I have created an updated gallery on my Jeanette Clawson Art blog. I hope you stop by and see what I’ve been up to.
I hope you will check out my latest mandala. I’m having problems with my WordPress account across platforms and apologize for what appears to be a failure to participate.
I hope you find some beauty in your day.
WordPress has kindly reminded me that I have now been blogging on Lunanista for 4 years. It started as an easy communication with a geographically distant friend and has become so much more.
This was the beginning of my altered art gratitude journal. I was telling my friend about my art journal and she wanted to see pictures and here they all are after so many posts. The first year I had 269 visitors and at first I was mystified about how they found me. Since then I have found some wonderful groups that have helped me connect with people who have similar interests and concerns.
An early photography influence and the flower of the day Diva is Cee’s Photography.
My new friend Claudia McGill turned me on to making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and inspired me with her painting and poetry.
And most recently I have discovered others who are as crazy about photographs of doors as I am! Thanks Norm 2.0!
Want to hear something else that’s kind of crazy? I have had 1,679 visitors so far this year! I have been so grateful for this blog that started as a record of my gratitude and a way to deal with pain and disability. It became the practice ground for my life as an artist! Thank you for all your likes and comments. I appreciate every one. Please check out my professional art blog at Jeanette Clawson Art! Let’s make something beautiful!
Here is the metamorphosis of my collage.
I added some layers of paper and paint and was getting happy about it.
I’m not super happy with what happened with the Dr. Ph. Marten’s watercolors, but I’m enjoying the collage. What I have learned from my other attempts is that I need the background to be more monochromatic for the mandala to show up clearly. So I added some white with leaves as a mask.
This is something I quite enjoy so I created my mandala on tissue paper.
I played with different colors on the paper and shading on the tissue paper. I am very happy with the result. Putting them together is always tricky.
I developed some tears in the mandala and I had been thinking about adding some flowers to cover the watercolor blobs, too. So I played around with making different paper flowers. A few rejects ended up in my art journal. I was happy with how my rhododendrons turned out so I put them together. I’m not thrilled with the final product, but I’m really happy with my learning curve and I’m going to put it on Esty and FineArtAmerica. So feel free to buy it or a print of it!
Thank you Cee for your flower photography reference!
I hope you have a beautiful day.
Here are 10 more Peace and Paisley cards. I plan to make 30 in all. It has been a great process to make this series. For more information about the process and the first 10 cards see my post from yesterday here.
I have uploaded one of the cards to Fine Art America if you want to purchase a set to use for your Christmas cards.
Today is Draw a Bird Day! The 8th of every month is Draw a Bird Day and it is hosted by Laura at Create Art Everyday. I generally prefer a fanciful, rather than a realistic bird. This is getting close to what I have in mind. I will keep practicing! This was created using Pigma Micron pens and Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. I used 4 Zentangle patterns to decorate my bird, Finery, Footlights, C-six, and Candleglow. For more tangle patterns go to TanglePatterns. For more information about Zentangle see Rick and Maria at Zentangle.com.
The image on the left page is similar to the collage that I submitted to http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/media/p/35706.aspx for a reader challenge. The Zentangled skull in my last post is one of the components of the collage and I linked to the magazine in the comments section. You can see the progress through the week as I worked on different components of the collage. I also created a birthday card for a friend of mine and used my journal for sketching. The right hand page of this first photo is snippets of leftovers from a collage I am making of a trip our family took to New Orleans in March 2013. Can you see the alligator in the center of the page? I’m a little behind on getting it assembled, but am very happy with how it is coming together. I also have an image from some of the Chinese medicine from my acupuncture doctor. Acupuncture is such a freaky and effective thing and I am so grateful that it works so well for my migraines! Without the acupuncture I would never have been able to do this much art in a week. Of course the yoga helps, too. I take classes 2 days a week and am sometimes surprised with how strong and flexible I am becoming.
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