Archive for January, 2011

more from week one

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Again with the keys…

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I was going to go back to the keys in the previous post and explain about the class I am taking, but work got away from me and it just didn’t happen. I finished the page today and while I am unappy about the smeary mess I made of it, it is a class, and I am learning, so I won’t be making a rundown of all the problems my Virgo self as with it. Suffice it to say I am pleased with it and it has turned out better than I could have imagined for my fist watercolor ever.

The class is Watercolor on Location with Jane LaFazio and it is available at As classes go, there is a lot to be desired (to me) in how the forums work, but once I got the hang of the flow of them, it isn’t so bad. The lesson plan from Jane was excellent. Most classes I have taken, there has been just a bit shy of enough information, something short of adequate. That isn’t the case with this class. There is a happy balance, and certainly enough information and visual examples.

I hope to see some improvement as the weeks go on. Once I got the keys assignment finished, I couldn’t get enough sketching and watercoloring today. I spent most of the afternoon stalking the dogs. Well, that and making some Valentine’s cards. Woohoo.

Sketchbook Watercolor Class

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Book of Intentions

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

I don’t think I have blogged about this art journal yet at all. It is from an online class I am in with Kelly Kilmer called Memories and Reflections. It is an art journaling¬† workshop class that is self paced. Last year, I tried several different classes and formats, both paid and free, and to date, I like Kelly’s way best. She presents the material in an easy way that is within reach of anyone.

So here are some images from my first book of intentions. I say first because I like the format and will definitely make another…and another…

These are all viewable bigger if you just click on them. They aren’t finished pages, but the collage stage is mostly done and what remains is to be embellished with pens and/or paints and other stuff, and then maybe some journaling using some prompts from the class or just my thoughts on the day.

Now, meet Clare…

Isn’t she the cutest thing? We adopted her from a rescue group in December. She is about 6 months old and is a pit bull shepherd mix. She is so sweet and dopey and one of her nicknames is ever-so-affectionately, the moose. The other dogs are still none too pleased about her presence in our humble and happy home, but that seems to be waning, only if ever-so-slightly.

This leads me to my early morning proclamation, “All art is transient…”


Frida journal swap…Leanne’s book

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

I just finished my spread for Leanne’s book in the Frida Kahlo journal swap that Elizabeth and I are participating in.¬† The pages came already gessoed and I decided that I would paint my last few journals since it is something that challenges me (meaning I have little experience with it and I suck at it). Given that, I am pleased with how this spread turned out. The back ground is acrylic paints. I used several different pens in finishing. The Frida image is a postcard we have had forever. I guess this is my first finished piece for 2011!

New post…new year…

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

I started typing this post on Friday afternoon from work. It was a lull in my planned to-dos and I was feeling mighty post ready. Then I actually logged in and was feeling less post ready. There was total ambiguity tied up and around posting. Was it the end of the year 2010I wanted to write about? The eve of 2011? Goals and aspirations? regrets?

Apparently it was none of those, because when Dear Sweet Elizabeth said, “C’mon, I’m ready to go…” I just clicked the little red x to close the window, and when I was charmingly prompted to close all? I said Yes! And that half written and well crafted post was gone into the ether.

I sat down with intent early morning on Saturday and had nothing. Still right now, I am feeling bereft of words. I was giving the blog grand consideration all weekend and I guess I have been feeling like I haven’t much to say these days. I think this is due in great part, to facebook. It isn’t that I have a lot to say there, either, but those short little quips tend to take it out of me. When I come here to expand on my thoughts later (whenever later might arrive), I’ve got nothing left.

Beyond the excuse of fb depleting my reserves, anything hanging in the balance seems better left to paper journaling, in other words, not necessarily fit for public consumption. This doesn’t bode well for my little resolution that isn’t.

Patti Digh posted on fb, “At the end of each year, I ask myself just two questions: 1) What do I want to create in the new year; and 2) What do I want or need to let go of?”

My answer to these questions seemed to come easy. I want to create community and I want to let go of my hermit proclivities.

How (now) to make it all happen…