Monday, October 27, 2008

I choose courage
the previous week's prompt at inspire me Thursday was nervous. these days I have a hard time relating to that thought. I decided that the opposite of "nervous" would much rather suit my present state of mind. this art journal page reflects that choice, together with a tiny touch of what "nervous" has done to me in the past.

a couple of journal pages from recent days. we've had very much wind and so i start thinking. all my own words

a couple of sunset captures from late Saturday afternoon on our way home from Saskatoon

my good buddies relaxing in the sun

The world does not remember us by our style or by our wit; it does not remember us by our knowledge or our words; no, the world remembers only one thing: The world remembers love.

Author Unknown
Inspiration Peak

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Contemplation - cereal box art for Inspire Me Thursday:
One of the more recent prompts was to use a cereal box. I decided to investigate Carla Sonnheim's lead regarding what she has done. I chose to use some of Carla's techniques and some of my own. I have been enjoying using my own handcarved stamps and also Tsukineko inks so used both. I also love doing gel transfers so used one of my own photographs, extended and stretched it using the outline and then painting and again inking. I used some water soluble crayons as well.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down
in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language
- even the phrase “each other” -
do not make any sense."

These glorious words by Rumi were the prompt for this past week at Inspire Me Thursday. While I am very late with my entry I could not resist this idea of looking to the sky. I love clouds, and angels.

To me, if one is
"looking up
to the ancestors

finding with awe
and spirits
- nothing else would really matter

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Finding inspiration:

with blues

and golds


and in

with my eyes

Susan Tuttle

and with my ears

"The Prayer"

inviting you to visit my shop and to watch for angels all about you

Friday, October 10, 2008

art journal page for collage play with crowabout
I loved the images provided and actually used every single one. I DID cut the nose and original "hat" off the princess.

background page
I took that one tiny circle and "pasted" it probably about a hundred times using photoshop. two copies were printed and then I cut around and glued. let me know if you are interested and I can send it to you or post it on flickr

before words and extra pen work

final version
I had been thinking of using some glaze yet BUT decided not this time (time as usual being the operative word)

I added my own words, the word "fly" two times and outlined the two times it already appeared. I added an extra crown, outlined the one I had used for my cousin ;) gave that other ancestor some wings to fly and did some more outlining.
detail right side

detail - left side

please take a moment to check my previous post for three more journal pages I recently completed. I was inspired even more to do journalling after viewing Lia's video. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 09, 2008


remember the above page? I decided to sketch on it

a journal of journeys

the next page started as many - papers glued to the journal page. I had painted pale pink over top. when I glanced at the page one time I immediately thought of the beautiful face on the cover of the May/June 2007 issue of cloth, paper scissors magazine. I love the picture which is from the creative hand of Anahata Katkin. I pulled out the cover and made my best attempt at doing the eye, mouth and bit of nose. I am proud to have my own "take" of Anahata's cover page.

I also used rub-ons, buttons, one of my Mom's crocheted flowers, a couple of brads, stickers AND a sepia Faber Castell Artist Pitt pen. This was the first time I used one. Yummm - they are great to play with.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

that one leaf

and then many

caught my eye

the time for contemplation

was past

someone else wanted

to play

What better place to do a “tribute to nature” than the outdoors? We had wonderful summery weather this past week even though it is the beginning of October. I had to spend some time enjoying it because in Saskatchewan you never know when the weather will turn wintery.
And so for this week 8 of collage play with Crowabout I chose to use four of the images which spoke to me of nature. I was having a great time and decided to share some of the fun with another video. Video creating is something I really enjoy. I have shown some of my techniques for layering in backgrounds. I again did mostly transfers with the images I chose to use, as well as some quotations about nature. Some of the quotations are backwards - gives an interesting feel.
I want to thank the musical artists I used in the video – Loreena McKennitt and Liona Boyd. Please take some time to check their websites to learn of their new music and activities.

To see what I've shared to this point with this picture I used for a sketch and water colours

please see my previous post.

Trying to upload a video I made today but with no success. Instead I'll share these images of a portrait I'm working on. I've never really done a portrait like this but decided I wanted something of my own to use for transfers and such. The initial image was from a 60's magazine. The eyes need to be finished yet and I plan to use pencil crayons for that. The rest of the colour was achieved with watercolour crayons. I've decided I need a dark brown one yet as that was supposed to be the colour of her hair :)

Hopefully I can share the video tomorrow - I guess actually later today.
See you then.

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