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Thursday, October 5, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 100

So at long last, I have completed the challenge! I hope that you have enjoyed following along.  These little pieces began to weigh me down at about # 75, but then the process opened up again. It was worth doing, and maybe you will give it a try!

Acrylic paint, ephemera, painted papers, collage.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 99

Practice from Wabi Sabi Art Workshop by Serena Barton.  Wabi Sabi Art Workshop

The author suggested collaging on cheesecloth to make the "mountains." I didn't have cheesecloth, so I used crumpled tea bags. 

Acrylic paint, tea bags, reinkers.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 88

Summer 2017: hurricanes, an eclipse, and a break in the clouds.  Acrylic paint and gel pen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 87

Acrylic paint, gel pen, stamping with found object.  I began this piece with circles stamped with a paper towel roll. Then I scraped paint across the piece. I made some marks around the paint, and a shape slowly came to mind. When the piece evolved into a petroglyph-like animal figure, I added a Navajo energy line going through it. It reminded me of something I had seen, so I looked in my file of rock art. The figure shown is similar.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 81

100 Day Challenge # 81 So, we will not be going to FL until next month. There is little fuel, no traffic lights in St Pete and along the west coast, and 4+ million people are trying to drive home. Since I have 30 more days, I will finish the challenge. This is a practice piece, acrylic paint, watercolor, sgraffito.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 80

100 Day Challenge # 80 "Successive Generations." Vintage book parts, ephemera, graphite, acrylic paint, napkin, art papers.

I will be taking a break to visit family in Florida, assuming that the storms don't cause us to cancel the trip. We will lend whatever help we can. Meanwhile, I hope that you have enjoyed these 80 pieces. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 77

Distressed ephemera, painted papers, collage

I learned the technique for making these papers from Kathy Taylor on youtube. Here's the link to her first video on this technique: Kathy Taylor

Friday, September 1, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 75

Acrylic paint, collage, monoprinting

I recently took an online class on Monoprint Collage with Jane Davies. This piece is inspired by the workshop. You can see Jane's class offerings here: Jane Davies Workshops

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 73

Acrylic paint, rubbing alcohol, colored pencil

100 Day Challenge # 72

"The Blue Ridge" Hand-printed papers, acrylic paint, ink, collage.  This one is actually a remake of
 # 71. I like this one much better.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 71 Hope by Emily Dickinson

Oops, this one didn't turn out as I had wanted. I learned not to do lettering over a crayon resist. Not only does it resist paint, but it also resists ink. Anyway, I do love Emily Dickinson.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 70

Acrylic paint, gel pen, hand drawn stamps. The stamps are hand-drawn designs on styrofoam meat trays.

I like this one in both orientations.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 67

"Partial Eclipse" I was bummed. Having experienced a total eclipse in the past, I found this one to be anti-climactic. I expected more from 89% totality. Still, it was fun to watch on the science channel. Monoprint over acrylic paint and collage.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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