Friday, February 12, 2016

Saints & Strangers We Meet Along the Way

So often I say these journal spreads are works in progress but then I move on to something else. Sometimes I go back in to them and add more and sometimes I don't. For right now anyway this one feels like it is a work in progress, even though I may just leave it for a while.

Saints & Strangers We Meet Along the Way

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Art Journal Spreads

I haven't been feeling well so I haven't posted in a long time but I have managed to keep up with my art journals on days when I have a little more energy. I'm thinking of trying to be more active in posting here. Time will tell. Until then here are a few of my journal spreads.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Art Journal Spread

I finished the 2 page spread that I started yesterday in my art journal today. It started with the page on the left. It was an intuitive flow that surfaced because I was feeling broken hearted. This morning I opened a letter from the Carter Center and read a story about a 6 year old named Sadia Mesuna who had been suffering from the extremely painful removal of Guinea worms from her feet. 6 year old Sadia was quoted as having said, "It feels more painful than stepping on fire coals or being cut." The second page of this spread is dedicated to her and all the healing work that the Carter Center does. 
May all beings be free from suffering.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Citra Solve Art (Part 2)

Last week I used Citra Solve to dissolve the ink on tons of National Geographic pages. Since then I have been playing around with the pages and added layers to them. Some of the layers are added with acrylic inks, watercolor pencils, pastels, pens, stencils and stamps. Other's I scanned into the computer and altered in Photoshop. It is very addicting. 


River Birds

Floating Leaves
As you can see by the photos of all the pages lying out in the sun you can do a lot of pages in one afternoon.  The Citra Solv is 100% natural but has a very strong smell so I worked outside with gloves and a mask the day I altered the pages. I left them to air out the whole next day. 

I put pieces of wood over the pages so they would not blow away as they aired out.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Citra Solv Art

I just noticed it has been exactly a month since my last post. I was really struggling with health for a while but things are looking up again. I started the Byron White protocol, time will tell if it works.

Over the last few days I was finally able to get back to creating art. I did some experimenting with Citr Solv on National Geographic pages and then adding to the pages with acrylic inks, pastels, water soluble crayons, markers, stencils, stamps, plastic wrap, and some digital manipulating. Wow, is this fun! I love how serendipitous the process is. I do think I am sensitive to the orange Citra Solv though so I am going to try the lavender one. I hope it is not a strongly scented because I really am enjoying this process.

Here are a few of the images I got from the process.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Redbird in Flight

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  
It sings because it has a song.  
~Chinese Proverb 

Difficult days have me leaning on my faith. God keeps sending me beautiful gifts wrapped in feathers as I sit and rest on my deck each day. I've been trying to not allow the fear to settle in too deep or to spend too much time pushing away the unwanted, the fatigue and pain. When the fear and pain comes I am training my focus to quickly shift to the current moment and what is happening around me in that moment.  In the moment when I took this photo a stunning, brilliantly red, Cardinal was in flight over the place where I was resting. He landed in a branch and sang me a song before flying deeper into the woods, perhaps in search of some other lost soul in need of God's voice. Thank you Dear Cardinal for being God's messenger for me today.