Monday, November 25, 2013
Oh my goodness, what was I thinking taking up this challenge?? Very little art the last three days.
Day 23 I thought I would get a start on a few Christmas cards which turned out to be one.
On Day 24 I spend many hours with my daughter looking at color, texture and prints…unfortunately for art's sake we were shopping!
4" x 5.5" Blank card and Pen
With even less time Day 25 produced another Christmas card which is very simple. I may have to go back into this one with some shading at a later time but I kind of like this little modern looking tree.
4" x 5.5" Blank card and Pen
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, see you after the turkey!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Day 20 started out with my art critique meeting. There was thirteen of us and lots of wonderful art to look at. It is always a great time each month. Then that night I went to my friend, Sharla's Botanical Zentangle class.
6" x 6" Strathmore paper
Brown 01 Micron pen
It was a great fun night of playing with botanical shapes and meeting some very nice ladies. We also played with colored papers, pens and shading. Next class is in December. Can't wait!
3.5" x 4.5" Strathmore paper
Black 01 Micron pen
Day 21 I got to spend with my grandson and again nap time is built in art time. I was only able to get the sketch done before nap time was over. These are some of M's favorite things to play with. Day 22 I applied the colors.
5" x 7" Robert Bateman Sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
9" x 9" Stonehenge Paper
01 Sukura Micron Pen
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Robert Bateman 5" x 7" Sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Day 11 was art day with Jessica. I had her paint a background on 1/4" foam core with acrylic craft paints and while that was drying, tear and cut shapes from magazines for the tree and borders. Lots of sticky fingers but we thought it turned out fabulous!
About 10" x 12"
Days 12 and 13 were mostly spend on the computer and phone figuring out my new medical insurance. My little head was ready to explode! But nothing like working on a Zentangle to settle your nerves. It is great when your hand overtakes your mind, such a calming effect. This ended up looking like either a fancy warrior's helmet or a cool piñata.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Day 9 landed on a Saturday so I turned my art into an outdoor session in the sunshine and worked out in the garden.
Toiling in the soil, trimming back some foliage and even chasing the little buggers away from my roses has the same calming effect and is as rewarding as sitting and doing my art.
Day 10, Sunday, I again went in a little different art direction and finished the binding on my great nephew's quilt. Pictured only half done here but now ready for Thanksgiving Day.
Friday, November 8, 2013
….and the last day of teaching printmaking for the fall, always a long but fun day. Some actual printing was still going on but the big push was for "Bookmarks". Even if you are an "e" reader you have to admire the beauty of these little art gems.
We take what I have decided to call "un-wallable prints" those that you may not want to frame and hang on the wall. Then we add more information to the prints with rubber stamps. Some add a lot of stamps and some less. Then the prints are cut into bookmarks and laminated.
There are always oohs and aahs when they are finished and an occasional, "Can I have that one?" The laminating really makes the colors of the ink glow.
Sorry for the poor quality of the group shots which were taken with my cell under fluorescent lighting.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
This first picture is of a monoprint I did as a class demo to show students various ways to get textures and depth into their prints. It is fun to take these demo prints and make them into bookmarks or cut them up and give them another format. This is an 8" x 10" print.
Here is that same print cut into 2" squares and then rearranged and glued onto an 8" x 10" piece of black bristol board. It is a fun way to further explore my creative side and make good use of my demos. Day 6 complete.
Day 7 was mostly used up playing with my grandson but there are build in creativity times called "naps". I had taken along my 5" square Zentangle book and had about 45 minutes to play with some tangles.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, I picked up this one which only had the main flower part done. It is on a piece of 3.5" x 9" card stock done with a Micron pen. I like playing with weighted flowing lines.
Sunday, I played with finishing this page in my 5.5" square "hand*book". It is a great size and I really like the square format.
I wanted to play with a new Zentangle pattern called "Well". It reminded me of a plumeria flower only with less petals. Stacking four in a grid gave it a Hawaiian feel to go with my little palm tree.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Don't ask…it seemed like a good idea at the time. No, no it is a good idea. I will post a few times a week to display the fun I am going to have!
One day down….29 more.