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This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
|7: Cornerz 8: Lokomotive 9: A mix of striping and random designs|
The busy busy weekend has come and tomorrow (the 9th) is our big art show at Hawthorne Park.
I'll be dropping off art at 9 am on the way to church and then spending the better part of the afternoon there.
Seeing "the writing on the wall" I did two tangles today. Being ahead is so much easier for me than getting behind! #9 is inspired by something Maria did a long time ago and I admired it so much.
In March our family starts writing about summer plans. How can I blame them after the wild and wooly winter they have just experienced in the midwest AND are still experiencing! At least temps look above freezing in the Chicago area now. Although they continue to get snow on and off! Lac du Flambeau is still 9 degrees this morning in northern WI. Winter hangs on hard up there.
Our temps in central Fl are up and down too...with some very nippy night time temps for March! 80s for highs by Tuesday but then a drop again down to 65. Things just can't seem to settle down!
|Example of black stamps on tissue paper added to journal with gel medium|
|8 x 12 wc paper with acrylic paint, hand painted papers collaged on top, stamps on tissue paper and stamping. |
Some pen and ink added.
|Here the piece is cut into 4 postcards.|
It's really fun to watch Jane Davies demo this postcard project. Click here.
I definitely want to do several more. Now that I tried one very quickly, I can see what I need to do to prepare better. I have lots more papers to paint that is for sure.
My journal pages above are sort of "Everyday Life" pages of movies we've seen and places we have been. It's really fun to look back and remember!
|1: Bowties 2: Chainging, Dex 3: Crusade (v) Shard|
My calendar challenge for March 1-17 is to have a teensy bit of green in each one.
Lots of company coming in March...the winter weary are headed to Florida to re-charge. Our granddaughter just left yesterday to go back to frigid New York! 14 degrees there as I write this at 9 am EST. Oh my.
|10.5" x 10.5" Ensemble of tiles|
This is the second 9 tile ensemble I've completed for the Retreat to Paradise (April 3-6) in Melbourne, FL.
The tiles are then "exchanged" randomly between the other participants doing the same "strings" and we all end up with a totally different piece of art than we started with. The tangle pattern names of each tile (and my name) are on the back of each of the tiles.
You get sort of attached to these art works as they do take quite a bit of time to complete. Totally fun.
But I AM glad to be done and off to do other things. We did get our supply list for the retreat the other day and I bought myself a "self healing" work table mat (which is something I've always wanted anyway).
I have finished typing the program booklet for the big Hawthorne Park Art show (March 9) and it went to the printers today. We have 160 pieces of hanging art and about 40 pieces of table art (sculpture, wood carving, porcelain, etc.) So it was a bit to type up. Another load off my shoulders. I am feeling lighter and lighter.
My adorable 23 year old granddaughter arrives at the Orlando airport at 9 am tomorrow morning. NY has been snowy and cold!! I'll bet she'll want to head straight to the pool!!! And fall asleep as she probably has to get up at 3 am to make at 6:15 plane! I promise I'll slather her with sunscreen.
We expect 80+ for the next 3 days.
|25: Schway 26: Windspinner, Lacey, Ripples, Poke Leaf, Well (or Knot Rickz), Cubine, Brabs, 27: Patchwork Seminole, Telis, Gommi, Heartfully, Phen, 2-n-5|
Rainy morning in central FL so great moment to finish up the calendar for this week AND combine it with the Diva's challenge to take a gridded pattern and "bend" or curve it. I particularly like how Patchwork Seminole turned out on the "27". I had sort of forgotten about that tangle.
We are off to a regular doctor appointment this afternoon for my hubby. I must remember to take my "kindness project" tiles with me. Doctor's offices are such a good place to leave "unexpected or abandoned" art.
Hoping for some warmer and dryer weather ahead for my granddaughter coming from NY on Saturday. Everyone cross your fingers.
|Two hand made book marks...7" x 2" Paper|
I am taking a workshop this April from Cherryl Moote and so I went to her website and found some wonderful crafty paper ideas that sort of fit with some of the things I like to do.
You can download the patterns here.
They are free to share.
The ones I did are the "easy" ones. I think I'll stick with those. The directions are on the link and you can just run off copies on copy paper. Be sure to run a few extra.
I combined my love of stamping and mark-making with this project by applying a fairly transparent craft acrylic paint first and when dry did some stamping on that in another color. I left the back white which is what you see when you cut out the designs and fold them up. Next time I think I might apply a light coat of a contrasting color...pink or yellow would be nice here.
I cut them out with a craft knife, folded and glued the book mark them on gelli plate printed deli paper with YES glue and then let them dry under weights for a few hours. Then cut out around the outside edges again. You might want to glue them a slightly heavier paper instead of deli wrap. Just to give them a little more strength.
I think one could coat them with a coating of gel medium to strengthen them too.
Our art show (March 9) here at Hawthorne Park sells our donated cards and book marks to earn money for our group.
|10 x 19 1/2 of the mailbox cover|
Acrylic paint on linoleum. This is 1/2 (the other side is folded back and is just plain blue. That is because that side of the cover will face my neighbor's mailbox and so won't really be visible.
The cover will have magnets attached to the back side so that it can be removed from the mailbox in the summer when we are not here in the park. Or sometimes people do seasonal ones...and like to switch them. The subject is for my hubby who is model train buff. "318" is actually our house # here in the park. I am thinking I'll extend the track out to the right edge and behind the train, have them wind around the little palm and disappear behind the cloud of smoke.
I am not sure but am thinking this will need to be "sealed" with some sort of clear acrylic coating before it is ready for prime time. I am hoping to get it up before before Easter!!! It only took me all winter to do this! Hahaha.
ps. Just got word that my clown painting in the Leesburg show got an honorable mention "merit award"! Oh yeah! How fun.
|22: Scoodle, Mist, Pokeroot 23: Quil-tee, Chartz 24: Squirk, Demi, Mak-rah-mee, Knightsbridge, Zander|
I chose to do this three-some as an ensemble. It seems they go a little faster that way and suddenly time is getting crunched. It's do the taxes, get ready for two art shows, prepare for company, type the Art Show booklet, etc etc. Ya know? It's the first time I've used MY own tangle pattern in a Zentangle. Also finally found the name for one of my favorites: Zander.
The days are counting up toward my CZT training too and I am hearing from Rhode Island now and again. Got my new Zentangle kit this week. What a lovely surprise! Lucky me.
|William Woodword "The Greatest Show on Earth" Oil|
|Guiseppe Arcimbole (painted between 1600-1620) Ringling Art Museum|
I have a special place in my heart for clowns (you have seen my recent clown paintings posted a while ago).
If this mural at the top was in place during my last visit to Ringling…I don't remember seeing it. Anyway it's amazing. I was there last Wednesday on a bus trip with other friends from Hawthorne Park in Leesburg, FL. The Museum and grounds is in Sarasota. It is by William Woodward and the title is "The Greatest Show on Earth". Oil on canvas. 264 x 504 inches.
Imagine the amount of paint this took! And the amount of time to complete! It's interesting to learn more about him as an artist. Click here. If you click on "murals" you will see the original sketches for this painting with him in front of it. It appears that the "gridding" he did for it was done with ropes (which makes sense). Be sure to find this on the web site and click on it and enlarge it. He also points out where the seams are in the painting. The movie on the website also shows him with the mural. (and other murals).
The second painting is a pair of Fruits and Veggies people that I thought were wonderfully fun. I just posted the one I liked best. Very fun day. We had super weather.
|19: Bunzo, Golven, Cruze 20: Squirk 21: Cubine, Borbz, Printemp|
I am double dipping with the calendar today as the Diva's challenge this week is to use "white space" in your tangle.
Sooooo...I am using some white space in my tangles for my calendar!! I do think that just like "fill", white space is very dramatic in a tangle. I even left part of the #21 as white space. I tried to pick a few tangle patterns I don't use often like bunzo and cubine. I like the new tangle Squirk. Lots of interesting variety.
Nice and warm in central FL but our forecast is like 7 days of rain ahead. OH boy.
|13: Voga 14: Loveline, Starmap, 15: Bridgen, Phen|
Today was a great art day...lots done and I actually got a few things done around the house too! I think I finally got a good night's sleep! The olympics has been keeping up past 11..I love the ice dancing. Some amazing things happened in the men's short program last night. Wow. Guess it's not all over yet.
I made it to day 14 with 14 different heart tangles and had about 6 left over. Thanks to Helen Williams who was inventing them as fast as I could copy them! What an amazing talent she is!!! Although not all of those I put in my calendar were hers.
I am almost done with my last ensemble for the Paradise Retreat in April. Which is good as I have a ton of company coming in March. Now I am focusing on getting my piece ready for the Leesburg Art Association show and typing up the show booklet for the Hawthorne Park art show...the entries for that should be in by a week from Friday. That has to get to the printer by March 1 or thereabouts.
Incidentally on #13, I glued a piece of deli paper on first (with pink stripes) that I did in acrylic on a gelli plate. That deli paper is so swell!
Hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day.