Yesterday my mailbox was happy again. I received my first post card from Post Crossings from Anu in Finland. The post card is a picture of one of her favorite artists, Raija Nokkala, titled Under The Umbrella. She is a PostCrossing addict, having sent out her millionth post card from Finland in January 2012. Wow!! That's a lot of post cards. That's one way to get mail. Here is the card.
Robin. I find her blog delightful, actually, she usually give me a good chuckle in the middle of my chaotic work day and I really like that. So, she makes these awesome journals among other things, and I am lucky to have been the recipient of one. This little cutey is so sweet- almost too pretty to use. Thank you so much, Robin. Thanks for stopping by.
Quinn McDonald is a writer, an artist and a creativity coach. I really like her blog and her new book new book raw Art Journaling. Her post today had to do with creating poetry found from the spines of books. She made the suggestion to go to our book shelves and look at the spines of books and make poetry. I did it this evening. This is what I found and little poems I created.
I was just playing in the studio yesterday- loose card stock pages. Threw some paint down, glued down some torn, found papers, much of my it my own art work, scribbled and doodled with lots of different markers, and this is what I got.
I decided to bite the bullet, meet a deadline, despite my feelings of "I don't know if my stuff is THAT good. Don't be ridiculous. Life is too short not to have done this. Just bloody well, do it," I told my self. What is it you ask? Seth Apter has an open call for The Pulse of Mixed Media. He wants to include more artists and will do this on line. I spent some days thinking about what I would do in this 5x5 space and while I was working on some other projects, I just kind of fell in to it. I made 2 in case I didn't like one of them, figuring I might have the other one to fall back on. We were asked to choose one or all of three questions when doing this project. In other words our art had to reflect or answer the question. I chose "If your art work could talk, what would it say?" Here is/was my answer and my art.
Having a "smashingly" good time playing in the SMASH book. I took this line from one of my father's typed sermon pages from the late 1960's. The line "Much to our chagrin and regret," caught my eye. I cut it out and placed on the page.
The last several days have been exceptionally beautiful here. I want to be outside but I also want to be creating. Yesterday I gathered up a bunch of loose background pages I've been stashing.
I pulled out this box of old Sanford oil pastel crayons that have been with me since the late 1980's. I got them in Boston where I lived for seven years but I didn't really know what to do with them. Some of them are a little dried out, some are softer, kind of like me. lol
This is another page in the altered book. This is how it started.
Thought I'd share some finished and in progress pages from the SMASH book which is really turning out to be an art journal after all. The pages are pretty sturdy card stock, so far, are holding up very well, and I am finding inspiration from the already designed pages. I kind of like the size of this book which is larger than the previous two with THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT and IN THE VAN. Here's a page I have finished.