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Monday, October 15, 2007

Makin' Art - Not War !

While waiting to take off to Disneyland yesterday I created the above page in my journal. Again, using acrylic paints and Caran d'Ache water-soluble wax pastels.

And then...a day at Disneyland... I took over 100 photographs...but out of kindness to my readers I will only post four ;-)

Above..I LOVE this striking image, part of a mural in Disney's California Adventure.

Above: The park is decorated for Halloween...a giant Mickey pumpkin on Main Street, ....SCARY!! LOL!!

Above: Ariel, The Little Mermaid against the night sky in the Parade of Dreams.

Above: Detail of the hookah-smoking Caterpillar from Alice In Wonderland in the Parade Of Dreams.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Still playing with crayons...

Another page in my visual journal...


Created with acrylic paint, Caran d' Ache water-soluble wax pastels, gel pens and rubber stamps (new and vintage).

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Caran d' Ache

For quite some time now I have been reading the blog of the AMAZING Kelly Kilmer. I love Kelly - and I love her ART. So often the 'message' in Kelly's art resonates with me.

Kelly has the true heart of an artist...I don't think there is a selfish, egotistical bone in Kelly's body. I appreciate so much how she shares her knowledge so that we can all learn together and become better artists. Kelly is inspiring and encouraging and generous.

I have never had an opportunity to take a workshop with her! It is on my list of 'things I want to do' - and someday it will happen.

One thing that Kelly loves to use in her journaling pieces are Caran d' Ache Water-soluble wax pastels. She often shares the techniques in using them, and even offers to obtain them from Switzerland and sell them to her blog readers.
I happened upon a package of them while cruising the aisles of our local fine art store, Sterling Art, last week and I knew I had to bring them home and give them a try :)

Above: Working in my journal I first randomly applied several layers of acrylic paint using both a brush, a make-up sponge and foam stamps. Then using one of my original hand carved rubber stamps I stamped (the heart) with gesso. After everything was dry I started coloring with the wax pastels. I smooshed them around with my fingers and rubbed them with an old rag. Then I grabbed the first sharp object I found on my art table (a needle I use for bookbinding) and I began to scratch into the pastels. And oh how I loved the effect I was able to achieve! I love creating art that looks like it has a 'history' -- something that has been around for awhile (not new and shiny off the shelf!). I also loved how I was able to achieve depth by layering the wax pastels with the acrylic paints.

Thanks to Kelly I am now a huge fan of Caran d' Ache! This was my first and only experiment so far...a Work In Progress and a background for a journal page. I can't wait to experiment more with this medium :)

Above and Below" Close ups showing the scratched 'aged' look.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

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I stepped away from my art table for awhile - the Muse had flown the coop...pens sat untouched...paint unopened...not even the junk mail inspired me ;-)

Then one day I visited the blog of one of my favorite O.C. girls - Pilar Pollock - and when I saw her painting of "Alma" - the female singer in a garage band...INSPIRATION struck!

The last time I sketched and painted women faces was waaaaay back in high school. Yes, it was waaaaay back in 1965-1968. And so I began to sketch, and then get out the paint and pens and all sorts of wonderous things to create backgrounds with ;-)

And the BEST thing is...
I am having FUN...just working in my visual journal for ME.

So, THANK YOU Pilar ...for unknowingly lifting that veil of artist's ROCK homegirl!

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Friday, October 05, 2007

...this post is for the BIRDS!

...but it's better than no post at all ;-)
I will be back SOON with ART & BLOGGITY GOODNESS!

All photos property of ~jolenemarie photography - copyright 2007

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