Monday, May 18, 2015

Fun Interactive Book Box Structure

For a couple years, I've wanted to make a book/box structure similar to Randi Parkhurst's Patience.
Lorraine  Jones offered her guidance to start this project. The first structure measures 3.5 x 2 inches. The whole experience of pulling the books out of their cubbyholes reminds me of the Asian boxes that fascinated me as a child.
Removing the first book

Removing the main book/box structure
Opening the box lid to see a medium sized book and pulling out the little book on the right

The back
Two small accordion books from front of box

Another photo of the smallest book and its cubbyhole
I plan to keep building up and adding to this to make a larger book/box.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Book Exchange Artwork Pages

My interest in calligraphy led me to do a book exchange with two other calligraphers. Each month, we create two pages to put into a Leporello accordion book with Arches black cover pages. One of my goals in learning calligraphy is to add lettering to my artwork. We chose meditations on the creative muse as the theme of our books. My first meditations are on nature-

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Expressive Drawing Practice

Layer by layer, I'm playing with being more expressive in my mark making, use of color and composition. I struggle with this process one layer at a time. My left brain wants to take over and keeps me from being spontaneous. I'm beginning to realize that this process may not work for me or that I'm not ready for it yet. I feel that if I keep at it it'll get easier, more intuitive and free.

Friday, March 27, 2015

PLAY!: Whimsical Words and Calligraphic Capers

The Portland Society for Calligraphy play exhibit will be at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery from April 3- April 28, 2015. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-9:30pm; Sat. 9am-5pm. The opening reception is Friday, April 3, 7-9pm.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Equinox Weather Grams

For three years, I've been part of a group of women learning the art of calligraphy together. Each season, we write, letter and exchange weather grams in the tradition of Lloyd Reynolds.  I hang mine in a lilac tree outside our living room window. I love seeing them move and spread their messages to the wind reminding me of our friendship.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Come to Play Book

I decided to submit a piece for the Portland Society for Calligraphy exhibit entitled "PLAY! Whimsical Words and Calligraphic Capers" at the Multnomah Arts Center in April . In preparation, I took a Calligraphy Studio class from Christine Colasurdo, practiced and practiced writing my Haiku poem, thumbnail designs, Modern Versal lettering, a watercolor line, etc. Lots of time and energy went into this project. Fittingly, my word for 2015 is 'Practice'. It's a lesson for me to learn that the creative process takes play, practice, and time. Here's photos of my book-

The cover-

The pages-

An overview-