This lesson with Annie Hammon was interesting, painting a portrait without sketching, using a brush, proving once more that I need lots and lots of painting practice with a brush. We were required to let out our inner child and just play and then go back in and recover the painting. It’s one thing to paint a sketch and quite another to paint with nothing but a small photo to follow shadows plus just letting go of what you have just created to start again.
A vase of flowers, creating a vessel of tenderness with Pauline Agnew proved to be a difficult lesson for me .. still life is not something I do well, it’s not something I do a lot of .. I abandoned a first try feeling it was too dark. I am not a ‘dark colour’ person but I felt I had to try. I feel the vase is too large and didn’t allow the flowers to rest comfortably around it and some of the upper flowers look like they are floating in space but this painting is lighter and I prefer the flowers in this one as well. The tutorial was beautiful and I loved it and I will come back to this one again.
Life Book 2016 has begun and it’s been a busy busy busy month. This first piece is a warm up with Tamara Laporte. Lot of fun with paints and collage.
The main lesson for the first week was to choose a word and the title was Happy Traveler. I of course chose the crow and my little dragon as my happy travelers, my word for this year is serenity. I need to learn how to become quieter, to pause my busy life some days.
Week two brought us two more lessons. One from Tam and another from Ivy Newport. Tam’s was a zentangled butterfly, leaving the angst behind while reaching for the sun. Tam wrote her words on her butterfly trail, I wrote them down and then covered them up with a pretty flowery trail .. they are gone, gone, gone.
The main lesson with Ivy Newport brought us lots of glitter and gold and some soul searching. I laid down a woman reaching for her goals, ready to go through the door and see the pretty butterflies in her world. I sometimes need reminding to search for those butterflies each and every day.
Week three gave us a lesson with Melody Ross. We painted a woman hugging a box with all the things we have accomplished to remind us that we are awesome just as we are.
Here is this year’s Christmas mini kit created for the colour challenge with ADB Designs over at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio with Dianne. The glorious colour palette this month was inspiring.
Two more cookie paper dolls .. these are chocolate chip cookies so of course they are Chocolate and Chip and both of them are all ready for their winter holiday adventures. As always just right click and save image to capture these yummy dolls. Merry Christmas !!
This card was created for the Just Art site to wish everybody a great holiday on the States side. Lots to be thankful for in this year of international tragedies.
This cute little friendship card was created for the Just Art site “use it all” challenge. We are given a mini kit and have to use every single piece, nothing else with only a photo and journaling allowed. I loved it so much I didn’t add a photo….I made the card instead
Loved this lesson with Donna, she took her unused paint from her pallets and brushes and smushed it down on journal pages and then used those pages full of explosive colour backgrounds and built on them. I have always done the same thing whether it’s a page I didn’t like and it has to be covered or in a book I will cover it with paint I haven’t used in my latest project. What appears is always appealing and looking for more.
I have a few muslin strips left over from quilting projects and thought I’d like to try a book. This is the first and I am loving it. There are so many possibilities for these. I put down a layer of white gesso on both sides and stamped, painted and smushed on the one side and just let everything travel through. Then to cover the white spaces left I blotted from other pieces and paint that I was using then stamped the turtle and the little words afterwards. Lastly I punched a hole in the one end, threaded a narrow ribbon through and rolled the whole piece up and tied it.
I can see all sorts of feathers and little trinkets hanging from one of these, photos transferred inside, poems printed with a vintage look. The list simply goes on and on and they would be great added to a little gift.
Chris Zydel’s lesson on Life Book 2015 this week was an interesting practice which I loved. We first painted for 5 minutes without any thought, just placing colour on paper without stopping. The second piece was a 30 minute exercise with more thought and attention given to the painting but still playing, not listening to our inner critical voices and then we were to sit and muse about the practice itself. At the end I liked what I did although it’s free and unstructured and both pieces look like flowers in a garden.
I haven’t had time to post these pieces separately so thought I’d do them all at one time … November has been a busy month digitally.
This first page was done for my own challenge “your favourite book”. Wuthering Heights has always been a book that haunts me and I have read it several times. This piece is a composition of several photos from Deviant Arts site and the Morgue Files site.
What if challenge … at first I didn’t think I would do this one because I decided years ago not to look back and ask ‘what if’. Then I thought of another way to set down these words. I’ve always loved watching the crows play in the thermals going up, up, up until they are just a speck against the blue of the sky and then soaring down in those same thermals. Crows are the only birds I have seen actually play, how awesome. The photos used in this piece are all from the Morgue Files site.
Stretch your wings challenge … we were to create a leaf and then use it in a page. I painted a maple leaf then added the real one with filters to create several different ones. The Maple Leaf Forever just seemed to be so right for this challenge.
Middle passage and Sea Fever were created using Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes frame and brush mini kits. I chose a sailing theme for both of these pages which were the main November challenge. You can find Jil’s kits here: Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes
Mr. Wonderful is a tribute to our Canada geese who mate for life and look after their family to the death if need be. You see the gander with his head up and watching as his family feeds. He is Mr. Wonderful. This page was done during November’s progressive scrap.
Arty’s new adventure….when Tamara painted a woman with a swan headdress with a fairy on her shoulder I knew I had to paint a Canada Goose instead and then Arty, my little adopted dragon whispered it was time for a new adventure so I painted him in as well. You can read about Arty here: Arty As you can see, my little dragon is still blowing bubbles. This course has been a great journey and I am now confident enough to go off on my own as I did with this piece. It will continue with Life Book 2016 … I was granted Life Book 2016, how cool is that? Thank you Tamara.
Winter is almost upon us for another year and when I saw the palette for November’s colour challenge with ADB Designs at the Digital Scrapbooking site I thought of snowflakes. The little angels you will recognize as my watercolour paper dolls in an earlier post.
Autumn Goodbye is October’s mini kit for the colour challenge with ADB Designs at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
This was an interesting piece to do. Roben had us using stamps, stencils, pens, paints and pretty much everything else as well. The black outlined flowers are my own carved stamps. This piece is a bit darker than I usually do but I like it as it is, a bit broody.
These two pieces are from September’s challenges at the Just Art site. I love trains, steam trains especially. When the black and white plus one colour pop challenge appeared I knew exactly what subject I would pick. These beauties are sitting at the museum here in Ottawa and they are magnificent work horses.
This window is part of the old mill in Almonte. I was up in the second floor when I noticed how dramatic a photo it would make and I love it but never really had a chance to use it and make it shine until now.
I loved creating my muse after the exercises Andrea gave us. I have been using the sun as my symbol because it is the warmth of the sun shining on me and soothing the pain of many aches giving me the strength to follow. Here my muse is wrapped up in the warmth and heat of that sun.
For Donna’s lesson I used water colours. My figure is in repose and a bit pensive, a mood I find myself in at times as winter blows closer.
Progressive scrap on the Just Art site gives us a chance to use what we have in our stash, more flexibility and a bit longer time line which creates a fun challenge. Here are the first three months layouts. I have chosen to use my own kits in each of these pages and you can find the kits on my blog here.
We had a pair of pretty crab apple trees on the property that we picked almost every year after the first frost. They always made great apple jelly.
Sam was a cockatiel with a whole lot of character and grew up with the boys. This page is all about this wonderful bird and his interaction with the family
I chose these two vintage postcards for this page. The scrap was a bit different this time and we didn’t really know where it would lead but a lot of fun guessing.
It has been a while since I have created a new paper doll. We had a lesson in Lifebook 2015 with figures and water colours that reminded me of paper dolls and they enchanted me. Meet Penny and Wendy all ready for any adventure you may want them to follow.
It’s that time of year again. The Digital Scrapbooking Studio is having their designer challenge. This is the first week. It called for going back in time to create a traditional scrapbooking kit. I chose Summer Memories for all those who want to now scrap their holiday photos and bring back those wonderful times of warm, freedom filled days behind us.
This template tutorial is one more from Chris Spooner. Chris creates his template in Illustrator Abstract Geometric Template and since I have only PSE 11 I made my own to give to those who wanted to play with it. The results from the challenge are spectacular. Sunset is my work up and example. This photo has it’s original colouring, no tweeking needed. The sunsets in the country are spectacular. The poem by Emily Pauline Johnson captures it perfectly.
Addition to this challenge, updated October 19 … there were so many beautiful entries into this challenge at the Just Art site that I made another globe for them, this time with horizontal lines
Last Days of Summer is this month’s mini kit created for ADB Designs’ September colour challenge at the Scrapbooking Studio. A period of time just before the butterflies disappear and the summer birds start their migration south for the winter with fields of asters and daisies catching the last rays of the sun.
Last Days of Summer
EOS, Goddess of the Dawn was my pick for this week’s lesson at Life Book 2015 with Alena. Who else when I find myself following my sun this year but dawn itself? I created her coming up through the water with her hair as part of the sunrise welcoming the warmth of the sun for another day.
Mr Handsome is a heavy horse, one of the lead horses on a team of 6 who looked back at me when he heard my camera and gave me this beautiful photo showing the inquisitiveness of a powerful horse. The page was created for the Just Art site for September’s “use everything” challenge. Kit was supplied by Anne Marie of A-M Designs.
This piece was created with Robyn’s last template of the month. It is perfect for my grandgirl’s birthday party with two of her close friends. It seems like yesterday she was born and now she is entering high school. Time simply keeps ticking along. If you want to play come join us at the Just Art site
This week’s Life Book 2015 lesson brought us Andrea Gomoll who showed us how to get through a slump and create something whimsical and pretty. I chose fairies in the grass with a little magic aura around them. I am starting to love the neon colours.
This handsome fellow is Tigger. He was a rescue cat and has gone to join the kittens in the sky but had a good long life, almost 19 years, most of it healthy. The page was done for a template challenge at the Just Art Site for August, template supplied by Robyn of Red Dog Designs.
This page was created for the Just Art Site using Robyn’s template. Robyn of Red Dog Designs creates templates that are artsy and so pretty which makes them easy to use.
This was Tam’s lesson for August on Life Book 2015. As always it was a fun piece to do, just floating away on top of the world. Lots of modeling paste was used on this piece. I created the stencil for the flowers on the hill using my cuttlebug and a piece of transparency.
The stamped image challenge at the Art for the Creative Minds Yahoo group brought us a stamped image of a lady’s head in the mail. I used a handful of stamps to stamp onto card and then cut them out and collaged them into a dress for the head. I then scanned her in so I could print her out at a reduced size. I used Tom Bow markers to colour her after laying down some clear glitter glue. The markers coloured the glitter as well so I had matching glitter on her dress.
I also created a smaller size to put on a 5×5 inch card. This one I chose to leave plain except for a few little stick ons.
Here is my latest for the colour challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio with ADB Designs. August brought us a beautiful colour palette and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A beautiful template helps to create a beautiful page. This template was created by Robyn of Red Dog Designs for the Just Art challenge. My page made the front page of the site for Layout of the Day. I love this photo of the birches which were not more than twigs when we planted them. They were rescue trees that would have been mowed down otherwise. They survived the ice store of 1998 by bending right to the ground without snapping .. amazing trees.
This challenge gave us three parameters … we had to use a duck, the colour yellow and seven items. My duck is a yellow bath ducky, my seven items are the green tiles echoing the Pear’s soap poster and of course my yellow background. I have several of the Pear’s soap posters but this one has to be my favourite. It’s so much fun.
The Doodle This challenge is one I hosted. The blog posting from the Creative Market with the cartoons worked into the images immediately made me think this is something different that would look great on a digital scrapbook site. This is one of two entries I made. The photo is of the Ottawa River. I have always loved this photo but never knew what to do with it. It was waiting for this challenge. The elements belong to Gabbi’s Wonderful Water World. Nessi came from an online colouring book site which I reduced and altered. Poor Nessi, she is sooo lost.
Meet Peter, a rabbit that would visit my garden. He was there often and I welcomed the visits for taking his photo. This page was created for the Just Art ‘use it all’ challenge for August. I changed the colour of the kit … Peter wanted a green page so he could hide in the grass
When Rachael Rice created this hand with an eye and healing symbols. I wanted to do something different, something that would have meaning for me. Following the shining sun, soaring with the crows as they float on the thermals created by that sun has a lot of meaning to me. The sun is the most healing thing I know. My aches and pains feel so much better and I love the warmth it gives me and it lights up my world. My hand has a stylized sun and soaring crows with three more crows in my sky. If you look closely you can see the bumps of my arthritis and the way my fingers are slightly bending from the bumps. The sun’s heat is making the hands feel so much better so I can continue with my art.
A love affair was created for ADB Designs colour challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio. The Thorn Birds love story is the inspiration for this month.
A Love Affair
I love how the background on this piece glows. I was never a fan of neon paints until this course. I always saw them as jarring but used along with regular acrylics they can create a glowing page. Flora makes it all look so simple and I had a great time doing these pages. I did however have to paint over my dull and greyed backgrounds and start again. I’m glad I did. Simply sitting and wondering what I can use to stamp another design with was tremendous fun and freeing. This is an exercise I want to do again and again.
Chris Spooner has a great tutorial on his blog using two images, one laid over the other causing a double exposure. I brought this over to the Just Art site as a challenge and there are some fantastic examples from the great digital artists there. Chris’s tutorial is here: Spoon Graphics I use PSE 11 at this time and Chris’s tutorial is for Photoshop itself and there are a few adjustments that were different but I was able to work around them.
Chris also had other examples so I decided to do something different for this as well. I took two images from outofcopywrite books and meld them together. Here are Chris’s examples: Spoon Graphics
For this challenge at the Just Art site we created a template with words. I love how this template looks like you are looking through a wrought iron fence into the garden. The flowers are all from my gardens through the years.
This was my first reflection page I created from the kit given us for the challenge. It was provided by Robyn of Red Dog Designs. I created the background with two of her papers cut with a sunburst and then added another and blended it.
Blue Herons are awesome birds, sitting completely still for long periods of time, sometimes on one leg. This fellow allowed me to get in very close and take his photo several times. He did finally get his fish. There is more to his story but that is for another page.
This pair of ATCs was created for the Life Book 2015 swap that was set up in June. Unfortunately the person who was picked to swap with me has not answered me back although I have emailed her more than once. Here they sit and if I do not hear from her by the end of July I will send them to somebody as a swap. To me being brave is having the courage to follow the sun which shines upon us with it’s bounty, warming us and helping us grow. When we stay in the shade of our lives we begin to face inward and stop reaching. We have to spread our arms and reach out to grow.