Friday, June 27, 2014

It's LAUNCH DAY!

With excitement (and nervousness), I'm proud to announce the launch of my new project - A WEE BIT WARPED - The ZINE.  What is it?!??  Details at http://aweebitwarped.com/thezine

Hope you'll take a look and join in on the adventure!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just ONE MORE DAY!!!

One more day until my new project launches!  Excited!  All the details will be over at www.aweebitwarped.com tomorrow.  Don't worry...I'll remind ya.  HAHA :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TWO DAYS!

If you follow my Facebook page, you may know that I'm counting down!  Just TWO DAYS until the launch of my special project.  YAY!!!

P.S.  I'm going to be posting more often on my new website/blog than here most likely.  (www.aweebitwarped.com)  Hope you'll join me over there!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Awake

Well, I couldn't say what woke me up around 2:30 AM this morning, but I knew I wasn't going back to sleep.  At least some good came out of it...
And in an awesome, completely last minute burst of spontaneity, I'm headed to Mississippi on Sunday to Art-Is-You Dixie art retreat.  I can't wait to see everyone, and to get in THREE WHOLE DAYS of art and fun!  WOOHOO!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Rescuing Ruth

I got up this morning exhausted from being woken up repeatedly by large crashes of thunder that sounded like they were right on top of our roof.  The worst one was around 3:30 this morning, I think.  Not the best way to wake up.
 
Anyway, I woke up tired, so to wake up a little, I headed into the art closet.  The journal was still open to this page, so contrary to what I thought yesterday, I decided to try to rescue it.... mainly because of Ruth.  Ruth is the woman in the photo.  She's a relative of my Dad's, and my Mom helped take care of her and her daughter.  When Ruth passed away, my Mom gave me a lot of her old travel ephemera, greeting cards, and some duplicates of photos which now occasionally show up in my artwork. 
At any rate, when I looked at Ruth this morning, she told me to power through and make her proud.  So I'm working on it.  It also helped that when I'm tired and pre-caffeine in the morning, I have the patience for painting a little more, well... patiently.
 
I still have more rework to do, but it's getting closer to where I want it to be.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The one that got away

I really only like to work on a journal page a couple of times.  When it starts to get too fussy or too detailed, it no longer meets the purpose (for me) of journaling.  This one has gotten about four turns.  Way more than the allowance.  I pretty much know what needs to be done to "fix" it, but because that doesn't sound fun, I'm moving on.  Maybe I'll come back to this train wreck someday.  There are some good parts here and there.  Orrrrrrrrrrr.. maybe not.  P.S.  The words are from the Wake Me Up song by Avicii.  I'll have to add that somewhere along the way.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Art breaks are better than lunch breaks anyway

Lately it's all been work, work, and more work.  Today I decided I needed an art break to do some journaling.

So I started with my usual journal.  I don't know if I've ever shown what these pages start like, but my journal is a Victoria's Secret limited edition set of 3 books that I found at Goodwill a few years ago for $10.  The pages start out something like the one below, so I immediately throw down some gesso (primer) or paint to cover up the half nekkid ladies.
 Ack!  Too much gesso...
 I used an old credit card to take some off and flatten the gesso out.
Then I painted with some inks and messed a tiny bit with Pan Pastels.  At this point, I had no idea what I was doing and left it.
When I came back, I decided to dig in the paper pile and chose whatever colors made me happy.  After digging a bit more, I found the Archiver's ad on the right which had the same colors.  Coincidence, I suppose, but I'm attracted to bright colors, so I guess not really.
 After some paint, cutting, gluing and drawing, a journal page is born.