Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
I'm fortunate enough to have gotten to go out sketching with Maria on a number of occasions, and it's always a pleasure. We usually have the evening to share lives, inspirations, food, and even paint--it's a ball! Writer, artist, naturalist, journal-keeper, teacher, gourmet cook and so much more...you'll love Maria even more than you did in the book!
The image above was one of the first of her journal pages I ever saw...it looked as if you could lift the ripe peach right off the page and take a sweet, juicy bite!
Winter, summer, all year 'round, she records her life in Colorado with curiosity and love, wrapping her images with text that makes you want to sit and read every word...
You may have seen our post about her recent classes...you can find all the information in our Classes and Workshops tab at the top of this page, or click this link to go directly there to see the types of things Maria teaches. (By the time Interview #15 is up, we'll likely have MORE information on classes, because she keeps very busy with travel, work, teaching and family.)
I'd love to show you more art, but at the moment Blogger's being stubborn! Soooo...don't miss Maria's Flickr sets at http://www.flickr.com/photos/windwordwriter/ and watch for our interview, upcoming. I guarantee it will be worth the wait.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Oh, wow. Look at how the light and reflected like work on the bronze forms of the rabbits. I liked this view--AND there was a bench to sit on to draw!
Here's partway through...I knew I'd want to add a lot more to the page, and the spread...
And so I did....more definition on the sculpture, the little ink drawing at upper left for scale, and more foliage--plus some text.
I had just gotten started on the new visitors' center, an elegant building with lots of glass, stone, and wood, when someone turned the sprinklers on--I had to finish from memory! My dress was wet, my camera was wet, but I saved the sketch. I've got my priorities straight...
That's the Marjorie Powell Allen chapel viewed from the water garden at lower center on that spread...its spiritual, silent, soaring space (pardon the alliteration!) with views of water garden, prairie and forest makes you whisper in spite of yourself.
I connected some of the vignettes with foliage, added a sketch of the water garden on the right, and the sticker they give to visitors adds a touch of collage, repeats some of the colors, and echos the round sketch at upper left. A bit of text finished the spread!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
last years big trip (11 weeks USA UK Italy) was so busy that I rarely drew maps, while during my 5 week trip in 2009 I drew maps every night. This year's trip I made an allowance for maps on my summary page and ended up drawing most of them when I got home.
What STRUCK me last night is... the few maps I drew last year where incorporated into a page with a sketch or two and that these ARE a lot nicer pages. If I hadn't got around to drawing a map on these pages, I could have added some text or some collage or just enjoyed the glorious white space which I generally don't have enough of in my sketchbooks.
Anyway... this has got me thinking of a different approach... it doesn't necessarily mean that it is another trip...but I am always thinking about how to do things different whether for a new trip overseas or just recording my day to day adventures.
Travel 'journal-style' pages, a set on Flickr.
Following on from last nights thoughts... I just created a new flickr set specifically for my favourite kind of journal-style pages.
A collection of some of my favourite pages that are in a journal style...ie. not just a single 'great' sketch on a page. Ones that tell a story, ones that I enjoy looking at and re-living months, years later.A combination of sketches, media, notes, a map, a bit of collage...and maybe even a tea cup sketch or two!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
It's right here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/artists-journal-workshop/ and please feel free to join us there...I'm lonely all by myself!
And of course if you're not a member of our Facebook group and would like to be, just click the link above...it's very active!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The two upper ones are Coptic stitched, both having a heavier 140 # watercolor paper in them which holds up well with this open binding.
The lower left one contains nideggen paper, a print paper I've always wanted to try. Because it is so much thinner, I also added some pages of Fabriano Tiziano toned paper --- scraps of both were used to bind the mini journal.
The landscape oriented journal is Fabriano 90 # soft press --- a paper I love but it's grain runs opposite, so I bind it in this format to get the most pages out of a sheet of paper.
I found some cardstock stickers at Hobby Lobby to stick to the fronts, making it easy to tell front from back. But some actually covers goofs --- The cover paper was from a Daniel Smith sale and was a bit thin, showing glue spots in places. The upper part of the tan bookcloth stained as well, perhaps from the green paper's dye running. Maybe it gives the book character??
Saturday, September 3, 2011
A Garden Journal Workshop with Pam Johnson Brickell
Oh yes..... lunch is provided by Southern Graces - the ultimate treat!
Tues: 1 − 4 pm
Wed and Thurs 4:30 − 7:30 pm
The Beaufort, SC link above has hotel and vacation rental options under the 'lodging' link.
No matter which part of the these wonderful United States you want to head off to for an Artful Autumn Get-Away.... or if you would like to try an online workshop, there are plenty to choose from. Check out the complete listings on this blog here.
Two more offerings yet this September for some juicy JOURNALING--in a gorgeous landscape in the high country when Fall colors will be almost at their peak. What ecstacy, to be drinking in the landscape and recording wonders in the journal. Join me in the Aspen, CO area for either (or both) classes at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)
What a great getaway it will be!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - HAND MADE NATURE JOURNALS
9:00 am to 5 pm - ACES at Hallam Lake in AspenHave you always wanted to do this? Learn to make a practical and beautiful journal to capture sketches, field notes, and writings about nature. In this one-day class you will make a simple hand-made book, with multimedia paper and a decorative cover, hand-sewn with a Coptic stitch. Read more...
9:00 am to 5 pm - ACES at ToklatSome places on Earth seem to hold a unique aura about them, a seamless blend of the natural world and the human spirit, creating a very special energy beyond ordinary experience. Spend a weekend at Toklat (ACES Interpretive Center, 12 miles up the road in Castle Creek Valley) with sketchbook, pen and color, gathering images from the natural world, and writing words that illuminate the moment, reveal the natural history, and capture the timelessness of this special place. And for you teachers, this course is offered for one graduate credit from Adams State College - Read more...
To register, call 970.925.5756 Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
or online at www.aspennature.org
Friday, September 2, 2011
Fun to see an old book still out there! It brings back a lot of memories...and I can almost smell those gorgeous red carnations. It came out in 1990, so that's quite a trick.
Lots of different artists in this one, myself included, but I think it's the only North Light book I did the cover for that was NOT my own book.
As I recall, it was a great deal of fun, and a real challenge--often the same thing!
It's on sale for $8.00 from the North Light Book Shop, if you're interested...and nope, I don't earn anything on sales of this one, just putting it up in case you're interested!