Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Kat challenged art group members to create a piece of art using haiku for inspiration. I loved this exercise and took one of my acylic painted and textured backgrounds from Misty Mawn's class as a base. Using Misty's techniques, I transfered my photos of trees and fall foilage, added some stamped ferns and drew water ripples of the tossed stone. The forest is alive with fall color. Here are some of her other haiku for inspiration.
- Utter aloneness, another great pleasure in autumn twilight Basho
- In my dream, my dog has a whistle only I can hear J. Stevenson
- This cold night, nothing moves but stars J. Brown
- Alone, learning stillness from the sandstone M. Farley
- Eating alone, my alphabet soup speaks to me B. Duster
- New in town, the scent of unknown flowers Y. Chang
- All along the road, not a single soul only autumn evening comes Basho
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Here's another nature journaling exercise with fall leaves. On my walk one morning last week, I picked up leaves, put them in a plastic bag, came home and marveled at all their variety in shape, size and color with pen and paint.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Another good book to read is Ricë Freeman-Zachery's Living the Creative Life- ideas and inspiration from working artists. She interviews fifteen artists and gleans their tips for becoming an artist and keeping at it.
Today, I also uploaded our Portland Art Collective Show card. Save the dates December 7th and 8th on your calendar to come and see the work of this wonderful group of artists. It's at the Multnomah Arts Center. It's a great way to find special gifts for the holidays.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
My goal this year is to improve my drawing skills. Barbara Roth taught the class 'U Can Draw'.
For fun Sunday night, I took Barbara Matthiessen's class. We drew blind self-portraits. We laughed at our picasso-esque renderings.
Yesterday, I took another workshop from Barbara Roth. We drew and painted postcards with watercolor. These will be great momentos to send home from future travel adventures. Life would not be the same without all of my wonderful art friends. Each one gives to me so much. Thank you to all!