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2017 Stencil Girl and Friends

September 22 to 25.  The time of my life.  I have been FB friends with many of the Stencil Girl people for some time.  I made some vey good ones over time and art.  It all started last November when the weekend classes at Ephemera Paducah were announced.  I knew I wanted to go, but debated a bit and missed the sign up so was on wait list.  So so excited when I got the notice they had an opening.  I jumped and posted for a roommate.  My new friend Georganna responded and the adventure began.j

Seth Apter was first up and I really enjoyed his stencil techniques. After class I visited Ephemera.  Wow, what a great place full of vintage stuff and and Ephemera (of course).  Stamps, paints, all kinds of supplies.  I had to have some of the supplies Seth demoed and there they were!

That night was the opening reception.  Meeting, greeting, food, wine and mini demos. I don’t have the room but many posts showed it.  It looked like a party for sure. Carolyn Dube had a post showing the room.  Boy, couldn’t have been more perfect for her muse!

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This is some of us on the patio.  Enjoying the time together. Me, Patty, Lisa and Sherry.

Next up were the classes, so much fun.  First for my group was Pam Carriker and Mary Beth Shaw.

All four teachers, Seth, Mary Beth Traci, Pam.  Two of Pams Journal pages I believe.  Below is my piece from Pams class. We got to try Pams paints which are wonderful.  If you have a chance to try, get them.  I love the turquoise and mustard seed used in my journal.  The colors are amazing.

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Mary Beth’s class was experimenting and new techniques they still need some more but look at how cool they look.  Gelli printed are a fave for me and I love the blue partial print. I loved using the fluorescent paints.  I was not as brave as Mary Beth.

Day 2 was Seth and Traci.  I learned so much from Seth about texture, making rust and bringing it together.  My piece uses some words thay are hard to read but say “the seat of the soul” and the other says “all together” I added a little journaling at the end. That is my roommate sitting to Seths right. Also Kiala Givehand and several others.

In Traci’s class it was about mark making, loosening up and transfers. Wait till you see Traci’s new stencils!  Can’t wait.

 

I realize I didn’t tal pictures at Ephemera except the classrooms.  If you have any please post in comments.  Valorie from Ephemera even picked me up at the airport.  I love Paducah!

Whar a weekend it was.  Take a class there if you can. They even provided lunches.  I know I am forgetting some stuff but for now I have a journal to play in.

Cooler and Making Art

So it is much cooler here.  80s with lower humidity. Yay. Hoping it stays this way.  I am signed up fore a couple of classes. One is at Mindfulartstudip.com. I love the fluid art class.  I don’t have stuff to show yet but soon. The weather has somehow motivated me.

I do want to mention a book I love. It is both beautiful and sad. “Ghosts of Gone Birds”, resurrecting lost species through art.  I got it a couple of months ago when I was feeling so many losses.  I read it and set it aside.  I am ready to look again. Here is what the covers look like. A beautiful book by accident.  They were packing it away for clearance sale.  I begged to buy it. $3.00!

Have I told you I love birds as much as cats?  I hope some of this will inspire my art.  Have an artful day.

Months Gone By

I have had a lot going on but this blog is about art so I will stick wit Art.

My friends and I went to the Plano Quilt Guild Show on Saturday.  Then we went to lunch and had an art play day at Carolyn’s home and a surprise birthday cake by Carol.  Home made carrot cake, the best!  My birthday was Sunday and I worked.  So we got together Saturday and here are some pictures of the day.  The last photo is from out talk filled, cake filled art play with watercolor.  I love my friends.

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New In My Journal

I seem to be focused on play lately.  Journal play.  I have been stenciling and collaging without much thought.  Sometimes they turn into silly things and sometimes arty.  I kind of love the process.  Results are not important. So see for yourself.

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I got stencils from Stencil Girl (Roxanne Coble and   Nathalie Kalbach  Nathalie Kamlbach) and Sarah Trump.  I even have a Hamsa underneath by Jessica Sporn. lots of layers and fun.  I love Sarah’s monsters and I even drew a baby on moms head! You can check the links if you like.  Play is good for our soul in this crazy time!

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I guess I am sort of on a roll.  I am feeling the need of bright colors and words today.  I also was looking at my Dina Wakely books last night.  One thing several artists do is warm up exercises.  I am not quite there yet but my journal work seems to be helping me.  Maybe it is my warm up for things to come?  Today I just collages and cut papers, magazines.

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In addition I am watching an Eagles nest as the babies grow up.  Maybe that is giving me inspiration.  I mostly see them resting in the nest.  I have caught them with mom and dad feeding them too.  If you want to see, here is the link.  They seem most active in the early morning and late afternoon.

http://www.wetlandcenter.com/eagles.html

 

Another crazy page!

Hi, I did a new page today. Same style as yesterday.  I did use some stencils today though.  They are of course Stencil Girl  and a couple from Wonderstrumpet who I just love.

Today I called my moms boyfriend.  He is so sad since she passed.  I had to scrobble journal some of that out of my system.  The way we said goodbye was the same way mom and I said goodbye.  I miss her so much as he does.  He calls her his angel sent from God. They were together maybe 30 years?  He will be 94 the end of this month.  My sisters try to go to dinner with him on Sunday’s because they know he misses mom.  So this is about love and loss.

 

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My Journal Today

I think this is a first, no stencil work!  I love stencils and use them all the time, how did this happen?  I just meandered around my page without thinking is how.  Going through the mail I had a travel add and just cut a picture I liked.  I decided I wanted to do a black background next time I journaled so that page was ready.  I glued the picture on to my page.  Then I needed more papers.  I used an old mailer piece some strips from an old book, etc.  it looked so disconnected.  I added more.  A tiny but of color, penwork,  needed more.  Tore petals from book pages and glued them.  More penwork, a bit more color, scribble journaling and more pen.  Done I think.  Do I need to simplify? Block out? More color?  The overthinking froze me.  So, I decided to post. I will call it done for now and move on.  I need more faces, more stencils, etc.  I really enjoyed the intuitive process and want to do more like this.  May not be “art” but it is me!

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Artist Crush

Do you ever get art or artist crushes?  I love art.  All kinds.  I have had many crushes. Mostly contemporary artists like Mary Beth Shaw, Nathalie Kalbach, Jessica Sporn, Nicholas Wilton, Rex Ray, Seth Apter, Roxanne Coble and more. I’ve had links in past posts.  Last year’s Creative Jump Start was so enlightening and got me searching.  We had artists who basicically did interpretations of other artists. This gave me several new crushes.  Art is inspiring,moving, painful, joyful, awakening, healing.  Art is challenging and fun. It saves me.

I have been on an adventure this last year, exploring and practicing.  Not always successfully but I’ve been happy trying. For many months I have been trying to find a way to do faces. I decided I am not going to do real life faces. I have learned sketchy faces from Dina Wakely and took  Let’s Face It  last year to learn faces.  I found that I love faces

This past month I have been practicing  the style of my latest crush in my journal.  It is Hayley Mitchell right now.  I am so drawn to the shapes and colors she uses.  It turns out I am working on a fiber piece I started 10-15 years ago that has a similar feel.

Here is one of Hayley’s pieces.  Beautiful right?

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Here are two practices in my journal.  These are just for my joy and fun.  The second is still in progress.  I keep my sanity through my journal.  The second is one I did while waiting at the doctors office using only some woodies and my journal.  I was glad I had the foresight to bring supplies. Go check out Hayley’s wonderful art for an eye feast.  I’m sure glad I did.  I hope to be able to get a piece someday.