See the rest of my 2018 art journal on my other blog.
Got a start on my Mother’s Day Cards.
Added some Derwent Inktense to the Zentangle® Inspired Art. Not sure if its done yet.
After this I was really itching to do some collage. I’m going to do another painting redo. I got too busy to show you how my last one turned out.
The original painting from a class I took was a sunset winter landscape in shades of blue and orange/yellow – not really my style, but nice enough. I did some collage on top and then added a tissue paper mandala and did some embellishing and here it is. It is getting toward what I want. I learned a little about doing detailed drawing on tissue paper and then putting it on a colorful background – it gets totally muddled. In any case I’m counting it as mandala #40.
So here is the first step of my next try. I have a landscape that I started, but it didn’t go quite right.
So now I’m off to collage over this. I hope you have a beautiful day!
I’m doing oversized index cards as (one of) my art journaling outlets to share with the art therapist I am seeing. I have been doing this since mid-December so I’m way behind in blogging about art journaling. This may look familiar. I had another one that was part of the holiday card development, but I didn’t photograph it. The journaling part is on the other side of the index card, so that is a different way of doing this. I struggle with anxiety and depression and the holidays are difficult for me so some privacy with my journaling was nice. I have had a variety of therapists in the past, most of whom have been extremely helpful with the challenges I have faced. But working with an art therapist is so exciting! I look forward to my appointments in a new way and feel more connected to my art process. I highly recommend it to anyone!
Here is what else I’ve been up to and each one is influenced by the many art projects I have going right now. You will see more as I finish things, I promise!
Influenced by my acrylic painting classes. (above) Playing with acrylic paints influenced by The Creative Edge by Mary Todd Beam. (below)
Happy new year
I have a mixed media notebook that I’m using to art journal everyday and I will be sharing that soon!
Let’s make something beautiful!
This mandala was inspired by the gift of a swimsuit that was given to me as a going away present from my friends in my aquacize class. I will really miss them and think of them when I wear this suit. They were spot on in getting me the perfect suit! Here is a photo – it is hard to photograph a suit without a person in it and I wasn’t about to post a self portrait in it!
I may color another copy of the mandala in the colors of the suit. I really love them. I hope you like my interpretation of this lovely design.
I wish you all a happy Mother’s Day. If you are a mother or not. We all have had mothers and some may still. My mother is here in the town I’m soon to be leaving and her health is not great. So I plan to savor this mother’s day with my mother here and my boys off in the world.
Yesterday I had a lovely day with my husband, mother, and niece at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The main galleries are closed for renovation, but the reason I wanted to go was to see the Van Gogh to Pollock Exhibit. It was fabulous! There was a painting by Camille Pissarro that I wasn’t expecting and it was a lovely surprise. I love Van Gogh, of course and it was not a work of his that I am familiar with. There was a wonderful self-portrait by Frieda Kahlo and an unusual selection by O’Keeffe. The painting that I have posted above really caught my eye because of the use of collage in the layers of paint. It is labeled as “Oil on canvas” but that does not do it justice. I cannot remember who painted it. There were so many wonderful things to see. I met this lovely new artist.
There was a wonderful painting by Mark Rothko and so many more. What a great way to spend a day. I am grateful for so much beauty and inspiration in the world and that this exhibit came to my corner of the world, And that I got to share it with family.
Have a beautiful day.
I am getting ready to go to the Friendship Lodge for my annual yoga retreat and that reminded me that the 2 year anniversary of my blog is coming up! Interestingly, I just switched from the altered book journals that I have been making for more than 2 years to a watercolor journal.
Here are the beginnings of my watercolor gratitude journal:
I am so happy how the mandala and doodle page came out. It is inspired by 2 different articles in the newest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. And the page below didn’t turn out quite how I wanted, but that is why I’m doing this! learning and growing! Right? And the day was really wonderful. I have gotten away from my gratitude journaling practice and I missed it. This past weekend we had a graduation party for my younger son and it was so wonderful. And it was wonderful on Monday to eat leftovers and enjoy all the flowers from the party! We had hummingbirds come to our patio and I tried to capture that. My son also rescued the painted turtle that I posted photos of this week, as well. My new copy of Cloth, Paper, Scissors came in the mail and I discovered a new artist who inspired the above mandala. Her name is Lisa Kokin and I hope to get to one of her workshops someday! She is an altered book and mixed media artist.
I am off to Friendship Lodge again. Thank you for all your time, attention, and comments. This blog has grown into something I really love and I hope you find some joy and beauty here, too. Also, I hope you have a beautiful weekend!
Poet Maya Angelou died this past week. I am so grateful for the full life she lived and all the fabulous poetry she wrote. She was so much more than a poet, but I really love her poetry. She turned tragedy into inspiration. She found light in darkness. If I could inspire one person as much as she inspired me my life would be a success. Actually, I already consider my life a success. When I lay in bed for days with my migraines I have a lot of time to do nothing but reflect on things. I haven’t had one huge successful career, but I have had a number of professional sojourns that I consider successful. And I don’t think I’m finished yet. I have a few book ideas percolating in my head while I try to meditate. Also, I have been married for 20 years to a fabulous man, and we are not done yet, either. I am so looking forward to our adventures this summer. My 2 boys are nearly, sometimes, young men. This birthday greeting was for my older son’s 19th birthday. He is meeting with some successes lately that give me hope for his path. The decoration around the card is from the architectural details inside the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. We attended a concert there and saw the growth of my younger son’s friends and previous classmates. Oh, and I have made some art. I hope that somewhere in all of this I have provided more light than darkness in the world.
I made some adorable little wire hangers for a collage and made an extra one for here. I love getting ideas from all kinds of art and craft books. My color meditation collage is progressing nicely.
This layout was inspired by the book Art Journal Freedom by Dina Wakley. I am very happy with the way it turned out. Have a beautiful day.
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