Tuesday, May 19, 2015
That way I do not have to stop my journals just get rid of more stuff and find a home for the stuff on the window seat etc. For me it is finding a home for scraps of this that and the other;
A sickness that is aided and abetted by everyone who teaches mixed media on the internet, makes videos or gives prompts!!!!. Yes, you know them. The sort that encourage you to keep bits you cut off and under paper!!! Of course it is useful, the day after you throw it away. And to Kelly Kilmer, the great teacher of collage and journaling who cuts out interesting pictures from magazines and stores them and encourages you to start a collection of images from magazines!!!!! She lives in an apartment and has to be the world's greatest organizer.
My collection since I started her class around 2010, is in concertina folders and bits are sprinkled around as in inspiration. In fact the Japanese author Marie Kondo, who Pavi ( she was tidy already) read says "Marie Kondo, the developer of Konmari method, says that we shouldn't keep things that have stopped sparking joy. She also says that very few items actually pass that test. " Both these woman live in countries where space is a premium. Here in Texas we just spread out. Seriously, I do have to agree with these women and as a start have this year managed to not rush out and buy suggested supplies for my journals.
From now on I am starving my "inner hoarder" and like the phoenix rising will allow a new Miss Tidy to emerge. By morning this idea will be forgotten.
To check why we are exposing our mess check Ms Julie the creator of WOYWW
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Despite everything I have kept up with journaling. Cannot say i am pleased with everything but it is a real learning experience. My pages for The Documented life are awful this weeks, is the worst though I have begun to understand Gelli Plates and how to use them a little better. My experiments with water color and Tombows have both provided some gratification . In the no excuses journal I decided to use more pencils to prevent bleed through and that is fun.
The cats are gowing, their behaviour is atrocious. so we decided to let them venture outside. At least Xochitl is wearing herself out. Now that they can go out through their own door they seem to want to be in except at nightfall when we want them in.
Reading Susan Branches's book "A Fine Romance; a love affair with the English countryside". I bought it as it is written like a travel journal. Love it as I remember all those wonderful places she visits, her little drawings and the quotes.
Well onto my desktop is at 930am, before today's cleaning
So have a great week and lets have fun!!!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
To those who have asked, last week was my final ear injection. The doctor also patched up a hole in the ear drum. A surgical procedure that fortunately she is skilled at It turns out that the hearing in my right ear deteriorated below that of the left. SO now the current hearing aid has to be modified. The once in the normal range right ear used to receive a Bluetooth signal from the left. Now that is not possible so the leftie needs a "norm" aid. The new young audiologist cobbled together a loaner as the truck delivering new supplies was stuck in the snows of Memphis. Hopefully friday I will get the loaner. I knew I had lost a lot of hearing but never quite got how bad it all was. When I arrived home on Friday I heard Xochitl and MS Kitty meow for the first time.
Today my desk
Today involved working on my No Excuses Journal. It is something I enjoyed last year but I wanted to move along and develop a style and rhythm. Today felt like a move in the right direction. My head seemed more alert and it was fun to make even though the color for the month was out of my comfort zone as well as prompt. Pinterest is such a wonderful place to be inspired and try different things.
this is Journal 52 where the prompt was to use colored pencils
This is DLP where the visiting artist Robin Mead used doodles then painted them over with gesso then watercolor. I followed her steps as i wanted to see how water colors reacts to paint after drying. plan is to try it again. For now it is dinner and clear up time.
TO think when these two journal entries were started it was cold and gloomy. then the same this morning. Now here it is today at 4.29 pm. SPRING HAS SPRUNG. The view from my studio window.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Now Mrs D did you ever believe when you started this that you would keep going to 300! Well here we are and sending you a big thank you.
This looking at blogs around the world has not driven me to clean up my act! Happily I have accepted the messy being I am and after this post intend to clean up as i am missing some bits and pieces.
Here it is my work table. Just finished one project and straight into next. Always afraid i will not get it done if i do not finished it over the weekend. Then I don't and so workspace stays in a state of suspended creativity, now that sounds a lot better than a mess!
The area next to the computer desk usually has great light. Alas, the past two weeks have been like the north pole here, dark and overcast and never getting over 40F (4.4C) , well Ok it is colder there, though I hear the polar bears are sweating it out! Today it remains gloomy but a little warmer. This has effected my affect so all the time I feel down!. Between the droning sounds in my head, lack of sleep and often under siege by the terror cats it is hard to get anything done let alone clear up. Also if i clear up I will not do anything so as to keep the room tidy.
Here is my desk. Showing the first stages of some watercolor intuitive art, and my No Excuses Journal, all interrupted by urgent paper work. Now complete; back to the real world.
Meanwhile Ms Kitty has asked for some exposure for her recent art contribution that she feels is not receiving any recognition So here she is.
" today i realized that my humans left the bathroom door open for me to do some more tissue sculpture. My viz.... Was ruined by Xochitl who started to chew it up and swead it fru the houzz. Then daddy shut the door. So diz waz all i did
Luv and purrs Ms Kitty
So folks off I go on clean up patrol and to find Xochitl who has added opening plastic bags to her repertoire.
Happy a lovely week and visit to all the workspaces and raise a glass to Madame Dunnet!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The slope of the driveway makes it impossible to get out if it rains and freezes and this was what happened Monday and today Tuesday. Today, by noon it was 2 degrees above freezing and the driveways thawed. I headed to the store. So now I have to cook dinner and make some food for the cats who are not eating. MS Kitty, a little butterball, has refused to eat the expensive cat food bought for her and searches around the kitchen like she will find something. Xochitl is picking at her food. Both are active so here I go making venison and chicken liver in the food processor. Their lack of appetite has not stopped them from climbing up a wall hanging, jumping up to high windows and in Ms Kitty's case eating the butter after getting the lid off the butter dish! XOchitl is emptying the fruit bowl and plays with all the fruit. Favorite was grapes. Good thing we do not have carpets. Yesterday she played with a very large onion.
Yesterday I worked all day in my studio finishing the journal prompts for the week. Then loaded the fabulous video I bought from Peony's and Parakeets. The artist is Finnish and her name is Paivi Eerola. I really like her style. Turns out to be a lot more difficult than I imagined Her work in watercolor and colored pencils really speaks to me.I have both these products and do not know how to use them as she does.
Below are pages for my documented life journal
Here is Journal 52, the aroma therapy prompted made me think of wine tastings and the BS that is spoken about the smells and flavors. It was taken from a real wine tasting!
Time to go and make cat food, and dinner for us, think its leftovers!
See you all when I visit your blogs.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I am having a really fun time with The Document Life Project(DLP) My original intention was to use it as a way to practice my none existent drawing skills but my love of collage and mix media always wins the dilemma. One reason when I wrote down my goals for the year they turned out to be the same as those of last year. Carried away by prompts and Pinterest!!!
The tidy desk is gone replace by the true me. With my new job, Mistress of the Litter Boxes a real lady in waiting(they wait until you clean it)I have days when that is enough cleaning etc. Truth is I love a studio mess.
Here is THE WORK SPACE, first looking at it with my back to the window and second view of when I look from the computer.
You can see my entry for DLP here .
My other journal project is Journal 52, I am one of 9,000 signed up for this free prompt and FB group. this week's prompt was "Just Be". For some reason my brain seems to check into the brain file box marked "songs" for any and every prompt, then I suffer from replay of a matched up song until an outlet is found. Using it as a jump off for a journal page is this years solution to the Blank Page Fear and worse still song head Disease. it beats a thousand push ups! the song that Brain matched up was "I gotta Be Me" from a dead crooner and Mr Google's helping hand. I dew a silouette then filled it with cut outs that were about things I do, glued them down cut the silhouette out and mounted it on black(yes it is black) paper an attached it over the page I had doodled around on.
The DLP this week had us use gesso then the prompt "The beginning is Always Today". The Brain went berserk in the music files with this one. Then when I was BEGINNING my morning chore as Mistress of the Litter Box a picture popped into my mind that I saw on Sunday during a feeble attempt of organize My Pictures. I have yet to finish it but however I mess this up it stays. There are about 4 layers of gesso and I used up a ton of baby wipes.
Since Ms Kitty is adding pounds and Xochitl is hiding them within that silken fur it is a appropriate they formed the basis for models!. Do not know who the artist was or I would buy up more as it was a card and the whole is super. The blank page has a few less layers of paint and gesso and I think I want to make it into a daily visual of my life not every day just enough.
Better get on with it.
This is the two BIG kittens after a mocking bird gone crazy sighting.