Travel Journaling ~ on T Tuesday

Travel Journaling is the theme for
The Documented Life Project for June 2015.
This week the challenge was 
illustrative journaling. Of course I chose
to draw, but there are many other ways of
illustrating your experiences while traveling.
Collaging illustrations from travel brochures,
 maps, and photos would all be great possibilities.

As usual, I did some sketching while hubby
drove the car.  It's kind of amazing the
 things you can see along the road
 to draw ~ when you are looking
for them!  The crumpled orange barrel
still makes me smile...a classic icon for
driver frustration.  Please do click on the image
to see the details, especially the
'Blasting Ahead' sign!
(There were no signs of actual 'blasting'
as we drove through the area, however,
thank goodness!)

We had a wonderful time in Tennessee for
a couple of days, just visiting our son's family
and spending time at the pool. 

I draw in my calendar/agenda...after 
participating in The
Documented Life Project 2014, I wasn't
ready to give up decorating an 
agenda-type journal.  This isn't
 nearly as complex as last 
year's, but has enough space to draw
and collage when the inspiration strikes.

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for the T Tuesday blog hop, in which
we share a beverage, and what we've
been 'up to.'  Visit the link to
join us for tea! (or coffee, or whatever)

Artist Trading Card: watercolor & pen

  I hope you are having
some summer fun, and 
enjoying each moment 
to the fullest!

Break Time

Sharing my clear glass coffee mug
with the gang over at Elizabeth's
T Tuesday blog hop...
Mickey looks like he's enjoying
his break with a doughnut!
This mug appeals to me
just because it's clear glass. Whatever
beverage you are drinking shows
through, which is kind of fun
...and of course you can't
go wrong with Mickey Mouse!
Again, the proportions of the mug 
aren't quite right, and trying to convey
the clear glass reflections
is always a challenge. But the more
you practice, the more it helps.
At least in theory...

Whether you're having something
cold to drink...

or a magic potion...

join us for a beverage and
a chat over at Elizabeth's blog.
You can even visit some classic
blog posts for the second time around
as a bonus. 

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Tea or Coffee?

"This is what we do."

"We have fun."

Life was so much simpler
in elementary school...

...a wonky drawing of a tall-ish
square-ish coffee mug...
and some fun quotes. It's
also an example of what happens
when you watercolor over a pen
drawing that you thought was
permanent, and then discover
that it's 'not quite permanent'
after all. But the fuzziness isn't
too unappealing... observation about one
of my favorite British tv shows,
Midsomer Murders. (click on the
image for a larger view)

Linking up with the
T Tuesday gang over at
Altered Book Lover blog...

"We have fun."


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."