Sunday, April 3, 2016

April Love - Blogging Challenge - A Month of Love Letters

Writing with Blogging PromptsJournaling - Writing and Art Journaling

I've decided that it's time for me to do some writing and traditional blogging, using some journaling prompts. 

Writing is one of those things I've been told I do really well, but unlike painting or drawing it just bores the snot out of me to actually do it. If I'm writing, I usually need to be paid. Money is a decent motivator, after all, and I have been paid periodically, for what I write.

I came across an April's worth of blogging/journaling prompts and I decided to dive in. It's been forever since I've participated in any kind of creative writing prompts.  I'm feeling a little vulnerable about this process, but I'm going to "feel the fear and do it anyway" as the kids say. My writing can be pretty culturally-referential and indirect when it's personal like this, so it may not even make tons of sense to people outside the same miniscule social niches that I've traveled in. Normally that's a liability, but for this duration, I don't have to care.

I could use a bit of a better blogging habit, I realized. I can actually pull material out of for artwork, something that gets me in touch with the process of words into images into both -  in a personal way once more, something I might even enjoy a bit.

I'll be doing these April Love Letter prompts, catching up from day 3. I'll go back for the other ones, eventually.
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Dear Feet,

Your peripatetic ways are going to get me in trouble. You realize, no matter how much pavement you pound, the feeling of West Broadway, when you could go from gallery to gallery, is over. It's not just over because you're 1500 miles gone. It's not just over because Bob Morris decided to go all ash and bone instead of Ignatz mouse throwing bricks at the establishment. It's over because every city block takes you Bed Bath and Beyond a time in the timeline that you would recognize.  

Feet, you'd better get used to mulch pathways, flowers, sunshine. All those things that you're immediately suspicious about. It's tolerable here because everyone is miserable all winter, and the joy and horniness explodes every summer in a truly Scandinavian show of fireworks and drama. If there wasn't any miserable, you know how it is. Every good day would send you running in suspicion, every smile would become its own West Coast mildly perpetually medicated situation normal. You'd have to assume a cover up. Right?

Feet, you are really sons of bitches sometimes.  A great pair of rubes for my autoimmune buffoon to inflame and terrorize. It goes after all the choice bits that make life worth living, but you still perform for me, command performances. I don't talk about our problems with anyone else, till we've got to sit down and chill for a minute.  You've got my back, I've got yours. Still do.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Inktober: let's look at the book

Let's take a closer peek at my #inktober experiement: I have a new a3 moleskine sketchbook and for the first time ever I am making good use of the pocket. I'm considering building a class around this process, depending on the outcome and if I think it has worked or not.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fears Unfounded - Mixed Media girl with wax

It’s been far too long since I painted anything, so I decided to do just that.
I’ve adapted a few of the popular mixed media ideas floating around out there, and with these strategies I think I’ve worked up a nice personal-icon flavored idea. She’s 6×12 on a simple plywood panel.

See more process photos at my site


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer of Color - Blue Blue and Green

I'm participating in Summer of Color for the first time  - it's a huge challenge, run by Kristin Van Valkenburgh at Twinkle Twinkle.  Every week there's a very loosely defined color palette.

For this week's challenge I used Pthalo blue red shade, Utrecht paint Aquamarine (a lightened Pt. Blue-green it seems) and to complicate things a bit Hooker's Green hue. A little gesso, a little white, and inktense pencils, in Chrome green and indigo. (which I think match in with the hooker's green and the blue pretty well.) Also I think green gelly roll pen which near-matched the aquamarine for some reason..

I did a journal spread in a smaller Moleskine that I've been keeping. I think my secondary challenge with these palettes is to loosen up and doodle into my work more - I want to get a bit more raw here. I like the way this one worked out.

don't forget, you still have a couple of days to sign up for my fun summer class at Uthrive!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Joy - Gelli plate, acrylic, ink, water soluble pencils.

I thought I'd challenge myself to add more line into my work, and to use some tools that leave an obvious line. This proved kind of neat.  She's smallish, only 6x8 on hot pressed watercolor paper (really more of a bristol.)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The House Whisperer - Mixed Media Canvas, 11x14

I have an urge to work bigger on canvas, and in a rough way, more like the scratchy lines from scratchboard drawings.  I still feel like this is a little tighter than I want it, but that's something I can keep working on.