Sunday, December 31, 2006

Bob posted this Christmas dinner picture of me on his site. I stole it. The second one is of Bob and me at his kitchen table a few days after Christmas.

New Year's Eve and all's quiet here at home. Hercule Poirrot and Sherlock Holmes are keeping me company.

I've been working on Bob's Panoramabob SmugMug site most of the day, labeling and moving around photos there. Also worked on my abstract book and started two more. The first one is almost ready.

Here are photos from yesterday. First is Bobbi with their tree at Acampo which she decorated with her beautiful glass ornaments. The other pictures are Cathy's decorations at San Andreas. She decorated their tree with my angels this year since I don't do a big tree any more. I'm so pleased to see how wonderful they look there. They have found a new home.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Tuning up for the big sweep

(to the tune of Rawhide)
Use'em, Use'em, Use'em, keep those goodies moving.
Cloth Paper Ribbon, don't matter where you hid'em,
Got ta use 'em all before we die.
(Chorus - all together now:)
Use 'em up, trade 'em out, throw 'em out, Use 'em UP! ART STUFF!
Yeah! Snap! Blam!

This was sent by Diane Ferguson in Texas. I thought I'd share it with those
of you who are putting cleaning out the studio in your New Years

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Post Christmas Chatter

So many things have taken place since last week. Christmas Eve, Christmas, visit with family, lots of good food, driving the freeways and lesser roads, art books to read, dogs to pet, grandchildren to spoil - all in all, life is very good to me.

I just did my first artwork for awhile. I cut up some of my abstracts and am constructing books with them. I will try to find some suitable quotes to put in them. I'll post pics when glues are dry.

Trip to SF

These are photos from trip. It was a rainy day, so the ride on Amtrak was very comfortable and such an easy way to travel.

The Christmas Tree is in the Hayes Valley Inn. There were only 4 people staying in the hotel that night so we had the parlor to ourselves in the evening. We sat by the tree and had tea and cookies. The next day was sunny. The window looking up is at the North end of the Galleria. Lovely trip.

Noble thought

Here is a thought for the day. "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." Lin Yutang

I'll be posting pictures from past week later this evening. In the meantime I'm busy eliminating non-essential stuff from my space.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Dragging home more stuff.

I'm just back from my aunt's house at the beach. At the last minute she thought of several things that I should take home with me for my studio. Ooooops! There goes that last square inch. Maybe I can pass these things along to other people. No time for art right now with the holiday rush, baking, etc. Hopefully next week I'll have some art to share.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Kittens w ornaments

This is a little fabric ATC I made for a swap, in honor of Susanne's feline friends.

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Lusting for space

These are photos of my studio when it was first built and uncluttered. It is only 10 x 12 feet, but that should be adequate to make room for several easels. Since these photos were taken I have unloaded box after box of supplies and materials for my art work. Now it is cluttered beyond belief, and a general mess. I don't have room for visitors or even to spread out things to dry. I need to change this. The reason for posting these pics is to remind me that the studio started with a clean slate, and the clutter was made by me and can be undone by me.

After visiting Susanne's spacious home and seeing the huge room where she has a big easel set up for large painting - I'm so envious! I can use this by turning envy into action!

I have been thinking about clearing out a lot of my arts and crafts stuff in my studio to make it possible to work large. I've made some progress, but whenever I'm in the studio and get a paintbrush in my hand, I forget to clear space and just start painting. I can't say how many times I've done this, with the best of intentions. So, I guess that will be my New Year's resolution. I want to make enough space so I can have a big chair for guests (including my dogs) to visit while I'm painting - and still have an arts and crafts area for Candis and myself to do our smaller things. I'm going to post a couple pictures of the studio. If I get brave, I may go take a photo of the way it looks today! Yuch! It's a shamble!

Here's the challenge. I collect. I see something useless and think I can find a use for it in an art project. Or I think someone else will want it so I save it for them. This just builds up over time. Or I'm at Michael's and they have a fabulous sale on some item that I have been thinking about - so I buy half a dozen for good measure. Some to practice, some to give away. Mixed media is the culpret! Everything is fair game!

Now, here's a thought! Some of these things would make good short projects for the MMANC group. I could bring a group of some of these things each time we meet and eventually they will all be gone! Hmmmm....... I could box them by month and that way I'd have them ready to go. Hmmm....... I think this idea has merit. Hope I remember it.

I don't want to give up the altered books, I don't want to totally give up mixed media - but my major emphasis is going to have to be painting. I'm set up for mixed media now. I just need to refine my options and materials, and get rid of the rest. Okay, that's the plan. Now for a nap.

Tea for four

Friday I enjoyed tea with some art friends from the MixedMediaArtistsofNorthernCalifornia group. Although attendance was low, we had a fine time. Our hostess Susanne has a huge home which she formerly used as a bed and breakfast, so she is a veteran at entertaining and making people feel comfortable. We had a tour of the house, her studio and got to see some of her recent paintings. One is on the far right side of the group photo. Tea was lovely, the company was great, and I had a great time.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Table top abstracts

Art class today. I didn't paint, I sewed. But after class I noticed the table tops were colorful and I had my new camera in my purse, so here are some photos of the tabletops. I work hard to make abstracts this good! The purple one is digitally enhanced color. These might make good backgrounds for digital collages.

Monday, December 4, 2006

Monday Dec. 4

I signed right in, and lo and behold - the right screen appeared, what am I doing right?

Spent a nice day with Barbara and Cat in Lodi, doing stamping and paper arts stuff. The store we were working in is right next door to a DaVinci - so that meant we had lasagna for lunch. Yummmm... I have no new picture to post, so I'll just sign out. Janene

Saturday, December 2, 2006

blogger help group

Well, much as I hate to admit it, I needed help - again. Everything on my screen had changed on the blogger posting page, so I could not upload photos, but then I tried the help pages and finally as a last resort I tried the blogger help group. I learned that other people were having the same problems, so I tried what they suggested. The first suggestion worked to bring back the right upload screen - I just needed to refresh the page - but the images still couldn't upload.
Then I tried another suggestion, to empty the cache - which I did the other day to log into blogger. Now the images can upload. So, perhaps I have to train myself to take these steps often. Or maybe, hopefully, it is resolved. Think so? I'm writing this to remind myself of what I did - I may need to know this again. Frustrated, but not giving up on blogging. Thanks to those who come up with the answers. All I come up with are questions. Janene

Tea for three - again

Tea for three

Here we are, (but where did the photos go?)

Tea time in Sutter Creek

Took the day off from art and housework to have tea with friends in Sutter Creek. We also went to local art and craft show in the civic auditorium, where in years past, I showed my work. This year it was mainly painters, some really good ones and a few really bad. There were a few jewelers, and only a couple handcrafters. There were more exhibitors than customers. I remember how that feels. Sutter Creek's big Holiday Open House started last evening, so hopefully the town will be full of people looking for ways to spend their money. The tea room was lovely all decorated for Christmas. There were just three of us, and another table with 4 younger women. They were all decked out in Tea-finery. Ruffles and flounces, laces and velvets. Hats and gloves, boots, heavily embellished purses. They did it all. It's an annual thing for them, so they go all out. My friends and I borrowed hats at the tea room and decided next time, we'll dress up too. After all, how many chances do we get to "play" like ladies. Tea was delightful, followed by shopping in all the little shops, where we looked at the finery we might want to wear some time. I splurged on a little pair of lace fingerless gloves. I may wear them to tea next week with the Mixed Media Art Group. Cat and Jen each bought something too. I'm going to try to post pictures from the day. The option for posting pictured didn't come up with this new post screen. Where did it go? I don't have a clue. But---- good news again! I got right into the site today. Now to start the day. Janene

Thursday, November 30, 2006

These are a couple of digital variations on one of the backgrounds that I set aside for a painting. It's too cold to go into the studio this morning so I'm staying close to the computer.

Logging into blog

I'm only posting to celebrate the fact that I could log on successfully on the first try. Unlike yesterday when it took over an hour, and the time before that took even longer. I was about to give up the idea of having a blog if it was going to be too stressful. I'll see how it goes. Right now, I need to celebrate!!! Janene

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

This series of photos is an exercise in finding abstractions that might make interesting paintings in the future. Starting with some magazines and a little handcut viewfinder, I tried to isolate areas of interest. Then I drew them in with a pen. The groups of images show various areas cut out. I enhanced the contrast in one to bring out more of the planes and highlights. The next step was to make small sketches of these. I'll spare you that. I don't know if I'll use these for paintings, but if not, it was a good exercise anyway and will help open my eyes to see the possibilities of new sources of inspiration.

Monday, November 27, 2006

It will appear I have more artwork to share than things to say. So be it. Janene

Here are examples of backgrounds on which I plan to collage the photo of the lizard I took in Nevada. The textures were made with acrylic paints and saran wrap and/or wax paper .

Acrylic techniques used to celebrate the colorful Fall season.

this is a series of experiments using paints and texturizing elements. I don't know how they will be used, or if they will be used further. The nice thing about experimenting is they can be painted over with no loss. Or collaged over. Hmmmm........

Friday, November 24, 2006

Digitally enhanced.
Punched up the color to see how it would look. The colors of the painting did not scan well. They are actually somewhere between this picture and the following one.
Trees, reworked today.

Underpainting. Tissue on watercolor paper with acrylic washes.


Today I reworked a painting that I started during a senior paint day. I had prepped my watercolor paper by putting a layer of tissue strips randomly across the width of the paper using Gel Medium to give it a texture. Then I took torn strips of tissue and placed them vertically on the wc paper to represent tree trunks. Again, I used Gel Medium to bond them.

When it was dry I used Golden's Fluid Acrylics to make washes of color for the sky, mountains, trees in distance, fields, rocks, etc. Working from top to bottom of the paper. I washed right across the tree strips, then wiped them with a paper towel while they were still wet. The color had been absorbed into the tissue. The whole thing looked pretty pale and subtle. I kind of liked it.

Originally I was thinking of this as a technique to use in Hope Valley to capture the amazing Fall colors. Today is one of those crystal clear, bright, crisp fall days. The light is incredible. So wading through the dry leaves out to the studio I couldn't help but think of adding more color and giving it a more intensely fall feeling. So I began to lay in more color, again starting at the top and working down. Then I used an opaque white and painted over the tree trunks. They didn't look like they were a part of the painting and needed some of the background colors worked into them to draw them back.

Somehow I lost the mountains and will need to go back in and redefine them. Now, if I can figure out how to add a photo, I'll scan it and post it.

Day one

Everyone seems to have a blog. Who am I to fight the tide?

I hope to use this blog to show my recent artwork and to share some of the techniques I'm using to achieve them.

Occasionally when something interesting happens in my life, I may share it here.

Welcome to my first blog post. Janene