Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Art Nouveau

Roz's lovely Art Nouveau journal arrived this month and it took me a while to come up with a theme. I was planning on drawing my girlfriend's lovely cottage but although it does have elements of art nouveau it is more federation. I am learning all the time :)

Further discussion with Kathy and she suggested the Paris metro and once I saw the gorgeous subway entrances I was entranced. Now I have another place I want to visit. 

Please excuse my unedited photo's as I am still without a pc. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Art journalling in the style of Teesha Moore

I was thrilled when mum sent me her journal
 as I love theme and I wanted a good sticky beak 
at all the lovely pages done by everyone. 

Mum and I are very close and love to live near each other
 but I live in hot humid Grafton 
and they cant cope with the weather 
so they live hundreds of km away in the central west.

But mum loves Grafton and the jacarandas 
and the Jacaranda Festival 
so I wanted to do a page about Grafton and of course 
it had to be purple

Working in Teesha style to me means bright and busy
 with lots to look at,
 colourful borders, interesting words 
and unexpected quirky characters. 

So my jacaranda queens
 are not quite like any I have seen at festival time
 but they sure were fun to create. 

The next page I created was inspired by bugs- 
its summer time here and they are loving
 all the heat and rain we have had lately. 

Mum had 4 pages left and generously said I could play in all of them :) 
So I unearthed so much 'stuff'
you know all of that stuff we hoard for art?
This style of journalling is really good for using it all up. 

My girlfriend Kathy visited Paris a couple of years ago
 and shared some of the incredible exhibitions
 she saw with me through photos and bought back flyers and catalogs. 

So these pages are about Picasso and Paris as an armchair traveler.

As I was making my way through the piles of above mentioned stuff
 I came across some fashion mags. 
They have fabulous fonts and great imagery
 but I was a bit upset at the extravagance
 of it all and this page became a bit of a rant. 

I saw all of these shoes and shoes and shoes
 and knew I had a fabulous big die cut 
somewhere so they formed the basis of my last pages. 

However I was shocked at the ridiculousness of it all
the prices!
and where could you even wear them?

So many ways in my opinion that could better use those dollars. 

I should also say I own very few shoes 
and the most expensive are my well worn,
 paint splattered  redback work boots. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Demeter and Persephone

Mothering and children leaving the nest has been quite big for me of late, my firstborn has not followed any preconceived ideas I had and its been a pretty rough period so when Natasha came around for a visit and to show me her Goddess journal I know I wanted to work somehow with the Demeter and Persephone theme.

Its been quite a stressful, dark and worrying time for me as it was for Demeter and of course Persephone was taken to the Underworld so I wanted to make a cave or a deep cavern to build my pages from and what a way to ground my pages! I also had to weave in the pomegranates,one thing about working with such rich myths is there are many symbols you can include. 

I had been thinking back to when my firstborn was little and I remembered this song chant we used to sing of Demeter and Persephone and I wanted to include those words so each of my Goddess's got her verse for her hair. 

These songs come from the Reclaiming tradition , Starhawk and Anne Hill.

They also released a gorgeous book on raising children in the Goddess Tradition called Circle Round


I have also been wanting to create interactive pages lately so this one needed to have some of that , I ended up creating 2 removable Goddess heads and I had to create little 'holders'to secure them into the cave

I began writing their story on the back of them but it was just too long so I made a mini book to tell the story and it had to be in a pomegranate of course, 

Here is my spread with the flap open showing Demeter, the pomegranate journal and Persephone, they all are easily removable and fit snugly in their spaces. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Diving Deep

Its funny how art imitates life and life imitates art,
I have been delving deep into trying to understand me and searching for things that might be hidden, lurking in the deep, aware too of the association between the element of water and our emotions and my affinity for water and my emotional state of late.

Lately I have had mermaids swimming up from the deep in different art works and the first art journal I received in round 5 of the Australian Art Journal is Danie Mays  "√únder the Sea"

I had no idea of what I would do until I started, that is often the way I work, I know many like to consider and plan and research and funnily enough that is also how many live their lives. I find I operate on a different system I work instinctively and intuitively and trust in the outcome without having to understand every step. I just let it happen.

I started with a sketch and I wanted to work with collage, texture and paint. I stamped some background layers knowing they would be sunk deep into the work along with the collage elements I added. I always use words in my art journaling, somewhere in the piece - I found an old sheet I made years ago with some good words so they became part of the collage and I wanted shimmer so I also added small pieces of aluminium foil. 

It was hard to hold down the fibres I used in her hair and for the kelp strands so I started adding tissue paper, then she wanted to go out by the pool, she is a mermaid after all-
 we found a sunny spot to dry that layer.
That is one of our cats-
on the other side of the pool stalking his territory.

My next layer was using transparent colours, transparency is a real thing for me right now, in trying to know myself and expose more of me to myself as much as others and also in my art work
- there it is again, life imitating art.
I painted her ocean out by the pool in the sunshine, its winter here right now and quite cool inside the studio. 

Next it was time to pull it all together, I painted her, and painted the kelp forest she is swimming in, I added some glitter too, that is not something I do often but she called for it and used gold and green to to find the kelp. I outlined the leaves and the page border with pens. 

Here she is all finished-
She has a few more elements - some animal companions and some beautiful rocks in her transparent watery colours and a 5 petalled white flower.
I added the quote by Anais Nin
"I must be a mermaid.... I have no fear of depths a great fear of shallow living"

Monday, June 12, 2017

Studio Snapshot- June 2017

What is on your easel? what are you up to ? We have had a super wet long weekend here  and I have had some time to try and sort things out and take stock in my life and in the studio. 

I was shocked to discover recently I have been here over 2 months- wow where did that time go and how am I still living in chaos? Thank you to lovely Kathy for the reality check and the talks.

So while I did grab a few moments to appreciate the beauty of the rain on my surrounds- I do love raindrops and could have totally photobombed this post, how cool is the vulva tree in my hedge?

I took this shot looking into the studio from outside I can see my blue parrot over there against the other window. 

I mostly worked on tidying up and cleaning  and getting
I have had stuff in storage for so many years and it is finally all in one space and of course we have grown out of tonnes of it so I am getting it all sorted and ready and selling it off. 

I did also spend some time resetting my studio alter and my Tree as Spirit journal is safely sitting there soaking up all the lovely energy now I just need to sort the rest of the studio for this weeks classes. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tree (as Spirit) is ready

I have been making my Tree journal
for the next round of the Australian Art Journal Swap
that I run through our facebook group
the Australian Art Swap Group

I am a passionate tree lover
and see trees as sacred
 and have so many ideas of pages to do on this theme

My journal is made using Stonehenge print making paper for the signatures - this is my favorite mixed media paper ever and I usually use it for any hand made book binding I create, and I used some repurposed Arches heavy weight water colour paper for the covers. I wanted a really heavy strong cover as I knew I wanted to include a "tree" 

 The tree I wanted to include I found in a local street it is an actual branch but resembles a whole tree and has been flattened by being run over by cars but was still so beautiful I saw it as a metaphor for life, so often we can be run over but we do still have a real beauty.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tree (As Spirit)

I was well enough to finally start my travelling art journal today and its coming together very nicely :)