Monday, September 24, 2018

365 Day Art Challenge: Week 38

Here are my collages for Week 38.  This 365 something project was created in part and hosted by Hanna at i Hanna.  

In case you missed them, here are Week 37's collages.  As I'm sure you know by now, I post every Monday morning for the previous week.  All my collages are 4" X 4" (10,16 cm X 10,16 cm).

Found in the cloud



Notes from a musician

Signs of autumn

Remembering my summer vacation

Hot Dogs
Thank you beyond belief for spending time with me today.  If you are playing in Hanna's 365 Something project, please let me know and I will be by to see what you are making.  Please let me know if you like any of these.  As always, I am extremely grateful for your continued support of this project and my art.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mermaids in the bath

Today I'm here with another Art Journal Journey spread meant for Yvonne from Meggy's Way's theme which is A World of Fantasy.  And although I hadn't planned it, I'm also linking to Try it on Tuesday, whose theme this fortnight is Slap it on.

This spread is a disaster to try to photograph.  I used two glazes and two metallic paints, along with some regular acrylic craft paint.  In return, my camera (and my scanner) rebelled.

These were the first two colors I started with, then just kept adding more and more colors, slapping them on at random.

When I went in for a close-up, the metallic greens and die cuts turned purple and the golds took on a grotesque appearance.

Further, this was supposed to read "Mermaids in the bath," but before I realized it, the sentiment turned into "Mermaid at the bath."

I'll let you peruse these at your discretion.

The scan was even worse color wise than the photos, but I liked how it showed the mermaids better along with their underwater flora.

I started this page by laying down three metallic green paints.  I added the mermaids, then some regular acrylic paint.  I had some clear and gold glazes I added, and that is when my camera rebelled.  The die cuts were from Chris, the mermaids from the internet, and the words written using two metallic gel pens.

Thank you for visiting.  The incredibly loyal Bleubeard and I are delighted you chose to spend some time here today and hope to also see you at Art Journal Journey, as well as Try it on Tuesday.   Again, I apologize for this page that turned out to be a nightmare to photograph.

For those of you who asked, I wanted to visit the Eisenhower Library, Museum, and boyhood home in Abilene, Kansas, but because the museum was being renovated, Sally, who I invited to join me for Museum Day, didn't want to travel that far and only see a part of the exhibits.  I plan to go next year, even if I have to go alone!  For those of you who don't know, Eisenhower was our (the U.S.) 34th President.  He was also a five-star general in the United States Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.  He called all the plays and was in charge of D-Day.  

Instead, I let Sally pick where she wanted to go, and she wanted to see the World Museum of Treasures.  Photos as soon as I can go through the over 600 I took yesterday,

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Traditional is boring

Greetings everyone.  Autumn has arrived and I'm hoping for cooler temperatures soon.  Today I'm once again sharing an Art Journal Journey spread with Yvonne from Meggy's Way whose theme is A World of Fantasy.

My dear internet friend the Food Service Girl (FSG) who takes care of da tabbies o trout towne, which is also Bleubeard and Squiggles favorite blog, begged me to leave the napkin intact that I ironed onto clear cling wrap (WOW, don't you just love my long drawn out sentences?).  That was exactly what I tried to do, dear FSG.  I kept as much of the napkin intact as I could.  Only a small bit was cut away to create her skirt.

The other napkin, the one I used for the bodice, was a second generation.  By that, I mean it was the second of three layers.  I mentioned in my tutorial I gave a couple of months ago on napkins, that some napkins have such strong color, the layer next to the first layer can be used.

I found this sentiment in my envelope of saved sayings (say that three times fast) and sewed it to the substrate.

Like FSG, I also didn't want to cut up the napkin, at least not too much.

It's actually far too pretty.

I stamped a butterfly over the face of the young lady, then realized it was not going to cover the face.  That's when I stamped and fussy cut from some of my handmade paper, the second butterfly.

For this entry, I began with a piece of white 110 lb card stock that I brushed on copper handmade shimmering mist.  I stamped the beautiful butterfly my friend Valerie gifted me with last year for my birthday.  I just love how the butterflies show through the transparent napkins.  I cut the face and hair of a young lady I found in a magazine, then added the "outfit" made from two napkins.  Next, I stamped a butterfly over the face, then stamped and fussy cut the second one from my handmade paper.  Finally, I outlined the lady's body using a green felt pen and sewed the sentiment to the substrate using variegated thread.  If this isn't a fantasy, I don't know what is!

Thank you for visiting.  I am simply thrilled you chose to spend some time here today and hope to also see you at Art Journal Journey.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Smiles 290: a trip to the art museum, part 2

Annie our host at Friday Smiles has agreed to link me each week until I can get Mr. Linky working for me again.  Thank you Annie.  I appreciate you for taking time to do this.

Here are my funnies this week:

Did you hear about the TV weatherman who, despite his training and sparkling credentials, ran into a terrible unlucky streak?
He became something of a local joke. The town’s newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions. A year later, the paper reported that he’d been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year.
Unable to handle the pressure, the station manager fired him.
So the meteorologist moved far away and applied for another job as a TV weathermen. When he got to the question on the application about why he had left his last job, he wrote, “The climate didn’t agree with me.”

Fred was applying for a job as a flagman/switch operator on the railroad. The chief engineer was conducting the interview.
“What would you do if the Northern Express was heading north on Track 1 and the Southern Central was heading south on Track 1?”
Fred quickly answered, “Well, I’d call my brother.”
The chief engineer just sat there for a second. “Why would you call your brother?”
“He’s never seen a train wreck before.”

A new Army recruit was on the rifle range. He fired 50 shots and completely missed the target with every shot!
His Drill Instructor called him to attention and got in his face. “What’s the matter with you?” shouted the DI. “Why can’t you hit the target? What were you in civilian life?”
“I was a telephone repair man,” replied the recruit, “and I don’t know why I can’t hit the target. Let me see…”
The man checked his rifle, checked his rifle again, and then checked his rifle a third time. He then put his finger in front of the muzzle, pulled the trigger and blew the end of his finger off!
“Well,” the phone man said, writhing in pain, “the bullets are leaving this end here fine. The trouble must be on the other end!”

Now back to the museum where I spent nearly six hours with two teens and a tween one day this July   This is an eclectic mix, and I hope you will find a few or at least one painting you like.  I learned a lot of what I like and even surprised myself on some of my choices.

I took this second shot because I was enamored with the frame on the left.

If you have ever been to my blog, you KNOW why I love this assemblage.

The rust, the recycling aspect, and of course, the kinetics all spoke to me.

The description is here.  I think it's the only placard I photographed.

Still love it!

This may be WAM's most famous and most loved painting.   It is a Mary Cassatt, one of only three famous female impressionists in the world.  She often painted the bonds between mother and child, so this was a good pick for the museum when they purchased it.  Although she was an American, she moved to France several times, where she created her most famous works.

This might have made a T Tuesday painting if only I had kept better notes on the artist.

For some reason, this painting and the next one remind me of Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.  And no wonder.  They are both by Edward Hopper.

I adore both these paintings by Hopper, even though someone walked into my photo as I was taking it.

I don't like this one at all!  That's why art is SO subjective.

I fell in love with this one and the next one, too.

They reminded me of my drafting computer program I used as an undergrad.

I took a closer look at this one.  I had not seen the man fishing when I first looked at it.

The oldest teen took very good notes, but it's been so long since we went to the museum and they are now back in CA with their notes and their aunt, so there's no way I remembered everything we discussed or who specific artists are.  And this is just the first room, too! 

Thanks for joining the children and me today and thanks for your continued visits and support.  Now let's visit Annie's Friday Smiles, where it never hurts to begin the weekend with a big smile, just like Annie's. Feel free to join in with a post of your own, too.  I am sure know for a fact she will welcome you, too.