Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekly Prompt from Art Squared

This weeks prompt was "circles". I do circles! Lots of circles! Not with any meaning though, so I had to think about it for a while. I thought about the circle of life, I thought about eternal love with no beginning and no end. Then I thought about going round and round and round with Joni Mitchell in the circle game. Ah, yes, Joni Mitchell. If I were an artist I would have drawn a scene from Fiddler on the Roof, with the words to Sunrise Sunset. On the other hand, I could have searched the web for pictures but I didn't have time. My own fault to be sure, but I kind of like the circle game...and I love Joni Mitchell.

Hope you like it!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Unfinished Page

I seem to be having a problem finishing a page lately. Well, more of a problem than usual. I think I'm enjoying creating backgrounds so much that I just move on to another one when I feel it's done. Then there are the god-awful ugly ones that no one could work through. Believe me, I've been working them for weeks and getting no where.

This one I like and I don't think I'm going to add anything to it.

This one needs more work.

This is the result of too many layers. I should have quit long ago when it looked a lot better.

What I really like is the weekly challenge from Art Squared. It's so much easier for me when I don't have to come up with something, (my brain just doesn't work the way it once did). I hope more people join in because I think it's fun and easy and it forces you to create! I'll be uploading this weeks page later on.

I've also just signed up for Gulfsprite's 30 Days of Art Journaling. I'm really looking forward to this class! Christy is so talented! You need to view her YouTube videos and see for yourself. Then sign up for her $1.00 a day, I don't know why anyone wouldn't sign up! I'm so thrilled that she's sharing her knowledge with us! You can find her video about the class on YouTube or click on the 30 Days of Art Journaling button over there on the right -------> A little further up...there you go.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Weekly Prompt from Art Squared

This weeks prompt was "Today". I thought I'd go through the news to see how the day was shaping up for the rest of the world. Although my day was progressing nicely, it sure wasn't so elsewhere. There were far worse things in the news that day, but I purposely left them out.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This is what I've been thinking about lately. I just don't know what it's going to take for me to get it back into gear. I've gained so much weight I feel like a bloated Pillsbury Dough Boy.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Art is...

I made this in response to a weekly prompt at Art Squared, a blog showcasing Lita and Samara, "two artsy types, two distinct styles, one weekly prompt". Everyone is invited to join in and post a link to your own interpretation of the prompt. I'm super happy with this piece, and can't wait to see what they have in store for the next!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Samara Gugler, I love you!

I followed a tutorial that Samara Gugler posted on YouTube and made this! I was so shocked by the color I obtained from my watercolor crayons...shocked I tell you. My pic doesn't hold a candle to Samara's work but i'm quite pleased with it, and happy to have learned so much from this exercise!

Thank you Samara for sharing your knowledge, and for allowing me to create something I could have never done before!

To view some of Samara's colorful journal pages, click here.

To view Samara's YouTube video, click here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Calendar Art

I read an article in the Fall issue of Artful Blogging, by Kate Crane, about an online calendar challenge. One look at that calendar and I was hooked. I wanted to make one right then and there. The Flickr site was like a chocolate factory to creative calendar after another. The colors, the designs, the little drawings and squiggles, the backgrounds and stamps. A visual vat of yumminess! I don't know how many times I went to the Flickr site but it was a LOT. I just couldn't get enough of all that goodness!

I spent most of the day Thursday thinking and planning how I would make a calendar, and then proceeded to put one together that looked nothing like what was in my head. But I did it and I'm moving forward with it. It was fun to make, I have all month to play with it, and I can't wait to make one for September!

Each month Kate starts a new post for the calendar. Check this one out for the end of July/beginning August. All you do is join in with a link to your blog or to Flickr. Easy peasy. If you want to join the challenge, hop on over and read all about it! It's a year long challenge, but you don't have to join in every month, and you can begin whenever you want to! I like this!

Friday, August 5, 2011

I'm a girl, I'll change my mind if I want to....

...and I want to. Just five days after declaring freedom from counters and comments I'm putting them back. My blog seems so naked without them! I really do appreciate the comments that are left by people, I just get funky now and then and feel bad about the comments NOT left, the traffic I'm NOT getting, blah, blah, blah. But hey, if you don't want to leave a comment, fine. If you do, thank you and I hope you have nothing but sunshine and lollipops and rainbows for the rest of the day!

I've been SO touchy lately! I swore I wasn't going to say it but geez, there's just no reason for all this bitchiness, unless it's Mercury in retrograde. HA!



Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Way back in November, I took a Creative Doodling class with Traci Bautista. Did I blog about it....? I'm not sure....I know I've mentioned that I can't doodle worth a doodle, and that I flunked the class, but I certainly didn't post any doodles, at least not ones created by moi. Even with Traci starting the doodle for you, I had a hard time getting it. It was a great course, well worth the money, and Traci is fabulous. I just didn't think it worked for me.

ANYWAY, I pulled out one of the sketchbooks I have and found some doodles I had done...doodles I did....sounds odd either way! Hey, they weren't half bad for a grown woman! Any kid could do better but it's been a long time since I was a kid. And since I seem to have found this new sense of I-don't-give-a-damn, I think I'm going to post them. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did making them because I have lots more!

These were done in combinations of regular crayon, watercolor crayon, markers and Tulip fabric paint. This was just to get us used to doodling. It wasn't until I started using color rather than plain black marker that I started to like them.

Background was sprayed with Glimmer Mist just for the color. I thought if I didn't shake it up I wouldn't have much glimmer, and I didn't.

I need to go back and outline the flower in this one so it can be seen. The stem of the flower turns into an arrow and pierces the heart.