Sunday, July 15, 2018

Is it Fall yet?

8x8 Canvas panel with gesso, and an underpainting. Then I drew this with light charcoal

She had more hair, and I decided it was too much until I looked at the photo. What was I thinking?

Added hair back in, then individual marks with a No. 2 pencil

Gracie being the biggest brat last night. Not sure what was wrong.

The final project.

This is Penelope, another Mindy Lacefield class. She was a challenge at first, but once I got going it was a lot of fun. This is on an 8x8 cheap canvas panel with a base coat of heavy gesso. Then I sketched, in paint, a basic face shape, and applied gesso over that, which became the underpainting. Let that dry, and sketched the face with a Derwent Light charcoal pencil. I am loving this style of painting: add color, deconstruct it with white, add more and pencil marks, deconstruct with white, until you have the layers and depth that you want. 

I used charcoal pencils, Stabilo All pencils, watercolor and Inktense pencils, acrylic paints, Derwent Graphtint pencils (that were just delivered yesterday), and a No. 2 pencil. Yep, like the kind you use in school. Paints are by Golden, Martha Stewart, DecoArt, and Liquitex.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay cool.

Friday, July 13, 2018


In the larger Dylusions journal

Front cover

Back cover
I had stopped working in art journals while making the tags and taking the 2 Ardith Goodwin classes. Just a lot going on, and it just was pushed to the background. I missed it. A lot. So now back to playing in a variety of journal sizes.

The first spread was drawn quickly yesterday morning. I used pencil on top of very dry Distress Oxide inks that had been applied months ago. Then added some Derwent Inktense water color pencils, activating them with a wet brush.

The bunny spread was just an experiment. I used a brayer to apply acrylic paint, then started making marks with a Derwent charcoal pencil. Smudged those, added more, and started to add paint here and there. I recently purchased some Golden GAC 100, which was a recommendation from the last Abstraction class. You mix this with paint to thin it out, and make the paint more transparent. Like using Glazing medium only more so, if that makes sense. It creates a veil of color. I used white gesso, and yep, got this nice cloud. Then worked on top of that after dry with pencils and water colors. The gesso was not as great of a resist mixed with the GAC 100, so the water colors floated nicely on top of that base. This is the only way I can learn about products, to use them.

And that is the reason I have a room full of story and I'm sticking to it!

Thursday, July 12, 2018


In the Cascades, Washington state

I was shooting in color, but this is what the camera did with the light

Part of the Chihuly exhibit at the Space Needle, Seattle WA


All of the above are from late August, 2013. Hard to believe that vacation was 5 years ago.

Pat and I are flying to Asheville, NC in September for a quick trip. The Biltmore estate is exhibiting Chihuly glass scattered in the gardens and in the mansion, and I want to see more of this incredible artist.  The above are glass. Yes, blown glass. Not only are they magnificent, but he produces large enough quantities of his art for it to be displayed all over the world. If you have the good fortune to see a Chihuly display, please also try to see it at night. The art at the Space Needle in Seattle is breathtaking.

I cleaned up the studio yesterday, and put all the tags in a drawer. I need to consider what I am going to do with them. There are 126 completed tags, from the 100 Day Project, and the 26 Weeks of Affirmations. A few more colorful, summertime feel tags are hanging in the kitchen on the garden gate. But I want to use them for something special. Accepting ideas!

Gracie turned her butt to me when I aimed the new phone for a photo. Nice.

But Mama's boy always comes through. Love ya, Jake.
Stay cool. Heat is building back in. Yeah, summer....

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Day 100

The entire stack, I think

But Mom. I don't want to be on the internet!
I have completed this challenge. Whew! Proud of the fact that I never missed a day. Even when I had nothing, sitting at the desk trying to come up with just one more idea.

Yesterday my new phone arrived. After trying to figure out how to transfer my contacts from the old phone to the new, which is just not possible for normal humans who like step by step instructions, I decided to visit my local Verizon store.

I want to state this clearly: people who work for Verizon, or AT&T, or Sprint, or Best Buy that deal with today's technology and the morons who are holding that technology in their hands do not make enough money. No idea what they are paid, but trust me, it is not near enough. I had no problem communicating what I needed, or understanding what I was being told. But while I was waiting in line, which is actually sit your butt down and play on your phone, I witnessed a woman enter the store. When approached by an employee, she asked what part was the Apple fix it section. You know. Where one of them Apple people tell you what you need to do to stop people from looking at YOUR porn on the internet that YOU posted.

I am not making this up.

The Verizon employee didn't even bat an eye. Honest. No flinch, no gasp, just explained that they didn't have an Apple section, that the Apple store is at Keystone Crossing on the north side, and was there something they could help her with? Was she a Verizon customer? Why, no, she was not. But she sure did need some advice on her IPhone.

Did I mention that during this entire conversation, she had a call on her phone that she answered as soon as she entered, and said in a loud, no nonsense voice to the person on the line, DO NOT SAY ANOTHER WORD AND HANG ON! So all of the above was going out on her line.

There was another customer sitting across from me about my age. We just looked at each other, and I swear, rolled our eyes at exactly the same second. Made my day. Worth the wait.  Have a good one.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Day 99

A wonky color wheel and a bit of collage

One of the projects in the Mindy Lacefield Primitive 2 class

Evolved to this
When I finished the 100 days of tags on this past Sunday, I was elated. At first I thought, ahhh, time to kick back and relax. It wasn't a few seconds later that I started thinking about art journaling and the classes I can take, drawing more, and it hit me. The daily habit is here to stay. That had been one of my goals with this project, to get into a daily groove of creating. Did not matter if it was a canvas, or a tag or a journal page. Just create something. And so, moving forward, more little whimsical girls to paint.
Calling this done, as in what a great learning experience. Mindy has taught me to layer upon layer, and then do it again. A few tips I will pass along:

If you want to go over color with white, do not use Golden's heavy body white. It is very opaque and creamy, and just is not the best for grunge effect or layering. I ended up using Liquitex gesso. You can see the difference in the last photo. Golden heavy body paint is in the middle of the forehead. Very bright and white, and no underneath colors are showing. Gesso is on the body and under the eyes.

A Catalyst wedge number 6 is essential. I tried a credit card, and it did not work. Took off too much paint. You need a silicone wedge to drag the paint and charcoal.

The above is truly mixed media. I used a 9x12 canvas panel. Collage pieces of old, yellow pattern papers and bleeding tissue are underneath the paint. Then heavy body gesso, then drawing with charcoal. Paint, charcoal, gesso, paint, charcoal, pencil in layers. We moved to colored pencils in the final steps. I am not completely satisfied with this, as I don't think she looks like a little girl or whimsical at all. I should have made the face rounder. But in teaching me what I wanted to learn to achieve all of that luscious glimpse of what is underneath? Perfection!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Day 98

Day 98 with a Dina stamp

This ever changing pot of petunias on my deck makes me so happy

100 Tags!!!

This is a screen shot of Instagram from last night.
I finished the last 3 tags yesterday. Started and finished, actually. I guess once I admitted I was down to the bare bones of ideas, that freed something up in my head. The very last tag is full of color which was intentional. I wanted it to end on a positive, uplifting note.

Every night after supper the dogs and I go out on the deck, and the petunias are my source of joy. So many colors in one pot. Starting to look a little depressed with the heat, even though I water them every day. I hope they last for the summer.

I have mentioned before that I started to follow Jill Faust on Instagram. THIS was her post last night, and it mesmerizes me. I can tell that she is using the same techniques that we are learning in Mindy's classes, but on a more realistic scale. I love this painting! She also has some ink videos on YouTube.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Day 97

Today's tag is a reminder to myself

Not going well at all
I have a mental block with the last 10 tags. There are only 3 days left, and not one of them is complete. I sat in that studio for over an hour yesterday, working on 5 tags at once. Pitched 2 of them in the trash I was so disgusted. Is it because we are to the end? Or am I only good for like 90 days worth of ideas? Makes me wonder.....

The Mindy's Art Club and the online classes we bought in the past few weeks are a challenge. I am enjoying the work, but have a long, long way to go. The above was just play, using Faber Castel water color pencils, Derwent Inktense water color pencils, and Neocolor II's.  The more I use the products, the better I will understand them. Have to say, the most intense color is with the Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons.

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