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February 23rd, 2016

mixed media collage This mixed media collage represents a bonus lesson on Lifebook 2016. Its a week two bonus, and the instructor was Ivy Newport. The name of the painting was, “Patch it Up, Make it Shine.”

As is true for every lesson, participants are encouraged to use their own products rather than to buy new, and to go where our “muse” takes us, rather than adhere strictly to the lesson.

This lesson involved many layers of collage, some of which we covered up and some of which we muted out but left clearly visible.

The Asian woman playing the musical instrument, the roses to the bottom right, the berries in the upper left and the text words are cut from brochures and magazines. The painting involves hand writing, covered collage images, stencils and marking pens.

The instructions were to “make it shine” with metallic paint. I used several colors of Luminiere fabric paints, which worked quite well.

In real life, the picture shines brightly.

February 22nd, 2016

mixed media painting of whimsical woman and quirky animals This is the main lesson from Lifebook 2016, Week 1. Again, the instructor is Tamara LaPorte. The name of the lesson is The Happy Traveler.

We collaged the background and then drew and painted the woman’s face and upper body. The orange flower in her hair is a paper flower that I made last year. The small mark on her forehead is a rubber stamp with black ink.

The idea was to select some animals that represented us, or some aspects of ourselves that we wanted to take with us on our journey into 2016.

My main animal is a cat, because I am one step away from being a Crazy Cat Lady.  I also chose an owl, because I love owls and I love the fact that they represent wisdom. For reasons that I don’t quite understand, I also wanted a cow. Perhaps it is because I was born and raised on a farm and we had livestock.

I gave the cat a little crown cut from old music paper.

In Tam’s lesson, we created a small envelope that we attached to the bottom of the page. The envelope was to contain a letter to ourselves.

I wasn’t in the mood to do that, so I stamped out a small envelope, cut it out and glued it by the cat’s paw. It represents my letter to myself.

I am pleased with the girl’s face. I think it is the best job of coloring a face that I have done so far.

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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.

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 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.



June 10th, 2015

mixed media collage Week 16 in Lifebook 2015 is called Being Here Now, and its taught by Alena Hennessy.

This is among my favorites, and guess what?  It was done in fifteen minutes.

That was the challenge that Alena put to the participants. The idea is to get out of “thinking mode” and just let art happen.

So we splashed and dabbed paint to make a background. When that was finished, we let it dry and used a Black Sharpie to make an image — any sort of image we wanted to make.

As you can see, mine is a flower. I put some white in the leaves and petals and some gold paint in the flower’s center.

I wrote the word “flourish” as a final embellishment.

I like this mixed media painting quite a bit.

April 10th, 2015

mixed media collage with owl This is Lifebook Week 13. Its a project taught by Juliette Crane, and the title is Happy Painting.

I made a collaged background using colored tissue paper, watercolor crayons and white gesso.

I drew the owl with a pencil and colored it as shown. I am fond of owls so when I heard that this lesson would involve an owl, I was in seventh heaven.

The owl was supposed to have closed eyes, but I was in the mood to make the eyes wide open.

I put my owl on a branch.

If you are interested in learning more about Lifebook, this link will take you to the site: Willowing Arts Lifebook 2015.

April 8th, 2015

art journal page with cartoon cat and mouseThis Art Journal page is entitled TRUST. I made it for a monthly swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The theme for the year is Nature. The sub-theme for this month is trust.

I made a collage type background with tissue paper and paint. I drew the cartoon cat and mouse by hand.  I view animals as being part of nature, and the cat and mouse seemed to reflect trust issues.

The text, printed out from the computer and colored with artist chalk, reads, “Do you trust me,”I asked. “Gosh, no,” you replied. “Me neither,” I admitted.

I added a little stenciling using molding post and I drew hearts on a string to dangle from the text.

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