Friday, August 20, 2010

The Family!

The latest installation in one of my Art Journals.
I was thinking about how different everyone is in my family and yet we are still a unit of Unconditional Love! The family above is not exactly like mine, but some characters do share resemblances to actual family members. I will not name names.
The quote reads:
"We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one anothers desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing $$$ (Money), locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kisses to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
~ Erma Bombeck
I love the little dude at the end ~ my kids said it is Papa, their grandfather. lol

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More Fun Dogs!

These little guys sure are fun to draw. I love their sweet faces.

This little guy is is patiently waiting for someone to play all with him.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

On a Roll with the Art Journals!!

I think all the rain outside has forced me to find respite in the art cave! Yesterday I spent most of the day coloring in doodles in my Moleskine journal, Making larger Blind Draws, and reworking some old journal stuff. I wish all rainy days could be like this!


I did a slightly larger blind draw face and decided it had to be Marie Antoinette! Then I made up a background and tried to find a quote which I liked well enough & was fitting for the image. I chose this quote because I believe Marie Antoinette knew how to live life to the fullest and that is something I try to remind myself to do more often than not.

(above left) ~ "Sister Suzy Cyclops" and the "Jock Zombie"
These were recreations of blind draws I did, only a bit larger. And some other random doodles that I colored in.
(above right) ~ "Heart With Wings"
I was just playing around with the pastels to see how well they would work on the Moleskine paper. I put a layer of thin gesso on first, then colored the rest with pastels. Sprayed often with workable fixative, and finally a spray coat of Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating.
These are some doodles that I did on the airplane on my way home back from the Oregon Live Art Gathering in Hood River, OR. I finally got around to coloring them all in. I used Lyra Aqua Crayons, Prisma colored pencils, and a little B&W gel pens.

I didn't like what I had on this page before, so I coated it with gesso and reworked the colors with pastels. I actually like all the textured layers underneath now. I slapped on a Mermaid postcard I did sometime ago, and added a few other collage images around the edges for a fun underwater scene. The quote at the bottom of the page reads, "Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you. ~ Marsha Norman.