Friday, January 28, 2011
I've always been a fan of Mike Kline's art.so when he invited me to participate in a sketchbook exchange with him and 10 other artists, I couldn't say no. We each start off with a Moleskine journal of our choice, (I chose one of the A4 blank journals.) and the way it works is that you do 5 pieces in each book then send it off to the next person. (2 of each of the 5 being collaborative pieces with the person before/after you.) Soooo, I'm struggling a bit with the idea that I'm about to put my own sketchbook in the mail and won't get it back for an entire year. And in that there is a big lesson in letting go. If you would like to follow along, the group blog is located at Moleskine Exchange.
Image above created with artist grade watercolors, Liquitex black gesso and white gel pen.
Piece above created with black gesso, Zinc White paint, Neocolor crayons, wrapping paper & white gel pen.
Image above created with Colleen brand colored pencils, Liquitex black gesso, Cerulean Blue Deep paint mixed with Titanium White, several Blick Matte Acrylic colors and a white gel pen.
Image above created with black gesso and Colleen brand colored pencils.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Project inspired by a workshop taught by my friend Kim McElhatten.
to develop a tradition of
by pointing your compass to where your mind
connects with what delights you in the moment
when you shift your comfort from
only knowing one way
you reinvent the soul and you wake up
to a world where surprises await
one beyond your imagination
find your dreams everywhere
Bits of magazine words glued to black mat board. Decorated with Colleen brand colored pencils. I tore a magazine apart and searched for inspirational words which I cut out & added to a pile. Once finished, I spread them all out and searched for the message..... I will honestly admit that I worked on this for several hours - from the cutting, choosing, pasting, doodling. I especially took my time with writing the poem - which occasionally had me searching back through the magazine for a letter "s" to pluralize a word or an "ing"... you get the picture. Maybe next time I will be bolder & more spontaneous in my creation.
Video description of my process below. (Hey! my 1st vlog! Woot!)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I filled pages in my sketchbooks with obsessive doodles like this. The 1st two were completed in a 5x8" Canson Universal Sketch Book. The others in a pocket sized Moleskine Sketch Book. (I never cared for the paper in the Mole sketchbooks - like writing on a manilla folder - or what we used to call in elementary school, "Oak Tag." These types of doodles all but stopped once I started doing my doodles in circular form 4 years ago.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Sometime last year, my friend Mike Deaton made a suggestion that I create a video of my art work to be projected on the wall behind the musicians performing in the jam space (known as"The Boilerhouse") at our friend Jim Donovan's Summer Rhythm Renewal Retreat.
The video I created ran for about 40 minutes and it brought tears to my eyes to see my work projected so large and to be enjoyed by so many. Since that time, Mike & I have discussed projecting my work on sides of buildings... in large public spaces.... My mind is still churning with the possibilities...
The video above is a shortened version of what I had put together for the retreat last summer. Once again, Jim Donovan has graciously permitted me to use music from his CD "Pulse." (One of my all-time favorites!) Visit Jim on the web at jimdonovandrums.com
PS - This is a link to a short clip from it being projected in the Boilerhouse. I shot the video at the end of the night after having played djembe for two of the funkiest hours ever!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Once again, it's that time when I like to review my favorite products from the past 12 months. Click here to review against my 2009 list, or here for what I liked in 2008.
And so... in no specific order I present:
Blank Journals. I think that 2010 was the year that I fully embraced the blank page for writing. Late in the year was also when I started to nudge my way into the realm of art journaling. It's going to be hard for me to pick a favorite because I carried 4 different books through some amazing personal experiences and I loved each for what they were to me during that time.They were: