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    2014 Reading Challenge

    2014 Reading Challenge
    Tammy has read 0 books toward her goal of 36 books.


    Link Love Mission Returns

    5x8" sketch moleskine, gellyroll

    The idea behind the Link-Love Mission is simple. Save the world, one blog at a time. Help your favorite blogs by linking to them! The Mission returns the last Friday of the month at Daisy Yellow and CraftyPod. We invite you to join by posting 5 links on your blog. Grab a LINK LOVE badge

    This week's theme! Post your links at your blog any time in the week ahead.

    Five blog posts that motivated you to try something new.

    1. At Roz Wound Up, a post about drawing people in public. While I have been drawing doodles and "things" in public for about 7 years, I rarely draw people. This post inspired me to try it again.
    2. Pam Garrison goes back through her old journals and adds stuff.
    3. This post at Be... Dream... Play... inspires me to create in a more free and open style in my art journal. I do this sometimes, but other times I smush so much onto each page.
    4. Inspired by Teresa at Right Brain Planner to take deeper breaths. Also to use more typography {more} in my art journal pages.
    5. At Lost Coast Post, inspiration to take a literal or figurative sabbatical and assess stuff.

    And Diane also has a set of 5 links for you today!

    The schedule for March and April {Last Friday of the Month}:

    March 28: Five informative blog posts that you pinned/bookmarked for future reference.
    April 25: Five tutorials that you would like to try.

    Grab a retro pastel orange LINK LOVE badge and read the intro to the MISSION. 

    There's a spot where you can add the URL to the link-round-up over at CraftyPod


    Just Sewing Ogees

    I'm entranced with ogees. Drawing. Painting. Now stitching! This page started as one of the examples for my workshop, Painted Paper Paradise, and then I started looking at the page sideways and wondered... wouldn't the wavy lines look cool stitched? The challenge I set for myself: sew the wavy lines with the sewing machine at full speed while getting lines of thread to flow with the lines of pencil and the waves of paint. As you can see my results of my speed challenge are mixed!


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    {A completely unrelated photograph from an altered book I did a few years ago}

    If you signed up for my little once-in-a-while-update newsletter, you should receive one via email some time in the next few hours. In the comments section, I welcome you to add feedback about the newsletter. The good, the bad, the ugly. It's the first time I've devised something that resembles a newsletter so I'm open to suggestions. If you missed it, you can read it at this link! And be sure to sign-up if you have not already done so. The form is to your right, on the blog. By the way, there's an unsubscribe option at the bottom of the newsletter, just in case!



    Sometimes You Lose Track and Sometimes You Find It

    "Why not spend that time on art: painting, sculpting, charcoal, pastel, oils? Are words or numbers more important than images? Who decides this? Does algebra move you to tears? Can plural possessives express the feelings in your heart? If you don't learn art now, you will never learn to breathe!” 
    Laurie Halse Anderson

    I have a system of folders on my computer so that I know what I have blogged about and what I have not. It is a pretty simple system. Not rocket science. When I blog about something I move it to another folder. Bloggers keep track of topics and tangents thereof. A list of what they've already written about, what they plan to write about, projects they've finished and projects they've posted. And not posted. And haven't yet started. And forgot to photograph. This list might reside on an Excel spreadsheet, in a scuffed up Moleskine journal or in the back of a blogger's mind. Maybe on a napkin from a birthday party.

    So I lost track and started getting further and further behind my imaginary schedule. I was DOING art and photographing the art but not SHARING the art. That's why I'm still posting the 365 Somethings Project that I finished in October! I can say that I am finally catching up. Slowly but surely. Right in the middle of personal "stuff" and launching two workshops.

    Counter-intuitive. In midst of a big hugely over-scoped project, you can accomplish all sorts of unrelated stuff. You get into a focused work mode and just keep going. When do you accomplish the most? 


    Summer + Winter Mandalas

     Summer Mandala:

    Summer Mandala, pencil sketch directly on canvas, acrylics

    Summer, pencil + acrylics on canvas, almost finished. I named this one summer because the original layers were very summery... 


    Winter Mandala:

    Winter Mandala, pencil sketch, beginnings of the acrylic work

    Winter mandala, almost finished. I named this one Winter because of the blues in the base layer.

    I think I'll paint around the mandalas on each of these canvases, to bring the background right up to the mandala, but that is for another day. I know this process works, and that is the important thing.

    Is there something that you have thought about trying? Maybe you just need to get out the materials and do a test. While I was painting a 24x36" painting on wood {will post photos}, I had this idea and wanted to explore it further. So right in the middle of painting something else, I put two 9x12" canvases on top of the wood board and started playing around. I didn't gripe at myself for not finishing one thing before starting the next. I'm not punching a creative time clock. There's no deadline on my work, no finish line. I just want to paint. Anyhow, I had painted a mandala on the wood board and that was long and challenging. I knew that drawing the lines would be more precise than painting the lines. Could I simply draw a mandala on canvas with pencil and then color it in with acrylics? Sometimes an experiment simply stares you in the face and dares you to give it a try. Had I never simply drawn on canvas in pencil? How could this be? 


    365 Somethings #348 - 353

    “How can you come to understand your life when even the beginning is so complicated: a single cell imprinted with the color of your eyes and the shape of your face the pattern on your palm and the moods that will shadow you through your life. How can you be alive when every choice you make breaks the world into a thousand filaments each careless step branching into long tributaries of alternate lives shuddering outward and outward like sheet lightning.”
    Dan Chaon

    fabric mini-art quilt 


    fabric mini-art quilt

    "i'm undefined"

    fabric mini-art quilt

    "you won't remember"

    fabric mini-art quilt

    "prayer flags"

    fabric mini-art quilt

    "metaphysical: no sense of how"

    fabric strips


    All of the cards in this set are fabric collages.

    Yes, I know. It's February 2014. I'm late in posting but I actually finished my 367th card on October 23, 2013. On the back of each card, I noted the card number and the date completed. I stayed well ahead of the game throughout the year. To give you a feel for the pace, I finished card number 180... about half... on April 4. I stitched a few cards at a time, rather than one each day. It just happened that way, I got into the flow of creating these little 3x5" collages and kept going as long as I had ideas OR time. I never ran out of ideas... in fact the ideas inspired other ideas. I allowed myself to go on tangents and play with a variety of materials. All in all, a great project that I am thrilled about!

    All of the collages are stitched 3x5" index cards. Curious? Read all of the posts about my 365 Somethings project. 


    Video: Compass Mandala

    approx 5x7" mandala, strathmore watercolor paper, derwent pencil, gouache

    video: 2 minutes, with music

    This is a quick little video about drawing and painting this mandala. I like the way the pencil dissolves and adds depth to the lines of the mandala. This was painted with a #8 watercolor brush.


    365 Somethings #340 - 347

    “There's no limit to how complicated things can get,
    on account of one thing always leading to another.”
    E.B. White


    Yes, it's already February and I am still wrapping up posting this project from last year. There's really no rush to have everything perfectly organized. There's no due date. I just make this blogging thing up as I go.

    And so here, the next set of SOMETHINGS from my 2013 project. I am in love with this set, and I think can see a vision of larger format art quilts in my future. They are totally engaging. The first five in this set are fabric quilts {without the quilting, as that would be pretty bulky on an index card}. I toyed with "not" putting words on these, but ultimately like the juxtaposition of words and shapes and fabric and text...

    "get poetic finally"

    "may i have the democracy window"

    "exist seal peace"

    "blinking hope directions"

    "rightly reading a book"

    "the house"

    found text, fabric

    "there but the forever"

    found text, watercolor, gouache

    "you won't even be sure"

    found text, watercolor, gouache

    All of the collages are stitched 3x5" index cards. Curious? Read all of the posts about my 365 Somethings project. 

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