Saturday, January 19, 2019

Wine About Winter & Collage

Last night our downtown hosted the 10th Annual Wine About Winter here in Grand Haven.  The event is a combination Art Competition and Wine Tasting.    Stores feature artists and nibbles; some also have wine, it's a fun event.  There was a good crowd, good art and some good wines to taste.  and I was honored to be one of the Honorable Mention Winners with this mixed media collage.

I have continued to work on my weekly goals and it is beginning to show in the studio, I actually have more space to work. There is still a long way to go but it will get done.  With more room there was space to do more papers coated with polymer for tack down collage.

And I have a few more done in my collage sketchbook.  Some I like, some not so much.  However, this is a learning tool so I am not obsessing over the ones I don't like, just moving on to the next one.






Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Few More In My Collage Journal

 The last day of last year, trying something new.  I wrote about it a few posts back and did some regularly but then got involved in finishing some other non-art related projects.  Now I'm back to making some sort of art every day.
Yesterday's collage in my collage journal

I also did a watercolor sketch yesterday when my Tuesday Painters Group got together but I haven't scanned it yet.  On to more collage work....

This morning's collage in my journal

And this is a little 2"x 2" done on a piece of scrap watercolor paper.  

Just having fun with it and getting rid of lots of old scraps of paper.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Good Start On 2019

This year instead of major goals I'm making small weekly goals.  This week it's clear out the clutter in front of the pie-safe in my studio and reorganize.  Among the things I found, some long forgotten felting needles and the remains of a pair of felt slippers.

The slippers reminded me of a fun day when my friend Betty Kammeraad Dobie was teaching us to make felt slippers... we were lousy students but we laughed a lot... a whole lot!  Synchronicity, one of the friends who was with us that day is heading to California for a month or so.  She is dealing with macular degeneration and the early stages of alzhiemer's so is afraid her sons are moving her permanently.  That isn't the plan but she knows more about her condition than they do which causes her to worry.

Since I found the mangled slipper and the needles I decided to make her a doll out of the felt.  The scarf is some scrap yarn but the rest is from the slippers.. That's my art sketch for today. I think she'll remember the time we did the slippers but I'll have to remind her that the last time she saw the felt it was an oversize slipper.

And the rearranging of the pie-safe is coming along.  That project should be done by the end of the week. My next door neighbor sells wool for felting along with felting supplies.  Now that the doll is done the needles are going there.  Felting is not one of the things I plan to do in 2019, it's one of the things I had to try.... several years back.... and the materials just resurfaced.  Time to go.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year

This morning, working with New York Times magazine pages and my favorite color …. blue, I finished this piece in my collage journal.  The rest of the day I spent putting a bit of Christmas away getting ready to have a few friends in tonight... It is New Year/s Eve after all.

One of the things I did to get ready was make a special cracker spread... the one I watched my dad concoct one night while we were out to dinner.  Waiting for the meal he asked the waiter to bring him some Roquefort Cheese, a glass of Harveys Bristol Cream, some crackers and one of their soup cups... empty..  There was butter on the table.  With everything assembled he proceeded to mix up a delightful spread for those crackers.  It was the first time I'd seen him do it but it was also the first time I had been with him in a restaurant when I was old enough to drink.  Mother said he did it often when they were out without us kids.

Now I'm sitting with a glass of wine, looking at all of the ornaments on our Christmas Tree and remembering …  So many years and so many good memories.  Yes, there are a few not so good ones too but tonight I'm concentrating only on the good ones.  As my 79th year comes to an end and I look forward to my 80th why think about the not so good... there are way to many good ones to think about.  And most of them are represented in one way or another on our Christmas Tree.

I have ornaments from my childhood and several collected or given to me through the years.  I still have the first ornaments I bought for the first tree I had in my very first home away from my parents home.  At one time I did two trees, one was a designed tree, the kind that decorators and artists do, the other was like this one... just a lot of special ornaments that have been collected through the years.  And for the last few years the main decorator has been our grandson.  He would decide which ornaments went where... all my angel ornaments went in the back or up high because he didn't like angels.  This year he changed his mind, still not his favorite but okay to be spread out around the tree.

My life has been good, I am feeling blessed as I look forward to 2019.

 I wish you all a very Happy and Joy filled New Year

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Collage Journal


I bought a few sketchbooks, mostly hand book and Strathmore visual journals, to be ready for 2019. I also bought one that was new to me and when it arrived I found the paper was grey and more like construction paper than drawing paper. I set it aside thinking I would send it back but in the mess of Christmas wrapping and piles of clutter, I lost the shipping papers. 

Since I'm beginning to play with collage I decided this journal would work just fine for that. I'm also playing with tack down collage which I find to be less messy. Papers and substrate are prepared ahead with polymer varnish, then an iron glues everything in place. 

Our Family Christmas celebrations happened on the weekend so yesterday was quiet here and there were some scraps of prepared paper on my work table and I had already prepped a couple of pages in the journal.  This is the first collage in the new Collage Journal. I'm feeling so so about it but this is a place to practice after all, not working for a masterpiece here.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas


The Christmas Bird and he was my mother's favorite.  I didn't paint him because of the season; however, it seems appropriate to use him as my Christmas wish to all of you.
Wishing all of you A Merry Christmas & A Joy Filled 2019

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Getting Ready

The Gingerbread House is finished.  I put the house together, our grandson does the decorating.  The first thing he did was add a chimney.  "How is Santa going to get in without a chimney?"  He had been telling me we need to do this since before Thanksgiving and he reminded me that he is bigger now so we need a bigger Gingerbread House.  So, it's bigger than the 5 or is it 6 previous ones.  It's one of our Christmas traditions.

I have to admit, I cheat, I bought a kit.  Baking is not my thing, my son was deprived growing up, the only time he got cookies was when Grandma Percy came or we went to Grandma Lystra's.  They both baked and there were always cookies when they were around. Since Grandma's are suppose to provide cookies, I buy them for our grandson.  I really should learn to bake, it isn't too late.

I did a gingerbread house for our son once.  Mother was visiting so she did the backing, I put the parts together.  It was a very elaborate Queen Anne complete with wrap around porch.  I wouldn't let Marshall eat any of it.  It was beautiful but, of course, didn't last.  Never did another one until I found the kits for Warner.

I've also been working on other decorating but going slow.  The tree is up and the lights are on it but no decorations.  The nativity Ed's brother gave us is up and so are my angels in the clouds.  Ed's brother is a florist and he sent me some fake snow he had used to build a life size snowman.  Well, life size snowman is going to take more time that I have unless Dick comes north and gives me some instruction.  (He lives in Florida)  In the meantime, I found that it is a great way to revive very old worn out ornaments and the went nicely with my angels in the clouds.  These ornaments are about 40 years old but the snow makes them almost like new.
Our grandson is usually here on Wednesday evenings so that may be when the decorations go on the tree.  He's here mornings before the bus too so we may get started tomorrow morning.

Did I mention, I love Christmas!