I'd put a coat of gesso over a page which didn't seem to be going anywhere, so I figured I'd just black it out! At the stage below you can just see some of the old page showing through.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Sunday, 9 April 2017
Then there's the problem of uneven pavements, potholes, lack of dropped kerbs, etc etc. My favourite Italian restaurant in the nearby village centre has a ramp up to the door, but then a wooden lip that my wheelchair can't mount. Oh yes and the toilet is upstairs, but because its a historic building they don't have to do alterations for one downstairs. I could go on but had better not - I would definitely sound like a crabby old cow.
Anyway I got out my Neocolour II crayons to make this background - still trying to make myself use multiple shades, and wanting to create circles and shapes within it.
Saturday, 1 April 2017
So this was me drawing vertical lines and starting to paint the resulting spaces. At this point I was reaching for more shades of blue, but realised that I also have a tendency to play safe and stay with the same colour, so I boldly plumped for the red and promised myself I would use a wide range of shades.
You can possibly see that I hadn't stuck the eye down at this point because I was still deciding whether or not it belonged there ... I do that often. It works to just try random pieces of collage in different positions.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
I was just playing with paint after cruising Pinterest looking for inspiration - I'm always trying to challenge myself, to stretch my wings farther than I ever thought they could go. I'd seen a yellow and white page that made me think I hadn't used this colour enough, and another page which had a lot of scribbles which appealed to me.
Then I got to thinking - but at sunset these "ways" (which in my mind involved paths through trees) would be getting a bit dark and threatening ... and I didn't feel brave about doing that. When you're disabled you tend to live cautiously, fearfully, and you probably don't take many risks. A voice in my head was SHOUTING at this point that I might as well go home then if I was prepared to risk nothing ... which is when I added the words "and I will not be afraid". It seem to me that, if this was my path to walk, then for good or ill I should set my feet upon it.
I added more tree branches, a face and a few more winding wormholes, and the thing seemed complete without all the dots and doodles I often love to use. Some grey shadows made it look more complete.
Its also the first page which has made me think that I might reproduce it on a larger board or canvas, as a finished artwork rather than an experimental piece.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
My apologies that I've let two weeks go by without a post - I've been less than well and haven't worked very much in my journal lately.
I don't feel that this page is one of my best, but then again I'm often surprised by what I like against what other people prefer, so I offer it simply as the authentic product of where I am in life ....it does the job of saying what I wanted without necessarily being my most creative or original effort.
It began with my digging out my Neocolour II crayons - I have fads on various materials and haven't used these for a while. I love what happens to them when you add water - sheer alchemy!
I got so caught up in trying to capture that thought that I forgot to take any pictures until it reached this stage. However you can probably guess that to the background above I added the circles, and then the writing, followed by the white doodling.
So I will be cherishing my friends, my family, and the lovely life I have more than ever, giving thanks for 37 years of friendship, and realising as never before that there really is no time to waste ....
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
This page is another one about losing a very dear friend. Tomorrow will be her funeral and I don't know how I'm going to get through it. But then again, for the sake of my friend's daughters and husband, I will find a way but only with God's help.
It was just a simple background using two colours of green acrylic paint, and I started to collage the edges with monochrome because it felt right for a mourning piece.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Onto a very simple painted background - just two shades of light blue, ordinary craft acrylic paint - I cut out some simple collage shapes. I use PVA glue from a very fine nozzle bottle to stick everything down - never glue stick because in a year or two the glue will have gone and the pieces are likely to fall off! These pieces are nothing fancy, just bits and bobs culled from magazines and free catalogues etc. I prefer dull finish paper but have also been known to use the shiny kind.
So once again the fine black paint pen came into play - my lettering is self- taught over a number of years. I use simple outlines and then embellish with thin and thick elements, not to mention curly ends to letters and so on. Study lettering wherever you find it, notice elements you like, use changes of size or capital letters, and most of all PRACTICE until it becomes second nature.
Here is how it begins ....
Earth-maker, pain-bearer, life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven ...
There's more, but this was the part I needed for that day. Making this page and these words got me through a storm of grief.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
I've reached an age where year on year I am saying goodbye to friends - breast cancer claimed one, an unexpected heart attack another. Now two women who have been a huge influence on and a blessed part of my life over many years are slipping away from me.
I really wanted to make a page to celebrate them both but ended up in tears over my journal, so this is what happened. I made a simple paint background in pink and blue, intending to say something about the blessings friendship brings ... but then I drew a black line on it.
And that's sad.
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
I liked it but it sure as heck didn't feel like me. Anyway, a challenge is a challenge so then I added some strong marks against the background. Still wasn't sure where it was going .... but I enjoy the journey anyway.
However, the result was THIS! More related to my usual style of working and yet without the coherence that I usually aim for. But that became the whole point of the piece - sometimes all you can see in your life is light and shade, random colours, some darkness. Yet, if you look for them there are patterns and brightness, so that you can feel part of a greater whole and purpose, even if you can't quite see it.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
You can see below the simple background, done with Neocolour II watercolour crayons. I love these, and how they react when touched with water. You can still see where I've rubbed different shades on the page, like the slightly turquoise rivulet going from top to bottom ...
This made me incredibly sad, as yet another example of how my being ill both comes between us and yet makes me dependent. The page and its words could also mean a lot of other things, and maybe it says something different for you that speaks into your life? If that's true then I hope it helps, as getting this down on paper helps me.