Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Art As Story: Bobbi Baugh

So here is one last artist from the Deland Art Tour on Feb 25.
This is Bobbi Baugh.  Bobbie is a self described mixed media artist who works with paper and fabric.  She sublists her media as  "monotype, collage, textile art, and art quilts.)
You can find her here.
Because I play with many of the same mediums (less quilting) it is inspiring me!!!

Not only is her art amazing...her thoughts are amazing too.  Her blog contains bits of what is happening in her life and in her journey through it.  They are worth following just to make you try out thinking more about what makes you tick.   

Bobby shares her art so genuinely and freely.  She has such thoughtful stories that spin through her art.  I absolutely love her stories and her art.  

The Non-Clock

Robert Brooks...February 25, 2017

Robert's Non-Clock

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to share with you a few of the artists that I got introduced to this past week in Deland, FL at the Art's Tour.  

I can't remember when I've experienced such a wide variety of approaches to art and creativity.  But Robert Brooks exemplifies a sense of story and beliefs that just blew me away.  Robert (who suffers from Parkinson's) is prolific in his need to express his feelings about life and time.  You can see his gallery here.

Bob works in pen and ink, pencil, acrylic and oils. He is a sculptor and a picture framer, a poet and has a doctorate in Christian Education.  All of his work is exemplary and stunning!  But the ones to which most of us are drawn are his wood sculptures.  They border on "steam punk" which you know would appeal to me!  

Some of his most recent works reflect his feeling about time and it's influence on our lives.  I was personally drawn to his non-clock for lots of reasons.  He calls his work "whimsical" but the depth of thought is very more than what that might lead you to think.  Although the clock ticks and the center sort of goes around, there are no numbers on his non clock and no hands to record time.  In fact the hands have been "locked" in a box at the base of the non-clock (you can see a padlock there).  Near the top is a compartment for "extra time" but it is empty and we really don't have any.  

Besides being a gorgeous piece of woodwork, the non-clock comes with a thought provoking poem.  

In the Passing of Time

In the passing of time
Three things all conspire
To measure our days
In seconds and hours.

The larger the hand,
The greater the power.
Each in it's own way
Set to devour.

First gentle in springtime,
Then summer and fall.
The older we get
They're not subtle at all.

What we need is a clock
That doesn't tell time.
No long pointy fingers there to remind
That we're late or we're early or even on time.

A slave to those hands I shall not be.
With no hands on the clock,
It's easy to see
That time doesn't count, if we're not counting time.

So let's live in the moment, the present, the now.
To those hands on the clock, let us not bow.
And really...
Who cares what time it is anyhow?
Robert Brooks

How is it with your soul today?

Daughter, Julie, and hubby at the Deland Arts Tour last Saturday

"So how is it with your soul today? Your mind may be filled with lists of things to do or problems to solve. Your heart may be brimming with new life or breaking with sorrow. But how is it with your soul? Whatever the day may bring or has brought, how are you experiencing God in this time?"
Talitha Arnold

I am privileged to get a daily devotional.  Something to get you thinking about the "real' stuff of life for a few moments usually at the start of the day....before you get distracted. 

Today's devotional reminded me of some thoughts and experiences of this past weekend.  Being reminded about the mystery of the journey we are on and about the way art is involved in the "stories" I tell about me and my pathway.

First I am reminded of the the lovely visit from my younger daughter this weekend.  Her life is full of lots of "soul searching" and exploration.  Seems like she has been given the task of taking me along with her and she travels.  Every time she spends time with us I am left with new books to read, new poems to think on, new ideas to share, new examples of how to connect with people and new ways of looking at life or even at the end of life.

Second I am touched by the artists I met this weekend on the Deland Florida Arts Tour.  Several of them gave me a chance to pause and give new consideration to "how my soul is today" and how my art responds to this question.

In the next few blogs I will share a couple of the artists that I met.  So be watching.  Meanwhile, how is it with your soul today?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Morning Sketches in Leesburg, FL

Sketches done at the Farm Center in Leesburg, FL on a funny ole weather day...little showers kept passing through all day.  Clouds flying over ahead.  Temps around 75...daughter Julie with me.
We both sketched for about two hours.  There were about 6-7 other artists sketching that morning.  LOVED the chickens!  

A two page spread is 8 x 11 in my Stillman and Birns sketchbook.
(Beta Series)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kindness Zentangle®

3.5" tiles held together with hand-made washi tape

bits of colorful gelli-rint papers added along with labels and print

Some years ago some great gals started up a blog about "kindness zentangles" and I have been doing them ever since.  I bind two together with home-made painted washi tape and then add a favorite saying and a label that says "this is an anonymous gift for you to have or to pass on...it is made with kindness using the Zentangle® method. See zentangle.com."  I've been visiting folks at the local hospital and leaving them quietly all over in the waiting rooms.  Sometimes they disappear before I come back to the room!  Don't ever ask what you can do with your tiles!  Think of all the places you can leave them...get great service at a restaurant, leave it for your server.  Library?  Clinics and doctor's offices? Schools?  Etc.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bird Stencils...cut our own

Stenciled birds on card stock

I want to have some birds in the background of a painting I am working on.  So I googled some bird silhouettes on line.  Then I cut stencils for the birds.  (I used a hot stencil cutter through plastic...that is the purple plastic at the top of the page.). I laid the design under glass and put the plastic on top of the glass.  

Then because I am working in watercolor, I used white gouache mixed with blues for the stencils.  For practice I did them on greeting cards.  I put the paint on with small foam make up sponges and stamped the color through the stencils.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Preparing a graphite drawing for watercolor

Using a dry Cleaning Pad

In Ann Abcott's classes she teaches the use of a "dry cleaning pad".  They are absolutely marvelous for preparing your graphite drawings for watercolor painting.  You rub over them lightly with the pad and the whole drawing lightens up.  Can you see I've done the right side but not the left?  It may be hard to see.

The reason is that wc is so transparent that when you paint, the graphite may show through.  In some cases this is fine.  Even planned.  Other times you'd rather not see the lines.  And once wet, most graphite become pretty permanent.

This drawing (of a steam punk time machine) is done in .03 graphite pencil on 9 x 12 Fabriano 140# hot press paper.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Steampunk Valentines?

Two small cards...about 3 x 5 each.

Just finishing up the last of the Valentines for family and friends.
(I'm a big lover of Valentine's Day).  
These two crazy ones have nice fronts which are made with mono prints.  But I thought the insides were more interesting actually.

I believe I have been affected by the Steampunk Festival as a lot of things I am doing seem to have a steampunk feel to them lately.
These are two "machines" are love machines.  Who knew that is what they would become.

They started out as stencil rubbings..you know with a crayon over a stencil.  Then they "morphed".  Obviously made by some mad scientist bent on spreading more love.  I just let them evolve.

I used many mediums: wc, pens, markers, ink, crayon, pearlized drops, glitter, etc.  Just relaxed and let things flow.  Fun. Everything glued on with YES glue...my favorite paper to paper glue.  

These will go off in the mail tomorrow. All the grandkids ones got sent today.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Diva Challenge:Hamadox

The Diva Challenge

This is part of a larger group of tangles, of course.
The the roundish one in the center is called "Hamadox"...the challenge tangle for this week.  VERY fun.  In here is also Bugzy, and Fe-Ba and Lily-eyes.  It is one of my 8.5 x 11 calendar pages.  Sometimes I work on them for months.  Sometime I finish them in days.  Just depends on the moods, the times, and the opportunity. 
I do question sometimes the "draw" of working on gridded paper like this and then hardly ever following the grid...but working all over it.  I think psychologically it is energizing to defy the grid.  
I've been thinking about that.  Sometimes I enjoy being "inside" the box and comfortable.  And sometimes I just need to draw all over in wide galloping tangles that defy all boundaries.  

Just like life, huh?

Urban sketching the A.S. Herlong fruit packing building

So here's the deal on this sketch done this morning in Leesburg, FL just a few blocks off Main street.  This building (built in 1913) is the now historic orange and grapefruit packing house for the Belle of Florida brand of fruit (possibly others too...as I have found half a dozen crate labels marked "Leesburg").  But this is the only label I could find with the Herlong name on it.

The building was named for an important Congressman (A.S. Herlong) who represented Fl for a number of years.    The building is now obviously 104 years old.  And it is getting ready for demolition in a few days...purchased by a local college (Beacon College).  So the art group came down to take photos for further sketches and I sat down and spent about 1-1/2 hours enjoying visiting with people while I did this sketch.

These labels are collectable.  And so down here in FL you are apt to find them in museums.
(I am wondering who the lady is?  Mrs. Herlong?) She is surrounded by orange blossoms.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mount Dora, FL Art Festival

5.5 x 7" accordion folding sketch pad (2 page spread)

Near the ice cream stand and the ATM machine!

A really lovely Saturday afternoon spent in Mt. Dora, FL at their well-organized art festival.  Don't know the count this year...but normally over 10,000 people attend.  They have a good shuttle bus system.  Everyone was having a grand time and the weather both days was perfect...sunny and in the upper 70s.  

This was our one time to sit down all afternoon (with ice cream).  I did a 5 minute sketch while Greg finished his.  Added color at home.

Here's what it looked like out in the main walking areas! 

ps. Those of you who sent little notes about our granddaughter Abby and her heart ablation...I wanted you to know things went fairly well.  She came through with flying colors but unfortunately they did not find exactly what was causing her arrhythmia so they did not do the ablation as planned.  She may have to go on some medication for her tachycardia which does not seem to have a straightforward cause.  So that part was a disappointment.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Zentangle® on Marbled Paper

4 x 6 notecards

Tangles on shaving cream marbling. 
I've mentioned doing this marbling in previous posts.  You can get the instructions online or if you look through my "labels" on the side bar for marbling I think I may have it there.

The "black and blue" series however seemed a little mysterious and it called to me to do something a little different with it.  It felt "outside the box" to me.  It was a bit time consuming mostly because I spent quite a bit of time searching out the tangles I wanted to use on it.  

They reminded me of reflected oil slicks on puddles.
I stuck with the black and blue theme.  Although looking back it might have been cool to tangle one space with red...give it a bright center of interest.  

Both of these are on the front of cards and un-tangled marbling on the back of the card.  I found some great buys on colored card stock at Michaels a few weeks ago and I stocked up.  Also bought nice stock envelopes.  No reason to ever buy another Hallmark card!  

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentines for the grandchildren

This is what happens when you have 12 grandchildren!!!

I love using home made washi tape on envelopes.

The Valentines themselves are made from "shaving cream prints" that come out looking a lot like marbling.  Very fun.  You can do it with watercolor, food coloring, or fluid acrylics.  I used mostly pinks, purples, and red.  I added some stencil work with acrylic paint, some glitter,  and some cute plastic stickers from Michaels.  
Inside I embossed "Happy Valentines Day". 

My grands range from 11 to 26 and so there's quite a range.  
Miss them all.  Abby (17) is having heart ablation surgery on Feb 2.  Everyone is holding her close to our hearts in a whole new way right now.  She has sinus ventricular tachycardia.  This is her second ablation.  Tough for someone so young!!!  But she has fantastic doctors.  We are trying not to worry.

Lollywimple Birthday card

4 x 6 card stock with 03 Micron and Prismacolor pencils

Lollywimple is my current "Mac and cheese" tangle...you may have noticed.  Here it is on my grandson's birthday card.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kitchen Table Tangles and more

3.5" tiles

It's been awhile since I've been "organized" enough to get back to some of my challenges.  This one (The Diva's Challenge) is a weekly challenge that Laura now says has been going on for 300 weeks.  THAT is a lot of challenges.  She does now and then use a guest challenger on her blog but she still has to plan and organize it.  So she's been committed to this for like forever!  

The first tile is about a new feature that the founders of Zentangle® have started called "Kitchen Table Tangles" where they demonstrate some new technique or idea on a video.  A weaving of Diva Dance and Paradox is the result.  That is this week's challenge...to do our own weaving.  The link will show you the the entire video.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee and plan to relax.  

The second tangle, which should have been posted for last week's challenge, is a tribute to Laura's son.  Laura tells her very emotional story about how Zentangle kept her from falling "off the edge" after the birth of her second son, a premie who was diagnosed with a rare abnormal condition called Moebius Syndrome.  I was able to hear Laura tell about this in person at my own CZT training (CZT 15) in Providence a few years ago.  Each year she asks us to do a challenge using the symbols and colors of the condition.  (Thus I've added a little purple which is color attached to it.) 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Steampunk Festival January 28

Stillman and Birns  Beta Sketchbook

It's rather hard to describe "steampunk" if you are not familiar with it.  Words like "retro", time-travel, industrial, come to mind.
The photos inserted into my journal are taken at the festival yesterday in hopes that, like my clever friend Susan, I'll do some figure sketches from the photos later.  

These are not performers.  These are "attendees" at the festival.  About one out of every 20 people there was in some sort of "costume" peculiar to what "steampunk" followers like to wear.  A combination of "back to the future" and "Mad Max" would be my description with a slightly darker element wearing gas masks and plague masks and weapons that looks like they have been made from odds and ends and might shoot ping pong balls.  I enjoyed the fact that this was not a particular to any age group.  Folks anywhere from 16 to 90 came dressed up and enjoying themselves. Some children were there too.  

Top hats and goggles were the main costume.  Which is why I chose to sit and sketch them.  These were $75!   Booths were selling retro items...mainly rusty bits and pieces you might use in some way.  Hubby bought a retro glass lampshade for his train room. Or costumes were available you could buy.  You also found time machines (pictured in the top right) made VERY cleverly with old satellite dishes and gorgeous designs painted on them...imaginary bicycles and train engines...almost life size, tables and chairs made of wrenches and tools soldered together, etc.

So I am of a mind of people who like to do Civil War re-enactiments or Renaissance festivals where people come with gowns and swords.  This is somewhat like that only these are actually more creative.  

"Cog is Dead" was one of the bands that played and I interviewed the lead singer who was selling his CDs before the band went on and he explained the name is due to the fact that timepieces no longer have mechanical parts...they are all digital now.  No cogs anymore.  And the band mourned this loss of cogs.  Also I think "Cog is Dead" is a play on the old "God is Dead" movement of the past.  We didn't get into that.  Actually the band was pretty good.

The weather could have been better...mostly overcast all day with a few peeks of sunshine...temps hung around 60 with a slight breeze that kept everyone in jackets. No one complained (except whiner-me who likes 80.)  And the festival was supposed to continue on today but it is raining steadily at 8 am Sunday morning so it will surely depend on how that plays out.  I am so glad went yesterday! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A re-do on the Mote Morris House

wc and ink on Multi Media paper: Strathmore

Here is a little re-do of the Mote Morris house drawn from the photo I took.

I still have a lot to practice on architecture...but the thing is to keep trying.  Took an online class from Craftsy this fall and I like going back to that.  Jim Richards I think is his name.  He has a lot of interesting tips like how to keep your buildings from leaning in one direction (which often happens to me).  Uh oh.  

Also trying lots of pens.  This sketch was done with Faber-Castell Pitt pens...a fine and a brush.  So many pens are not waterproof ink. These are.  

Hoping to get out again next week although it seems a VERY busy one and the pollen is beginning to float around which is going to make me sneezy and stuffed.  We are in a string of unbelievably lovely weather for January!  Close to 80 every day.

Hope you are no where near the ice storms!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Urban Sketching in Leesburg, FL: Mote Morris House

8 x 10 watercolor on Multi Media paper

Sketch before color

Enjoying a gorgeous 78 degree morning.

We had 12 artists show up today to paint in Leesburg.  
Wonderful to see so many talented folks.  We started around 10 and had lunch at 12:30 at Blooms.  Some folks stayed on to paint on the streets of the town in the afternoon.  

My Palette

My palette colors follow Brenda Swenson's palette...mostly. Most of them are Daniel Smith brand.  Leaf Green, Hansa Yellow, Raw Sienna, Quin Gold, Winsor Orange (Winsor Newston), Scarlet Lake, Aliziran Crimson, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Violet, Ultra Marine Blue, Cobalt, Antwerp, Cerelean, Bamboo, Viridian, Quinn Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Magnetite (a granular black).  

You can follow Brenda' blog here.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Poster Child

large poster 4' by 4' on foam core painted with black Gesso

4' x 4' foam core poster

I found a really nice use for some of my gelli prints this week.  I got asked to make two posters for the Lake County Florida Fundraiser being put on by the Women for Hospice.  They put on a luncheon here at our park in late January each year.

The theme this year is "Empty Your Purse for Hospice".  The co-chair have asked people to donate flat bottom purses in order to put a vase of flowers in each one as centerpieces for the tables.
The posters continue the theme.  

In these photos I have not yet glued the papers to the foam core.
Actually they look a lot more professional once glued down.  I added a few tweaks with white opaque pens.  The purses have some "bling" on them with buttons, ribbons, fake rhinestones, and lace.  The toy money is "spilling out" as donations.  So they are ready for pick up on Monday.  

I painted both sides of the foam core with black gesso.  I had hoped to do just one side but the whole thing warped pretty badly.
So I had to do both sides to get it to flatten out. I probably spent a good 6 hours all told putting these two together.  Not counting the dry time between things.  

But it is for a good cause.

Boy we are getting a cold spell here in central FL tonight.  A direct result of the horrible midwest cold and storms up north.
And the Chicago area will have bitter cold the next two days...tomorrow night they will be zero.  So that means we will plunge for two nights too...we'll be 44 tonight and 33 tomorrow night.  Whew...have to bring my hanging plants in tomorrow night.  My sister has snow in South Carolina!  But then we make a huge swing back up almost immediately with 80 for a high on Thursday.  Whew...that is better.  

Homes down here are not geared for bitter cold. We don't have insulation and thermo pane windows or serious central heat.  What is killing us tonight is the bitter cold north wind.  Bringing wind chills way down.  I've even pulled the drapes on the windows on that side of the house.  


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