Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Black and White

Black and white spread in the little watercolor paper art journal.
Right-hand page shown above, which includes an additional 'flap'
on the right-hand side

Left-hand side of spread shown above. All images and writing sketched in pencil, then inked with Sharpie or other marker...a limited attempt to explore the 'idea of beauty' in different cultures. I am sure whole books have been written about the subject! I want to believe that our 'inner beauty' is more important, but ... it sure seems as though the world worships at the altar of youth and physical attractiveness...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Art Deco in the Art Journal

The woman's face was inspired by an
Art Deco painting (1925) by Tamara de Lempicka,
Self Portrait (Tamara in the Green Bugatti)Quotes are from the book
The Great Gatsby

The spread started from the stylized flowers
and grew from there...
sketched first in pencil,
inked with Sharpie xfine point marker,
color added with colored pencils.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Arch Swap

A Gothic Arch made for a swap in the Altered Book Club Yahoo Group. Watercolor paper, fabric or handmade paper, scrap of text, notebook paper with chalk pastels, stamped and hand-written words, stamped 'swirls,' and a copper accent at the top of the arch.The background is done with two shades of green watercolor, then a glitter watercolor in copper color was sponged on the edges. Lots of layers, but felt it was worth the effort in the end.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Comment Moderation

Comment Spam seems to be on the rise, and I feel it necessary to begin Moderating the comments left by my readers. I have been resisting this change, but will see how it goes. Your comments are very appreciated, so please continue to let me know what you are thinking!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Color as Subject

Painting and collage.
Tempera, acrylic, magazine clippings,
black permanent marker.
This was done several years ago
when I was getting back into
art - making.
Perhaps I should revisit
the subject of color
without recognizable objects.