Thursday, September 24, 2015

A "Sort of" Finished Journal Spread...

Not much happening today here at Chez least nothing exciting. I did some laundry and hung it outside in the fresh air. I love to do that! In fact, call me crazy, but I love to do laundry!! Of all the things to do around the house, I'll do laundry any time.

Now that you know how exciting I can be, here's my latest journal spread...

This spread seems much more subdued than some of my others. I didn't doodle quite as much on these pages. I think they need something else so I'll look at them for a day or two and see if any ideas pop into my head.

Above is the left page...I liked those fingernails in the lower right corner. They're purple! What more do I need to say!! The purple dots on the side...that's a scrap of painted newspaper. Love that stuff!

I tried to repeat the purple fingernails on this page but they're a different purple. The face is one of my old pieces of art. I just changed the color of her headscarf. I think she needs a neck!! I'll add that later. The black dotted paper at the bottom is more about an inexpensive art supply!

I keep seeing blogs mentioning fall weather and I'm so envious. It's still in the upper 90's here and will stay there for the rest of this week...maybe longer. At this time of year I'm always ready for fall weather. It's my favorite time of year. But I have to be patient and wait a few more weeks.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

72 and Counting...

Since my last post I've gotten another year older. I just celebrated my birthday. I'm telling everyone that I'm 27! I think it's okay to turn numbers around, don't you? Besides 27 sounds much better than 72!!

It was a very good birthday with lots of emails, e-cards, and text msgs from friends. Both of my kids called me and HB gave me a beautiful card, 2 new art books, and a new tea kettle (which I have been wanting) and we went out for dinner in the evening. In case you don't know, I have very simple tastes and want for very little. That doesn't mean I have everything in the just means I don't really want much. The tea kettle was perfect...functional, pretty, and something I'll use almost every day.

Here are the books HB got for me...

HB knows me!!

I taught my art journaling class on my birthday and they surprised me with red velvet cupcakes and a card signed by everyone plus one of the new people in my class came early with her son and daughter and sang happy birthday to me. She also made me a lovely journal to use for zentangles...
 It's got a cloth cover and nice smooth white pages which will be fun to work on. I love the tall, narrow size of it...

and her son did this beautiful coloring page for me with markers in bright colors because he said he knew I liked them.

After the class was over I took several of the people over to see my art exhibit. It's going to be coming down next week. The new people in my class had not seen it and they had expressed an interest in it.

All in all, I had a lovely day with surprises and lots of fun.
Here is my latest art journal spread...I began this one as an example for my class. When I showed it in class yesterday, it just had a painted background and some collage pieces glued down. I finished it last night...

This is the left page.
The girl in the corner is from an art magazine. 
The little tree picture is one of my paintings, scanned and printed smaller. 

This is the right page.
The girl in the upper corner is one of my paintings...
I scanned her and printed it smaller and then changed the colors for this page.
My eye is still giving me problems and this morning I had a dentist appointment...more problems! It sure isn't easy getting to be my age...someone said getting old isn't for sissies!! But I'm thankful for the fact that I still do not take any medications. In this day and age that's almost unheard of. Overall, I'm in good health so that's a plus. A few problems here and there aren't enough to slow me down. I'm off to begin my 72nd year on this planet!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Art and Life in the High Desert...

This has been a busy week for me. Monday my art journal class began at Legacy Commons. I was expecting maybe 6 people and there were 15! It was so much fun. Now I just hope most of them come back next week.

Because of my class, I've been working in my journals again. This time I'm working in another altered book which is a bit smaller. It's only 11.5" x 9.5". I've added several fold-out pages to this journal. The fold-out I worked on this time was a double fold-out. It was originally an ad for Mercedes Benz but now this is how it looks...

Each side of this folds in to make it only half this size when it's closed.

Above is the left can probably see the fold down through the center. 

and this is the right side. You can click on the pictures to see them larger.

I started working on this fold-out a long time ago. I did some stencil work with spray inks over a black
background. Then a few days ago I began layering on some collage images and then I added a bit more smeared paint in pink and green. Last I added doodles. It's not my normal look but I like how it turned out.

This is the end of the art journal/creative part of this post...the rest has nothing to do with art so if you want to stop here that's okay.

I'm linking with Kate Robertson's Express Your Creativity and Julie Balzer's Art Journal Every Day plus reminding you to visit Kim Dellow for Show Your Face even though again I don't have a face to show.

We've been having some spectacular weather here in the high desert. I love clouds and a couple of times while I was out and about I took some photos...

Most of these were taken from the car so they aren't the best but I just thought they looked so beautiful. The huge cloud in the first photo hung over our area for a long time. I love looking at clouds. I used to do that as a kid...lay on the grass and watch the clouds and see if I could find images in them.


The last thing that's been going on is I'm having problems with my left eye. A couple of weeks ago I went to bed and everything was fine. I woke up the next day with blurred vision in my left eye, slight pain, and it waters all the time. I tried getting a referral to an eye specialist but long story short it didn't happen. So I just went to the urgent care associated with my medical group. The doctor only asked me a couple of questions and said he was sending me right away to see a specialist. I went straight there, had a ton of tests done on my eyes and the best they could come up with is my eye is dry! I don't see how that could happen overnight. They gave me some OTC eye drops and sent me home. In two weeks I have another exam to see if I need new glasses. Until then I'm using the eye drops which don't seem to do anything. I still have pain in my eye at times and it's very sensitive to light. Wish me luck on this. My eyes can't fail me now!! Maybe I'll get an eye patch and turn into a beautiful woman like this...