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follow up to “mini-book” post

anyone? hellooo? lol

I’ve been working on my own “Who am I?” mini-book and I was wondering if anyone else was going to whip up their own version and if they would like to share their progress or finished book?

I would LOVE to see and post pics of your mini-book!  Please reply to this post or email pics to me at:

missyblakley@att.net

artsmypassion@hotmail.com

lookin forward to seeing your art!

(as always any other art is welcome and I’d love to post work from other artists)

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Challenge – Mini Book – Who Are You? (I really wanna know!)

 

Create a mini book following the rules but adding your own signature touches and post a link to it here, in the comments  = )

the ‘rules’

  1. the mini book must be at least 6″ wide by 4″ tall and at least 4 pages (including the cover).
  2. the theme for the mini book is “Who Am I?”.  You can leave it untitled or change the words to your own making just so that it means “who you are” in some way.
  3. Creating your book-  on each page use magazine collage/book pages/dictionary entries; anything that describes you in any way, things you love, that you would like to have, etc.
  4. You can do each page how you would like, perhaps in categories or just have the whole book filled with misc. information about you.

Have fun!  This would be a great way not only to get you creating-but also a fun way to get to know other artists.

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30 day blog challenge

Day 16 – Your Views on Mainstream Music

Yeecch.  In a nutshell, yeah.  I am odd – in many ways, but music is one of the biggies.  Oddly enough, my kids are the same as I am.  We listen to some of the new music, I am talking maybe 3 songs out of 6 months worth of ‘the latest top hits’ will get our attention enough for us not to turn the radio off should it come on.

I enjoy the old songs, and geesh I sound so old, but when the songs were about something.  This crap that passes for lyrics now, oh hell it turns my stomach, literally.  I enjoy Journey, Styx, Reo, Foreigner, Eagles, Meatloaf, even Queen.  Stevie Miller Band, Bad Company, some ac/dc, and just a few from bands like The Cars, & the Police, Sting.

So, today’s mainstream? Notsomuch.

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Day 17_Your highs and Lows this past year.

The low was definitely my son being expelled for having a trace of marijuana in his pocket at school.  It’s been 11 months and we are still dealing with the fallout – which is larger than you can imagine.

Highs?  This has been a very hard year.  Nothing even stands out and yells ‘hey, remember that awesome day?’.  I guess if I had to choose, I have to go with the fact that Frank finally got a motorcycle again.  Yeah, that’s about as good as it got.

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Day 18- A book you could read over and over & never get sick of

I will not be able to choose just one:

1. Midwives.  by: Chris Bohjalian.  I read this amazing book at least once a year.

can't put down, even though I've read it a hundred times

2.  Her Fearful Symmetry by: Audrey Niffenegger

awesome book!

3. Running With Scissors- by: Augusten Burroughs

I love his style, read everything he writes

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Some more new pieces

 


'Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing' marc chagall

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A Tweak Here n There

Rise Above on 10x10 stretched canvas

‘Rise Above’ I started this piece last night, you can see it and others I started last night under the new page for September 2011 art; under the ‘My Art’ parent tab. (read below)

 

Please take a little note and a look at the Pages menu as I’ve made a couple of changes and additions.  Under the About tab it will drop down to a new nesting page “Personal Photos” where I’ve added some of my favorite shots of my family doing the things that make me adore them.

Under the tab “My Art” I have added a ‘September ’11 Art’ page just for the pieces that I am working on/finished this month.  I will continue to nest monthly pages this way so I can better track what I’m doing, and to have a nice, neat place to keep them.

Thank you – I welcome any comments on anything, especially opinions on the artwork…I am trying to improve and really need all the feedback I can gather!

 

new pages:

Personal Photos

September Art

 

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30 Day Blog Challenge -still catching up-Day 10

Day 10-Your Guilty Pleasure (or pleasures)

 

First off, why must we feel guilty about pleasure?  America is so bold and free, open to the ‘New’ and on the cutting edge of everything, yet when we stop all of the work for a moment to do any activity just for the sheer delight of it we feel terribly guilty.

“I should be doing the laundry.  I should be mopping the floors.  I should be doing something constructive…etc.”

Even though I am intent on becoming an artist on a level that would provide income, I feel bad when I sit down and start drawing or painting – because I love it so much!

In so many other cultures (Italy comes to mind) pleasure is not just okay to pursue, it is encouraged.  I’ve never been, but I would guess that an Italian who worked like Americans do (monday-saturday) and did not stop to relish the rewards he has earned would be looked on as a madman.

And who can mention pleasure and a little decadence without thinking of lovely Marie Antoinette?  I think she got a bit of a raw deal…imagine becoming a Teen Queen and not going a little crazy with the dress, shoes, hair…chocolate budgets?

With that…on with my guilt-free pleasures!

1. Drawing, painting, collaging (is that a word?), art of any kind. LOVE it all!!

2. Reading! Oh…I’ve always adored books.  I see them as beautiful, love the smell of a library – Barnes and Noble , well I get lost for hours.  No one in my family will even get in the car if there’s a chance that we will end up there.

3. Same as with bookstores, the big art supply stores, the little mom & pop shops; love them all!  I browse and hem & haw, add things to the cart only to swap it out for something else later.  I go up and down aisles three and four times over.

4. Fresh fruit grape popsicles.  I eat the entire box by myself, in one day.

5. Thrift stores.  There’s a Spanish section of downtown Kansas City, Kansas about 35 minutes from my house and they have two of the best thrift stores in the world!  I’ve tried to go to the ‘upper-class’ thrift stores and – well they believe their crap is made of perfumed gold.  They charge about 50 cents less than retail and do so with a straight face.  No thanks!

I love a big semi-disorganized second hand shop.  This one in particular has name brand clothes, you know from those snooty shops that choke you to death with cologne as soon as you walk past the door?  Yeah, we all know what even a pair of underwear can run you in that place.

6. Energy drinks, well not drinks but the little energy shots.  5 hour power and the like.  I love them!  They actually do work pretty well and many a day they’ve kept me from zonking out mid-afternoon.

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Art blog- Amaaazing artist. Looove her!

Sleep and her Sisters

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30 Day Blog Challenge (plus all 30 questions)

30 day challenge

Day 8: A moment you felt most satisfied with your life:

Hmmm, Things have been so rough & such a struggle that this one might have to wait to be answered.  If I had to be put on the spot right this minute, I’d say 1994-1998.  Frank and I were relaxed, happy, comfortable…went a lot of places and had so much fun.  I really miss that.

 

Day 9: If you could have any job in the world what would it be?

Easy peasy.  I would be a freelance artist specializing in mixed media.  I would publish books and a magazine to get art journaling out to as many artists and artists who are afraid to try.

 

 

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Holy Unfinished Art-Pieces, Batman!

I hijacked Frank’s i-phone tonight to snap some pics of  the ‘couple’ of unfinished pieces that I’ve got in the hopper.  I ran his battery dead and just in general, look like an ass lol.

If anyone has any specific ideas on one of them – like what the heck to do to finish one – I’d love to hear it.  I am very consistent about getting RIGHTTHERE and turning away and running.  Not sure why but I am terrified that those last few touches will destroy everything – especially on the ones that I really like.

In no particular order, here’s what I mean:

Unfinished collage girl

 

(above) this is my new favorite size/shape paper to work with.  It’s heavy weight Strathmore Watercolor Cold Press 6″ x 18″; 140 pound (300g/m)

Strathmore 6″ x 18″

2 page butterflies

 

orange bg

 

I’m gonna work on some stuff before posting any of the others…it’s really eating at me that there’s so many in such a state!  What a mess, grrr.

 

 

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2 page Art Journal Page (random art)

Artist-Own it

 

 

 

Artist/Own It

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