Hello everyone! I’m starting a new video series where I give a peek into my working art studio! This week I’m sharing a project I did at a Play-shop with Janet Strickler. These “junk journals” are made from 100% recycled materials. I am a huge fan of recycling and reusing materials. This is why when you receive a shipment from me, you’ll most likely see re-used materials in it.
If you’d like to make your own, here is a link to a process that is similar to what I learned this weekend: Recycled Mini Notebook
I’m super excited to be participating in the LAG member show this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds! If you’re at the farmer’s market here in Longmont on Saturday, pop on in and check out all the beautiful art! There’s also a gift shop and handmade jewelry, greeting cards and more!
Thursday (today) 1-6pm
Friday 10-8pm with an artist reception from 6-8pm
Saturday from 10-6pm (I’m doing an art demo from 3-4:30!)
Sunday from 10am-4pm
Okay, THIS is the card fro this week. I am finally caught up now. Whew! I painted this card today after lunch. I had canned tuna for lunch, so I thought I’d paint a tuna. I’m not sure why I like to paint what I’m eating for lunch, but a doodle is a doodle and inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime.
Tuna are very large fish. The one I painted today is a yellowfin tuna. I painted this in oils, so it was a bit more difficult to layer the colors because the paint will take a few days to dry and I didn’t have the patience to layer paint properly for my doodle.
After painting a number of these cards, in both oils and acrylics, I think the acrylics work better for a small quick painting like these are. Oils are richer in color and texture, but to do them right, you should layer the paints to reach full potential. Oils blend really well. Acrylics on the other hand, dry almost as fast as you can apply them to the surface you’re painting on. This is ideal for small paintings, in my opinion.
I’m looking forward to seeing what comes over the next few weeks. Almost to the half way point for this project!
After this card, I’ll be caught up on my weekly card paintings. Well, actually, I have one more to do for this week, but I’ll post that on Saturday! This card is inspired by the bag of cherries I was eating while painting a new mini-pet painting (still working on it). Cherries are interesting to paint. They are such a deep red/purple/blue color. I also had a pretty intense lamp pointing on my canvas, so the lighting is dramatic. I painted this in acrylic, which I’m still learning to paint with. I showed this card to a friend of mine and she said it looked like a rotting apple with a worm coming out of it. I love my friends. 🙂 It is supposed to be a cherry with a stem; although rotting apples would make an interesting painting I’m sure.
In addition to being a painter, I was first a photographer for 3 decades. I still love photography, and I recently acquired a new macro lens for my Olympus OM-D micro 4:3 camera.
This lens is a Lumix G Macro 30/F2.8. The focal length is a fixed 30mm which is equivalent to 60mm for a standard camera.
Enough geek-speak. here are a couple of close up photos of my cat Addison. Needless to say, she does not appreciate a camera lens 2 inches from her face. I did get 3 usable photos though.