Wednesday, April 30, 2014

❤ We Love Mail Art ❤ Renaissance Mash-up exchange!

I am seriously behind in documenting my Mail Art exchange with my friends Julie Welsh (Jewels) and Jo Urbani so I made a pact with myself to catch up -this is one of 2 posts. Especially becuase during the next two weeks we will be sending out our mail art again on a new theme - tickled pink! I look forward to sharing that here as well ❤ 

Back in January and February of this year we worked on a theme of Renaissance Mash-up! The idea was to use something from that period but you could "mash it up" with other things. The idea of our exchange is the three of us create a postcard on a theme and also a mail art envelope for each other every month or so. I met Jewels and Jo both in 2010 through Mary Green's Vintage Gluebook Class and we have been friends ever since!

yesterday I created a 1:30 animoto video to share my process creating for this exchange and also what I received from Jo and Jewels. If you cannot see the video embedded below, the direct link to the video on YouTube is:

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Affirmation Journal is done!

I'm finishing up my art journal of affirmations, take a peek!

The whole journal opened up -click on any photo for a larger view

For the last page I journaled about the experience and thanked my friend Jo Urbani. She gave me a list 
of positive affirmations back in 2012 that helped me get started with this, wheeee!

On the left side I wrote out most of the affirmations I used throughout the book . . .
then added watercolor crayons with a wash a water over them.

Here's what  my journal looks like from the side

After I completed all the pages I looked at the cover. 
It's a mess!

I decided to cover it with scrapbooking paper and washi tape, then added rubber stamping too. The words, 
The Sweet Life were already printed on the paper.

The back - there you see the black elastic that wraps around the journal to keep it closed.

I used my Xyron adhesive machine to attach the paper to the cover 
and added my title with a white gel pen.

more of the inside pages . . . 

You can see all of the inside pages over on my flickr account.
There are 2 sets: Art journal with affirmations 2012 - 1st set
and Affirmations Journal 2013-14: 2nd set

I've got my next blank art journal already picked out. It's a lot different. It's larger with very sturdy paper. I look forward to working in it! In the meantime, I have signed up for an online workshop with Roben Marie Smith, Snap & Share. I have started gathering supplies and hope to try something from the class out soon! What have you been working on?? Let me know! I don't know about you, but I am finding it more of a challenge to get everything I want to do,
done lately. I'm dancing a lot in Nia class or Conscious Movement and I started attending a class (beginners) with a local dance company, Fuzion. I do take time for my blipfoto journal everyday . . .
I feel like I should be getting more done, but maybe not!!! 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Art Journaling in March: Part 2

This is the second to last set of pages in my affirmation art journal that I am happy to share here. 
It worked! I am back to my blog sooner rather than later to add more content -yay!

It all started with a photo of Steven motoring our boat home on the Braden River.
I liked the photo and had an idea to paint "water" on the blank pages.

I watered down a small amount of halo blue gold Lumiere paint and used a Sumi brush designed by my art instructor, Bill Buchman. I like the way this brush holds paint and allows me to freely move it around the page. 

First I added a little bit of water . . .

And then I added more water to blend the background and give contrast to my painted water. 

A little extra gold Lumiere paint was added on top. . .
Steven is towing one of our canoes home after I paddled over to Lucas Boatworks. 
I'm in the boat with him!

Then I searched for a positive affirmation to add. 
I had been reading over Bill Buchman's book Expressive Figure Drawing. I haven't taken this course with him yet, but was introduced to this book while in his Creative Breakout class. The book has wonderful information about expressive figure drawing, but also about art supplies and Bill's general philosophy towards art. 
When I came across this quote it really hit me! 

So I typed it into a word document and printed it onto a variety of papers. I was most pleased with this translucent paper because I liked the way my painting showed through. 

Attitude is everything! 
Thank you, Bill Buchman

One more spread to finish sharing this journal . . . I'll be back! 
Thanks so much for visiting and a special thanks to you who left comments on Part 1. 
It was wonderful to hear from you!!!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Art Journaling in March: Part 1

Gosh, it has been so long since I have posted on my creative lenna blog. I do hope to change that in the near future!
I am posting daily on blipfoto -an online photo journal where you are encouraged to post just one photo per day. Then blog or write in addition to posting your photo, if you wish. If you are reading this ON my blog itself you will see a blipfoto box of 16 thumbnails to your right, each representing a day. Click on any one and you can see what I've been up to via my daily blip photos! My blipfoto journal is:

I have some art journaling pages I'd love to add to my blog and share with you. The affirmation journal I have been working in is finally complete! I've been doing a bit of artwork behind the scenes, feeling happy to finish this journal I started almost 2 years ago. I did take a few breaks . . . that's why it took so long, but thinking positively -- it is done and so full of art and affirmations! I am looking forward to starting a new journal, I have one picked out and will probably use the Documented Life Project to get me started by giving me a few prompts.

I've divided up the posts for the final page spreads of my Affirmation Journal into more than one post, so I hopefully won't give you too much to digest at one time. This will also entice me to return to add another post here soon. I started this page spread soon after Steven and I returned from FT Lauderdale, FL and the private preview of the William Glackens exhibit (my Great Uncle) held on my birthday, February 21st, 2014 at the NSU Museum of Art. 
It's amazing the exhibit opened on my birthday -like a present to me! The image in the circle is a sticker I received at the event to wear. It's a partial print of the painting, Cape Cod Pier by William Glackens. Please click on the link to see the painting in full.

From the FT Lauderdale Museum of Art website

William Glackens
February 23, 2014 – June 1, 2014
First comprehensive survey of the artist in over 45 years
Co-organized and presented by NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, and the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale announces William Glackens, the first comprehensive exhibition since 1966 of this key American artist. William Glackens is organized and presented in collaboration with the Parrish Art Museum and the Barnes Foundation, where the exhibition will also travel. The show spans the artist’s career, with works from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s. Glackens’ oeuvre will be examined through more than 85 of the most important paintings and works on paper from some of America's finest private and public collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Several works will be on view to the public for the first time since 1966. This long-overdue survey will introduce the artist to a new generation of viewers and aims to further scholarship on this pivotal figure in the history of American art. 
Curated by noted independent writer and art historian Avis Berman, the exhibition focuses on Glackens’ most distinctive and adventurous works to present the full breadth of his oeuvre. “Glackens combined an enchanting zest for life with an arsenal of sophisticated techniques. Yet, with no comprehensive survey of his work in nearly fifty years, a thorough reassessment of this key figure in American art is long overdue. This exhibition takes a much-needed look at the artist’s estimable career and reveals him as a modern artist of ambition and spirit,” Berman states about the artist and the exhibition.  
Glackens attended Philadelphia’s prestigious Central High School with Albert C. Barnes, the pharmaceuticals magnate. The artist traveled to Paris on a buying trip for Barnes in 1912 and sent back works by Paul C├ęzanne, Maurice Denis, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. These purchases became the nucleus of Barnes’s fabled collection. The two men remained close, and Barnes became his loyal and most important patron. Barnes found Glackens indispensable, stating, “The most valuable single educational factor to me has been my frequent association with a life-long friend who combines greatness as an artist with a big man’s mind.”
NSU Museum of Art’s current holdings include more than 500 works that cover the full spectrum of Glackens’ career and represent the largest collection of his work. More than two-dozen paintings, drawings and prints from NSU Museum of Art’s collection will be incorporated in this comprehensive exhibition. The museum is currently undergoing a strategic four-year William Glackens Collection Initiative, a major component of this project is the William Glackens Research Collection and Study Center, slated to open in 2014.  In April 2013, NSU Museum of Art was the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the Art Works program of the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund the Research Collection and Study Center. The grant supplements existing financial support from one of the museum’s longtime partners in excellence, the Sansom Foundation. The educational facility will be the central repository for all current and future Glackens materials owned by the museum, establishing it as a central hub for Glackens scholarship.  Access to the Research Collection and Study Center will be available online to scholars, educators, students, and the general public worldwide.
Exhibition tour schedule
NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida:  February 23 - June 1, 2014
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York:  July 20 - October 13, 201
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  November 8, 2014 - February 2, 2015
In 2012, I was contacted by Avis Berman, an Art Historian who curated the show. She was was a friend of Ira Glackens, my second cousin (once removed). Avis had found me through the page I wrote about Glackens on my website. William's daughter Lenna is my namesake! I shared some family photos with Avis and answered a few questions via email. It was really wonderful to meet her at the opening and see what a fine job she did putting the show together. Here is my writing about the exhibit on blipfoto.
Now, back to my art journal!!

I journaled about our experience in FT Lauderdale . . . . 

I added my affirmation . . . 
I am as yielding and as powerfully unstoppable as water.

The round gold sticker is from the hotel we stayed at, The Riverside.
Steven and I had a great walk along the "Riverwalk" while there.

Almost there! 
More soon, I promise. 

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