Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lyrical: A New Online Class I am Taking

I am taking an online class called lyrical.  Roxanne Cobble is teaching it. http://bybun.com/  The journal spread we do are based on lyrics to songs we pick for ourselves.  I have music on in the studio all the time so I was all over this.  She taught several different techniques and I used several of them in the spreads.

This is my first spread for the class. The song is Words Underlined by Jesse Marchant.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jXlEn-wBHg

This is the second spread.  This one is using the song Paradise by City and Colour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsSdcilH2Ek

This is the third spread.  The song is Adrift by Jesse Marchant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTA6_bc5Y3s

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Design Challenge

This post is about a project i did for a company called Stencil Girl.  http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/ They sell stencils that are designed by artists and designers. I was asked to be a part of their Voices- where they ask artists to try out new stencils for those in their stencil club.  I received the stencils in advance and then came up with this project a carousel book. The stencils for August were designed by Mary Nasser.http://www.marycnasser.com/  She used subway maps as her source for these very cool stencils. I don't often do this sort of thing but this has been very fun and I liked the challenge.  I used my eBrush- this is an airbrush system that uses artist markers instead of paint.  The first photo is of the stencils. Then the front of the book  the back of the book and the inside of the opened book.  The black Silhouettes I cut out of black cardstock and are not stencils.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Collage Collaboration

I just finished part of a collage collaboration with Scott Hatt http://scotthatt.tumblr.com/.  Scott started 6  4 x 6 inch collages and sent them to me to finish and I started 6 for him to finish and mailed off those today.  I finished Scott's starts today. I will share Scott's finsihes to my starts when he completes them.
Scott's first 3 starts

My finishes

The next three are these three finishes shown Separately.


Here are Scott's next three starts

Below is are my finishes

Below are my finishes shown apart


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Journal Time

Was journal time today-was feeling way off kilter- we had a storm early Thursday morning with 100mph winds and it took out some of our trees- that is always heartbreaking to me and then backbreaking dealing with it all and then the crazy week politically - it's almost hard to escape it- so needed my safe place to work in. This title is Shortcut- It is about many things but the quote is from what Orly Avineri said in the class I was in of hers in April- wow can it be that long ago already? I had not set out to do this but it is what came out and I am feeling good about it. I am starting to get more comfortable using my own face in my work- I struggle as I was told that doing that was vain ( thank you mother- I believed you for years) I have to say I am looking and reading Erin Faith Allen's incredible book The Underneath-( and by the way that book is nothing short of deep and she has bared her soul) reading of her doing self portraits has stuck with me. So thank you Orly Avineri https://oneartistjournal.com/ and thank you Erin Faith Allen. http://www.erinfaithallen.com/


Monday, July 11, 2016

New Book!

I am excited as a project I was a part of just came out in a book.  Art art pals, John Arbuckel http://artjuvenation.blogspot.com/ Brian Kasstel  http://www.briankasstle.com/ and Thomas LaBadia https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasoo/with/10915962744/ were a part of this.  Author and artist Jill K. Berry had put out a call for proposals for a book she was doing Making Art from Maps.  John and I brainstormed and came up with a mail art project.  We were planning a Creative Gents (that's what we call ourselves ) retreat here in Bemidji at my home.  So we made mail art postcards  and I made articulated art dolls of us using maps from where we are from- Thomas altered our faces in Photoshop. This was over a year ago we did this project.  The retreat here did happen last year June 2015.  The first Photo is the book cover then are some shots of the dolls and my post card I made.  This was such a fun project.  The book is full of map awesomeness - some how-to projects and a great gallery of map art done by artist from all over the world.





 Terry with Bemidji Postcard he made.

 Front side of the postcard Terry made.

 Backside of Terry's postcard

My three pals

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Celebration of a Milestone

I realize often when I share my spreads here they are often  dealing with some difficult feelings or experiences. Today I want to share my happiness with you as I celebrate my 40th anniversary with the most wonderful man. Still finding it hard to believe that it has been that long. The journey has been an amazing one- yes there was the occasional flat tire here or there but I am so very blessed. I want to thank all of you as well- because friends play a big role in our relationship.  Here is a quote that I love about an anniversary:
“The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life.”

 Hugh Walpole, Sr.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Love Will Get Us Through

I can't find who wrote this but I feel it is well said:
 Do not pray for Orlando. If you're going to pray for anyone, pray for the members of Congress (111 Republicans - 2 Democrats) who voted against hate crimes legislation to help protect gay people. Pray for the politicians who stepped over the bodies of your dead children to collect campaign contributions and kick backs from gun lobbies. And pray for the multitude of Americans, who despite yet another mass shooting, will still deny we have a gun problem in this country. Pray for them. They need it more. The dead don't need your prayers.

Such a devastating event- 50 people dead- and so many injured- scarred emotionally and physically. Had to seek shelter in my journal to process. So many are targets- women, people of different races- and LGBT people. The hate is hard to understand let alone be one of the targeted groups. Letting my friends love pour into me. I had to get my feeling put into a visual form. Hug the ones you love and be kind to all you can- The only way I can survive this is with love. I send my love out to you all.