Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Altered Map

Why alter a map, you ask? Well, if you run with my art friends, you'd know the answer. Ask any of them and they's say "Why not?" I haven't seen an altered map before but I'm sure I'm not the first one to think it had a surface that could easily be painted, stamped, sewn, drawn on, applied transfers to, and embellished in many other ways as well.

I started with laying down a thin glaze with three different colors. Then I thought, well this map already has a line drawn from Stockton to La Selva Beach, so I stitched an "as the crow flies" line between the two places. Then I thought I'd mark where relatives live with a box. Then stencil some of the highway numbers. After that I just let loose and grabbed whatever was handy and this is the result.

Mixed Media Artists of Northern California

Meeting the last Sunday of the month, our group created small books made of envelopes and embellishments. This is the group hard at work (or play). The other photos are of samples I took to demonstrate different styles and formats.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

SICL classes

Here are some photos from the last two weeks in SICL Art and Artists class. I'm home again and ready to pick up the pieces and get back to a normal routine. Going to class today was a good start.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Present for Don

I finally sent Don Walker his book yesterday. Let's see now, his birthday was in December..... well, I guess that's not toooooo tardy. I ran out of excuses to keep it and had it let it go. I hope you enjoy it Don. jf

Friday, February 16, 2007

Verna Mae

My cousin's wife took this great photo of Verna Mae. I saw it yesterday for the first time and thought - this is exactly the way I want to remember her. Spunky, happy, cute, smart. The picture captured her perfectly.

Thursday - inkjet transfers with just water

Yesterday during class at Delta, I tried to demonstrate a technique to transfer an image with water. I forgot to use the right kind of paper to print the image, so I just had a plain paper injet image with me. Well, what the heck? Try it. I took the paper I was going to transfer the image to and ran it under the tap then laid it out flat on the counter. Then I took the inkjet print and laid it face down on the dampened blank page. It took awhile, but finally a faint image began to transfer. I dampened the back of the injet image and left it for awhile - probably 10 or 15 minutes. When I went back to it, there was the image transferred over. Some of the color was fugitive - it separated. Green didn't transfer. Here is the image and the transfer.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Computer day

Today was the day I set aside to scan more of my aunt's photos and put them on the panoramabob site on smugmug. Bob is going to make them into a slide show to set up at my aunt's memorial on Monday. We'll use my laptop, but he's going to burn the DVD when he adds his special touches. Here are a few more photos.

Monday, February 12, 2007

New Fabric Book

I just finished my fabric book based on Artist's self portraits. I started this one before I decided to make Don's book from papers, so I had set it aside. A few rainy days gave me the perfect opportunity to finish it up. Here are some pics. This is a present for artist/friend Sue Barry.

Verna Mae's art

Here are some of the beautiful silks that Verna Mae dyed. This was her chosen art form when she was in her 70s and 80s. She sold them at the La Selva Show, and other art shows in Carmel, San Jose, Atherton, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, and in shops in Watsonville, Pacific Grove, and Sedona, AZ. The last piece is a delicate pastel of the beach at La Selva.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Chain of viewing - another bird story

Here's the chain. Let's start with you reading this. Then there is me typing it and watching my dog Suzie, who is perched on back of couch looking out window. She's watching the cat next door, who is looking up in the air, puzzled by an odd phenomena. The cat is watching birds. Birds are darting between the two houses, picking at flying insects that seem to be swarming. A veritible feeding frenzy. Verrry interesting to watch. If any of those insects escape their feathered enemies, who knows where that chain might lead. I hope they aren't termites! And if they are, then bring on the birds.

Altered Fashions tag swap

these are the tags that I made for a group swap. Images are placed using packing tape transfer method.

Blog, where are you?

This a.m. I lost my blog. All my normal links to it would not work. Why? I ask. Only after a trail of searches that took me to the blogger.com site and another search, did I find it. Let's hope this is a temporary thing.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Verna Mae's watercolors

Here are a couple pieces of her work.

Family photos link

This is the link to the family albums. http://panoramabob.smugmug.com/Family/283660

Digital art

The following is a link to some of my digital work.


Friday, February 9, 2007

Altered Book Progress

I have added a few more pages to the Altered Book, My Fair Ladies, using fashion magazine images and text from My Fair Lady. Here are some of the new pages. The image with the beetle is an ATC made by Jackie Wight mounted on the page. A second ATC of hers is in the pocket on the purple spread. These are works in progress.

Bird cage puzzle

In my garden I have old birdcages sitting here and there. Sometimes I use them to protect plants, other times they are just for decoration. When I was leaving the studio today, my dogs were barking behind it. It was raining and I knew they wouldn't be out there unless there was something really interesting. Usually it is a cat on the fence, or one they have chased under the studio. But today was a different story.

Buddy and Suzie were on either side of an old birdcage that sits on the ground. It has no floor. Inside the bird cage was a wild bird about the size of a small robin, greybrown in color. It was very much alive and not liking the dogs barking, but unable to escape. How did it get in the cage? That's the puzzling thing. The cage sits flush on the ground. Door was closed, and spring loaded so it would be impossible for a little bird to pry it open. Could it have squeezed between the wires? Could something have chased it and bumped the cage lifting it up on one side and the bird dashed in? I dont' have a clue. I got my daughter-in-law to step out and look - I knew noone would believe me. She held on to the dogs while I lifted the cage. The bird just sat there so I gave it a tiny nudge and it flew right up into a tree. I'd sure like to know the answer. Janene

Verna Mae photos and art

Mostly I'm working in an altered book lately. It is hard to scan so I haven't been showing it here.

I'm also working with my brother on getting my aunt's photos in the family online photo site. I thought I'd share a few favorites here too. The drawings are ones she did probably in 1930's or 40's. I'll post more of her artwork another day.

Thursday, February 1, 2007


Small format collage piece. Inner square is one inch.

ATC swap

Answering the call for ATCs on a theme of doors or windows, using the common crayon on the work, I made this card with multiple layers of crayon and paints.

SICL class

Today was SICL class at Delta again. This time we had a full house, lots of new people, lots of activities. A couple photos from class are here.