Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
As I'm working regularly in one journal I've discovered a couple preferences (I won't call them rules--rememeber NO RULES!). I find that I like the facing pages in spreads to have some sort of relationship to each other, whether it is spatial, color, or subject. I'm also enjoying when a process like stitching and some types of painting effect the other side of the page. Sometimes I just cover it up, but its fun to use it--a kind of 'twofer". I stitched around these bone prints (yup, my dog's old marrow bones!) and got a bonus design on the other side of the page.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A few warm days have finally melted most of the snow and last years garden is emerging from underneath. I collected some tissue-thin hosta leaves and glued them down, thinking I might paint over them but I like the natural color with a bit of winter dirt mixed in.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I've found that I don't really get cooking on a project until I have a good amount of chaos surrounding me. But even my tolerance for clutter was tested today and I spent the afternoon sorting a huge pile of paper and collage "stuff" that I have collected. I now have a virtual rainbow of clear folders each with its own color of paper stacked neatly on my work table. Lovely to look at but will I be able to work under such tidy conditions?
Monday, March 16, 2009
I attended a meeting of a journal group at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts tonight. We watched a film about the photographer Peter Beard, the original "scrapbooker". He kept journals during his time in Africa filled with sketches, photos and lots of ephemera, including snake and animal skins, and apparently lots of blood. We laughed about adding that idea to our own journals. When I got home I(accidentally) put my hand down on a little piece of glass on the counter and, of course, had to quickly wipe the blood into my sketchbook! Now that is dedication to art.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I'm wondering why a disproportionate number of my daily sketches are of breakfast......am I just a morning person? Is breakfast food more visually appealing? Maybe it's just that I take the time in the morning before I get into the busy-ness of the day.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
So, Barbie and I are both 50. That's just a bit depressing. I mean look at that figure and skin! And the stylish wardrobe and sports cars. But I console myself knowing that I ran a marathon this year and there is NO WAY that girl is doing that with those feet!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I spent some time sketching and thinking about our cat Holly today. She is nearly eighteen years old and has used way more than her alloted nine lives. She put up with four children, three dogs and a few unruly neighbor cats with nary a complaint. She has earned her retirement.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
That is the title of a small article in the paper today about Ghandi's personal possesions being put up for auction. There was a picture of his sandals, watch and glasses. Later in the day, I found an old postcard of Ghandi that we bought years ago tucked in the back of a book. Seemed like a nudge that I needed to pay attention to.