VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD
7 hours ago
This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
|5 x 8" journal page|
The prompt this week was to pick something you have always wanted to do but haven't gotten around to yet.
My friend Cynthia mentioned recently her love of Line Dancing and immediately I wanted to learn too!
It'll have to wait to fall when I return to fulfill this wish.
The dancers are a line drawing off Google images that I ink jet printed, then did an acrylic skin, attached with acrylic mat medium and when dry retraced with an apprentice black permanent pen. The letters are foam letters from Dollar General! The background is a Gelli print with lots of lines (get it lines dancing?) made with an oiler boiler and permanent black ink.
|3" x 13" WC on Arches cold press|
Beautiful day to be outside.
I met with some friends this morning to en plein air paint…we started about 8:30 a.m. in hopes of avoiding the heat of the day. We are getting close to 90 most afternoons here in central FL now.
My next door neighbor's hubby is a fantastic gardener and there is so much around you to paint it hard to decide. Barb Sailor recently did Stargazer lilies and my neighbor's wife, Katie, loves hers so I decided to make them the center of interest in the tiny painting. I used a little "Opera" to bring out the bright color! It's not signed yet…a see a few little possible tweaks to it..a little brighter yellow on the one plant in the orange pot. If you look REALLY close you will see a little ceramic frog sitting among the plants.
I have a mat and frame the exact size of this painting which is why I chose this size.
The background is "imagined" as the plants actually ringed their porch.
Another neighbor dropped by at noon with warm chocolate chip cookies and icey lemonade. How spoiled are we!!! There were two other artist painting with me this morning. We had fun chit chatting as we worked. One worked in watercolor pens and one in colored pencil.
|5 x 8" journal page with booklet closed|
|Same journal page with booklet open|
The prompt for week 15 was really complicated with a lot of different options on how to complete it. Basically it re-visited our first "word" that we chose at the beginning of the journal in January. My word was "Attentiveness" and to pick another word from the word list generated by other journal writers to match up to yours. I picked "mindful".
Then to take the two words and find tangles that start with the beginning letters (in my case M and A). I chose Aurukas and Merryweather. Then tangle a tile with those two. Finally jot down some feelings about the progress you have or have not made with staying with this first chosen word.
There's not a lot of room on a 5 x 8 journal page and I am not doing two page spreads too often. So I decided to add a little "booklet" to give me a little more space.
Materials used are stencils, acrylic paint and ink, Sharpie paint pens, Micron pen, YES glue, specialty cutting scissors with a ragged edge, darning needle and twine, small metal clasp, die cut letters from the Dollar Store, and a hand made stamp.
I think I am one of the few of the 150 or so journal folks in this prompt group who is actually keeping up with the week by week prompts. A lot of people are doing really fantastic art work that I love to look at but that takes them weeks behind in the project. We all have lives…and other art. It's my take that you can't spend two days on a prompt.
|8.5 x 10.5 print|
Guess what arrived today?
When your name gets picked in an online drawing it's always kind of neat. Zentangle's newsletter now and then has a drawing for a print of something special. I fell in love with the new Zentangle stained glass window at the Providence headquarters. It was designed especially by Rick and Maria on the 10th anniversary of Zentangle.
The glass artist is Stephen Paulson. It is installed above a door way. There are tangles in the 4 corners and the "angel" has butterfly wings and is holding "the book of Zentangle".The little bee in the left corner is a symbol for Rick as he is a beekeeper. The feather is for Maria as she is a calligrapher. It's a beautiful little print and worth of framing for my studio. Very fun. Thank you Rick and Maria.
|5 x 8" journal page|
|Zentangle 101 Part II: Renaissance Tiles|
Great group of 10 folks who did a wonderful job on their tiles and tangles. I am going to sign up to teach Christmas tangles in November when I return in the fall.
One more class to teach at Legacy Park next week.
That will wrap up the FL season for winter/spring.
I'm one week out from my first cataract surgery now and the eye is finally settling down. I can even swim in the pool this week and over the weekend now! But the second surgery is Wed April 1 so then we start over again! Boy I can hardly wait for this to be all over!!! (I'm such a whiner!) Hahaha.
|Diva's Challenge to work in "green".|