Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Three for Three...

This year I've been stepping out of my comfort zone and showing my art in more places. Last year I thought about entering my art in the local county fair but chickened out. This year I did it. I entered three paintings.

When I took the paintings over to the fair I felt intimidated by the other art I saw there but I had paid my entrance fees so I went ahead.

Monday when I arrived at Legacy Commons to teach my class, everyone at the front desk was smiling more so that usual. Then I noticed a big poster/card on an easel in the lobby that said "Congratulations Janet Briggs"...and they told me I won first place.

I had to see it with my own eyes and sure enough I painting won a 1st place in its division, abstracts; another painting won a 2nd place in its division, florals;  and the third painting won a 3rd place in abstracts, the same division where I won 1st!!

I'm sorry that I look all washed out but the lighting in the building was terrible and I was very tired and hungry. HB and I had just spent four hours monitoring the photography exhibit! But at least you can see me and my paintings. I was thrilled to win on each painting I entered. Beginner's luck for sure since this is the first time I've ever entered anything in a fair.

Monday, August 18, 2014

This and That...

I've been all over the place with what I've been doing so this is going to be a mish-mash of photos. After the second art show I took some art over to the salon where I have it for sale. The walls were pretty bare for a few days while I did the shows so I wanted to do a nice display...

Lots of color!...a few black and white drawings and a few prints. I like how it looks. HB always does a good job of hanging my art.

Also I've been playing with my gelli plate...that thing can be addictive! I get started and I can't quit. Here is a stack of them...

The other thing I've been doing is making books. For my art journal class, I did a couple of lessons on how to make simple books. They enjoyed it and it got me into making books again.

In class we did a simple pamphlet style book and also one that has ribbon tabs on the spine...I don't know what that type of book is called. For myself, I did two spiral bound books and one with ribbon tabs. The one with ribbon tabs was made using old file folders so it's tall. The small one in front is mostly plain printer paper with a few pages made from file folders. That one and will go in my purse for jotting down notes. The 6 x 6 book has scrapbook paper in it and I plan to use it as a small art journal.

HB bought this Cinch for me several Christmases ago but I never used it. I just kept thinking "I'll try it later" but later never got here until this weekend. I got it out, did a practice book and that was it. I love it and will be making many more spiral bound books. I just ordered more binding rings although I still have some that HB bought. It's easy to use and I think I can make just about any size book I want.

I know some of you don't like spiral bound books but I love them. I like that they open flat. When using one as a journal I really don't mind that I can't work all the way to that bound edge but I know it bothers some people. This year I'm sure people on my Christmas list will be getting a spiral bound book!

I have another project in the works but that will have to wait a bit longer. I don't have much to show yet except a little teaser...

Yes, I have HB cutting foam board again but not for prints this time. I'll share something about this project later this week.

Now get out there and have a fun day!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Another Art Show...

This time I wasn't participating! Lee Ann, one of the women in my art journal class, was in a small art show at her church which is just down the street from where we live. HB and I went down to see her and had a good time. It was mostly young people in the art group. Here are a few of the pieces...

This tree piece was one of my favorites.
The young woman said she doodled this in class
the morning of the art show!

This is actually two paintings done by two different people.
It represents day and night.
They attached them, one right side up and
the other upside down.
I thought this was very creative.

I really like this piece.
One person looking down into a well?
And another person looking up from within.

Sorry this one is at an odd angle...
but it's still beautiful.

This is one of Lee Ann's pieces. She used some gel
printed paper on the background, "found" the bird in
the background and then drew the cage.

Another of Lee Ann's pieces

This is Lee Ann's work.

And this is also Lee Ann's. In person, this piece is amazing. It's all collage and each element is from a different place. The table was bare and she added the lantern. She put the window on the wall and all the other parts to this collage. The photo is sort of on an angle so it looks crooked but it isn't. I love this piece and think she did a great job with it.

A fun little art show and a pleasant evening.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meet Kali...and Kate

This is Kali...
She's about 14 x 18 inches.
This fall 21 Secrets is coming back and my friend, Kate, is going to be one of the teachers. She's having a giveaway for a spot in the new 21 Secrets course. If you head over to Kate's blog she's giving you several chances to enter. And if you don't already know Kate this is a good chance to meet her and see her art. Kate is one of those artists who seems to do it all...she paints, does art journaling, knits, weaves, spins and every year she participates in NaNoWriMo. Kate is not only talented, she's generous. So visit her and enter her giveaway. Who knows, you might win!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Katy and Rosalie...

I did these two pieces on 4 x 12 inch canvases...



Just quick little collage pieces for the art show. They got a lot of attention but they didn't go home with anyone. Now they're at the salon.

Rosalie was inspired by this older piece of art...
I did it back in 2007...