Friday, February 27, 2009

"Three Afloat"

A while back I would have worked this
into a bigger acrylic painting---but have
not the energy,
so I am thrilled to be able
to complete a journal spread, instead.
The woman is modeling for me even
if she doesn't know it, as I take
a photo from the car. As I have
no other photos of her I can only
get a vague likeness. I know she is the
Captain's wife and sells tickets
for Whale Watch Cruises. Also she
was very kind helping me with
phone use---She was the kind of
person you can laugh with---I like that.
There's a dream like quality with the
windjammer, star shell and mysterious
red ball hovering in this space.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Best Fishes"

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"Best Fishes"
EDM challenge # 166

My journal spreads are hardly ever quickly

done--as I'm not happy till I've fiddled

with them for a while. I always thought

the fish I designed was cool and decided to

use it and searched for the

Chinese coins and found them

to go with the theme of the Fish

as a Chinese Symbol. I could not

see what was on them well... so I

faked the writing and a friend said,

I may have written something

offensive---hope not :-)

Below is a photo of the wooden 'in the round'

20" fish on a pedestal, where you can see

the metallic copper gleam. He can be

swiveled around to the Sunfish side.

Friday, February 20, 2009


I will be back on blog after I finish my
blankety blank taxes, See you later...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Gathering of Color Blobs

This is a quick test of some paper in a
nice diary that's in the photo background,
with the gold impression on
the cover and words all over it
I bought it at the Mark Twaine
home---it looks antique and has an interesting
clasp----the paper is lined as for a diary.
I never thought to use it for art journaling
because of the lines--but
Kathrin Jebsen-Marwell uses lined paper
and it looks super---so I decided to test it
for waterclor pencil and Pitt Pen as it seems
a bit like the Moleskine paper. I made three
colored blobs and then waterbrushed them---
they sort of resembled fish---so I outlined
them and could see the paper was usable
with light use of water---but not as heavy
as the Moelskine. I would not think it
would hold up as time it won't
get used for jounaling....I think you ought
to use something you feel you can trust.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Woman With Brushes By Computer

EDM #211 "In The Style Of"
A self portrait in the manner of Picasso.
This took me way back, when I was
impressed so much with all he
accomplished--I liked his sculpture
with primitive overtones, his blue
period, his abstracts etc. However his
temperment would have driven
me crazy and I could not have him
over for coffee ordering me
around....if he was dissatisfied with
the coffee or the cup he would
blame me for the whole week
being not one of his better ones :-)
Very talented tho.......

The Answer

I see the red ribbons tied to the metal star

every day from the windows and

when I drive into the driveway I always

love to see them blowing in the wind..

I had to photo them yesterday for the umpteenth

time as the late afternoon

light was fascinating me.

So this morning what I was working on,took

back seat to doing this spread which

reminds me of back in the 60's , learning

to play guitar enough to strum folk

music, perform a bit...and never forget

that music.
How many roads must a man walk down
before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes,n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Scone, Spoon and Dog (card)

Click on photo to see it larger and read it better...
Here's something I do, not very often for a friend--make them a card with one of my photos..this is for my brother who has two Border Collies and often will dog sit 2 others---he is a professional animal photographer and I love him to pieces. This particular breed (looks like Eddie on Frasier) I had bark in my house for three days till his owners returned....cute as heck but
I was sleep deprived and thrilled when they came home.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Crystal and The Cake

EDM # 69 A Piece of Cake

My grandaughter, Crystal came

over with the cake not decorated as

I used to do them. But alas, all my

decorating supplies were not to be found.

Soooo, it was a fun time improvising and

trying to get it to a stage where

both of us could stand it. It went

to a farewell get together that night

and I'll bet nobody ever saw a cake

with that size rose on it before.

Years from now she can remember

it and laugh again I hope.


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Monday, February 9, 2009

EDM 210 Draw Underwear

This was not done in
life class nor from
memory but rather
from imagination...
back in the 50's I thought
I'd like to do calenders
like Vargas or Petty did.
They were the epitome of
glamour back then.
(Probably you're all too young
to remember them!)
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book review if you
haven't seen it

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sharpe Hill Shadows

This is EDM # 208 Draw A Shadow
You can Google Sharpe Hill Winery
in Pomfert Ct and see photos...
I especially love their wine labels
The shapes of the shadows can help
you tell the time of the day if
you can figure it out.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Wilson The Rabbit

EDM #44 Draw a Stuffed Animal
This guy sits up so straight and appears
to be attentive in some manner---
You can pick him up and set him anywhere
and he looks like that's just what he
wanted. My son in law, Ga, jokingly
asked me if I talked to him and he
then had a name he hadn't had before.
" Wilson" like Tom Hank's Volleyball in
Cast Away. (Where Tom looked mighty
good with his wild hair after quite some
time cast away). I seldom speak to
Wilson, but do smile when I walk in the
room and he' looks comical friendly
sitting up straight, something the old time
school teachers used to harp on in the
Nobody has asked but I wonder if you know in
back of Wilson are some kitchen draws and over
to the left is base ray heat next to the floor.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

EDM # 134 Unusual Angle of a Place Winna

EDM #134--
Draw a place in an unusual angle
This is the rectory where I was married
from the car leaning way over
in the front seat and shooting
up and out the window.....
thankful for no traffic at the time.
I liked the fall leaves, the
perspective of receding
space plus shadows dancing
here and there. The bird
started out as a yellow breasted one
but was lost from view until I added the
white breast against the darker roof.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Arty Architecture

EDM # 29 Draw something Architectural
You may recall I had this up before as a raw ink sketch.
For some reason, it wanted to have color added
and and old memories stirred with this watercolor
pencil process. I will do a page of the
rectory for the #134 challenge. You never
know what will tug at your heart with a
spark that sets a sketch in motion.....