Here's my newest art journal page . . . Look at all that lovely white space. That's unusual for me, but I think it reflects my "one little word" for 2014 (illuminate) and the room to breathe and create that I have found by setting up a guest room/studio for my art, card making and scrapbook supplies. The room is almost done! Here's a corner that I like a lot, where the little things make all the difference.
For the bed area, I went shopping at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond (two not very expensive retail stores) to get some pillows and a bed spread which wouldn't break the bank but which also inspire me. And I found them! I think decorating with pillows is a great inexpensive idea. Next to the bed are the two iris carts with my wood mounted stamps. The woman helping with the my room remodel (she's a "home organizer" and I bought a few hours of her time at a charity auction last fall) suggested putting a table top across the two of them to create a bed side table of sorts. And it worked! I bought an oversized cutting board for $20. It matches my art desk, which has a butcher block top on it. The other little thing I love about this set-up is that I can actually reach the stamps while sitting at my desk (but turning around). And my supply closet is pretty much complete:
It's a bit fuller than the last time I posted a picture. I added another row of memory boxes under the baskets and additional bins here and there. My aprons are hanging on the left hand side of the closet, and I added a few prints on the interior walls. I also stuffed the plastic containers on the bottom shelf with scrapbooking supplies. There's nine containers full of paper, three containers full of embellishments and two containers full of photos and memorabilia to sort and scrap. That's in addition to the basket full of photos in the upper right hand corner of the photo. And that's where the main organizational work still needs to be done. I need to figure out what needs to be scrapped. But it feels so good to have everything in one place! From a decorating stand point, I'm waiting on some photo canvases and I need to frame some photos. That will be my wall art. I've also ordered a bed frame (with drawers underneath) and am thinking about getting a large mirror for over the bed. I'm getting a printer table on Wednesday and then I'll share the last bit of my room. . . . my work table area. All for now. Have a great weekend and remember to enjoy the little things.
My wonderful husband Paul decided to photobomb my attempt to photograph this watermelon. Since photobombing seems to be all the rage these days, I thought it made the perfect Zoom In < Zoom Out pairing for this week. To see other interpretations for the meme, go check out Helena's blog here. Have you ever photobombed somebody? Had one of your shots photobombed by someone else? If not, you may want to get in some practice because I'm definitely including "a photobomb" in the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt!
I've been busily at work organizing my supplies, and I'm definitely getting there. This is what my supply closet is looking like at the moment. I've got all my art and stamping supplies sorted. I still need to do a purge and organize my scrapbook supplies. They will go into the empty plastic bins on the bottom middle shelf. I also need to to get about four more "memory boxes" (they will go under the baskets on top of the book shelf in the middle). So, what do I have in my supply closet? On the bottom left, those are storage bins for paper. Bottom right are scrapbooks that I'm actively currently planning on working on and some idea books. Middle shelf left has water color and acrylic paints. Middle middle has gel mediums, twinkling H2O's, perfect pearls and alcohol ink. Middle right has beading supplies, plaster wrap, a box with interesting small projects (blocks, slide mailers, dominoes, stamp board) and more idea books. Top shelf left has spray inks, stencils and masks; and paper-based ephemera in various sizes for art journaling. Top middle has two bins with completed cards and post cards; eyelets; ATC and business card blanks; and fibers. Top right has ribbons; paper art dolls; chunky embellishments and handouts from classes that I have taught or taken. On top of the book shelf, there are six memory boxes with: chip board; grunge board; tags and bookmarks; adhesives; tools; and pastels/chalks/markers. One basket is filled with paper scraps; the other two have completed mini-albums and art journals. The top big round hat boxes have projects-in-process or to-be-started. The box with roosters has assemblage supplies. The boxes on the far right contain completed projects to be sold, given away or used as appropriate; Chinese brush art kit (in the pizza box); texture and mark-making tools; and a bin with things to be given away (for a face-book pay-it-forward, etc.). On the top closet shelf, the right hand side is taken up with stamps, inks, and embossing powders. The left hand side is mainly heritage photos with a large stash of old books for art journaling. And then there's that mystery bin on the far left side which I haven't even looked in yet! And that's enough for today, I've got a few more areas to show you, including more stamps, my desk, and my art journaling storage. But those will have to wait. So, my question for you . . . how similar are our supplies? What do you have that I don't? What do I have that is completely foreign to you? Paul called my closet "majestic." What do you think?
Each month, Kat Sloma encourages photographers to review their recent photographs and pick the one which has the strongest heart connection. It turns out I took very few photographs with my big camera this month, but I took this one which was an easy winner. I love the shine in the heart, the fresh lavender from my garden, and the table cloth which recalls many happy memories. I love the looseness of composition, the texture of the elements and the play of the light. It brings me joy every time I look at it.
My iphone provided a few other contenders. This one of Clara surveying the track at the University of Oregon.
I love the way she is bathed in light and the way she seems to be contemplating her future. And then a few from the train ride:
These three were all instagrammed and I love the way the processed colors give them a surreal tintype feel. They definitely call to my heart as well. To see other PHC's for February, check out this link. And I'd love it if you left me a comment letting me know if you have a favorite today.
While traveling last week, I spent some time copying some more of Georgia O'Keeffe's works as part of the "Studying Under the Masters" class I'm taking. Georgia's original:
I then took the next step, which is to incorporate Georgia's style into a work of my own. I started with this photograph:
And tried to paint it in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe. This is what I came up with:
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I learned that O'Keeffe, while representational, is not strictly realistic. I'm not sure I got as much energy and emotion in my flower as she does in hers, but I liked how I captured different shades of color in the flower. I'd still like to copy a few of her paintings using pastels or acrylics, but that will have to wait until after I finish setting up my creative space. And I definitely want to do some Chagall pastels as well. Got any favorites in my creations today
Once a month, my blog friend Abi invites people to stop by for a cup of tea and a chat, and I like to link up whenever I can. This month, I'm inviting you all over for a beer. Let's sit on the deck and enjoy a brew and the sunset. If it starts to get chilly, we can bundle up. Because the weather is like that these days. It's warm one minute and chilly the next. It's the weather we have when we're in between winter and spring. As we settle in and sip our beer, I'd tell you that "in between" is actually a pretty good description of how I'm feeling right now. In between winter and spring. In between the first part of my academic term and the second. Next week is "spring break," and I don't have to teach classes. I plan to spend the week working on a law review article I'm writing and working on moving things into the guest room/art studio I'm creating. Because I'm in between my old art space and my new one. I've done well purging and organizing my supplies. I've got a plan for what furniture will go where, and how I'll organize my stuff. Paul painted a book case that will go into our bedroom, freeing up the other book case to settle into the guest room/ art studio as the primary home for my supplies. I'm excited about finally moving things in. Our talk might turn to my kids, and I'd tell you that I'm feeling in between a doting mom and a hands-off parent. It's great that both the kids are standing more and more on their own two feet, but I really, really like it when Henry calls to ask for help. And, finally, I'm feeling in between sports seasons. Clara has started track practice, and her first track meet is a week from Saturday. She's nervous because she's not sure which events she will run or how she will do. I have all the confidence in the world in her, and can't wait to see her run. Yes, right now I'm feeling in between, but by next month when we get together for a cup of tea or a glass of beer, I know I'll have lots to share. How are you feeling these days? In between? Or already arrived?