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Hibernation

Hibernation

Wow, it’s hard to imagine a month has passed since my last blog post. WordPress recently announced my 7-year blog anniversary. What a way to celebrate that milestone–it’s like I put a sign in the window ‘Closed for Hibernation.’ Except I forgot to post the sign and went right to sleep. 

To be honest, recent software updates require me to sign in and get an authenticator code every time I leave a comment. Sometimes, the comment I had written disappears. It’s been a bit frustrating, so I’m trying to overcome that and still maintain security of online accounts. If you haven’t heard from me lately and have a Facebook account, please look me up and send a friend request:
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 to read and comment on your blog there. 

We missed three of the grandkids’ birthdays in January. Blizzard conditions and ten inches of snow kept us from traveling north the first week; hubby’s job and then his cold kept us home later on.

He was such a sweetie to make a path to the feeders.

One of the squirrels dug down to find buried seeds next to the birdbath.

The Song Sparrow was happy about that!

I managed to get to necessary appointments, but it’s been eight weeks since I’ve seen my hair stylist. The longer look is growing on me… 

My daughter, Suzanne, joined an online art journal group. We’ve been working on projects ‘together’ via text messages. This is the mini binder cover I decorated to hold my photography lesson cards. 

Saturday, I made rosettes from scrapbook paper.

I’m looking forward to bunny-sitting this week. I can’t wait to introduce you to Midnight!  

That’s a brief summary of 2018, thus far. I look forward to hearing from you as I’ve missed our regular online visits. 

 

 

 

 

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Friday’s Hunt v3.6

Friday’s Hunt

I’m hurrying to beat the deadline for Friday’s Hunt. We’ve had a beautiful weekend here, 70s, and spent a lot of it in the Great Outdoors. Now, down to blogging business!

We are looking for Starts with F, Week’s Favorite, and Heart.

F is for Flower, Camellias are in bloom.

 My Week’s Favorite features a Mourning Dove on a blustery day.

Heart–I should have taken pics of some of the valentines I made! Good thing I played around in my art journal. Background stencil from Stencil Girl Products, designed by Traci Bautista. (Work in progress)

 

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Share Your World–January 23, 2017

Share Your World

Here are Cee’s questions, and my answers for this week. Hope you’ll Share Your World, too!

Do you prefer juice or fruit?
Fruit. 

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
I’m guessing it would be considered a medium-size town. It was home, and I really didn’t know much about other areas.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?
Tabby and calico–I had a lot of cats. 

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.
Reading, art journaling, hiking, birdwatching

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful for friends, and look forward to celebrating some January birthdays. 

I hope you’ll share your answers in a post linked to  Cee’s blog, or in the comments below. 

 

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Friday’s Hunt v2.14

Friday’s Hunt

This week we’re hunting: Starts with N, Week’s Favorite, I Made This

If you’ve ever been to the Hampton Roads area (SE Virginia), you would appreciate this view of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT)–NO TRAFFIC

Photography composition recommends the horizon fall at 1/3 of the photo–sorry, I could NOT crop that gorgeous sky, even with the tint showing across the top of the windshield.

My Week’s Favorite is a recent colorful sunset.

For I Made This, a mixed-media journal cover work-in-progress. The birds are a stencil from StencilGirl Products.

Waiting to hear from our granddaughter who left Friday for a mission trip to Central America. She’ll be home for Christmas!

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Something New–Pastels

In 2011, Strathmore (artist papers) offered three free online workshops. The first one, Visual Journaling taught by Pam Carriker, was my introduction to mixed media and included work with pastels. I had never heard of them. From what I read about them later, it would seem that everyone experienced them as a child. Except me!

This was my first journal page from Pam Carriker's workshop
This was my first journal page from Pam Carriker’s workshop

I was immediately drawn to the feel of the soft pastels, and the way they went down on paper. I borrowed DVDs from my local Jerry’s Artarama to observe other artists using them, looked through books and magazines, researched brands and the pros and cons of each, and finally went to the art supply store (Jerry’s) to try out the samples in open stock. I quickly decided on a brand, Rembrandt, and bought a box of 30 half-sticks to experiment. I now follow the blogs of a couple pastel artists, too.IMG_0515

Some brands,  including Rembrandt, offer larger sets with colors suited to portrait or landscape painting. I recently ordered a landscape set. Each artist has their own system for sorting their colors in a way that best suits the way they create. I haven’t decided what works best for me yet. 

My local library had several books on the shelf pertaining to pastels, so I brought home three of them. The first one was a quick read, a basic introduction. The second is much more in-depth, Bill Creevy’s, “The Pastel Book,” “Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist.” I paged through it, then went to work on Jackie Simmonds,’ “Pastel Workbook,” “A Complete Course in Ten Lessons.” This is where I literally started to get my hands dirty. 

So far, I’m working with my small set of 30. Lesson One is making marks, and here is my first exercise, using linear marks to create patterns. 

Experimenting with linear patterns
Experimenting with linear patterns

I started with the border, but wasn’t inspired by the colors I’d chosen. Then I went to work on the center box. That was much more to my liking. It may not look so great, but I sure had fun doing it. 

Have you ever used pastels? Will you share your experience?

Something New for November

If you were following this blog a year ago, you might remember my participation in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. (There are a couple posts in the “Writing” category to the right relating to it, if you are interested.) The goal was to write 50,000 words during the month of November–the idea being to get a good start on a novel or other writing project, and establish the discipline to write every day. 

With much work yet to do on last year’s project, this year I think I might try something different–NaNoJouMo

My friend, Trece, at Simply Trece posted this reminder to “Journal Your Art Out” during the month of November. 

http://www.dblogala.com/blog/2012/10/8/spread-the-word.html

This sounds like fun! Anyone else interested?