Sorry for the long absence. It's seems like lately I've been so busy, but my level of creative output has significantly decreased. What's worse is that I'm not sure how that has happened. I'm trying to get back into the creative swing of things though.
I'm happy to report that although I still do not have a studio to work in, I do at least now have a designated work area in my kitchen which I love. This spot I now call my own allows me to be more organized and gives me a place to leave "work in progress" It's a small space but one in which I am very grateful for.
You may have noticed that there is a few changes to my blog site as well, most importantly it has a small gallery of the latest photo's added to my flickr pool. I've just finished a new photography class called Photo Manipulation 3 with Susan Tuttle and I will be posting on that next time.
Also I'm excited as I've started a new class, "It's Sew Easy" with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, so look for upcoming posts on that as well.
SO WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING:
I did this painting for my hubby at a crop in January. It was intended to be a Valentine's gift for him, but he saw it when I came home so the secret was out.
The workshop was great for giving even a simple sketch new life. Here is what my journal page looked like recycling this image.
The above is 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Without a well of my own personal art to pull from I started working with magazine images and gel transfers. I also wanted to try different paper surfaces to work on.
Here are some other pages from this journal:
The journal I used above had a surface area a little small for what I wanted, so I move on to 98 lb mixed media journal that was 7 x 10". The size is great but downside to the 98 lb paper is that after awhile the paper wears down, and if you add too much water when removing the paper backing on a gel transfer you begin to rub holes in the substrate. I will continue to use this journal and experiment, but I think next I will try the Strathmore Visual Journal in the 140 lb watercolor paper. I have the smaller 5 1/2 x 8' journal but would like to try their's is 9 x 12" journal as well.
Here is some of my work in the mixed media journal:
Here I layered gel transferred magazine images
Altered magazine painting