Four days ago I mentioned that I had made my "Fairy Godmother" a birthday card but I was not going to post it until she received it. She does read my blog,after all. That wouldn't be too fair for you to see it before she did. Here's the front of the card.
My daughter was sorting through some of her boxes in her bedroom recently and came across an old sketch pad of hers from when she was a little girl. She was, at first going to throw it away, and I suggest she just might want to save it for "posterity." She put it, and some of her books on a downstairs book shelf and it was then forgotten about. A couple of days ago I had to lift up the sketchpad to use the dictionary. (Does anyone besides me still use a real dictionary?You know. The kind that you can hold in your hand? It seems to me I could have used the online dictionary but it was like habit to go get it. Anyway, I opened up Liza's sketchpad and I just couldn't help myself. Here is the earliest photo where I have begun to add color but you can still see the original outline of her sketch.
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I ran across this recently. It speaks volumes. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 Things Artists Should Be Thankful For Sylvia White September 22, 2011 Art of Being an Artist “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. ” Lionel Hampton By the time most artists come to see me, they are usually beaten down and depressed by the struggles of the artworld. They have been abused by their galleries, taken for granted by their collectors, misunderstood by their families and exhausted from juggling real life with creative need. It is so easy to forget how special you are, when there is no one around to remind you, but you. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I give you my list of 10 Things Artists Should Be Thankful For. Print this out, fold it up and put in your wallet. Send it to your artist friends. Read it whenever you feel all your work is for nothing and you are thinking maybe you should just stop making art and grow up. Post it in your studio when you are wondering what the heck you are going to do with all this work? But, most of all…believe it. Remember, it is impossible to feel thankful and be depressed at the same time. 1. I am thankful that I am not one of the majority of people in this world that wakes up every morning, goes to a job they hate, just to come home and do it all over again. 2. I am thankful that when I am away from my studio, my ideas come with me, they keep me company everywhere I go. 3. I am thankful for this passion that gives me so much joy (and angst) but mostly joy. 4. I am thankful that when I have left this earth, I will leave something meaningful behind. 5. I am thankful that I have a mind that can not sleep, I will never be bored. 6. I am thankful that there is a part of my life that nobody can control, except me. 7. I am thankful that no one in the world can ever take this gift from me. 8. I am thankful that I am brave, it takes courage to pursue my gift. 9. I am thankful that I am never satisfied, it forces me to move forward and grow. 10. I am thankful I discovered this list! Pass it on
I was sorting through some computer art files recently and rediscovered some art I made when I got Carla Sonheim's Drawing Lab book at least two years ago. She has a chapter in it called Imaginary Creatures. Out of paint blots and marks, these creatures appeared.
Shhh. I'm making a birthday card for my fairy godmother. It's not done yet so if she reads my blog post she'll get to see it in progress and know that it will be late getting to her. this from my me I got it right now If you haven't yet checked out my shop, please do. Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for visiting........................jo
I took a French newspaper fashion page and glued it on as a background. I was still into 'faces' mode so sketched in the face on top of the model. I like how the face of the model is visible through the face that I drew. I like how this page turned out.
Brother John got a kick out of the mail art I showed you on the last post. I posted on his FB page. I told him when he actually got it in the mail he could show it to his "force." Maybe they'd keep him on or maybe they wouldn't. In the meantime, here's a few more faces I've been doing in the mornings. I am beginning to think they're looking the same, but then I think they all seem to take on different personalities. I think it's time to get out my mini, somewhat flexible wooden model and add bodies to the faces.
My twin brother decided at 50 yrs old he wanted to do what he'd always wanted to do, and that was to become a police officer. Why? I do not know. I made this for him. On Tuesday I shall post this on his Facebook page, maybe embarrass the" badge" off him. Ha ha ha ha. I found some spelling tests from 1964 and incorporated them into the card- front and back.
Just playing in the Moleskin in the car...........of course