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February 12th, 2016

mixed media painting called reach for the stars Lifebook 2015, Week 44, was taught by Jenny Wentworth. The title is reach for the stars.

Unfortunately, I no longer remember much about the lesson. From the looks of it, it would appear that I painted a tree at night. The woman’s face in the tree probably represents something — reaching for the stars, I suppose.

It appears toa be painted primarily with acrylic paints although I may have used some water colour crayons as well. I rather like the night stars effect.

February 11th, 2016

mixed media painting called journey to wellness Still catching up with Lifebook lessons done in 2015, this is Week 38. The title is Journey to Wellness, and the instructor was Jill Berry.

It was the inspiration for a art journal page that  I posted about a couple of posts ago.

This picture involved a lot of collaging, and then hand drawing the long legged bird. It may be a stork. I’m not sure. Perhaps its a heron. In any case, I drew it and colored it.

The background is paint over collage, and the mesh at the bottom is made from painted plastic mesh stapled to a strip of acetate.

February 11th, 2016

mixed media painting of woman This is week 32 from Lifebook 2015. The name of the lesson was “You are Wise” and the instructor was Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts.

At this point, I no longer remember exactly how this was made, but from the look of it, I would hazard a guess that there is collage for the first layer, followed by layers of paint and stencils. The stenciled shapes on the bottom were made, I think, with brass stencils and modeling paste for texture.

The girl is hand drawn, of course, and painted.

October 15th, 2015

mixed media collage Lifebook 2015, Week 35, is entitled Create New Possibilities. If you are interested in hearing more about Willowing Arts and Lifebook 2016, here is the link: Click here to view more details

Since I have fallen behind, I ended up doing this collage on Thanksgiving weekend. Therefore, I went with a fall colors theme and the word GRATITUDE.

This is based on a lesson by Andrea Gomoll.

I started by stamping GRATITUDE in black, permanent ink. I stamped smaller, related words around it.

Next, I did some stenciling with modeling paste. Andrea used actual stencils, but I used these circular shapes that are sold in the sewing department of Michaels and other places that sell yarns and needlework items. I don’t know what they are called, but they make excellent stencils.

Next, I chose some fall colors from my aqua crayons and created water colors over the page.

I drew the small circular shapes using a black sharpie. The shape is said to represent gratitude.

On top, I tore a napkin or serviette into a strip and glued it in place. It had an autumn theme, so I thought it worked okay.

I finished by splattering black ink here and thre, and drawing a jagged black border around the edge.

I rather like this piece.



October 14th, 2015

mixed media collage feature image of the goddess Diana In Week 35 of Lifebook 2015, instructor Alene Hennessy asked us to identify the goddess that represented our muse. I chose the goddess Artemis. Artemis (sometimes called Diana)  is the huntress, with a strong connection to the outdoors. Oddly, she is also goddess of war, which suggests to me that she has a shadow side, like all of us.

This picture is my attempt to create Artemis as she appears to me. Incidentally, if Lifebook is something that interests you, the owner, Tamara LaPorte is already taking registrations for 2016. If interested, Click here to view more details

I used spray inks to create the background, and then I painted Artemis’ face over top.

I used die cut leaves for Artemis’ headdress. Since she has a strong connection to nature, that seemed appropriate. The green and brown tones also suggest nature to me.

I wrote the word ARTEMIS using white paint and added red lips for contrast.

October 13th, 2015

art journal page showing painting of the goddess MinerveThis art journal page was actually a warmup exercise done for Lifebook 2015, week 34.  The art journal page was inspired by a lesson taught by Alena Hennessy, called Painting the Muse. I chose Minerva for my muse-goddess. I think she is a Roman goddess.

I used tones of green, white and black. The back relies heavily on black and green Dylusions sprays. The goddess is hand drawn and painted over top of the sprayed background.

The hand-printed text reads, “try to imagine what you desire”. I thought Minerva’s closed eyes looked as if she were meditating or visualizing her goals.

I gave Minerva a fancy headdress and used a little red for visual impact.

This was a warmup exericse. I did a larger, more elaborate goddess for my bigger painting. I will post that tomorrow.

If anyone is interested in Lifebook, owner Tam LaPorte is now accepting registrations for Lifebook 2016. You can learn about it here: Click here to view more details about Lifebook 2016

August 9th, 2015

abstract painting This is Lifebook Week 30. Its an abstract painting taught by instructor Flora Bowley. As usual, this is my interpretation of the instructor’s teaching.

We made the background by applying many layers of paint in different colors, using various tools to acquire the shapes. It could be equated to stamping with paint, but using items such as toothbrushes, tips of pencils, and so forth to acquire the specific patterns.

As is typical with Bowley’s art, and with most abstract art, the idea was to let go and simply allow the painting to happen.

The top layer was to be some larger shape or image that inspired us.

I looked around the room and noticed a stem of beautiful plum colored gladiolas that I had picked from my garden.

The flower, quickly drawn in paint, is my interpretation of the gladiola.

August 5th, 2015

mixed media painting showing darked skinned girl Lifebook 2015, Week 28, was designed and taught by Tamara LaPorte. It was called Layers of You.

Tam instructed us to find a picture of a woman in a magazine, which we would cut out, glue in place and paint over. The woman was to have a closed mouth and no hands showing. Teeth and hands are difficult to paint, so we were to avoid this challenge in our project. Our chosen picture was to represent us in some way.

I did not have a suitable picture and wasn’t interested in going out in a heat wave to buy a magazine. Instead, I found a picture of a little girl — mouth open and hand clearly visible.

Since she was a dark skinned girl, I didn’t think she represented me, but I did very much like the looks of her.  I decided to use this painting although it was not what Tam was asking for.

I glued the girl in place, then added various other collage papers, as well as hand written words with a marker pencil.

I painted over the girl as best I could, then drew her dress and colored it.

I used various mixed media techniques to draw and color the background.

When finished, I felt compelled to paint the word “anticipation” along the front and outline it in black Micron pen. For some reason, I felt the little girl was facing a long life ahead of her and she was filled with anticipation.

Although the teeth and hands are far from perfect, I like this painting quite a lot. It may be my favorite for this year.

August 4th, 2015

mixed media painting in style of Jessica Swift This painting does double duty. Week 27 in Lifebook 2015 featured an artist interview with Jessica Swift. There was no particular assignment, but we were invited to do a painting in Jessica’s style. As it turned out, I also had to do an art journal page for Art for the Creative Mind, my mixed media swap group on Yahoo. The theme for the AJ page was soul, and the style was to be frilly and funky.

I designed to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, and do a Jessica Swift type painting for the Art Journal page.

This is my attempt.

The background consists of collage papers covered with acrylic paints. I also used some of the hand made manilla stencils that we created a couple of weeks ago in another Lifebook lesson.

The bird is made from scrapbook paper, plus orange acrylic paint to make the beak and feet.

The word namaste is stamped with black stamping ink.

Namaste is a Sanscript greeting that loosely translated, means my soul honours your soul.

I thought the painting was sufficiently frilly and funky to meet the requirement, plus also resembled Jessica Swift’s style. The text and the stamped word represented soul, as required for the swap.

Its bright and funky and I actually like it quite a lot.



August 3rd, 2015

mixed media painting showing eco warrior princess Lifebook 2015, Week 26, was taught by Andrea Gomoll. Andrea’s instructions were to do with identifying and drawing our Inner Warrior Princess.

I am not so big on Inner Warrior Princesses, but I have it a shot. It turned out that my Inner Warrior Princess is actually an Eco Warrior Princess. This should not have come as a big surprise, because I am passionate about environmental issues, as most of my friends know quite well.

I am not one of those artists who begins with a concept and paints it. I start out with an extremely vague idea, if any, and see what develops. I am usually as surprised at the end as anyone else. LOL

Anyway, my Eco Warrior Princess has plenty of symbols representing our planet and the life that is on it. The glove itself is obvious — but I have also added stars. animals, plantlife, birds, seashells, stones in the necklace, feathers, birds, a mushroom and ocean waves in the top of the hat.

The o’s and 1’s in the bottom part of the hat represent digital media, since I use social media to publicize ecological concerns, and because I often incorporate digital art into my projects.

All images are hand drawn and painted, except for the stars which are stencils done with silver acrylic paint.

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