Sunday, January 31, 2016


Taking a Break for Tea

a collection of elements from Mischief Circus's collab kit "La Vie Boheme."

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Craft Barn's 2016 Alpha/Dictionary Challenge

The letter Q is for Quiet.

Pages sponged with left over acrylics,collaged with dictionary pages and other papers, packing tape transfers, stenciling and text printed on tracing paper (it really DOES disappear when you glue it down.) 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Journal 52 Week 4

This week's prompts were Full Moon and Lunacy.  the words to the song Paper Moon immediately came to me, and i went from there.

Began with a coat of black gesso (I LOVE black gesso) then a thin coat of blue acrylic for the sky. the moon face is from a digital piece I recently completed, layered between a circle of sacred geometry (Google it, it's beautiful)  and a wax paper circle lightly drybrushed with white acrylic.The "cardboard sea" is collaged from a gelli print.

I think it fits both themes.

Digital Mania's Flickr Challenge--David Arms

With his wife and two daughters close by, David spends his days in a sun drenched studio filled with Classical and Americana music, french press coffee, books and patchouli. But some days he prefers to paint in the quiet, inspired by the sparrows, wrens and chickadees living at his window. It is here that he creates images that transport you from what you see into that sometimes faraway place of what you feel and what you believe – and his wish is that the viewer look long enough to walk away with a renewed sense of hope.
Let your eyes search his paintings and may you be blessed as you find a place to rest, hope for your heart, light for the darkness…and continue on…as we stumble on…this journey together down Redemption Road.
These are my interpretations of his style, and it was a joy to create them.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SPA--Man in the Moon

Advice from the Moon

Live life to the fullest.
Be someone to look up to.
Don't be phased by difficulties.
Take time to reflect.
Enjoy a little space,
Honor the cycles of Nature.
Light up the night.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Craft Barn's 2016 Alpha/Dictionary Challenge

# 1  the letter B

And on my pages B is for the Buddha, the soul of harmony, serenity and peace.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Take a Word--Art

                                Let me ask you something, what is not art? ~Author Unknown

Painted with Photoshop brushes and original asemic writing.
Asemic is to writing as abstract is to art, it is for the viewer to interpret

Monday, January 18, 2016

Journal 52 Week 3

The prompts this week are
1. your favorite David Bowie song/lyrics
2. your favorite song/lyrics

WELL...I don't have a favorite David Bowie song (though I found it while searching his playlist)  I like his sound a lot, but the lyrics --not so much.

Then I discovered that he had covered one of my all time favorite John Lennon songs, "Across the Universe."

Bowie took Lennon's gentle chant of oneness with the universe, and turned it into a fierce anthem--accepting the flow of the universe while shouting "I still AM!"

You can hear his version here.

I printed the lyrics and cut them our, then did screen captures of Bowie from Google Images --so many different faces--and collaged them onto my pages. a little inking and some green tissue and voila' two prompts in one!

Sunday, January 17, 2016


there was magick in the night...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Journal 52--Week 2

My front cover.

My book is a Moleskine hard cover journal/sketchbook that I picked up at the gift shop at Falling Water, the Frank Lloyd Wright house where I volunteered last year (and will again when it reopens to the public next spring.
It has some sketches printed it it, of the house and the grounds.  Some I will keep as is, or journal on them, and some I will collage and paint over.
I covered it with gesso--then stenciled and painted, and collaged the words.  It still needs a coat of matte medium to seal it.

 The second week's prompts are: What we will say YES and NO to this year.
The red bits and star are from a mail art envelope from  my mail friend, Honi, and the grid paper was found in a library book.  The background is black and white gesso over collaged book pages.  Next time I will cover the collaged papers with clear gesso before adding the white or black.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Beautiful Creatures

“Mortals. I envy you. 
You think you can change things. 
Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. 
You are such beautiful creatures.” 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Photo a Day Day 4


found on facebook:

Take a few moments to look at these extraordinary photographs, and see a bit of this extraordinary story.

.Vivien Maier

photo a day Day 4

Bicycle tracks in new snow

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Photo a day -day 2

The animals at the stable...

wooden sheep from my hand carved Mexican nativity scene.

Three Muses--Heart

Image from Itkuptili, bokeh from textures for Layers Flickr group.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Photo a Day for 2016

Starting another personal challenge today, a photo a day using my new phone's camera.  Been wanting to get back into photography for a while now so we'll see how it goes.

Time and tea

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Take a Word--Reverie in Black and White

made with elements and papers from the Mischief Circus collab kit, Midnight Reverie
I'm a first timer here at Journal 52, and with that in mind, my Phrase for 2016 (because a single word didn't quite sat it) is "just try it."
So, I am Just Trying : Journal 52, using my art stuff instead of just buying and collecting for Someday, coping with Type II diabetes, getting more exercise, and a host of other things from my Someday list.
Wish me luck!

Here is my first page for 2016.

SPA--Men in Hats

Happy New Year everyone!  i hope you all had delicious and lovely holidays.
Thanks for playing along with me with the first Sunday Postcard of 2016.  Hope you enjoy the theme.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Some new postcards

Yes, these are blind contour drawings

 and...yes...they are all me.

In the style of Robert Kutchner

Robert Kushner (born 1949, Pasadena, CA) is an American contemporary painter who is known especially for his involvement in Pattern and Decoration.  He has been called "a founder" of that artistic movement. In addition to painting, Kushner creates installations in a variety of mediums, from large-scale public mosaics to delicate paintings on antique book pages.

Here are two pieces in his style,