It's been awhile since I've shared photos from my journal(s) and since i'm just not feeling chatty, I hope you will enjoy these and they will suffice until i have something interesting to say.
The first 3 spreads are from my "Child" journal - it's made from a child's board book and so far, every spread has been about the child part of me even though it was not intentional. The other two pages are from one of my other journals. i have about 5 active journals, i jump from one to the other - now isn't that just typical of me!
Lately i've been enjoying the music of her and him
Thanks for stopping by, wishing you happy and creative days ahead...
A painting i did today using Claudine Hellmuth's paints and brushes. i was honestly impressed by the creaminess of the paint, a small amount provided good coverage, even when I diluted it with water or medium; it's easy to tell that it's highly pigmented and very good paint. And the brushes were great, just the sizes I often use for the detail work, and I'm always on the lookout for good inexpensive brushes. My goals with this painting were: (1) to keep it simple and fairly sparse - a good challenge for me as my paintings tend to be pretty layered and busy for the most part - and (2) to use only Claudine's paints. It's good to give myself challenges these kinds of challenges I find - it's really so easy to slip into the way i usually paint. This was a pleasant stretch for me.
Finally! Here are photos of the student work from Tales from the Land of Odd, one of the two classes I taught in Phoenix at Art Unraveled. The class was a mix of women who had never painted to those who had done a bit or a lot of painting. They were kind enough to allow me to photograph their work so I could show them off, even though some of theme weren't finished. I was proud of each one of of them, trying new techniques, playing with color and line, many way out their comfort zone, and the work that came out of that class was a reflection of the creative energy percolating in the room that day. The piece above was done by a woman who was brand new to painting!
Go to my sidebar where there is a photo album marked Art Unraveled 2009 - Land of Odd to see all the class photos. I apologize to any students for work I may have missed, please feel free to email me photos and I'll add them to my photo album.
Finally - photos of student work from this class! It takes me a while to go through photos and post, just part of my procrastinating nature I guess, but rest assured it is no reflection on how much fun I have at this Phoenix art retreat, it was wonderful. Linda and Chuck who organize the event, have thought out every detail, making it all run smoothly. The people who attend are some of the friendliest you will meet anywhere and i always come home with a warm and grateful heart, tucked full of friends, both old and new.
In this class, students did a lot of small paintings which would eventually get culled down to eight that would mount and bind into a handmade book. Only an ambitious few got done with the entire project in class, most would work on them on their own, and hopefully finish them at some point.
For some, this way of painting felt as comfortable as an worn-in slipper, seeing shapes and stories in paint like they see them in clouds, linoleum, trees, everywhere. For others it felt like a big stretch, a new way of seeing and experiencing what they visually see. Everyone did beautiful work and here is a sampling - you can see all of the student work in a folder I created on my sidebar labeled Art Unraveled 2009. I apologize for any paintings I didn't photos of.
i'm back after a wonderful and full teaching experience in phoenix at art unraveled. i have beautiful photos of student work and thoughts to share but for now i'm taking some needed time to bask in the quiet and green here in the country and find my balance. xo