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Express Yourself – Growing Up

You might not guess it from the lack of class posts, but I have nearly finished Jane Davenport’s eclass, Express Yourself.  I am currently working on Lesson 9, a laughing face. It has been a blast!  Today’s post is my 2 page spread from Week 5, Growing Up.

I followed Jane’s instructions and traced the young version. I tried several expressions, including the images below.  But when it came time to make the pages, I used different expressions.  I did not get a match on the facial features, but feel she looks close enough to get the idea.

Growing up, alternate expressions
Growing up, alternate expressions

The small picture in the lower right of the second photo is the young version, although I admit it wasn’t easy to make her as young as Jane’s gal.  I’d call the effort moderately successful, but as with all things, practice, right? Since her older selves turn out, shall we say, grumpy, I chose some lyrics from The Clash song, “Train in Vain.” Catchy little tune that regularly gets stuck in my head.  The blue and red borders are Distress Stain in Sapphire and Barn Door, which I liked as a visual connection to the sadness/anger of the song lyrics.

They called it Bard Door because calling it Exsanguination probably wouldn’t sell product. I love the color, but every time I use it, I think it looks like blood splatter, especially when I apply a lot in an area then take some canned air and get that nice veiny spray business.  It blends well with Sapphire to make a beautiful dark violet.

Although I’m sad to finish another Jane class, there are still a few for me to take.  The next one on my list is I Heart Drawing, which delves into figure drawing.  Not sure when I’ll sign up for it, though, because I still have the final lesson for Magicial Mythical Makings, plus I couldn’t resist Tam’s mini class, Quirky Birds. I also made a donation to her water campaign that included a Mermaid miniclass.

If that isn’t enough, with all this face work, I want to explore art dolls and couldn’t resist another class from A for Artistic that started on the 22nd.  The doll is a needle felted, ball jointed doll with watercolor painted face, inspired by the 20s era Boudoir dolls. The class is 6 lessons, comes with patterns, and I have all the materials in my stash. I’m a bit worried about how the needle felting with work with my hands, so it may take me more than 6 weeks to complete the project.  I’ve done a tiny bit of sewing lately and I can only work for 2 hours and have to stop for a week.  It’s just too hand-intensive right now.

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Mutant Sea Shell

In 2011, Mr. Thompson and I attending the Go Congress in Santa Barbara.  Wednesday is always a free day, so Deborah, Brian and I walked down to the beach.  I love the macro setting and playing with scale.  One recurring themes in my photography is macro landscapes.  This photo was cropped in digikam.


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Baby, Don’t Apologize

Technically, this is not an art journal page, it is a mixed media piece of art I made for Mr. Thompson for Valentine’s Day this year.  I have only recently begun to create art outside of my art classes.

I used pretty much every art supply I have for this piece: tissue paper, stamps, paint, markers. The photo does not capture the complex layers.  The figures were cut out from the 2013 Nihon Ki-in igo calendar. I really need to scan these 9X12 pages.

In January, I attended Paste Eaters, which is a local group of artsy friends who meet up and spend the afternoon making art.  I met a gal who gave me a crash course in hiragana.  I used what I learned that day and some lyrics from Big Audio Dynamite’s song “Baby, Don’t Apologize” Google-translated into Japanese that I then wrote in what is very likely terrible hiragana.

It is very difficult to write vertically from right to left when you’ve spent nearly 50 years writing horizontally from left to right. I point that out in case you can read Japanese. On the left side of the page, I started writing from left to right.  Since I worked in ink, I couldn’t very stop, now could I? Hopefully, it is just nonsense and not something, shall we say, unpleasant?


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Digital Buddha

I have been toying with photo manipulation for a while, originally in the GIMP. Here is one of my first attempts, the merging of three of my photos:  one of our Buddha statues and two images from a visit to the Portland Chinese Garden.  I kind of like it, but don’t think it’s quite there and I want to re-visit this collage one day and bring the Buddha more clearly to the foreground.


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1st Art Journal: Live

The date on this page makes me chuckle, as it applies only to the artist model figures.  The tangle patterns were added sometime after 2012. In fact, I believe I have revisited this page at least 3 times, since the Zinger tangle is fairly new. I like several things about this page: the fact that direction means nothing, purple and green scattered around, and that, as always, I filled the page. I guess I feel I get my money’s worth if I do so. Perhaps it represents what is going on in my brain.  More likely, though, I just don’t edit.  I get going and don’t stop, hip hop, just keep eatin’ cars.


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CPS Mixed Media Skull Challenge

It’s been a very long time since I submitted my art for publication, but I had to give this one a try:  the Cloth Paper Scissors Mixed Media Skull challenge.  This guy is 6″ x 6″ on Canson mixed media paper and uses Prisma pencils, Daler Rowney FW inks, Pitt pens, Sakura Gel pens, Montana markers, tissue paper and a page from an old go journal.  The doodles are some of my own, tangles, and symbols from ancient Yakima rock art.

I’m pretty happy with skully and excited to be brave enough to submit my work.

CPS Mixed Media Skull Challenge