Sunday, February 28, 2016

Journal 52 Weeks 7 & 8

Week 7's themes were Self Love and/or Nerdy Love.  I chose Self Love, one of those things that most of us struggle with from time to time.

Week 8's themes are What the Heart Knows and/or Skulls/Crows.  I chose the  latter...well, because I like skulls, and I like crows.  I may revisit the Heart theme too, because I also like hearts.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Take A Word--Sepia

A Most Peculiar Man

He was a most peculiar man.
That's what Mrs. Riordan said and she should know;
She lived upstairs from him
She said he was a most peculiar man.

He was a most peculiar man.
He lived all alone within a house,
Within a room, within himself,
A most peculiar man.

He had no friends, he seldom spoke
And no one in turn ever spoke to him,
'Cause he wasn't friendly and he didn't care
And he wasn't like them.
Oh, no! he was a most peculiar man.

He died last Saturday.
He turned on the gas and he went to sleep
With the windows closed so he'd never wake up
To his silent world and his tiny room;
And Mrs. Riordan says he has a brother somewhere
Who should be notified soon.
And all the people said, "What a shame that he's dead,
But wasn't he a most peculiar man?"
~Paul Simon

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February--the Ice Moon

The full moon that just passed this weekend is known as the Ice Moon.

FEBRUARY: Ice Moon (February) Also known as: Storm Moon, Horning Moon, Hunger Moon, Wild Moon, Red & Cleansing Moon, Quickening Moon, Solmonath (Sun Month), Big Winter Moon
Nature Spirits: house faeries, both of the home itself and of house plants
Herbs: balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard
Colors: light blue, violet
Flowers: primrose
Scents: wisteria, heliotrope
Stones: amethyst, jasper, rock crystal
Trees: rowan, laurel, cedar
Animals: otter, unicorn
Birds: eagle, chickadee
DeitiesBrigitJunoKuan YinDianaDemeterPersephoneAphrodite
Power Flow: energy working toward the surface; purification, growth, healing. Loving the self. Accepting responsibility for past errors, forgiving yourself, and making future plans.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

SPA--Some Tasteful Nudity

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.

                                                                                         ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Take a Word--Children

Some Children...

Elements from Holliewood, Crowabout, HidVinStudio and Tumblefish.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Journal 52 Week 6--Below our Feet and Above our Head.

This one took a lot of thinking--probably too much.
Gessoed and painted, collaged over paint, paint over collage, more gesso...on and on.

finally I looked at the mess, and the words came to me--what ACTUALLY was beneath my feet.
I kinda like it.

over my head are the stars, a little blurry and messy, but bright and sparkly too. the quote is attributed to Snoopy.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPA--Love Gives You Wings

On the Wings of Love

Come take my hand and
Together we will rise

On the wings of love
Up and above the clouds
The only way to fly
Is on the wings of love

On the wings of love
Only the two of us
Together flying high
Flying high up on the wings of love

~Jeffrey Osborne

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DigitalMania--in the Style of Kanchan Mahon

​Kanchan Mahon is a self taught artist using the medium of hand-cut paper collage. 

Her art is quixotic, vibrant and otherworldly. Images are combined with intricate pattern, rich texture.

The qualities and concepts embodied by butterflies, flowers and birds infuse these pieces with the rich symbolism of the natural world.   These women dream of flight, like the birds they see,  They  long for change and to transform themselves, as do  moths and butterflies.  There is a flowering of self.  

​In these  couplings  of myth and psyche her art celebrates the loveliness and liveliness of women.  
She calls these images of vivid color and intricate detailed patterns "Dream Images.”  

Here are some pieces created in her style.  Portraits found on Google search , Mannerist paintings, the rest are bits from various Mischief Circus kits and my collection.

Dark Spot in the Brightness

Oriental Poppy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Journal 52 Week 5

This week's prompts are Psychedelic and Monochrome.

My pieces wanted to be  "not Quite..."  so my colors are bright, but not quite psychedelic. amd my monochrome blues cried for a little white and green.

what can one do when one's muse is calling, "go this way, please."

The not quite psychedelic colors are collage papers from Crowabout studio, cut up and pasted over painted book pages, then scribbled and marked with black pen and white correction fluid pen.

The monochrome blue base was made cleaning my brush after painting another piece, then rubbed with a baby wipe,  I applied some washi tape, but later removed it, tearing up a layer of paint.  The flowers were scribbled with watercolor crayons and the same correction fluid pen. the scribbled journaling is my answer to the above question about the says "say yes" over and over again.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Take a word--turquoise

got dem ole turquoise blues again...

all images from the collab kit, I'm with the Band,"