Congratulations to
all the graduates out there...


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Fabric of Our Lives

The fabric of our lives 
is woven by those with whom
we choose to spend our time...

The Documented Life Project 2015-
The Journal,  Week 18.
The challenge was to use fabric
on the of my favorite
things to add to a collage!
Of course there had to be stitching
and painted papers too...and
I'm enjoying finding diagrams
to add to the mix.

Linking up to Elizabeth's
T Tuesday blog party...
visit Altered Book Lover blog
to see what the group
is sharing today.

Collage for Quick Relief

When I don't have time to do a
detailed drawing, I can still find 
time to do a quick collage from
doodles, various papers,
and scraps.

It fulfills my need to create,
and can be done in stages or
when I have a short period
of time.

Making the time to make
art every day is important
to my happiness.

Touch the Stream

Documented Life Project 2015
~The Journal:  Week 15
The challenge was acrylic paint,
the prompt was "Cry me a river."
I painted an imaginary scene by an
imaginary river, and added a quote.

Week 14 challenge was to
work with watercolors, and the
prompt was "water under the
bridge."  The border is watercolor
and pen cut from another piece
of painted paper, then glued to
the acrylic paint background,
and completed by another quote.

Linking up with Elizabeth
for T Tuesday, over at
Altered Book Lover Blog...
and sharing a 'tea' collage
from 2014.

Only a few days left for
this year's  Fake Journal ~ April's
to see what my character has been
up to in the Fake Journal. Maybe
you can guess what my character
does for a living. A couple of people
have figured it out so far...
leave me a comment with
your ideas!

Documenting Collage

Several weeks behind in
The Documented Life Project~
The Journal...
Week 13 was to create
your own design element.
I used some of my 
handmade painted papers
and graph paper to do profiles
of a woman's head, reversing
the position of the papers
in the second layout.
your unique spirit."

My Fake Journal 2015
is over half done!  You can
see it unfold at
Considered Truths...

Mad Tea Party

Art Journal Pages:
Sharpie pen and watercolor on
drawing paper in black hardbound
sketchbook, 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches.
It's not designed for water media, but
I use it anyway. A little warping of
the pages doesn't bother me.

Above, one of the pages I drew in March 
during our road trip: random
road signs that made me smile.  The
original Sharpie pen drawing needed
some color...

so a few additions of watercolor
seemed in order.

April is International Fake Journal Month.
If you'd like to see my 2015 Fake Journal, 
and see what my Fake character is doing,
It's an experiment in trying to create
art in a different ways that I
don't normally work...with a personality
that isn't my own...different characteristics
and ways of working. It's harder than
it sounds!  My own biases and
preferences keep creeping in...

Linking up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for
their T Tuesday blog party, in which we 
share 'what we're up to,' what beverage we
are drinking (it doesn't have to be tea, but it is
a prominent theme) and general shenanigans.
My morning beverage is usually coffee with
chocolate added. But wouldn't a 
Mad Tea Party be fun!?

Some days I think
"We're all mad here."
And that's just fine...
it's not boring.
What are you up to?

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Coming Into Focus

Week 12 of the Documented Life Project-
the Journal.  Focal Point was the
challenge for the week. The dictionary defines
the Focal Point as the center of attention.
I tried to create the most detail in the
lily bloom, and high contrast between 
the background and the lily, in order to
 lead your eye to focus on it. 

Theoretically, the other shapes
 and spaces in the picture plane should
lead your eye around and back to the
focal point.  That's the definition I 
remember from art class. But most 
of the time I am not thinking about
those technical details when I make
a drawing. I just realize when the
drawing 'needs something.'
I also 'filtered out' extra details, as 
there were other stems in this 
potted lily, but I chose to draw 
just one plant.

The facing page, above.  You can always
use your own hand for a model! I have
rather small hands and short fingers,
but this does seem a bit distorted.

Linking up with Elizabeth for 
T Tuesday, and sharing my favorite
coffee cup.  I really need to do some
more cup drawings, and have been
thinking of comparing shapes of
coffee cup handles. I wonder how
long it will take for me to get 
'round to it?!

International Fake Journal Month
began on April 1, and I would love to 
have you visit my fake journal blog:
I pretend to be someone else, who
 makes an art journal that is different
from the art I would normally create.
 Stop by and see if you can guess
what my character is like, and
what he/she does for a living.

"An artist paints with his brains
and not with his hands."

April Fool!

Have some fun today
and enjoy a good laugh ~
Happy April Fool's Day!

The first post for my 2015
Fake Journal is up over at
Stop in for a visit...

WorTh RepeaTing: DocumenTing Life Journal

The Documented Life Project, Week 8:
"It's Worth Repeating."  In the
collage above, I repeated shapes, (cloud-
shapes, flame-shapes, circles)
types of lines -thick and thin, and colors.
The diagonal lines create movement.
Below, a reference to the Periodic
Table of Elements...

Below, Week 10: Mark-Making as a
Layer Element. The shape, thickness,
and direction of the marks (or lines)
on the page will lead your eye
around the composition.

I keep in mind that in Western Art, we 
"read" things from left to right, top
 to bottom, and I place the elements 
of the composition in a way
 that leads the eye over the page
without getting "stuck" in one spot.

There are two pages for each
week's spread, and I've chosen to
do them separately, rather than one
large composition, but with an effort
to make them work together.

Above, Week 11: Borders...
"Borderline, feels like I'm going to
lose my mind..."  

I decided to create a brain diagram
inspired by early drawings/theories.
This is not scientifically researched on
my part...I just wrote in some characteristics!

Linking up with Elizabeth for
T Tuesday, and offering this 
Pumpkin Pie~Apple Muffin recipe...

to go along with whatever
beverage you are having today.
Of course, mine is coffee, rather
than tea. Join the T Tuesday 
gang for coffee, tea, art, or
whatever is going on!

Tomorrow begins my adventure into
Fake Journaling for the month of April.  
You can click on the pink (dog) icon
in the sidebar to read more about
International Fake Journal Month,
or visit me at
to see my real journal, by a 
fake character! No foolin'.
You might even decide
to try an alternate
reality and join us
in making a
Fake Journal!
Considered Truths...

Trip to Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens State Park,
Mount Washington, Florida, USA.  
This wonderful Live Oak tree is called
"The Wedding Tree,"  because of
the numerous outdoor weddings that have
been conducted beneath its stately branches.
This tree is over 300 years old!

There were quite a number of 
impressive Live Oaks on
the property.  The home originally 
belonged to a family that ran a sawmill.
  Later it was purchased by a wealthy
woman who called it 'her Eden,'  
hence the name of this State Park.  

The grounds had some lovely bronze 
sculptures of children...

and blooming flowers.  In February we don't see
this in Ohio!  I believe these are camellias?

The front entrance of the home shows that
 the windows actually reach clear to the
 floor, so when open on hot summer
 days the air could circulate.  I loved that
the porch completely encircled the home.

Unfortunately, photos were not allowed
inside the mansion, but it was fun to 'step
back in time' and see the treasures
of days gone by.  Above, 
one last shot of these gorgeous flowers.

Our trip to Eden Gardens was one of
 the last activities we did during our 
recent trip to the Florida Panhandle. 
 A marvelous way to end our stay!

Linking up with Elizabeth today,
and joining her T Tuesday link party.
Stop by her blog for a visit, there is 
always something interesting going on.
As part of our (tea) T Tuesday post,
we are encouraged to share something
 beverage (tea, T?) related...

'Fake Journal' entry, 2014
Since we visited a Southern mansion,
perhaps we should have tea and cakes?

Where have you been lately?