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    Constructive Photography

    “I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”
    ~ Stanley Kubrick

    Our school is expanding into the barn, so I wandered around a bit when things were quiet. The mid-morning light through high windows allowed some interesting shots. Not perfect lighting, to be sure. I found the angles of wood, old bricks and the remaining few odds and ends from the barn interesting.

    It's one of the few times I've gone somewhere specifically to photograph, rather than taking photos while exploring or doing something else. I might take a tripod next time?

    Two years ago we visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Western Pennsylvania. The girls still talk about the house, for it is unforgettable. Enjoy this digital movie of Fallingwater by artist Cristóbal Vila. Just a few minutes in length, simply amazing.


    Art Journal: Boxes

    "My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid.
    I've developed the habit of mentally listing things
    that make me optimistic about the future.
    I do it every day."
    ~Martha Beck

    18x24" watercolor paper, golden heavy bodied acrylics.


    I love when I can stop without feeling the need to mess with the entire page...


    Life is a Rainbow

    "The most effective way to do it, is to do it."
    Amelia Earhart

    For lovers of color and rainbows and Alice in Wonderland, take a deep breath and visit Un the de fous pour Alice, a selection of art journal pages created by Francoise Melzani dedicated to the tea party chapter in the book Alice in Wonderland. [There's a translator on the right side]. Enjoy her magical artwork at Flickr.

    And speaking of Alice, have you seen the ultra-cool The Annotated Alice? One of the books I bought for my 10 yr old last year was The Annotated Wizard of Oz, and I'm getting a kick out of it.


    Art Journal: Tea Party Rev 1.1

    "A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins."
    ~Charles Lamb

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics, paint roller

    So big. So fun. First layer was simply lime acrylic paint; the next layer was collage. Somewhere, there will be journaling. Or maybe in the little tea bag pocket I attached!

    A note about brayers. For this project I used disposable mini paint rollers from Home Depot. It's technically not a brayer, but it does roll around. It's fuzzy so it absorbs paint and so if you want to create grunge ffects with a semi-dry brayer, it's not feasible. The handles are cheap plastic, so they would not take force. I will stick with Speedball Soft Rubber Brayers; I have 3 of the 2" brayers, so that I can work in multiple colors at once. When I had just one, I washed quickly w/dish soap, easy peasy, then switched colors.

    At Zen Habits, The #1 Habit of Highly Creative People (via Twitter).

    Find more pages from this biggie journal @ Summer Winds + Watermelon + Swirlie.


    Art Journal: Swirlie Rev 1.1

    "Context and memory
    play powerful roles
    in all the truly great meals
    in one's life."
    ~Anthony Bourdain

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics, alcohol inks

    Fresh new fun. A background of heavy bodied acrylics painted with a fuzzy paint brayer, collaged ephemera, swirls of alcohol(ic) inks randomly applied. The 140 lb paper in the large wirebound Strathmore watercolor pad is smooth and dreamy for paint and collage.

    Thanks to Aimee of Artsyville for the inky inspiration in her funky inked ceramic tiles. Michaels only had a small selection of inks, the colors were fairly muted; I need to get some bright colors!

    Photographed, the page looks a bit overdone and gaudy, but in real life, with these eyes, it looks cool. Check out others from this big journal, including Summer Winds + Watermelon.


    Little Mandala ATCs

    "It seems to me that since I've had children, I've grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from."
    ~Anne Tyler



    The mandalas are drawn in paint marker on a variety of backgrounds... paint chips, watercolors, maps, cardstock, playing cards.


    Art Journal: Watermelon Rev 1.1

    "It is a common experience
    that a problem difficult at night
    is resolved in the morning
    after the committee of sleep
    has worked on it."
    ~John Steinbeck

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics

    So big. So fun. A siimple layer of lime acrylic paint started the page. Did you discover the little pocket made from a tea bag wrapper? Check out others from this big journal, including Summer Winds.



    Art Journal: Summer Winds Rev 1.1

    “The cry of equality pulls everyone down.”
    ~ Iris Murdoch

    18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics

    I like to let ideas overflow in my mind when I'm going about the day, then combine as many as I can in my next project. This makes the most of art time. This weekend I grabbed the cheap-o mini-paint roller and smooth Lexan board I found at Home Depot, an 18x24" Strathmore watercolor journal and my little collection of Golden heavy-bodied acrylic tubes.

    When I use this journal (check out my 1st bigzo art journal page), the kids say they feel like Borrowers. It's big. It's unwieldy. The pages are so vast that they have distinct areas, building zones, languages, cultures, politicians. I have to step back to get a perspective on the developing composition of shapes and colors. First layer was paint, then collage, and what's next? Journaling, a quote, doodles? Check out more pages in process from this journal, including Watermelon.

    EIGHT backgrounds | SIX collaged. Serious flow.

    Have any of your art journal pages signified a paradigm shift of some sort for you?