Sunday, January 31, 2010

Honor what you know to be true

Struggled with this one. I made the background too dark initially and it overpowered the 10x10 canvas. Ended up going over it with watered down white gesso. Then I used cerulean went up and down the value/tint scale worked it monochromatically and stamped into it.

I'm happy with it now. I have to laugh-- wrote a serious blog about myself and posted it on the wrong blog. To make matters worse it was about artistic intellect and sensibility and my personal experience. I have to laugh--I just have to....:)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Keep Looking

I shouldn't say this but she is all wrong, but I like her anyway. This is a little canvas--only 5x7 but I wanted to pull in the face really tight. I've been doing a ton of journal work but no canvas work. I have serious winter funk and getting myself beyond the journal and sketchbook seems to take enormous energy.
Creativity ebbs and flows, and mine seems to have frozen some. But I've been reading on my kindle which is such fun. My latest book is "The Help" which is wonderful. Lot of recommendations, but I get leery of books that are widely read and receive great critical acclaim. I tend to be disappointed. But The Help is right up there with Water for Elephants. Worth every bit of praise it gets.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

In Between the Grays

In our grayest, most difficult times our love and our passion and our charity get us through.

Hearts are sentimental, and some may find them trite; but I love them. The symbol of the heart grounds me. It reminds me everyday of how important love is, and how meaningless my life would be without it.


Working in the shades of gray still. Normally I'm such a color girl, but I'm really enjoying this. My neck hurts from leaning over my journal so much!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Into the Blues

I always come back to my journal. Took an on line "shades of gray"
course with Pam Carriker--I would highly recommend. The journal, the journal, the just rocks!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Warmer Dayz

Oh, to be somewhere warm and breezy....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Being Creative....

It just comes naturally, right? No. You are, or you aren't. I don't think so. I'm just not artistic, yet how many times have you seen someone be so creative in their lives, but they don't recognize it as creativity?

The only truisms that I subscribe to is that everyone is creative, because it's part of being human. It simply manifests itself in different ways. Being tactful, for example, requires a huge amount of creativity, but people who are tactful and yes, kind, are not recognized as artistic. Maybe they need to start wearing black berets and drinking copious amounts of coffee or wine. Or adopt a holy than thou attitude?

I'm a teacher, the other day I had to tie a fourth grader's shoe discreetly in a cafeteria full of his peers. This had to be done quickly and covertly so as not to embarrass the child. How many times have you done this type of thing in your life, and then come home from work and berated yourself because you didn't finish a painting? Recognize your creative energies in everyday life, and give yourself a pat on the back!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Okay, I am happy with this one. I kind of went back to the beginning. Colored pencil on paper, glued to wood, then clear gesso, went back over the eyes again with colored pencil, then found my caran de arche water soluble crayons (yay!!!!) used them, and finally used acrylic for the background. I think the clear gesso gives the second round of colored pencil some tooth, and the water crayons really work better with shading. I will probably collage a little and then seal. Oh and almost forgot...little lighter on the lips--looks more natural.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

And another Kandinsky inspired journal entry. I don't know what it is about this time of year but I do lean towards the abstract in the winter months. Don't understand why--maybe all this time inside creates introspection--liked pulling out the watercolors, though!!

Find Joy

Finding joy in January in New England, when it's 18 degrees in the sun and you have one day left of vacation, and you have just discovered that you have gained six pounds in the last two months, and you look at all your last posts and you realize they are all complain, complain, complain.

New page, new page....appreciation. Winter in New England, January in New England, in tough for everyone.
This page was fun, just play and freer. Pull out the watercolors and oil pastels and played like my students.