Saturday, December 28, 2013

Digging Deep

I am taking an online class titled Book of the Night.  This class is taught by Juliana Coles. The class is about exploring our dark side-  we all have that and it is something  I'll bet many of you like me- don't find to be comfortable.  I bound a journal for this class using black paper for it.  This is such new territory for me but I have to say it feels so real and authentic.  While I still love to make collages and will continue to do so- this class is taking me to new ways of thinking and feeling using the visual journal as the vessel for this. I bound this journal with some pages that fold out- those long journal spreads that you see here are 22 inches long.  I am finding this to be a good way to end the year and begin the new one.  The experience of using image and words to explore parts of myself I find uncomfortable has been and I am sure will continue to be full of challenges and insights.  I have always loved visual journaling but this class has helped me take this to a whole other level.
I wish all of you a happy new year.  May it be filled with art making and discovery.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Studio Play Session

I have been working on some pretty intense art journaling of late and needed a break.  I had a play session in the studio yesterday and had a great time.  I did these Gelli prints.  It is pure experimentation and it is so freeing.  I am going to use a couple of these for the covers to an art journal I plan to make soon. My foot in the lower photo adds a personal touch don't you think? LOL.

Friday, December 13, 2013

December Reds

I am in two different artist trading card groups.  One of the groups has theme choices- so I picked the red theme and did all my cards to that theme.  I worked their initials into each one.  I must say that after doing the orange and blue themes and now this red one- I do like working with color as a starting point.  I have been doing these cards since the later 90s and really never tire of it- it always amazes me what you can do in a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch space.
We are well into a bitter start to winter here in the northern Minnesota woods- have had some days where the actual high temps were well below zero.. this severe cold arrived after 16 inches of snow last week.  Good weather for hiding in the studio.
I wish you all a holiday season full of joy and of course art!  Thanks for visiting my blog this past year.  More art to come in the new year!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Finished Books

                                                                 FRONT COVER

                                                       TWO INSERT BOOKS

                                                             RIGHT FLAP FOLDED IN

                                             STANDING UPRIGHT VIEW OF THE BOOK

                                        CENTER SPREAD OF LEFT SIDE ADDED BOOK

This set of photographs is of one of the three books I finished for the online class I took titled The Thread That Weaves from Roxanne Stout.  This class really lit my fire.  I made three books actually- you can see the others on my Flickr page- see link on the right side of the blog.  I love making books and especially like artist books- I use to make lots of blank books- but now I am interested in the content.  I also like that people can interact with it- when they hold it and open it up.  Thank you Roxanne for a wonderful experience.