Sunday, April 29, 2012

creative breakout with Bill Buchman

Bill Buchman - Creative Breakout Class
Longboat Key, FL 2012

Photos from the abstract art class I took with Bill Buchman. His awesome web site is here: Classes were held at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts in Longboat Key Florida from January - April 2012.
The direct link to view the photos:

Sadly, the in person classes are over for now . . . but the inspiration I received will continue!

It's what you learn after you know it all, that counts.
  ~  Albert Einstein

( random, totally random quotes -I swear! )

Saturday, April 28, 2012


This is another project I signed up to do through the Art House Co-op. I signed up a while ago despite the fact that the theme of "self-portrait" sounded difficult to me. The project has been in the back of my mind for a while though. When I was going through my photographs today I came across this one:

Just a photo of my feet in one of my many pairs of Crocs. I have multiple pairs and they really are the only shoes I wear! These are my messy painty purple ones. My dad bought them for me. I was taking photos in Bill Buchman's art class of his painting demo and just for fun, I looked down and also snapped this photo.There were photos in the same folder of art exercises I had done in his class and these things together sparked the idea for my self-portrait. You may recognize the painting I used as the one from my current blog header! Click on any photo for more details and a larger photo.

I was sent a 4x4 wrapped canvas for this project as part of the registration. I used Yes glue to adhere a copy of one of my painting exercises I printed out onto brochure paper (to make it pop) and a cut out version of the photo of my legs and feet. 

I added oil pastels and yellow acrylic ink to cover the plain white wrapped canvas sides and a little bit of the same on top of the original painting.

Especially because this seemed like a difficult task to do in my mind -a self portrait, I am so pleased with how it came out! I really like this self-portrait and was glad that once I started looking for inspiration, it manifested itself. Another lesson re-learned: Just start! 

If you're going through hell, keep going.
  ~ Winston Churchill

(remember these quotes are pulled up randomly!!)

Spectacular Wonders of the World . . .

Spectacular wonders of the world await you when you get married! I kept looking at this piece of scrapbook paper that came in the Showstoppers Kit with a show /circus theme. I had been working with the kit as a guest designer for Gauche Alchemy and I had already finished my required amount of projects. But this paper kept calling me and I had to do something with it! You can see more step by steps if you like on the gauche alchemy blog post devoted to it, but I will share with you here how this collage turned into a scrapbook page for a new scrapbook I had just purchased. I placed my collage on another piece of scrapbook paper from the showstoppers kit, did a bit of journaling . . . .

. . . and then slipped it into the clear page, voila!

You know, that was fun to do and did not take very long either. It was great to have the coordinating items from the kit to inspire me. I think I will make a few more of these pages for this scrapbook to have a physical, tactile photo remembrance of our life here in Florida. I take a lot of photos but they are in digital form and held mostly on blipfoto or my flickr account. When I make another page, I will share it here with you.

A big thanks to gauche alchemy for inviting me to be their April Guest Designer. I had a blast working with their products and Maggi Flynn was awesome to work with; she did a fabulous job with my projects. xoxo

Passion doesn't have to dwindle; it can deepen.
  ~ Unknown

Friday, April 27, 2012

A gauche instant book!

Here is the book I made with one piece of scrapbook paper and other supplies from the Gauche Alchemy Showstopper's Kit. This project was part of my Guest Designer gig for the month of April. It was really fun to have the kit to work with and besides that, I found it inspiring! You can find more step-by-step info in a post on the Gauche Alchemy blog.

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.
  ~ Corita Kent

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Creating a snapshot of the world in a day"

I read about this global project on blipfoto where most days, I share a photo of something from my day on my very own blip journal. This project is called ~ please go there for the full story. Blipfoto had me wanting to participate with the opening line in their blogpost: A global documentary project is aiming to create a crowdsourced snapshot of the world.
If you cannot see the short video I've embedded below about the project, please go here: I hope you join me!

Les arbres sont la creation de la terre pour parler au ciel.
Trees are the earth's effort to speak to heaven.
  ~ Tagore.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Art House projects

The Art House Co-op has had a lot of interesting collaborative projects going on this year. Most are already filled and closed and have been (or will be) exhibited soon. You can read more about all of the projects HERE-including the Sketchbook Project 2013, which is now open for registration. I just finished two more of my Art House projects and I thought I'd share them here with you. Earlier, I shared my Limited Edition sketchbook (and mailed it off on Saturday) if you missed it, find a whole post devoted to that project here.

The Note Swap - write a hand written note & receive one in exchange

The Photo Response - choose a photo provided by Art House and respond to it

I chose Photo #2

and responded with a photo of my own

The Adventure project - create a 30 second video based on an adventure

The 4x6 Project - create a 4x6 inch piece of art and receive one in exchange

The meal - everyone took a photo of a meal they were having on the same date & time.

I believe these photos were exhibited at the same time as letters to home?

Letters to Home - write a letter to your childhood home

and lastly, The fridge! part of the Things Found Series 

It has certainly been fun and kept me thinking!

Read more about all of the projects HERE. I am off to Physical Therapy for my frozen shoulder then to my last art class with Bill Buchman for a while . . . .

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
   ~ Carl Sandburg

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bill Buchman demos the Big Gesture

I have a very short video demo I took of my instructor Bill Buchman showing us the "big gesture" with sumi-E brush and ink. The direct link is HERE if you do not see the video displayed below. Enjoy!

More on this class is in my previous blog post, scroll down or go here!

It's never too late -in fiction or in life- to revise. ~ Nancy Thayer

I've been inserting quotes from my very large list of quotes via a 'sigmonster' program my oldest son Decklin created for me many years ago. I click on the desktop icon and one of my many quotes is randomly copied from my file to my clipboard. Then I paste it in! I have been trying to use the first quote that comes up (instead of asking again) and it has worked very well so far.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Big Gesture and more . . .

It seems to take me a while to catch up with everything these days, but that's okay. From my art class on Monday, the one I have been taking . . . I was late to class because of this:

yes, a peacock. In a driveway!

Amazing! I had to stop and get out of my car, take some photos. 
My teacher Bill said he had never gotten THAT as an excuse for being late before!
* * * 

In class, Bill demonstrated the Big Gesture with Sumi-E brush. 
Here is his demo piece below - it is a Zen idea of spontaneity in painting.
I hope to have a short video of his demo to share with you soon.

After Bill demoed, we all took turns trying this ourselves . . .  


Lynn - wow!


a close up of part of my big gesture . . .
Switching gears . . . .
don't those look delicious?

Bill is continuing to teach us about color and line and water media.


painting by BILL BUCHMAN 

Below is what I painted after listening hard to what Bill had been teaching us about not over-working the water media into the paper -let it flow and react to it instead of trying to fix it.
I am pleased!

It is hard to learn new ways but I feel at least this time I was able to tune in to what Bill has been teaching us about line, color and paint. We have just one more class . . . Bill does not resume teaching at the Longboat Key Center for the arts until next January as the classes are only held during the "season", yikes! At least I have his book and two DVDs!

painting by lenna  : )

The best way out of a problem is through it.
  ~ unknown

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Limited Edition Sketchbook is done!

I finished filling up my sketchbook for the Limited Edition Sketchbook project the other day. This project, put on by the Art House Co-op was limited to 5,000 artists participating. Find out more about this project HERE. Sign-ups closed a while ago and all sketchbooks are due to be postmarked April 30th. The exhibit and tour for this Sketchbook project will begin in June, 2012. There is something different about this project: Every contributor to the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition Vol. 1 will be included in a series of art books documenting the project. Together, the series will provide insight into the imagination and process of each artist participating in the project. Bound by the Brooklyn Art Library Press and hand-finished in our Brooklyn workshop, the book series will be published in the fall of 2012. Cool! You can click on any photo to see more details, if you see a plus sign "+" you can click again.

more photos are found HERE. This post will be on top so scroll down for earlier ones!
Questions and comments are welcome. 
I will send this off to the Art House Co-op in the next day or two - EARLY!! This book will not be returning to me. It will become a part of the art house co-op's library after it's tour and I am okay with that! I like the experience of creating it more that being able to keep it. My house is very small and already overflowing with art!   : ) 

The difference between the right word and the almost right word 
is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
   ~ Mark Twain