project. I punched a hole for the ball chain to go through in the left side of that bottom portion of tin that I was using. Then I used a metal alphabet punch set to stamp the lettering on the tag. To age it, I used a liberal coating of Golden's burnt umber tube acrylic making sure it got down into the cracks of the lettering. I wiped off the acrylic before it dried leaving just a thin layer to make it look aged. I also aged the ball chain in the same way. Voila! A faux dog tag that looks real except for its almost square shape. Happy creating!
Céline Navarro issued a challenge in her blog (see link in "Bodacious Blogs" in the right sidebar.) to publish baby pictures. Although I'm not exactly a baby here (about 5yrs.old), it is a picture I used for a journal spread so I wanted to share this one and the spread.
The spread I created (see below) was a tribute to my dad. I was his primary caretaker during his terminal illness last year and I did this spread just after his funeral. I used the pictures from this spread in the thank you cards I sent out after the funeral. Along with the two pictures on the card, was this sentiment: "This was a time when Dad did come home to me. Next time, I'll have to go home to him."
The left side of the spread has handwriting that says, "My daddy was gone to war. I was proud and I missed him. I told my mom that I was starting to forget how his face looks. Mom told Daddy in a letter." Then on the right side of the spread, the handwriting says, "So Daddy got an army buddy to take this picture. He wrote a message to me and he signed it. He put it in a letter to Mom and told her to give it to me. I love Daddy." The message he wrote on the picture was, "To the sweetest little girl in the world. Love, darling, from Daddy." Doesn't that just bring tears to your eyes?
By the way, how do you like the faux dog tag I made? Pretty cool, huh? Wanna know how I made it? Ok, I'll give the instructions in my next post. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, how about answering Céline's challenge and posting a baby picture of yourself?
In a little fat book titled "Blue," This page, called "The Absence of Molly," was a tribute to my friend who survived brain surgery and came back to her own personality. When I thought of "blue" I thought of being blue over her "affected" personality and her impending surgery. That was almost two years ago. She is fine today. Her tumor, described as the size of a small orange, was not malignant. Praise God.