I thought the car was burgundy. It was sporty and I thought it would be more fun to drive than the white Sentra. I was correct! It is more fun to drive, but a black car with black leather interior is not a good idea in the middle of August in Phoenix!
Ronnie and I arrived in Phoenix on Saturday without two of our bags. We hurried to Wal-Mart to buy PJ's, moisturizer, toothpaste and contact solution. Our bags finally arrived at 3:00AM Sunday. Better late than never!
We visited The Paper Studio, which is located in Tempe. The owners are very nice and the store is loaded with lots of great handmade papers and other goodies! There is also a great exhibit called The Gorey De Tales, featuring work by Ramona Ashman, Bernie Berlin, Sarah Fishburn, Karen Michel, Celine Navarro, Richard Salley, Sylvia Luna and many more! The exhibit runs from August 4 - September 15, 2007.
Classes have been great and I have been learning a lot! Extreme Visual Journaling with Juliana Coles was challenging and rewarding. I also created my first "outsider art" self-portrait with found poetry in a class with Anne Grgich. I used a cut up Federal Express box as the base of the painting.
The words on the bottom left of the painting are cut up words from books. After cutting random words and phrases, I created a poem and glued them to the painting.
More to come!!!
Have a blessed day!
I've been looking forward to Art Unraveled for months now! Not only do I love Phoenix, but this art retreat is a lot of fun! My friend Ronnie and I are flying to Phoenix tomorrow for a week of art classes! I have signed up for classes with Karen Michel, Kelly Kilmer, Juliana Coles, Bernie Berlin and Anne Grgich.
Have a great week!!!
I traveled back in time yesterday while grocery shopping. Suddenly I was back in college and a rush of feelings and memories came at me all at once. I find it amazing that our sense of smell is so connected with our memories. The lady standing behind me was wearing the same fragrance my college roommate wore while in school. I smiled to myself, dwelling on the memories for a moment...
n. One that opposes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress.
"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." ~Michael Jordan
Here's to removing obstacles!
Journal Page Elements: acrylics, rubber stamps, stencils, wrapping paper, photo, black pen, old paper,letter stickers and collage element from Papaya!
I've been exploring journal prompt ideas the last few days and I went back to a favorite book of mine, How You do Anything is How You do Everything. It is a "hands-on write-draw-color-paint-cut-paste workbook designed to assist in the process of self-discovery." I want to share one of the exercises here. Try this in your journal. Have fun!
Answer these quickly without "thinking."
•I'm happiest when...
•Someday I'm going to...
•When I'm really down, what I want to do is...
•I feel anxious when...
•I'm afraid that...
•I like people who...
•All it takes to make me happy is...
•What I really want to do is...
•I wish that...
•I don't like people who...
•A person really should...
•I just hate it that...
•I have everything I need, however...
•If I could do whatever I wanted, I would...
Collage Elements: acrylics, foam stamps, white and black pens, gesso, old book papers and photo printed onto transparency film.
•Go here to view some unusual journals.
•A Path No Wider Than a Pencil Stroke is very interesting!
•Some great sketches here.
•You'll love these screen printed cards, flatnotes and prints here!
•Love these hand-sewn notebooks!
•Click on the Gallery here
and then The Dreamer's Diary.
•Very nice selection of personalized gifts here.
•Can't read it, but I love the photos!
•Love these design inspired journals.
•Wow! What a cool journal here! I love the brown bag look!
•Oh, my!!! I love this website. How inspiring! You will love it, too! What is your message 2 the world?
Have fun browsing!
Journal Page Inspiration: The photo at the top of the page is of my husband's grand-mother and husband. I think they look like Bonnie and Clyde. The quote reads: "The generations of living things pass in a short time, and like runners, hand on the torch of life."
Journal Page Elements: old photo, wallpaper, stencils, collage papers, acrylics, glaze, black and white pens.
Thank-you! To all who have posted comments recently and sent me e-mails directly about my journal pages and work. I really appreciate the feedback and I am glad that my work is inspiring you! Thank-you so much for the encouragement!
Have a blessed day!
I was so excited yesterday to receive some new books in the mail. I ordered several, but the one by Tricia Guild called Pattern is my favorite! Here is a link to the Print & Pattern Blog with more photos and information. Also, go here to download some beautiful color brochures.
Have a blessed day!
I read this quote in a book yesterday and decided to add it to my journal. It reads:
"One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people."
Journal Page Elements: photo of door with balcony, scrapbook paper, handmade paper, stencils, collage papers, acrylics, and black pen.
"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others."
Journal Page Elements: stencils, collage papers, watercolor inks, acrylics, black pen and gesso.