Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Art Journal

I'm finally finishing the cover 
of the art journal I made back in January.
I have more to do on the face...

This is how the layers progressed.
(in backwards order)

Having a great time in Jane Davenport's
Beautiful Faces workshop.

I'm using the pages 
inside this journal for the lessons.


I hope your week is going well!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A new art journal, a purple miss, and Miss Lady

It's Purple this week at Inspiration Avenue.

I made a new art journal.
(and, yes, I have twenty or so journals which are barely started...don't remind me.
SOMEDAY I will fill them all. Of course I know that 
SOMEDAY, like TOMORROW, never comes. But I keep pretending.

This is a bit different from my other journals. The cover is soft, made out of canvas.
I made it by following Effy Wild's instructions for her Book of Days project.

My canvas was larger than I needed, so I'm adding a flap for closure.

Effy's Book of Days Boot Camp (the precursor to the actual Book of Days) is FREE.
Lots of good and fun info in many videos showing how to make the journal,
ideas for decorating the cover, and lessons on art techniques.
I have not even finished all of the videos yet.

You can find the Book of Days Boot Camp HERE.
Just join up (free) and you can watch the videos online or download and keep.

This was the easiest journal I've ever made. And feels very good to use.
Much simpler to sew than the coptic stitch, although I love how that turns out too.

My assistant, Miss Lady, who thinks she is here to sit for her portrait.

“What is the meaning of this? I demand that you begin my portrait this instant!”

Very demanding, she is. You should see her when she thinks it's time to eat.

Have a great week...stop by Inspiration Avenue to see some pretty purple artwork! :-)

Saturday, January 10, 2015


I love taking classes. Effy Wild's "Radiant Faces" has been so much fun. 
Faces are my favorite subject. Nine teachers each demonstrating a different type of face.

This is my Girly Girl

Christy Tomlinson is our teacher for the "Girly Girl".

I saw a photo of this pretty bird and thought she needed it in her hair.
Doesn't a girly girl need a beautiful headdress?
It occurred to me later that I do not know what size 
this bird is in reality (a type of bird of paradise I think).  
I hope I have got him in proportion to her face. 
Wouldn't want him to be the size of a turkey or something in real life.

I'm not doing the lessons in order. Lesson one is Jane Davenport's
"The Nymph" and I have only done a sketch.

A water nymph. 
I'll use her to do a painting if I can make her more nymph-like.
She looks a bit older than I think a nymph should be.

It's Show and Tell at Inspiration Avenue.
I'm linking my post over there.

Happy New Year!
I hope 2015 is treating you well.

I don't have a special word for the new year.
I know some people do.
For everything I can think of that I want to concentrate on...
I can only come up with an opposite word which
describes what I DON'T want to do.
But is what I actually DO do.
Like procrastinate.
What's a good word for the opposite of procrastinate?
Nike already came up with a phrase so I don't want to use it.
But “Just do it” pretty much sums it up.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's almost Christmas!

The Colors of Christmas

I hope you are having a happy holiday season.
As usual, I have too much to do (just like everyone else),
but I'm noticing when the activity dies down for a moment
life is pretty good. Add a hot cup of coffee, and what more can you ask for!

The challenge at Inspiration Avenue this week is
The Colors of Christmas

I've seen some stunning holiday palettes that vary from the traditional,
but my favorite holiday colors are always red and green...the old standbys.
Add some white, gold, or silver and I'm thinking 
sleighbells, Santa, goodwill to all, and Silent Night!

What are your favorite colors for Christmas or any 
of the holidays we celebrate this time of year?

Visit Inspiration Avenue to see the favorite 
holiday colors of some very creative people!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Journal page...

It's not the road you walk...

...it's in the walking.

                                                ~ Vatsyayana

The theme is “Words” at Inspiration Avenue this week.
Go check it out!



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Getting in the Spirit . . .

Are you in the holiday spirit ... 
or do you say “Bah, humbug”?

I admit, I go back and forth. Today I finished this painting and
put up the Christmas tree, so I'm feeling a bit more festive.

The painting is available in my shop HERE

Happy Holidays!