Monday, January 26, 2015

Documented Life 2015 Week 2

 This weeks challenge was to use gesso. We were also supposed to be inspired by a Mary Shelley quote about starting today, however, I'm behind and there is also a prompt out right now with the theme of "Words with Friends." So what we have here, is a combo...gesso and words with friends.
I've never started with black gesso before, so this was an experiment...I sketched with a white colored pencil.
Then I blocked in colors with paints. I didn't  know if the color would show up on the black, or allow too much black through, but I like what happened! The pink paint is a Liquitex Basics, and the white and reds are Golden Fluid Acrylics.
I just kind of blocked in shadows and highlights, keeping it loose.
 Then I got out the Pitt pen and did some sketching details and defining edges. Added some highlights and little dots with the Sharpie water based pen.

This was a fun experiment, and I definitely want to try using a black background again.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documented Life Week 1

The Documented Life prompt this week was to use book pages, and the theme "be your own goalkeeper." I thought about my goals being in my own hands, but luckily I don't have to go it alone, because God promises to go with me and give me strength.

I also wanted to introduce my word for the year, which is "strong." Last year I had the word "move," and it inspired me to move my body, to travel, and not be afraid to move my business along. Having the word there in front of you, really does keep it at the forefront of your mind.

The size of this large Dylusions Journal is challenging. I glued the book paper down, and WOW there was so much space left. I used a large stencil and spray inks in the sky. The hands are life size...I traced my hands on some K & Company scrapbook paper.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A little tweaking of a design

I've been playing around with this design....moving the sign and cleaning up a few things. The process to get something screen printed is new to me. I've got a lot to learn.
 Here are the muffler men again...some of my favorite subjects. I'm thinking the little checkerboard border will be on these designs. Kind of ties them together, even though the subject matter is very different.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Polk-a-Dot Drive In, Braidwood, Illinois...Route 66

 I finished my journal page for the Polk-a-Dot Drive In. I think it's fun! The juke box and all the reflections on it were a challenge, but I kind of like how it turned out very bold.
Here are some pictures from the day I drove to Braidwood and started making this page:

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Vintage Camper...Home Sweet Home

I've been working on some little canvases today. I started out with some pretty greens and blues and yellows.
 I painted a vintage camper on an old map of the United States, and added some doodling. I love vintage campers, and someday I hope to have a little "canned ham" to travel with.
I like to paint the edges so they are as fun as the front. That way it doesn't have to be framed.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Je Suis Charlie

Doodling while I'm watching the news from France. Such a sad day, and such madness out there. When I started sketching my pens and such, there were already yellow splotches on the page, from a messy page before. Then after drawing I decided to add red and blue to the white paper, in reference to the French flag. I wish the yellow was not there now, but c'est la vie.

Keeping France in my prayers. The extremes of any movement is where the crazy lies.Very scary.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Documented Life, Christmas Traditions

 This prompt was to document one of my Christmas traditions. I love putting up the nativity, because it's what Christmas is all about. I have an old glass star that belonged to my great grandmother on my dad's side. They were from Germany, and the star is a German glass ornament. I hang it right over the stable that my brother-in-law made for our nativity set.
Here are a few photos from a couple of years ago:

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Face Cards

No, not the joker and the queen, but the elf! I ordered some cards from MOO with my elf on the front. As usual, MOO did a great job. The paper is nice and heavy and the printing is great. I order all my business cards from this company as well.  With the post cards and business cards (and I think greeting cards too), you can order a different image on each card if you like!

If you use the link I provided above, I'll get credit for referring you, and you will get to try out their neat stuff.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Face 5/100

Here is face #5. I kind of like how she turned out, but I some how lost some of her head tilt while I was painting her. Her tilted head was so sassy in the reference photo, and I wish I'd managed to keep that, but maybe next time. What attracted me to this girl was her gorgeous hair, and I definitely had fun making her curls.
 I used a banking envelope with a security pattern on the inside, and then put on the polka dots using some punchanella and fingerpainting. Kind of messy, but it's all good! I sketched her, but then of course I had to use some gesso to make base for all the skin tones.
I've been painting on my dining room table...which is where I usually do. Late night painting and watching CNN. I chose purples because the documented life project had a prompt for using colors you usually don't use. I rarely use purple or lavender. There is also the second prompt from another week of polka-dots!

Beginning a face...

Here is a start to another face. This will be face number 5. She is from a photo from the internet, but as usual she doesn't actually look just like that person. I like her look though...she has spunk I think!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Route 66!

 Today I started in my town of Pontiac, Illinois, and toured up to Braidwood, Illinois. This is the Old Log Cabin. If you are in town you can grab a great meal at this old eatery on the north side of Pontiac.
 There are some nice information plaques on various sites. This one even has a "passport station" on it.
As you can see, you can put a piece of paper over the disk, and rub over it with a pencil or crayon to make a nice rubbing for your journal or album.
 The next stop was the Ambler-Becker Texaco service station in Dwight, IL. Dwight has done a great job bringing this old station back to life.
 I love the old gas pumps. No doubt you'll see a drawing of this soon!
Another rubbing at the Texaco station. I love stuff like this. If you are a hiker, you can look for a similar idea at national parks...the parks have rubber stamps you can use for free to stamp your journal.
 In Gardner, Illinois you will find an old two cell jail.
  You can go in and get a picture of yourself and your friends locked up!
Glad I don't have to spend the night here!
 This was my destination of the day...the Polk-a-Dot Drive In! It's a 50s style drive in, with malts and shakes, burgers and fries, as well as their famous chili cheese fries.
All around the outside of Polka-a-Dot are stars you can pose with. In fact, there are several more inside as well.
 Betty Boop!
 The Blues Brothers!
 Many of the tables have their own juke box and you can play your favorite tunes. I brought my page along so I could start drawing one of these. It's kind of hard to see, but I've penciled in a general outline, and now I can start inking and painting.
 These things are soo cool...they have the look of an old car...lots of chrome and curves.
Here is an interior shot of part of the restaurant. If you come in the summer you can drive up, and get your food brought to your car. I had fun being a tourist in my own state today. If you haven't done that in a while, you might want to give it a try. It's amazing all the cool things that are in our own backyard!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

 Tonight I'm working on some Route 66 artwork. I went out on the Route, just around Pontiac, and got revved up to illustrate the road.
 This barn is just north of Pontiac, IL. It's a great old advertising piece.
 Here I am at the old state police headquarters. There is a new sculpture depicting a motorcycle cop. There are information plaques that tell about the headquarters and the history of the police on the Route.
 The building is a modern one (check out all that glass block!), and when viewed from the air, it's in the shape of a pistol.
One of the information stations has a passport station on it. These are so great! They are raised metal and you can lay a paper over it and get a nice rubbing to paste into a scrapbook or album. It makes a neat keepsake.

Face 4/100

This is my first try at a face from my imagination. One of Santa's elves! I pasted gift wrap in my Moleskine, then painted gesso over it, and drew in the face. I'm trying to do some of these faster to fit them in because I have a lot of projects going right now. They might not be perfect, but they are done, and it's one more day of practice!

Be the Change...

 This page was for Thanksgiving week. With the self portrait, I fulfilled the prompt to make a page about gratitude.
On the inside, I decided to do the next week's prompt to trace a hand. I've been watching the news about Ferguson, MO, and I decided to document this. I traced my hand on to a map that included Missouri and Illinois. This week's news filled me with sadness in so many ways, and the only thing I  know to do, is to do my own little part to be kind, and to love others. I can see pain on all around this issue, and so many things that need change.