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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

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.