Monday, September 21, 2015

Nap Time

The whole family went to Boulder for a wedding and one day while my grandson was napping in my room I sat with him and this little scene developed in my 5" x 5" Handbook

A sleepy, dreamy place in another world.
Are you getting drowsy????

Monday, September 7, 2015

Featured Artist….

…who me?  Yes me, thanks to my friend, Liberty at Liberty Fine Arts Gallery, I will be her featured artist for this month's Santiago Art Walk.

I will have 17 pieces and my sketchbooks on display.  If you are in the area stop by and say hi!

Free parking at the Santa Ana Train Depot
The Santiago Lofts and the Art Walk are across the street.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Whew! The end of summer….

The end of summer is always a flurry of events and activities.  Even though I haven't posted for a bit I'm still here and managing to get in some art!

These are some bits and pieces from playing around in my two different Zentangle groups.  I try and get one of the pages in my 5" x 5" handbook completed in each meeting.

This one was just playing with a couple of tangles, "Narwhal" and "Bundies".  I just dropped them anywhere on the page and at the end I added the grid behind them which seemed to anchor everything together.  Successful trick!

This page was just completed on Tuesday with my ZenFriends group.  Playing with "Narwahl" again only this time I turned them into little pods in a garden scene.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer Art Journal Days

More fun playing, laughing, munching and tea.  What great days these are, spent with friends who are artsy, funny and wise.  Yes, there are words of wisdom in between the laughter!

Sharon gave me the little birds that were stamped on thin paper and then I just drew the funny flowers and bugs and added color.

The next page is "trying to be Jane Davies" playing with marks, lines, and colors.  I am signed up for a real Jane Davies workshop next year!  Excited!!
You can find her blog on my Blog Friends List on the right.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Colorful Zentangles

My sister ask if I had a piece of art she could have to give to someone who is going through a battle with cancer.  I did a few Zentangles for her to choose from.  This is the one that she chose after much decision making.  It is a mandala style Zentangle done on top of a monoprint.

This one was also in the "choose" pile.  I think it has a softer, flowy feel to it which makes my eye move and wander around the square.

I think these are both about 6" square.

Pen on Monoprints

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Art Journaling Pages

These two pages started by Sharon and I talking about different paints and high flow acrylics came up.  I had bought some but had not worked with them yet so I grabbed the two colors on the right page and made some swishes.  Then going over to my stack of pages of color and texture from magazines I found two pages with the same colors!  I tore some strips and tried mirror imaging the painted page.…….ah the serendipity of art and serendipity of life.

For the next spread I used two different seascapes at sunset to build my background.  The butterfly just seemed to flutter into the picture.  I found a compass rose for the next page and it reminded me I need to look into another adventure cruise with Lindblad National Geographic.  Where to go?  Where to go?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sending Out Some Zen

Some more Zentangle time to share.

This one was started at LAX while waiting for our flight to France and finished there.  It actually was drawn in this configuration and when I tried to flip it on it's side to put the "fescu" at the bottom it was not happy… so here it stays.

This Zentangle was drawn in this direction as well but could also be turned to give a different feeling.  Hummm…….what do you think?

5" Handbook and Pen

Monday, June 1, 2015

Art Journaling

Summer Fun!  A group of friends and I are taking an Art Journal Adventure this summer.  We are getting together every other Tuesday to play in our Art Journals.

Ripping, glueing, painting, smearing,  mark making and words…..all of this and lots of friendship and laughter as well!

This is a two page spread I worked on last week.  Using some small monoprints, home made stamps, a little scribbling and words these two pages came together.

Borrowed words from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aristotle and Walt Disney with a few of my own make these pages work for me.

This is a 7" x 10" spiral bound sketchbook I started in 2006…YIKES!  Only a few pages left here and then I can start another one.