Friday, February 20, 2015

In a Box

Prismacolor Colored Pencil and Ink on Bristol

In the process of cleaning out an art storage box I came across this little drawing (4" x 6").  This was an imagined abstracted landscape, that after being completed, was just tossed in the box.  Now I find it sort of pleasing.
Also, in the box were a couple pieces that I hadn't finished.  I'd hit a creative block - lost my inspiration - and put them away.  Looking at them now, I see some possibilities.   It was good that I stepped away (well, maybe not for such a long time....), and I'm ready and excited to work on them again.

Monday, February 9, 2015



I created a Pinterest board for hooked rugs and found there are already many other wonderful boards on the same topic. I am amazed by so many beautiful rugs to be seen on the Internet. There are pieces that demonstrate the artists' creativity, imagination, and how they've stretched beyond traditional work. Some artists have used rug hooking in new forms and are very original in their interpretations of patterns. I find them to be  a source of inspiration and encouragement.  Here are some that I enjoy.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


January Journal, 2015

January's materials are Micron pen, Prismacolor colored pencil, and gel pens.  (oh, and three Chinese cookie fortunes)
This journal began with my reading No Excuses Art Journaling, Making Time for Creativity by Gina Rossi Armfield in April of 2014 ( April 30th entry).  The first completed month of the journal was in May of 2014, and my goal is to do this for a year - finishing 3 months from now. This has been an interesting way to create a little art every day.  My "journaling" has been mostly in the form of drawings in ink that are then colored. The original goal was to also do a tiny watercolor a week throughout the year, but I've found that falling behind.  My intent is to complete the 52 watercolors before I'm done ( that means I have a "few" left to paint).  These might be my projects for the spring after I finish the journal pages.
Gina has suggested "assignments" to be completed giving the artist some inspiration.  I haven't used these, but I should probably review them. I draw what comes to mind or what I find interesting.
When this project is complete, I may go back to my regular sketch books or do more of a journal in a mixed media format.  I might build the mixed media journal by working on more than one page at a time - making backgrounds - adding stencils - created papers, and such. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hooking Challenge

Year End Challenge, 2015

As in past years, our ATHA group has a year end challenge to be completed by our June meeting.  This pattern was drawn by me and members can use it in any fiber. Some members work up designs as penny rugs, in Russian needle punch, applique, quilting, or felting. The pattern was designed to fit one piece of printer paper for easy reproduction, but members are encouraged to use it in any size.  They can enlarge the pattern, make the pattern smaller, or add extra elements on or around the chicken. I always look forward to how other fiber artists interpret the same pattern as there is no limit to their creativity.
I've transferred the pattern to linen at it's original size, added some extra elements, and hooked the chicken.  I haven't decided yet what to do in the background.  I'm not sure if I want it to be simple or add a landscape.  I need to look at it for a while.  If I'm stumped as how to finish a piece, I'll live with it for a while, putting it where I can see it as I walk by, and an idea will come.  I just need to step back.