Saturday, October 31, 2015

Journal prompt

9 x 12 Journal page, acrylic and multi media with photo.
Journal prompt for my FB group…the prompt is "Masks".
That's all…just "masks".  You interpret as you like.

My theory is that we all wear masks most of the time.
Some wear heavier ones and remove them less.
Others wear kind of cool ones that reflect the person underneath.
Mine is sort of "steam punk" with cogs and sails blowing in the wind…it might also reflect that I had a hard time sleeping last night because my flags and cogs kept churning.  Every have that happen?  

This is prompt #44.  The group has done one a week for almost a year now.  Whew.  THAT was one fast year!!!  I am wondering if we'll stay together for another year now.  My suggestions was two prompts a month instead of 4.  I'd like to feel I had a little more time to play with the ideas given out.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Diva Challenge: Wonky Leaves

Somehow it got to be Sunday (the last day for the Diva Challenge) and my wonky steam punk leaves didn't get posted.  I am SO far behind on my calendar…about 15 days.  THAT has never happened.  You can tell I have not been feeling well.  

But I'll be better soon.  
AND I'll get more creative next week.  I promise.
Tune in.

Back in the studio again! WHEW!

FINALLY got my studio unpacked here in central FL. 
Been at least three, almost 4 weeks since I had a studio and boy was I missing my space! It takes a week to pack it, so why was I so surprised it took a week to unpack it??? I keep the spot under the window for multi-media work and the desk to the right for watercolor and Zentangle, etc.  Temps 85 here every day.  Gorgeous.  

However it did not help that I came back with the flu.  And a doozy of one.  Headache, body aches, cough, sore throat and temperature.  Luckily it didn't come on until day 13 of the trip.  So most of our wonderful adventures were done.  Poor sis got stuck with me being in bed most of my visit to her in SC! 

Saw the doctor this past Wed but she says it's a viral flu and I have to "be brave" and stick it out.  Sigh.  Brave?  Me?

Am turning my thoughts to the beginner watercolor class coming up on the 9th here at the park…at least 10 students and maybe a few more.
I thought maybe Cheryl Moote's nice fall line drawing might be an easy one for a starter. 

What about wet on wet first with a a nice warm palette?
Teach about "layering"?  Seemed like a good idea. It is very small…like 5.5 x 7.5".  

But you know what?  This is too complicated for "beginner-beginners".  Too many objects, too much shading, too much texture, and we don't have that much time!

Back to the drawing board.  
I need a simpler thing…probably a simpler still life.
Anyone have a good idea?  Maybe just a mug and an apple or something like that?  

This is my drawing of a "Rat Rod" that I saw recently up north.
I'd like to try this in watercolor next.  Wish Barb Sailor was here with me to advise me on "rust".  Although in reality this was not rusty…I think it would be fun to give it a little rust.  

Have a good Sunday everyone. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Indiana and Ohio on the way to South Carolina

What a great treat to visit my beautiful artist blogger friend Deb Ward in Indiana Tuesday at her studio AND amazing farm! Here are a few of her lovely watercolors. And a special thanks to her hubby who drove us all over the farm.

Later on Tuesday my hubby and I visited the Cincinnati Art museum.
We had a lovely cafe lunch over looking the court yard and then spent all afternoon visiting a wide array of wonderful art...Calder, Miro, Chihuly, Childe Hasam, Gainesboro, Wyeth, and so many others. What a treat.

The special exhibit there was Raphael's Girl with the Unicorn. Lots of amazing background on that painting's history and restoration!

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Playing Catch up in Tangle A Day

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Photos from family gathering in southern Wi Saturday.

The lovely colors of the Midwest autumn. The trees have practically no color this year so we find it in other places.

Here are my 3 kids. Beth, me, Julie and Rick.

Greg awarding our grandson, Patrick, the annual cabin Fishing Trophy.

Happy birthday to grandson, Mike, on his 9th.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Today we visited my old friend Denise Woods and her husband who now run Highfield Farms Creamery making and selling wonderful cheeses and honey.
The farm is in Lake Geneva, WI.
It was a tad chilly...50s but sun came out and it was nice in the late afternoon.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Double Dipping

Double dipping as I pack to go to Florida…
here is the Journal prompt #40 (pick 5 favorite things) and the Diva's challenge (use a stencil to tangle).  

My stencil is from iStencil.