Monday, February 24, 2014

Studying Under The Masters

I made a sudden decision to belatedly join Studying Under the Masters, on Jeanne Oliver's ning site here. It's going to be available for 2 years, so I don't have to feel in any hurry and I like that there are 9 different artists teaching it.  I've started watching the Gaudi lesson, he was actually an architect and WOW, I want to go to Spain now.   Below is a quick sketch and watercolor of one of his stained glass windows, done in my fabric journal on a really thin layer of plaster.

And speaking of copying, which is a large focus of this class, below is a smaller version I did of one of Kate Thompson's pieces (called Kate the Great), which you can see here in this blog post.  Kate is actually one of the teachers in Studying under the Masters, and I figured she wouldn't mind me giving it a try.  This is also done in my fabric/plaster journal which I actually made in one of her online classes.  

And I thought I'd share a couple of pics I took last week while my Mom and I were waiting for our men to finish golfing, sitting on a bench with this view of Bodega Bay. We went there for the day and got so lucky with the weather, as you can see.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Art Journal Stubbornness

In spite of what my blog may have lead you to believe, I actually have been creating a little art here and there.  But I've been doing it in a journal that has become almost impossible to photograph much less scan, and with my working hours and the weather I've had no good outside light to photograph in anyway.  So why, you may ask, am I continuing to work in this journal that won't even stay open on it's own?  Because I just can't stand the thought of an unfinished journal! Permanently unfinished anyway.  So I think I'm trying to hurry my way through it now, probably not the best mindset to have when creating!

But today, we had some sunshine around here, and my valiant husband has been at home trying to wrestle this journal into staying open long enough to photograph it. I know he tried double sided tape, rubber bands and various kinds of grippers, so he's my hero!