Saturday, March 31, 2012

Still having a few snags

I am still dealing with some snags in my template. So, for now I have reverted to the plainest version I can find. Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Out of Sync and Out of Touch

Well, I am not sure how it happened but all of February and March just ran away from me and I did not get anything new posted here. Sorry about that. I cannot say that they were not eventful, because they were. Between being ill, Dentist apps, and then having to catch up at work from all those events... I did not lack for activity. The sad thing about this time frame is that I may have been active, but it was not always fun. I really had no energy for sewing or playing with my Cricut. That would have required much more physical and mental prowess than I felt I had last month. I am glad I had picked up my pen and paints and had begun to play with Zentangles and a Visual Journal during this time.

For today's post I am going to spend a bit of time in my Visual or Artist's Journal. Last summer I found out was hosting a few online workshops on Art Journals. Each new workshop was taught by a notable artist via video, online discussion boards, flicker galleries and notes. These first workshops were great mixed media ideas. Each video gives new techniques to try as well as some examples of their own finished work using the taught techniques.

Strathmore has a new series of workshops going on right now. The first was a Mixed Media Workshop. Though it is over, you can still register and view the videos, browse the discussions.... Workshop 2 just started 3 weeks ago. I am so excited as this workshop is on Sketching and Watercolor. YEAH! And it is taught by an artist I am familiar with, Cathy Johnson. I love her style and had already been scouring her various books, blogs and online videos, when I saw that she was teaching this session. I have already learned a great deal from Cathy and from the other participants. The first week was just basic washes and how to use them in a sketch. I tried several sketches/paintings last week, and was having difficulty getting the hang of water to paint ratio, as well as getting away from massive need to pay too much attention to detail.

A funny story (or two) about the Disneyland pictures - I painted the castle from my table at the Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street. While I was working on it Oscar, the head chef for Main Street and VERY long time employee (something like 55 years), came by to see what I was doing. He is such a joyful gentleman. When I was painting the statue, I was sitting on one of the benches that circle that inner area. A family came up to take pictures in front of it. They did several different groupings... chattering away in a language I knew was European but did not recognize. Two little girls, maybe 6 and 8 years old, crept over from the family group and proceeded to climb up on the bench to observe what I was doing. They were having such a good time watching me that they did not see their family walk away. Grandma had to finally drag them off. Somewhere in the middle of it all I found out they were here from Sweden. I just love hanging out at Disneyland. You see and meet some interesting people.

So I started back through my Visual/Art Journal looking at the pieces I liked and what I thought was successful in each page.

What I discovered was I seem to lose the perspective and detail when I try to fill a whole 7 x 10 page in my journal. I do pretty good when I keep most of the picture within a 3 x 5 to 4 x 6 max. With that in mind, I tried again. - Like this one much better. Here are one of my new journal entries. I will share more later.

I am really enjoying this class. If you are at all interested in sketching and painting in a journal, this would be a great place to start. Strathmore Artist Journal Classes

You might also like some of Cathy Johnson's websites and work.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ugh! This Looked Better When I Was Designing It

Rats! Sorry we will all have to live with the format for a few days. I liked it better when I was building the template. But is late so I am stuck with it for at least 24 hours.

Sorry about that.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


I finally worked around some issues I was having with I couldn't edit my site or post anything new for the last few weeks. Now that I have fixed it I can get my posts back up and running. I have lots of things to share, and plan on updating the look of my site. I will be posting a REAL post within the next day or two.

Thanks for your patience,

Saturday, March 10, 2012

UGH! I have not forgotten about you, really!!!

Just wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten about posting new creative pursuits or all of you wonderful crafty, supportive followers. Just seems I have had a heck of a 6 weeks or so. My focus has had to be elsewhere lately.

Now I  discover my desktop is not playing well with anything. I think I have some stupid virus. It was fine yesterday morning but when I got home last night I could no longer use my computer as I see fit. Therefore, this meager post is being created on my Net book. Unfortunately, I have no scanned or photographed projects to share - they are on the desktop.

I will be back up and running this week I am pretty sure. Until, then keep crafting.