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Faded Memories

I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…

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These flower corsages were taped to the first page.

The tape had yellowed with time but the flowers were amazingly still intact.

I wondered what special memories these dances held for my mom that inspired her to keep the corsages.  So I wrote this poem:

Faded and fragile,

Memories like flowers,

Pressed into a book.

Unspoken dreams,

Slip away, quietly

Like an unsung melody.

I found such sentimental beauty and hope in these dried flowers.  Sometimes it is the small things we hold dear and maybe press into a book to be discovered by someone else, some day if we make the time to notice.

Have you ever pressed a flower into a book?  I hope you share the memory with me!

Cheers!  🙂

Apples – Tart And Sweet

Sometimes creating art is like an apple… It can be tart and sweet!  

I started this mixed media piece I showed you in yesterday’s post – with watercolor and walnut ink on hot press watercolor paper.

I color copied a cut apple directly on my copier!  I learned this technique recently from Lendon Noe in an online class hosted by Carla Sonheim:  “Meaning Making: Inspired by Poetry.”

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After I color copied my apple, I transferred the image to my paper with matte medium.  I like how the background colors show through my apple!

Next, I drew three crabapples directly on the right side of my page with Stabilo CarbOthello which are Chalk-pastel coloring pencils.

I added the words, “Apple and Autumn” with a Pilot Parallel Pen with a 2.4 mm nib – which is a calligraphy pen that uses water soluble ink.  I discovered that the ink bled over the apple transfer when I tried to write the word, “Autumn” using the “A” from the word, Apple.

Instead of scraping the whole project, I tried first to cover up the letters with tracing paper where I had lightly drawn apples as you see below in the photo on the right:

However, I still wasn’t satisfied with it so removed the tracing paper and covered the letters with computer typed letters.  How do I blend the typed letters with my piece?

I solved the problem by gluing a piece of Gelli-printed deli paper in a light orange color over the typed letters.

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I added three autumn leaves that I color copied and transferred the same way as the half of apple.

The words describe an apple to me:  Tart and sweet, juicy, fresh, round, red and green, yellow.

I learned a lot from this art piece!  It may not be frame worthy but I learned how to persevere and FINISH it!  Sweet, I say!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Autumn’s Display

My hubby and I closed our lake place this weekend as it is getting colder.  Autumn brings cooler temperatures in the Pacific Northwest where we call home.  Soon the snow will be falling…

Autumn’s Display of wild rose hips always dazzle me in the fall.  Especially on a sunny, blue-sky day:

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It is always sad to see the lake season end as we will miss our lake friends. We will also miss the lake and this stunning view:

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Yet, I look forward to more time in my art studio in Autumn.

The crisp, cool air of October is Apple Harvest time too!

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This week my art these will be focusing on APPLES… I hope you stop by for a bite or two…

On Monday, I will share my process for creating this art piece.  (I also discovered some ways to “fix” mistakes that may be of interest to you!)

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Do you have 4 seasons where you live?  What is your favorite time of year?

Cheers! 🙂

Do You Have A Favorite Poem?

I’m starting an online class tomorrow that I am very excited about!  Carla Sonheim is hosting an online poetry and mixed media art class with Lendon Noe called, “Making Meaning:  Inspired By Poetry.”

I am excited about the mixed media techniques Lendon Noe will be teaching in her class and also learning what poets and poems other students in the class enjoy.

One idea Lendon shares in her intro video is taking a section of a poem and illustrating it.  This is what I tried to do below with one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening.”

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Morning temperatures dipped into the mid 30’s this weekend so it seems we have skipped Autumn and gone straight to winter here in “my neck of the woods!” Lol!

Do you have a favorite poem or poet?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

 

In 133 Days

Guess what arrived in my mail box yesterday?!

This art supply catalog from Dick Blick!!  WHOOT!

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Art supplies, oh my!

How do I choose?

Start a wish list, I say!

Christmas will be here

In 133 days!

What is at the top of your wish list for art supplies?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Contact DickBlick.com for your FREE Art Supply Catalog!

An Owl From Spangle

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There once was an owl from Spangle

Who could dance the midnight tangle,

He could dip and sway

Other birds did say –

From a branch at any angle.

Just a little Limerick to give you a smile today!

Cheers!  🙂

Christmas Ornaments

I have been thinking about my handmade Christmas card for this year when this poem came to me:

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And here are some of my favorite ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree…

A handmade heart my grandma made many years ago:

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An ornament saved from my childhood that reminds me of the family tree:

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And one an artist friend painted:

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Each one holds a special place in my heart just for me!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday!  Cheers!!  🙂

P.S.  Do you have a special ornament that you cherish?  I would love to hear about it!

Air Cool And Crisp

We closed up our lake place yesterday.  My feelings are bittersweet.  I will miss the mountains, the lake, our friends and our weekend “get aways!”  Yet I’m looking forward to being home, snuggling with my cat while reading a good book and creating more art!  🙂

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Brilliant blue sky,

Air cool and crisp…

Clouds form –

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Pinecones fall,

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Leaves change…

And Autumn begins!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday Friends!  🙂

Poor Aunt Penny

Sometimes it is just fun to play with color and patterns.  I painted these ants on 140 lb cold press Khadi paper with Winsor & Newton watercolors:

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And then I made up this silly poem:

I remember my poor Aunt Penny,

Who loved squishing ants with her tennies,

Until one day,

The ants carried her away,

When she stepped on one too many!

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I hope you get “carried away” creating art today!  Happy Saturday!  🙂

Bare Branches

snow nests in branches

Bare branches bitter-cold

Winter’s blue crystals it does hold,

Against a sky so brilliantly bold!

Sometimes it is difficult for me to find beauty in winter.  On this particular cold day with temperatures in the teens, the snow clung to the branches and reminded me of bird nests.

May you discover hidden beauty in your world!

Cheers!