Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Life Book- Favorites

The Hobonichi Company encourages its
users to think of their planners as
"Life Books."  To record the events of
life, both mundane and significant.
That is indeed how I try to use
my Techo.  The drawings usually
average about two to three inches high...

The Hobonichi Challenge this month
is 'Favorites'.  I've never even thought 
about having a favorite umbrella. I am
lucky to keep track of one...and to be
able to find it when I need it!

Favorite stationery: Hobonichi of
course! plus everything I need for it.
That can get out of hand, with all the 
creative supplies available!

Favorite candle: any candle
in a vintage canning jar.

Eclipse day was kind of a non-event
for us, as clouds covered the sun at
the time. So of course, we went shopping!
Above, the prompt was 'favorite frame.'
I don't really have a favorite one, but
this quote made me smile...

And how do you choose a favorite
fictional character? There are just too
many. Dr. Who or Snoopy would have
been valid choices for me as well...
but today Harry Potter won out.

Favorite persons admired...

I could have chosen Michelangelo or 
Leonardo da Vinci, but these two also
came to mind.  I am not fond
 of the disturbing images in Frida Kahlo's
work, but admire the fact that she overcame
the tremendous difficulties in her life, and
determined to be an artist during a time
when women were rarely taken seriously
on a professional artist's level. And she
is fun to draw. Love the bright crocheted 
flower necklace she was wearing.

Above, Favorite thing in the room: a hand-thrown
 bowl made by my husband's cousin, and given
to us as a wedding gift. It's quite large and
heavy. I love it, and the vintage photos.

I've taken the plunge and signed up for a
drawing class at our local university.  It is 
'Beginning Drawing.' Yes, I have had similar
classes before. But as an "over 60" I can audit
the class at no charge, and don't have to 
take exams. Which doesn't really translate 
in a studio art class. If you don't participate
in the critiques, you don't really learn anything
about what you could improve.

I told myself I would try to keep a low 
profile in the class.  But.  There are only 
about 12 people in the class.  So, I doubt that
will be possible. So far, I am just like any of the
other students.  But these kids are all so
 young...College Freshmen, just out of 
high school...so their art is what you would 
see from high school students. Brings back a
lot of memories...very weird in a lot of ways.
My daughter says I will be "cool."  hahaha.
Yeah, right.  So far the
class has been about rules and expectations. I
understand why. But sure hoping things 
loosen up when we actually get to start
 drawing...conformity is difficult for me. 

Quite different from my original 
drawing instructor who was very 
laid back.  Since we were art majors, he
assumed we knew the basics. This class
seems quite remedial. So we will see.
I am hoping for new perspectives from a
different instructor, and enjoying the
 'learning energy' from young people.

Linking up for T Tuesday...
how many coffee/tea cups
did you notice? 

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Collage and Doodles

Purple journal: 4" x 4"

"Medieval Metallic"


"Borders Closed"

Following the Hobonichi Techo challenge
when it suits me: Favorite Stationery entry.
Coffee in cup - required supply.

"Today's Husband" ~ an
unplanned combination of guinea pig and
the source reference for the quote on the
previous Techo page. I find it rather amusing...

There are some annoying people who
think of Christmas year round.
I am one...

Goldenrod for the end of summer...
weed or wildflower?

Visit T Tuesday for more glimpses
of beverages.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hobonichi Techo Tuesday

Joining the Tea Gang for T Tuesday over
 at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's, with a
beverage and a cinnamon roll...

I've been busily drawing in my Hobonichi
Techo.  The Hobonichi Challenge this month 
is Favorites.  How can you choose your
favorite Disney character?! There are too
many great ones...so I drew 3. 

 Here's the reason I didn't make the Tea
Party last week. A quick drive up to Lake Erie
to enjoy some sunshine, the sound of the waves,
and a walk on the beach. If you click on the link
to view the Ohio map, Marblehead is on the
 peninsula just above Sandusky, Ohio.
 In fact, you can see Cedar Point amusement
 park in Sandusky from the lighthouse
 on a clear day. Sometimes you just
 have to get away to see the sun set
over a body of water!

Here's the real thing...
camera phone shot of the lighthouse.

Port Clinton Harbor~
 We followed this heron down the water's
edge when he flew away from the breakwater
 area. This is the closest I got with my
camera phone. Don't know why we
didn't think to take our actual camera!

How will you squeeze in a little more 
summer relaxation this month?

P.S.  My ankles are much better~
thanks for your concern! It took about
4 days for the rash to clear up. sigh.
The joys of allergies. 'Tis the season...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Art Mark Making

More little paintings in the
small booklet that I made.  Purple 
Canson Mi Tientes paper bound with 
chain stitch. 

I have been loosely following prompts

Painting with acrylics, watercolors, and
collaging with my own painted papers.
The pages were sometimes gessoed,
sometimes not.

The book is four inches by four inches. 
The theory is that the smaller size will
take less time to finish...

but sometimes it lays out on my kitchen
counter, and I look at it periodically, and
decide to make additions. And it takes
all day.

I'm thinking that maybe I should
do away with leaving the open border 
around the edge...

as I did with this one.(above) Still not sure if
it's 'done.'

How do you know when you're done?

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