Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Curious Bundles-the class


I recently took Susie LaFond's  online class-"Curious Bundles."  I have long admired her work-and here was an opportunity to see her process.  It was well worth the cost.  I've made my first "bundle" as she calls them
and am hooked.  I now have a great way to use fabrics i've been hoarding for years for that "special" project.  In her class you learn 3 different books and some extra techniques to use in your books.
   I can't wait to try it all.  Here are some pictures of my first bundle.

section of bundle-

bundle with blank pages-each pocket can hold loose journal pages or art













pocket close -up

close up of bundle. 
Screen pocket
another section with blank pages
 I really hated to cover all my fun fabrics with the pockets so i added some screen pockets. I "outlined" them in coordination fabrics and sewed them on-so you get a peek of the art or fabric.
inked and stitched
here is bundle spread out with decorated pages ready to journal or play on


 Looking forward to more inspiration from this class!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Journaling By 5's

front cover
I mentioned Jb5 in my last blog post (and linked it) so I thought i would post some pictures of my book in
progress.  I am not left brained, therefore i am not adhereing to the 15 min time limit.  I don't obsess over what i am going to do-i just smear paint and slap on paper.  So far I have painted (and inked) and added some background papers.  Next i will add my focal images to each spread.
back cover


view of pages

spead 1

spread 2

















Each of my pages were painted white first. I then added paints w/a credit card and kitchen spatula thing from dollar tree.  Since I wanted my pages to be more cohesive, I sprayed each one with ink and water and rubbed it around to cover the entire page.  I used mostly vintage photo, bit of walnut ink and frayed burlap.  The page to the left i used black because it went better with the colors.
spread 3

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Houston Bound

April 10th found me bound for Houston to visit my friend Shannon. Although I had not seen her since 2007 when a group of us got together in Fredricksburg,  I know pretty much everything that has gone on in her life thanks to youtube and facebook. :)
i'm pretty sure this is what lives in the room in the attic.  Accessed from the guestroom.
  My 4 1/2 hr trip turned into a traffic nightmare-2 separate wrecks-huge back-ups.  I finally had to pull off and kill time (better than sitting in traffic) so i perused Texas Art Supply  and waited out the traffic.  When google maps said it was a 30 min drive, i hit the road.    We spent the evening catching up on life, talking about art and watching a movie. Jayson too-well, he watched the movie with us-he didn't care about the girl/art talk.
  Sat i got up, did my "routine" then appeared downstairs.  Shannon had scheduled a"Journaling by 5's" get together at her house-which coincided with my trip.  There were 8 of us in attendance.  Shannon came up with a way for people who are too anal retentive to just journal-to slap stuff in there w/out thinking so you
can actually do it.  (my words)  you can see the video-or the info about Jb5 by looking at her page on you tube (link above)  We had a lot of laughs.  We were tired after that so both decided to nap.  i read, then actually slept for about 30 min. she didn't.  We snacked, watched 2 movies-jayson and shannon had a few words about lighting when i turned off a lamp.  Apparently that is an issue with them :)  had i known, the light would have stayed on-

 Sunday we ventured into Houston to check out Glenwood Cemetery.  Can not believe i've never seen this one as many trips as i've taken to houston-AND it's right by an area i hang out in.  We got out of the car and i figured there would be no problem  (this will link you to her video of our "trip") finding our way back when we were done. HA.  little did i know how big this place was-84 acres.  Hilly, treed acres.  At least we got to see areas we wouldn't have seen had we not been lost.  When we made it back to the car-it was off to Auntie Chang's.  (only chinese food i like) if you can call lemon chicken chinese.  but theirs is the best.  We got our sustenance, then off we went to the Menil museum. Shannon wanted me to see the hairy cheese. We saw old and modern art.  OK. so "art" might not be what some would call it.  Like the hairy child's legs coming out of the sink.  Or the silhouette's-where one image of a woman pushing a man? into an oven was questionable.  At least where her tongue was. (the sink replaced the Hairy Cheese)   We wondered to the Rothko chapel.  looked at the large canvases w/different shades of black.  Then went to see the Frescoes.   They were gone. In their place was a yr long exhibit.  The Infinity Machine    The most awesome thing i've ever seen as far as art goes.  If you are in houston this yr, i suggest you see this-it's free and worth the time.  We spent a good 45 min watching it rotate, seeing something different everytime it went around.  We also decided we'll each be starting our own collection of vintage mirrors.  a good way to end the outing.
  Sun night was snack night, watched Game of Thrones then visited and painted in journals.  And caught up on more life issues.   Mon i packed it up and headed home.  I made 3 stops, decided since i was "in the area" i needed auntie chang's again.  not like they will notice.  Wrong.  The same guy waited on me as did sun.  AND remembered a)what i drank and b) what i ordered...that's service!
  At this point traffic would be bad, so i took the "backroads" to 45-and hit one more art store for good measure.  FINALLY got home at 10:30   It was a good weekend, good laughs, met new people and got to eat at Auntie Chang's. 

"The Infinity Machine" at the Menil Collection's Byzantine Fresco Chapel



Saw this installation in Houston last weekend, (April 12)
If you are going to be in houston this year i suggest you put it on your "must see" list.  My friend Shannon and I sat there for 45 min taking it in from every angle.  It is mesmerizing and soothing.  It's now my "happy place" when something makes me mad.  The video does not do it justice-you can't really see the scope of the project.  It hangs 28 or 29 ft high and rotates slowly. It is just awesome.  We were hoping that they were
having one of those "guess how many" (mirrors) contests and the winner could take it home. But they weren't.  I was going to go back monday before i left town-I liked it that much, but they are closed mon/tues.
We both said we wanted one and started thinking of how many mirrors we had already in our possession...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Time Flies...

Christmas Table

Dad, Ty,Patrick, Travis, Gary's head




Again, i find myself realizing just how long since i last posted. (partly due to fact that dog chewed up my cord to upload photo's and I dislike doing it manually or via my phone.)  So I take pictures, then I just don't post.
 So, to catch up.  December went by fairly quickly.  hosted family at our house this yr since my parents moved away...It was nice to have them here and forced me to clean the house (sort of).
Dining Room with lights I strung
Suzanne, Mom, Dad, Addie
 A good friend's husband passed away suddenly in jan.  Had me depressed and thinking about what my life would be were that to happen to me.  Some major reflection.  Another family member is battling cancer-praying that it's not what they are thinking it is. (it was, she passed away Feb 13.)
 On a better note, i met up with a friend for some art time a few wks ago.  We made some tote bags that had been on the back burner for a few yrs.  She bought some cool fabric at the Country Living Fair in atlanta several yrs ago and said she wanted to make bags with it.  (oilcloth) so we finally got together since life
allowed us both at the same time.  I've been on a bag-making roll ever since.  I think i've done 5 so far with several others cut out or "in the works."   Pictures soon
One of many bags








Sunday, December 07, 2014

5 X 5 small works project

From the blog of Seth Apter:
my piece w/flaps down
This collaborative art project began as an extension to my first book, The Pulse of Mixed Media, in which contributing artists responded to questions and prompts by creating art. As a way to involve additional artists, I placed an open call on my blog for contributors to submit work for an online exhibition. Artists were asked to create new work, in the form of a 5" x 5" square and in any medium, that answered one or more of the following questions: 
1. If your artwork could talk, what would it say?
2. Who has had the most impact on your creative life?
3. What is one thing you have never shared with the creative community?
More than 75 international artists contributed over 110 works. All works were initially published on my blog in a series of posts. Subsequently, the 5 x 5 project was featured in an 8 page spread in the November/December 2012 issue of Somerset Studio in which 18 works were highlighted.

If you click on my link in the sidebar (5 X5 project) you can see where the art is now exhibited and for sale.
(i actually have a piece in there)   :)  the link will take you to Seth's blog post that includes pictures from
the exhibit and links to read more about the project~

my piece w/flaps up to reveal picture

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day at the Dallas Arboretum

Traci-8 Maids a Milking  "more cowbutt"
Traci
 Sunday our art group had planned a field trip to the Dallas Arboretum to see their new "12 Days of Christmas" exhibit.  One of our members-Traci Hutton, worked on some of the costumes. (she is a costumer by trade-has worked on Barney, Wishbone(award) and currently the Dallas Opera.) We planned to go the 2nd wkend it was open to avoid opening wkend crowds. ( well opening wkend weather was bad and it rained sat so we picked a great day) the weather was wonderful, clear & cool -and early enough that the crowds were small. 8 Maids a Milking and 9 Ladies Dancing were the two that she worked on.  Each exhibit was wonderful-great attention to details.  Since Traci was part of the team that worked on these, we got some of the inside scoop on issues they ran into and just how much work went into these. Traci also worked on 3 of the fabulous ballgowns in the 9th exhibit. Stunning dresses/fabric to say the least.



Traci-9 Ladies Dancing
3 French Hens  Donna G and Mary

This is an example of one of the gazebo's. Each was encased in glass. Each weathervane on top had a cut out to match the theme. This one was
 a french hen for 3 French Hens.














This is a closer view of above.  Each gazebo had painted columns to go with the theme that were glittered and jeweled. The lattice work inside was painted/glittered and mirrored.  Keep in mind each gazebo was specially built for this-and each exhibit moved (turned inside like a carousel.)
5 Golden Rings  
 The gold rings was one of the favorites. The seals with their golden hoops and the polar bear "ringmaster."  Inside ceiling of each gazebo was draped in fabric-this one had red and white circus stripes.

7 Swans a Swimming
  The 7 Swans had to be one of my favorite.  Very elegant-captured the look of ice and snow.  The swans each had on a fabulous jeweled crown.  Their were strands of crystals hanging down around the perimeter.
One of the houses in pumpkin exhibit

  Since the fall pumpkin exhibit was still going on (the last wk) we checked it out too.  Every type of pumpkin and gourd you could imagine.  Several of us also started collecting the stems that had fallen off  for future art projects...won't say which of us kept squatting down to pick them up, but i will say my thighs are so sore today i can hardly walk...
Pumpkin exhibit




   

  Really have no idea why i have such a pained look on my face in this picture  I also noticed for the first time that Donna G and i are both wearing lime green.   I do notice the bulging pockets in my jacket so this was after the pumpkin patch :)
Donna (me) Traci, Mary, Donna G   no, we did not plan to match

Denise, Mary, Donna G 
 We all went to Torchy's Taco's for lunch after our outing. We were all starving and what better way to end the day than eating with friends!
Traci, April, Carolyn
Me (donna) Carol


Thanks to Carolyn for the pictures of Traci, the lunch photo's and the 4 walking!  most of mine had too much glare~


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jeanne Oliver's New Endeavor


Go here to check out Jeanne Oliver's newest endeavor and a giveaway~
"My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.
I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.
The Living Studio combines my love of travel, creating and connecting with other creatives."
Go to the link to learn more about where she will be teaching.  
"Oh the places we'll go"  comes to mind...