Friday, May 31, 2013

Found Impressionist Landscapes

1.5" squares glued into my sketchbook in prep for a June calendar spread (left)
free background download from Joanna Grant

1.5" squares glued into my sketchbook in prep for a June calendar spread (right)
free background download from Joanna Grant

Joanna Grant free background download
acrylic, Gelli Plate, collage

Joanna Grant free background download
acrylic, Gelli Plate, collage

Joanna Grant free background download
acrylic, Gelli Plate, collage

I recently downloaded 4 of Joanna Grant's free backgrounds.  I was 
starting my visual art journal calendar for June and thought I would
cut squares out of Joanna's backgrounds which I'd downloaded and 
printed.  As I looked at the squares I suddenly "found" dozens of 
"Impressionist Landscapes".  Ah! Heaven!  I messaged Joanna to tell
her of my "find".  What a dear heart.  She said "Yaaah" when I told her
I was going to make some paintings using squares cut from her backgrounds.

Joanna tells me that her free backgrounds were created using her
Gelli Plate, acrylics and collage.  Aren't they gorgeous?  Also a reminder to
play with your Gelli plate as well as look at your old watercolors, paintings, etc.
Scan them, cut them up and look for your own Impressionist Landscapes inspiration.
Yum!

Want to sew it, stuff it, paint it, journal it...the possibilities are endless.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mandala Flower Doodles

Mandala Flower Doodles

(made during Ro Bruhn's "Flower Power" workshop, 21 Secrets 2013)

Tombo and Martha Stewart brush markers,
Pitt Pen, business envelopes 
Fun Flowers on tags and bookmarks

(made during Joanne Sharpe's "Bling It On" workshop)

tags, fabric paint, glitter glue
Mandala Flower Doodles

(sketchbook doodles in an essay notebook)

Gelly Roll metallic markers, Tombo and Martha Stewart
markers, Koi watercolor, Pitt Pen

Something has come together for me recently.  I've been doodling
mandalas for many years.  All my day timers, papers and notebooks
are decorated with mandala doodles.  Not consciously "art", just
doodles.  In my "real art" life I've been going to the Botanic Garden
in Denver and drawing flowers, my favorite thing.  As I'm writing
this I realize that this is like my art and doodling during art school.
In the studio I was painting in a Neo Expressionist style and in
private I made botanical sketches.  Hmmmm.  

Know it has a lot to do with what is artistically intuitive and natural
and what is considered "legitimate" art.  Not sure what it means
but I had a revelation when I posted my mandala flower sketch on
the Dion Dior's facebook page Wisdom Circles.  Without thinking I
wrote "Wisdom Grows". Caused a psychic shiver.  Something about
drawing and painting and doodling the circular shapes of flowers
connects parts of myself as well as petals and stems.

   




Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gifts of the Muse Journal Pages: It's OK to Go Inside

"It's OK to Go Inside" pages, first stage 

Credit card scraped acrylic background, stenciled acrylic spirals
with Tombo Marker detail. Clipped out raised wall-paper scrap colored
with stamp ink, spray ink, Tombos. Magazine clips of sea vegetation.

"It's OK to Go Inside" page left

Recollections "snow" opaque marker, Pitt Pen, Office Max metallic marker
fish cut-outs recycled from copy of my prayer flags
"It's OK to Go Inside" page right

Recollections "snow" opaque marker, Pitt Pen, Office Max metallic marker
fish cut-outs recycled from copy of my prayer flags

In my visual art journaling group I've been opening each session with a 
guided imagery taking us down to a garden to meet with our creativity
muse.  In our meetings we've asked to receive a symbolic gift (like a shell,
etc.) or a message of insight and encouragement.  I've begun to call this
activity "Gifts of the Muse".  In this group my muse (yes, I meet with my
muse while doing the guided imagery) reassured me that "It's OK to
go into your shell".  I do a number of extrovert seeming things in the
world like teaching in the classroom and running groups but I am a
dyed-in-the-wool introvert.  In the US the extrovert rules and sometimes
I feel guilty or weak because I need alone time and become exhausted
when I overextend myself in the outer world.

I recently showed my psychology class this great Susan Cain
TED Talk about introversion.  

It reminded me about how our culture treats introverts like failed
extroverts.  Introverts need to remember the gifts available to 
those who turn inside to be inspired and energized.  Because I am
blogging for creatives and we tend to be an unusual and thoughtful lot
I just wanted to share my muse's words:

It's OK to be an Introvert
It's OK to be Reflective
It's OK to Think and Dream
Go inside
It's OK to go into your shell
Go inside. 



Saturday, May 18, 2013

More Envelope Art

My first window envelope art, about a year ago.  Alcohol ink and markers
http://creativecollage4journaling.blogspot.com/2012/04/art-making-opens-window-of-my-heart.html

My first envelope doodles this year, markers and Pitt pens.

Envelope 2.  Jane LaFazio inspired flowers and a blue-bird drawings.  Pitt pen, markers, Gelly Roll pens.

Envelope 3.  My more usual doodled mandala flowers. Pitt pen, markers.

Close up from envelope 3.  I really like the wavy lines and curlies.

I signed up for 21 Secrets this year when it first opened.  I've only had a chance to do the first
assignment in Ro Bruhn's "Flower Power" workshop.  In her workshop we were asked to make
flower doodles on the inside of business envelopes.  This background was used in order to add
interest to our drawings with the envelope security patterns.

I think this series of envelope doodles is interesting in terms of my various styles.  The first
doodles seem blobby and overworked.  For the second envelope I was looking at some Jane
LaFazio flower drawings.  I like the second set better, but they look like Jane LaFazio's flowers,
not mine.  I drew the bluebirds from a Google image of bluebirds and ended up being pleased
with how the male bluebird turned out.  I think the female does not exactly have a bluebird shape
but I like her as a generic bird drawing.  So, after envelope 2 I was more relaxed,
happy, playful.  I returned to my usual mandala flower doodles and even tried a curly wavy line
around my final doodle.

I'm not sure what it all means but it is interesting that my doodles progress during my three attempts.
Makes me think about how useful it is to warm up, experiment, relax and play, and persist.  Also
love the up-cycling of business window envelopes.  Life gives you phone bills?  Answer the call to creativity.