Monday, December 3, 2012

Grey day #4

Had a day of anxiety and discontentment.
I could not shake the bad mood, but I just worked through it.
I took a short walk at lunch and took a couple of pictures. It is unusually warm, but the days have been grey. I wonder if I am feeling alittle light deprivation on top of some family worry?

Well the walk was good, the soup was greasy and not so great. Have you ever had greasy tomato soup? Ugh.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Dog Ate My Art


My dog really did eat my index card a day!

I am so bummed.  I made it when I was just playing around, and it was not anything great, but I liked it and my dearest sweetest dog is addicted to paper and can't help himself.
My cat has to sit upon my art, especially when I am working on it, Murphy wants to eat it.
I have tried to get him into a twelve step program, but he doesn't think he has a problem.
See the heart in the middle?  That is from a security envelope I upcycled.  Got the idea from a friend who used them to make paper beads, and from Sarah Ahearn Bellmare, an artist I adore.

My friend who makes paper beads, is really a quilter and she asked me what it was about working with paper and found things, that I loved.
Well you might as well as me what makes me tick...why I am on this earth...what is the meaning of my life?
I don't have a clue.  But it seems for years and years and years, I have been gluing paper to things.  I remember my first decoupage (summer camp around 11 years old - I think I have it somewhere) I thought it was magical.  I remember making these big posterboards, that my older cousin showed me.  They were friendship boards - you cut out words and cool images that your friend would like and you put them all down on a big piece of poster board and if you were really cool, you would have some glitter to add, or in a pinch a few drops of glitter nail polish here and there.
Then came scrap books of photos, flyers, newspaper clippings.  Then came The Book of Happiness!

Yes, that's right, I wrote the Book of Happiness.
Well, I started a scrap book that was going to be dedicated to recording things that made me happy.  I was going to toss stuff in there and not care what order it was in, or if I put something in once a day or once a month.  I was going to document only things that made me happy (I had a tendency to dwell on the things that made me unhappy, so this was the beginning of an antidote aka Attitude Adjustment.)
Well, as it turns out, and as you may have already surmised, what I had started was my first Art Journal.
I didn't know there was such a thing then.

I would also take it to parties and friends would play in it and leave me drawings and notes reminding me of my good fortune to have such lovely people in my life.

OK, got to get up and get to work.
Hope you all are finding something you can call Happiness today.

Friday, November 23, 2012

This was an odd and beautiful thing.  I am very attracted to odd and beautiful things.  This photo was untouched...It really did look like this, on that summer night.

Though my soul may set in darkness,
it will rise in perfect light.
I have loved the stars too fondly
to be fearful of the night.

I am posting the photo now, in Late November, because I needed a celestial photo for my latest favorite quote.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Joy of Newsprint

I am crazy about this image. I was doing these faux silk screen prints and made a great cardinal that I used a couple times but this one has been sitting around in a drawer, waiting to be used, for a while.

You can see it was printed on newsprint which is my favorite art supply. I laugh at all the materials I have to choose from and I love newsprint best.  I can not get enough foreign language newspapers up here. I squirrel away a couple pages of Chinese newsprint from years ago in NYC and another that I think is Arabic.

One newspaper will do me for many many projects.  There is a small Chinese grocery in town and I should check them out for newsprint.

I had to clean up my space to make room for a watercolor class to come in and use the room.
My dear friend helped me.  She kept me company, and helped me shove things into the cabinets and puzzle piece all the things I had out on the tables.
Sometimes having too many supplies is not a good thing.  It can be overwhelming and frustrating when you know you want a big stamp or some kind of mark maker - and it is buried in among the other supplies.  
If you are forced to use what you have, and what you have is limited, it can help stretch your imagination and creativity.
I love the Index Card A Day (ICAD) project because we do so much with so little.

I also like that newsprint is free.

This is the most recent ICAD

This is a card I made for my Mom.

This is a piece I started to experiment with the technique of using the newspaper around
the negative space.  I am moving forward with this technique on the big canvas piece.

This is a section of an all paper collage, no paint.  I have been sitting around wondering if this is done... think it is.  I like it just the way it is. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What The Heck?!!!

I got pulled over AGAIN!
He said I was going 71mph on Rt 3 on my commute to work!
Now...he was driving toward me, how could he possibly have clocked me?
I am not really sure what speed I was doing, but I really, truly, almost never speed!
He did not give me a ticket.
If he had, I might have just thrown myself off the local bridge.
He just gave me a warning to be more mindful of my speed and I promised I would.

I promise I promise I promise.
I will watch my speed MUCH more closely.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Current Action In The Studio

 So I decided to play with my favorite things...glue, paint, newspaper.  I had this idea for the big yellow canvas but I wanted to try it out first before I committed to the canvas.  I like it...however...I am not sure if I should go inside the hand or outside the hand.  

I am leaning toward outside the hand.

 I am also working on my envelope book pieces.  I went through the collection and through out a bunch of them till I got five good envelopes - good for different reasons...good size, good labels and writing to cover up, good torn edges, good smooth edges.  I came to an amazing realization...I have a binding machine!
Two years ago Hubby gave me one from my Christmas wish list.
I thought I would bind bind bind bind bind bind bind.
I bound nothing.
You know how it have all these great plans and along comes life.

So I am thinking about this envelope project.  I want to upcycle these large envelopes I get all the time in the office.  I want to use them for art journal pages because they are cheap and I don't have to worry about ruining them if my art isn't any good....but I at some point I got stuck, stopped working on that project because I didn't know how to bind them.  They are envelopes and have an interior space, so I thought I could bind them like a book signature but really, with only one open end it really is more like
a single sheet of paper...
The binding machine is the answer!
I am looking forward to making my vision come through!
More on this project to come.

Now for something completely different.

This is a project I started many moons ago.  
I played with my favorite things...glue and newspapers...especially foreign newspapers.
I played with picking scraps and images intuitively from my piles and boxes.
So I am really fond of this very loose collage, but I don't know what to do next.
I am thinking I might just put a frame on it and be done with it.
But it just doesn't feel finished.
Again...we shall see.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Took a drive to Lowville to pick up medicine for Mom. Got stopped for speeding on 177. Did not realize I was chugging along at 71. Usually put my cruise control on. Sigh.
Before I got busted, I took a brief to toodle on Tug Hill and got some yummy photos. Perhaps I will use them in a piece. I am hooked on Hipstamatic!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sorting Stuff

Moved in another batch of supplies and junk. Some of this stuff needs to be given away and a few things should be tossed. I have really enjoyed having a room of my own and time set aside for creativity. I have also enjoyed cleaning up my home of all the clutter. When it comes down to it I don't really need a lot of stuff. Mostly I like using scraps and newspapers and acrylics. If I had to, I could get along without much else.
Luckily I don't have to.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What a Great Day

Went out to Number Four NY with our niece and nephew from Staten Island. It was their first visit, but they promise to come again this summer. It was beautiful weather this summer, even if it was hard to deal with family illnesses. But today was almost perfect.
Today was full of smiles and hugs and Oreo cows and cider mill donuts, and walks in the woods and drives in the sunshine.
It was a wonderful day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Update on big canvas

Ink Love

I have a new love in my life. Yellow India ink. I never knew such a marvel existed!! It is golden and rich and looks like it could be opaque. I dropped some on my big painting and loved the look. Will use it on my art journal soon.

Friday, October 5, 2012

October is Frog Season

Dear Mr. And Mrs. Frog,
Please ask your children to not sit in front of my steps at night. If there are delicious bugs in the area, please sit to the left side where I am least likely to step on them.
They are beautifully camouflaged by the way. I know you must be proud. I saw one that I thought was a leaf and another I thought was a rock.
I appreciate all you do around the house and expect our coexistence to continue happily. I just thought I should let you know the babies are putting themselves in harms way when it is dark and I am walking the four footed one that likes to put his nose on you (once in a while).
Please be assured I will always pick them up gently and move them to a safe place if it seems they have gotten into trouble.
All the best,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Turbo Collage

Big thanks to Roben-Marie Smith for posting a how to use TurboCollage on Vimeo. Love it!

IT'S ONLY OCT 4!!!!!!!

I was in Syracuse today for a doctor's appointment. After waiting two hours then seeing her for 30 minutes, I took myself to lunch at Panera. Am I the last person on earth to fall in love with Panera? I have only had a few things, but they have been great!

After lunch I stopped in at Hobby Lobby...this is the plus side of having to drive through three counties to see a specialist.

I headed straight to the clearance section and got some goodies...picked up a few odds and ends that I can not get in Watertown, and went to check out...
This is what I saw-

Hard to believe

I forgot pencils. Not one in my studio tonight. Ugh. It has been a frustrating day all around.

Monday, October 1, 2012

I spent three glorious hours in my studio last night.
Three hours that went by in a flash of quiet creativity.
When I arrived at my next appointment I told my friends I felt like I was on mood altering drugs; I haven't had a day like that in months...maybe years.

I only worked on one piece.
It is a piece that I did a few years ago and put aside because I did not like it and I did not know what to do next.

 So I covered it with gesso.

 Stamped all over it with Staz-on.

 Kept stamping.

 Made myself a new stamp with craft foam (the round one)
 Tore up some safety envelopes and glued down the strips.

 Tore up some old ledger paper and glued down strips

then glued down a few more.
It hardly sounds like I did much, but I enjoyed every minute of it!
I can't wait to get in there and get some more paint on it.
More later!