Things to think about.

Another small view…

Art: Old Soul

  painting acrylic

Before Christmas, I showed you a little peek of a very old acrylic painting that I started when I was young. I recently found another unfinished work that I began in the 1980’s. I will probably either finish or redo this one also. I don’t know if I will keep the original theme on this one, but the small part I’m showing you in this image, I still like.

I am influenced by so much around me. Another small window into a collaborative project spread. Soon.

How about a peek at another layout? Just a little, though! I had a great day in the studio yesterday, working with a friend, chatting, sharing thoughts and ideas! Thank you, Madeline!

I know it’s been a while, and you probably don’t remember, but I showed you a sneek peek of this small bit of a larger work when it was in the very beginning stages. It’s now finished, and you’ll get to see the whole thing before the end of the month!

Have you ever been trying to draw something like a mandala, using a plastic protractor, and your tool slides as your drawing? It’s happend to me a lot over the years. It can be frustrating, and makes it difficult to construct something precise! Well, recently I was shopping in Plunkett’s Stationery in Tucson, Arizona, and I came across these stickers! Since then, I’ve also discovered that you can get them on Amazon.

A while back, I showed you the art journal that I made from a pad of paper. I completed it at the end of November and you can read more about it here. I made it specifically for Laly Mille’s The Artist and The Journal class. On the first day of 2020, I made the first marks in this new book! I began by writing a journal entry.

When I was shopping in Tucson over the holidays, I found these tiny address books in Plunket’s Office Supplies. They are actually a vinyl cover over a small, inserted booklet. The price was about $3.50 each. These are a bit bigger than our A8 micro art journals, but they work very well as a protective cover. So, I cut papers and covers to make several micro art journals.

So, what are we building? A mixed-media burger! Yum! The point of this exercise was to figure out for myself, what my mixed-media layers are/should be. This concept comes from Karen Campbell. You can learn more about this method by watching her Mixed Media Hamburger series of videos. Before I watched these, I had the basic idea, and had actually executed a previous art journal of paper dolls. But I had some issues that needed resolution.

Adding large definition to the shapes on the page with Caran d’ache. Printed paper collage, matte medium, on gessoed art journal page. Coloring added with Caran d’Ache and matte medium.

Plating up some more collage! Printed paper collage, matte medium, on gessoed art journal page.

Just a sneak peek at something I’m cooking up today! Printed paper collage, matte medium, on gessoed art journal page.

I am surprised at how many artists do not keep an art journal/sketch book. I’ve used one for years, and I find that they are invaluable learning tools for me. I have recently started a new one, in a 12-inch by 9 inch, Bee, Super Deluxe Mixed Media Book. I really like these books because the paper is excellent. I can use it for pretty much any medium and it works well.

In the continuing development on this piece, the lavender has been advanced with more foliage and contrast. Working with color in pencil form has been interesting. Caran d’Ache, Inktense, Stabilo, Albrecht Dürer, matte medium on 300 lb Arches.