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Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Why Bother With The 100 Day Challenge?

This challenge does two things. First, it gets you into the habit of creating every day, with or without an idea or inspiration. Jane Dunnewold said this well in her book, Creative Strength Training. She says:
I began to understand how to sustain creative ability by regularly creating. That's why they call it a practice. Go to the studio and make something. Go to the studio and make something. It's just another version of reps.
You can see her book here:  Creative Strength Training

The other thing about this challenge is, that it's almost impossible not to find your voice. It's a paradox about that though. I had a fan once say that she could always recognize my work. I don't see it. I don't see "my voice." I guess it's like not seeing the forest for the trees.

So, on to Day 60.......

100 Day Challenge # 59

"Two Shamans Laughing" Collage, monoprint, acrylic paint, gel pen. I'm going to have to keep this one.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 58

This one is entitled "Bubbles"  Monoprint, acrylic paint, blending chalks, fixative


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 53

Oil pastels, ink, collage, cold wax. I haven't worked with cold wax for a while, and re-learned that a very light touch is needed to avoid smearing of the oil pastels.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 51

I am still making business cards, but am preserving this image before I alter it further. I like the tribal feel of the marks, and may come back to do another piece of art based on this one.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 48, # 49 and #50

I'm attending a networking event and I need business cards. I like to make my own, because it's fun and every one is one-of-a-kind. They are much more interesting than commercially printed cards. I begin by painting over a magazine page as substrate. I scribble first with a crayon (in this case wax pastels because they were within reach) and then overpaint with acrylic. Here are my 2 pages.



I wish that this were my idea, but I must credit Roxanne Padgett. Here's a link to her wonderful book: Acrylic Techniques in Mixed Media

The next step is to stencil and/or stamp over the painting. This will be my next 100 Day Challenge post. 


100 Day Challenge # 49

So, step 2 is to take the above painted pages and stencil, stamp and collage over them with scraps from my stash. Yes they are very busy but trust me, this works in step 3.





100 Day Challenge # 50


100 Day Challenge # 50  (First of 4 photos.) So after completing the painted pages, you attach business card templates to the BACK of each page. When dry, cut the cards out. To see the result, scroll down...


Some of you may be thinking that this is a lot of work. No, it's a lot of PLAY. Put an address label on the back with your contact information and you're finished. Thanks again to Roxanne Padgett, who added fun to my art practice.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 46

Ephemera, acrylic paint.


100 Day Challenge # 45

This one began as a simple blue and orange grid and then went through many, many changes. It took way too long to create, but it's one of my favorites so far. Acrylic paint, ink, painted papers, collage.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

100 Day Challenge #43

Watercolor, ink, acrylic paint. This one is entitled "Spirit Bird."


100 Day Challenge #42

I call this one Serengeti, because the motif on the right is African. Wrapping paper, hand drawn stamps, acrylic paint, ink



Some of these designs came from Fast Freehand Fills, Cultural Flair by Dawn Summerall.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

100 Day Challenge #40

Acrylic paint, ink, collage, stamping with found objects.


I am beginning to feel in a rut here. I'll try to do something different tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 39

This opne is entitled "The Incubator," Acrylic paint, monoprinting, ephemera, deli paper, watercolor pencil.


Monday, July 24, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 38

This one is entitled "Ripples On The Water."  Acrylic paint, painted papers, ephemera, watercolor pencil, stencilling, collage.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 37


Acrylic paint, graphite, watercolor pencil, India ink. Inspired by a design on one of my coffee mugs.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 33

So I'm one-third through the challenge! I may revise this one but am still looking at it. I'll post a revision if I do change it.  Acrylic paint, hand drawn stamps, ink.


So I did change the color of the sun motif. I am satisfied with this one.


I make my stamps with cut up styrofoam meat trays. I just draw a design and spread paint with a cosmetic sponge. Wash them off as soon as you use them. They last indefinitely. For ideas, Dawn Summerall has 3 excellent books about different types of freehand fills. Here's my favorite: Fast Freehand Fills Cultural Flair

Monday, July 17, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 31

This one is entitled "Ghost Ship." Acrylic paint, ink. Monoprint background (the ghost print), freehand drawing, stencil.




Sunday, July 16, 2017

100 Day Challenge #30

This is definitely a shamanic piece. I have entitled it White Sun Kisses Autumn Trees. Hand printed papers, ink, acrylic paint, rubber stamped design.


Friday, July 14, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 28

Monoprinted shape, painted paper, ephemera, acrylic paint. I like the blended background in this one.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

100 Day Challenge #27

This one reminds me of an Inuit totem drawing. Ephemera, monoprint with string resist, acrylic paint, hand painted paper


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

100 Day Challenge #26

Without looking, I grabbed 2 colors of paint. These are colors that I don't usually use. Scraffito, acrylic paint, ink, rubbing alcohol


Monday, July 10, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 24

I feel that this one is going to evolve into something else. When I figure it out, I'll post the "after" image. Acrylic paint, paper towel, colored pencil, chalk.


I already blended the colored pencil a bit. We'll see what happens.

SO, it's the next day and I've gotten 4 responses. One person said it's "tree-like." I've also gotten bird, firefly and Phoenix. I'm going to leave this piece as-is, for that reason. What do you see?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 23

This one is entitled "The Grandfather Clock on the Landing" I printed some circle designs on printmaking paper. Then I looked for circular images. The clock defined the entire concept.


Friday, July 7, 2017

100 Day Challenge #22

100 Day Challenge #22 Vintage book parts, hand painted papers, ephemera, graphite, India ink, paper napkin, chalk. This is the first time I've used the Derwent extra large graphite blocks. They can be used as a water medium, and are the blue color around the gray/black square. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

100 Day Challenge #21

100 day Challenge #21 Acrylic paint, ephemera, blending chalks, India ink. Collage and mark making.