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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.

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.

June 21st, 2015

male face painted from doodling This is my effort at Week 24 in Lifebook 2015. The instructor is Juliette Crane, and the title is Happy Painting.

Juliette glued some collage papers at the bottom, mainly. She used splotches of paint and various media to cover the paper. Then she figured out a face and drew the face from the blotches and squiggles.

The whole point is to work quickly and allow your inner “muse” to take over.

Juliette’s face was female. Since I seem to be on a “male” theme these days, I thought I saw a male face in the mess and created this guy.

I named him Andre and decided he was a poet — the sort of chap who wouldn’t wear socks and who resists “the establishment’. LOL

However, some of the gals at Lifebook thought he was a likeness of Vincent Van Gosh. They suggested I add a bit more orange to his hair and call him Vinny.

I did add more orange, but haven’t taken the second picture.

For now, this is either Andre or Vinny. You be the judge. 🙂

March 22nd, 2015

mixed media collage featuring a feather This is a bonus lesson from Lifebook 2015. Its called Magical Mystery Tour, and the designer and instructor is Violette Clark.

As with all of the lessons, participants are free to follow along exactly, or to allow their own creative instincts to take over and to modify the design as they wish. That is what has happened in this picture. I started out doing Violette’s work and then went off on a tangent of my own.

Violette placed her “dream cottage” on top of her head. For whatever reason, I was unwilling to cover my head in this photograph, so I let my magical little cottage float on a cloud.

Also, for reasons unknown, I colored each eye differently.

This project used an interesting method of creating clouds. We drew cloud shapes on card stock, cut them out and used them as stencils to create clouds out of acrylic paint.

In case you are unfamiliar with  Lifebook 2015, it is an online art course operated by Tam LaPorte of Willowing Arts. Each week has a different video lesson, which we are free to download and save on our hard disk. Consequently, we can work at the lessons at any time we want. Here is the link: Willowing Arts Lifebook 2015.

March 21st, 2015

doll shaped book This is a project from Lifebook 2015. The project is called Community of Heart Book, and the instructor was Jill K. Berry.

We were shown how to cut out the paper-doll-book shape, which was loosely done the way we made strings of paper dolls when we were kids. The dolls fold up at the “seams” to form a “book”.

We decorated each doll-page to resemble one of our loved ones. Each loved one is holding or showing something that is near and dear to their heart. So I have the football fan, the wine connoisseur, the elegant lady and the gardener.

Each doll has a flap cut in the lower body. Inside the flap, we have written private messages to or about each member.

My book is made from scapbook paper augmented by acrylic paint,  hand drawings and colorings and hand cut embellishments, such as the football and the wine bottle.

If you wish to know more about this year long course, in which you can save all videos to your disk so you can work at your own speed, the link is: Willowing Arts Lifebook 2015.

February 19th, 2015

mixed media painting with artful lettering Week 4 of Lifebook 2015 offered a really great project designed and taught by Patti Ballard. The title is Brave Heart.

I hope anyone reading this understands that my interpretation of these projects is not an exact representation of the lesson as taught by the instructor. We all put our own take on these pictures, for better or for worse.

My attempt at Brave Heart involved a lot of background collage topped by a drawing of the ballerina. Unfortunately, I cut her feet off when I did the scanning.

I added a number of red hearts, and I added the text, A Loving Heart is a Brave Heart.

If anyone is interested in learning more about Lifebook 2015, please click here to view more details

February 15th, 2015

mixed media collage with hand made envelope I am enrolled in Lifebook 2015, by Willowing Arts. This is a year long mixed media workshop that involves weekly lessons taught by an array of artists. Willowing Arts, and hence Lifebook, is owned by UK mixed media artist, Tamara LaPorte. If you are interested in hearing more about Lifebook, click here for more details.

The picture to the left was Week 1. It was a warmup exercise, designed and taught by Tam LaPorte.

There is a lot of collage work and painting going on. The envelope is hand made, following Tam’s instructions.

As is always the case with Lifebook, the participants have the option to choose to incorporate personal growth work and healing work into the projects. I say option, because some choose to use is strictly for the art and painting lessons, and that is totally fine.

This is my third year of doing Lifebook. I first signed up for Lifebook 2012 but dropped out after a couple of months. I skipped Lifebook 2013, then completed Lifebook 2014.  For some reason, I am not much more ready and interested in this type of work than I was a few years back.

February 8th, 2015

art journal page female figure sitting under a tree This is an Art Journal page made for a swap at Art for the Creative mind. The latter is a Yahoo group for mixed media artists.

We are making an art journal page every month to swap. The theme for the entire year is Nature, and the specific theme for January was Solace.

I wanted to make a silouette-like shape for a female figure sitting under a tree. I saw a summer scene, the type of scene you see when you are facing a backlit scene on your camera.

I used acrylic paint and some watercolor crayons for the background. The female shape is drawn with a graphic pen.

The text, written with a black Sharpie, reads, “There is Great Solace in Nature.”



February 6th, 2015

mixed media art painting This painting is Week 42 of Lifebook 2014, an online art course offered by Willowing Arts. The title is Choose Joy. It was designed and taught by Chrisy Tomlinson.

There is a fair amount of paint layers and collage layers for the background.
The brown swirls are made with a foam stamp and acrylic paints.

The girl is hand drawn and colored by me.

Its kind of an interesting picture. I rather enjoy it.

December 8th, 2014

lifebook 2014 mixed media art collage This is Lifebook 2014 Week 31. Its entitled A Page of Healing Layers and the instructor is Mika Diaz.

I am starting to realize that deviating is my norma. When was the last time I actually followed a lesson as the instructor gave it?

Oh well.

In this collage, I have used an assortment of collage papers on the background — torn book pages old sheet music, and another image transfer onto acrylic.

I traced the girl and the flowers from a magazine, tracing onto sandwich paper.

I colored the girl and the flowers sporadically, using colored pencils.

The words Nature Escape are cut from a magazine.

I like the look of this odd one. I am finding that I enjoy the oddities more than the traditional types of designs.



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