Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Take that Mr.Prufrock!

This may be my favorite art journal page from this month, and it comes from a very unlikely source. This semester in A.P. English, my daughter Clara studied the poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot. I helped her analyze and understand the poem and one line stuck with me, the saddest line in the poem to me - "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think they will sing to me." 
As this page came together, I thought about the poem and the mermaids. And I changed the journaling to read: "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. And I know they will sing to you." It is, not surprisingly, a message to my teenage daughter. 
As my month long revisit of art journaling comes to an end, I hope that I continue to hear the mermaids singing to me. And I hope that they sing to you. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Sunny Weekend of Racing

How was your weekend? Mine was spent in the lovely southern California town of Santa Barbara with Clara's track team. I watched my beautiful girl run through a great deal of pain in her hip.
To help her two relay teams - the 4x800 meters and the distance medley (girls run 1200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m) - win medals! 
It was a very fun weekend. And now on Monday, we're off to have that hip looked at. . . . because we're hoping for a lot more running this spring!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Happy Heart (art journaling, tutorial link and RAK thanks)

Recently, I received a wonderful RAK from Andria of the Drawing Near blog. She sent me a wonderful little mini-book stuffed with ephemera. You can read her tutorial for how to make one at this link. It provided the perfect elements for a happy mixed media art journal page about how happy I was to have my son Henry home for a few days for his mid-term break. I hope you enjoy the page and get a chance to go visit Andria's blog - it's a good one!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

On my block this week (art journaling)

I'm continuing to play with a type of art journaling where I draw and paint groups of simple subjects, each of which represents one of the things on my mind at that moment. Recently, I've done a clothesline, a plant with many leaves, and a swarm of butterflies. For my page today, I drew a variety of buildings each of which represents all the things on my "to do" list and called the page "On my block this week." I really like this type of art journaling and will surely create many more clotheslines, plants and neighborhoods. I'm also trying to come up with other groupings that might work - simple objects that I can sketch, paint and decorate. I'm thinking of a flag pole or line of bunting and a group of postcards in my mailbox. But I'm looking for more ideas. Got any to suggest?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Peek Inside My Art Journal

"I would rather. . . "
Just a simple art journal page today describing the choices I want to make.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Photo Pairs: Diagonal Lighting (Be Still 52)

Circle of Life
Waiting for a Light
This week's assignment in Kim Klassen's Be Still 52 still life photography class was to experiment with diagonal lighting. I'm not sure I ever understood the lesson exactly because as I moved around, the light was no longer coming in on a diagonal (and the lesson encouraged us to move around). The lesson also involved photographing a spoon, but I got reflections in the spoon which I found distracting. So I moved on to other objects.
But, at the end of the shoot and my post-editing session, I ended up with these two photographs which I like a lot. Plus, I'm really excited to take more shots with Henry's baby rattle (which I discovered in the silver drawer when I was looking for a spoon). So, it's all good!
I'm sharing these as part of Helena's photo pairs meme. I'll let you title the connection.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Art Journaling on a Large Scale

"Throw me to the wolves"
One of my art journals is an old road atlas. It is BIG, and it has taken me a while to figure out how to best create on this larger scale. For this page, I used a really large image and one of my favorite affirmations.
Advice at 50
And for this page, I followed the underlying grid of the atlas to create different cells full of advice to myself at 50. It has been fun to create art journal pages on different scales.