Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The theme this week is 13

I have been working with the theme 13 from the Collage Obsession site. I hope you like what I came up with. I merged a few scanned images and some of my own stuff together to create this kind of spooky collage.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

There has been progress.....

So the studio is almost complete. Most of the walls are up. There is just a little bit left to do on the insulation to the ceiling and the front wall up high has to be put up. David and I worked on the rest of the wallboard today that we could reach. The front wall goes all the way up and it will be used to display painting so we will need to finish it off eventually but I am in no hurry,
I have to finish painting the lower wall this week. Then next month I plan on painting the outside of it. I have picked a bright yellow for the walls and maybe a deep purple for the door. I want it to scream color. Everything in my life could use color I think.
I finished a few jewelry pieces as you can see and I am moving ahead on two art journals.
I will post some more photos on the journals later in the week.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Getting There.....

Well most of the walls are up in the studio. Tomorrow I finish painting the north wall and then in the afternoon we put up the shelving. I will finally have one permanent work station complete.

I am so excited. I have been working out there but I had to pick up and move everything every time we had to insulate or put up walls.

Here are a few jewelry items I completed yesterday.
I will have the work station for jewelry put up by next weekend. they are listed or will be listed on both artfire and Etsy by tomorrow.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Altered Book Art journals

I love working on the journals but my books in the past have seemed a bit scattered. I usually just deal with whatever is bugging or pleasing me at the moment. I have tried to keep to a theme in the past without much luck.
I am finding that by working on two or three books at once I have a much better chance of sticking to the subject. I have chosen the themes for the two regular books and the one board book. The board book is the hardest. It is just examining the topic of women.

There has been a lot of discussion on Lampwork Etc. where I go from time to time to socialize about the lack of respect for women in the world right now. Personally I think I am more concerned with the lack of self respect in the world right now. If you respect yourself and demand the same of others a lot of those problems will go away. I am having a hard time since I decided to not use words in the book just images. You would think as an artist that would be a piece of cake. Not so much. It is only 8 pages so I have to condense all that I have to say and without words to that small space. Good luck to me.....
The second book is examining all the fears and monsters from my childhood so I can put them to bed (I hope ) once and for all. That one is easier to do. The pages write themselves and I find myself lying awake at night thinking of the next page.
The third book I am working on is about community. what I feel about people and what we have in common and don't have in common. It is an interesting subject to examine.
I find myself feeling things I did not know I felt and thinking in ways I never imagined before.
So I think I will continue to work with themes from now on. I might add a daily journal to the mix.
Here are a few pages from my journals. I hope you enjoy.