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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Goult and Gordes

Goult is just the loveliest little town.  If you wanted to live in a quintessential French town in Provence this would be the one.  It is small, friendly and oh so cute…it even has it's own windmill.

While in Goult I visited a little antique shop and bought two ceramic flowers of the "capodimonte" variety for my garden.  The shop girl said, "How nice you are buying something for your garden while on vacation." The two pieces of old grape vine came from the vineyards close to Les Bassacs.

Gordes is a great village to visit. The day we were there a giant crane was being disassembled so it took us a while to get into town. They are working on a "6" star hotel…wow! I just loved the sign from the honey shop and the corner stone from a home build in 1826.

Ahh…the flowers of France in the spring!  It is always fun to sketch and paint flowers and the gridded paged worked well for this one.

Robert Bateman 6" x 9" Sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Views of Roussillon and Goult

Roussillon is the largest producer of ochre in the world. A lovely village.
Back to Sur le Sorgue for market day.  This page will be added to as it seems a little sparse.
Gould is just the loveliest little village.  A great place to stroll, sketch and let it all soak in.