Friday, November 10, 2017

Sad Day

I just wrote a very long post about the loss of a friend; probably just as well that I lost it because I did tend to ramble... we've been friends since 7th grade which wasn't just yesterday.  She was one of my gang of 11 that graduated from high school together and her death was unexpected.  She had been diagnosed with cancer recently but was expected to live a couple more years.  She had a heart attack which in a way is a blessing... no more pain.  Have to look at it that way.

Here are a few of us a few years back, Joan is the last one on the right.

Monday, November 6, 2017

More Grunge Journal

In between working on my Wonky Angels I've been drawing in my Grunge Journal. Here are a few of the images...

I've been trying different ways of covering the page, just gesso eats up a lot of pencil so I'm looking for an alternative. One, I think, would be a thinner coat of gesso but I'm also trying some collage. So far what I like best is a tea bag.... that's what I used on the page with the doorway/ The only problem with that is that I don't drink enough tea.... I'm a coffee person. That's it for now, back to work on the Wonkys.....

Monday, October 30, 2017

Lots Of Works In Process

I've been working on a variety of things..... Focus eludes me.  Above is another drawing in my Grunge Journal.  That's what I do to start the day.

Below is a free form crochet piece that I think may become a scarf.  Then again, it may become a vest or a hat, maybe a purse.  I only have two skeins of the yarn so I know it won't become anything very large. I crochet when I'm waiting for an appoinment, for a meeting to start or in the evening if we're watching tv.
This is a close up of the top...
And with the holidays approaching I need to get some things done to sell at the gallery so Wonkey Angels are in process too.  That's my daytime project for the next few weeks.

Didn't mean to chop her halo off.

And a little painting, a birthday card for our son.  It's a painting of his newest project, a boat to restore.  It's not quite finished, I need to add a sail number but can't do that until I find out from him what that number is.
Now... back to work....

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Chapter Closes

This weekend a new family took possession of the house I called home growing up.  It was bittersweet, I haven't been able to enjoy that lake that I loved growing up for many years but still loved that I was able to grow up there.  I would have liked for my sister to buy it but that wasn't to be.

Have to admit that more of my time was spent doing this... or swimming.... or waterskiing.... but the red house on Union Lake made it possible for me to enjoy all of the above.

Our grandfather had the house built when our dad was 8.  I don't remember how old I was when our dad bought it from Grandma after Grandpa died.  I was probably in 3rd grade.  There is a lot of history there, lots of partying too.  No one can take those memories away, not only of the time we lived there but stories our dad told of his childhood there.  And since Grandma lived with us, she too had lots of stories and lots of family and friends who visited.  Lake living means company... Our parents rule was.... "You're welcome anytime, bring your own meat and a dish to pass."

Time now to move on.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Playing In A Grunge Journal

I made a grunge journal from an old book a few years ago.  The book was not very good but also  badly damaged so I gessoed over pages intending to use it as an art journal.  This page is the only one that was done back then.
Life got in the way so I put it aside.  Recently, while looking for something else, I found it again and got it out.  Time to practice some drawing and this seemed to be a good place to do it.  The following are some of the some of what I've done so far.  Some good, some not so good but the practice is always good.   I think I may play with some design in it too.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

My Annual Art Retreat

Once again, a wonderful week away doing nothing but make art and swim.   It is always refreshing, the water calms my soul.   Most of the work that I did consisted of starts but I did finish three that are just for me.  The one above and the next two... using family photos that I don't want to get rid of but that are taking up space. 

Now to find a place to hang them....
The water.... that's the other part of the retreat, my artist friend Terry and I swim every day, 2 and 3 times a day, in this beautiful body of water.
And we make art, here are all of the starts I did.  Some of them I may decide are finished.  Others I already know will need a lot more work.  I didn't think about anything other than getting things down on the paper using my gelli plate and a bunch of collage papers I took along.

It was a great week!  Now to get to work on finishing some of these.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Crack #8 Continues to Evolve

I posted this one awhile back thinking it was done; however, the more I looked at it the more I began to think maybe not.  Today I started playing with it a bit and I'm beginning to like it better.  There is still more I see that I want to do but it's wet, had to stop.  I'll post again when it's finished.

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Work And A Great Day

This week I finished two more of my series of 8x8 monotype colleges. A Walled Garden Gate and another Cherub, Just Restin;.  Stone walls, shacks and cherubs are three favorite subjects... and, of course, old boats.  But old boats don't lend themselves to the monotype collage technique that I enjoy playing with.

Another fun thing this week, an afternoon at Meijer Garden with my good friend Terry Brancheau. She's another artist and if she had an art site I'd put a link... she doesn't. She's also one of my dearest friends so getting to spend the afternoon with her visiting such a lovely place...perfect!

And on my morning walk this morning.... another photo to add to my sidewalk crack collection but this time a stone wall...
Now it's time to get back into the studio....

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Journals And A Start

I saw a demo on this type of journal and thought my class would like to try it.  First I had to know what worked and what didn't so had to make at least one for myself.

Then I had to make another to demo how to do it.  And then, just because it was fun to do, a third one is in the works.  I do journal regularly so they will get used.  What I liked about this journal is the binding.  It's elastic and the pages can be slipped in and out easily.  The base is an old book.  First step is to remove the inside which can be saved for future use as collage paper.  Then play with paint, stamps and stencils to do the cover.  Add elastic, ribbon and paper and you have a journal.  I may use one of these as an art journal.  The middle one is going to be my morning journal when the current on is full.

The start is something that has been hanging around my studio for a few years.  A friend had been given a sign for their cottage but she didn't particularly like it so she asked me to do it over.  This isn't something I normally do so it's been sitting.  However, her 14th annual remission picnic is coming up so I decided it's time... get to it.

It's been sanded and a coat of gesso covered everything.  I sketched the background and two loons.  The background and loons are from a piece of fabric she gave me that she used in the cottage.  Loons are not something I usually paint so this is probably going to stay like this for awhile.  The picnic isn't until July so I have time.
Another thought that keeps cropping up..."Save the Catwalk"  Our town has a pier and a catwalk that no longer provides access to the lights in high water but does provide a sense of safe pier walking for town folk and tourists alike.  It needed repair so it has been removed.   The "Save the CatWalk" group is trying to raise the money needed to put it back up. I don't do pier paintings normally; however, a few years back I did do one that I really liked.  The painting has been sold but I still have the image in my file.  I'm thinking of making note cards and selling packages of 6 or 8 cards with most of the proceeds going to "Save The CatWalk?.  What do you think?  This is the image....

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lots of Starts and a great weekend

This one is ready to go to the gallery.  I have a few more started, the monotype part is done; next I add collage.

I got these done today and not being one to waste paint or ink, I cleaned up the plate with paper to add to my collage stash.
Yesterday was productive too.  I don't know if these are done or not, I have to live with them for awhile before I decide.

And the weekend.... I come from a very small family, two sisters are the only one's who had children. I have 4 cousins and they all got together near me this weekend along with some of their children. Here is the gang... and this is only part of their side of the family plus me.
And here I am with cousins and their spouses. I'm in white with the white hair the other two sitting on my left are the other two elders; behind them in hot pink and in grey are their younger siblings.  We don't see each other often as no one lives close but when we were growing up we did everything together since we only lived a block apart.... that and our mothers were very close.

It was fun seeing everyone, celebrating a graduation from UofM Law School, an engagement and a retirement.  Lots of reminiscing, lots of laughing.  We're getting to an age where we need to do it again every year.