Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The masterpiece, created by me, is another monoprint. I liked working this way for the Day 297 project and thought I'd try it again. It measures 1 3/4 " X 2 1/4 ". I used acrylic paint to make the print.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
So, I'm all caught up. I've completed the 304th project on this, the 304th day of the year. I rather enjoyed combining the days, actually. It was fun, sometimes more challenging, sometimes it gave me more to work with. So I'll kind of miss it. But I do intend to make the 60-some projects that are left, one at a time.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Day 301 ~ Pick a random day in history, research what happened that day and make something inspired by that event. + Day 302 ~ Work with a food package.
The random date I chose was by birthday 100 years ago.
Sergei Sergeievich Korsakoff, the first great Russian neuropsychiatrist, according to Wikipedia, was born on January 22, 1854.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Day 299 ~ Make something with silver materials. + Day 300 (!) ~ Make something which involves the sense of touch.
He's 8" tall and joins the stable of the other 'horses of another color', similarly created over this year.
I know, he looks more like a silver Airedale terrier, than a horse. I was going for the 'touch' component.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I couldn’t do this project. It’s just so totally against my nature to do anything backwards, or differently from how I carefully plot things out. I’m an obsessively methodical person and this was too far a stretch from my modus operandi. The best I could do was list my typical day’s schedule…backwards.
Read in bed until I fall asleep.
Take a shower.
Bring the horses in, feed them their evening mash and tuck them in.
Watch something from Netflix.
Eat some supper.
Clean the litter boxes and feed the cats.
Do some work in the studio.
Groom and exercise the horses (normally, not with bruised ribs). Turn them out into the big field.
Do some work in the studio.
Check on the horses.
Run errands or do some work in the studio.
Bring the horses in and feed them their morning mash.
Do computer stuff, like check my email and/or post my daily project on my blog.
Take a shower, if necessary (!)
Do my exercises (normally).
Go for a walk (normally).
Take care of the horses and turn them out into the big field.
Write in my riding journal about yesterday’s rides (normally).
Clean the litter boxes and feed the cats.
- Apply a thin layer of acrylic gel medium to a sheet of glass.
- Paint a design over the medium, using a thin application of acrylic paint.You can also scratch into the painting with the pointy end of a brush to produce pattern and texture.
- Cover the painting with a dampened sheet of paper. (Here I used a piece of watercolor paper that already had a wash of gradated blue to yellow. You can see the yellow half coming through at the front of the horse.)
- Use a brayer, rolling it in one direction only, to transfer the paint to the paper and pull the paper away from the glass.
If it looks windy, I think I'm anticipating Hurricane Sandy! In fact, if you don't hear from me for some time next week, it's because we are without power. But then, some of you might be, too.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Day 295 ~ Write a letter to a fictional character. + Day 296 ~ Create something where you normally wouldn't.
I wanted to create this letter on horseback, not ever having done anything terribly creative there, I'm sorry to say. But, to be honest, I only created the photo. The letter was created in my studio. However, I would like a little credit for actually tacking up YoYo and getting on her. The bruised ribs and arm and big welt on my leg the shape of a horse hoof are keeping me from my normal range of motion.
Yes, this is YoYo that I am on, not Bela. I'm not a complete nincompoop.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Day 293 ~ Use salt as your medium. + Day 294 ~ Make something that is normally portable into something that isn't anymore.
So, anyway, salt, once portable, portable no longer. But at least it is where the horses can lick it up.
I drew the grid onto a photo I took of the view from the front of our house. In Picasa I added the border and vignette effect.
A song to Cooper, sung to the tune of You Are My Sunshine…
You are my Cooper
My super Cooper!
You do your cat job
Well each day.
You keep my butt warm
Asleep behind me
On the chair
While purring away.
You catch the stink bugs
You catch the spiders
The ones that sneak
Under the screen.
You greet the people
Who come to see us
And you keep your paws
Nice and clean.
You are my Cooper
You’re super duper!
You do your cat job
Well each day.
If I were you, though,
I’d ask a pay raise
And threaten finding
Another place to stay
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Day 283 ~ Make something that makes a sound. + Day 284 ~ Make something that looks like it has been turned inside out.
It is made to hang, but this was an easier way to get a good photo. When it does hang, it makes a sweet little tinkling, clattery noise. And if it blows around too much, it ends up in a tangled and undecipherable mess, much like when we try to pour too much trouble out of our hearts to someone at once, perhaps.
The heart is made of canvas, sewn together and stuffed with newspaper. I had thought I would paint it, but I like the raw canvas with the color of the rusted stuff. Maybe I'll paint it some other time. The rusted stuff is from a collection of things I've picked up on my walks over the years.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Day 277 ~ Who would you be if you could be anybody? + Day 278 ~ Create something inspired by a piece of spam you've received.
First, I apologize for poking fun at anyone who uses English as a second or third, our thirtieth language. I took French for 6 years in school and all I remember is how to say I love you, and that is with an atrociously bad American accent. So I am in awe of anyone who can get his/her brain around a language other than the one learned as a child.
These two projects were a challenge to combine. What I've done is to choose who I would want to be, and that is any of my grand nieces or nephews because they all have wonderful parents. And I've combined that with the kind of spam I get, which is weird requests for my 'product' from places in the world I've never heard of. So I am imagining myself as young Holden, my grand nephew (I've used his artwork to illustrate the message. This was done quite a while ago. He's now eleven years old! How did that happen?) And I'm in a different country somewhere sending this spam to a potential customer. Make sense? Probably not. It was a stretch.
Some of these projects mesh more easily than others. This was a tough one. Mainly because I thought a lot about who I would want to be if I could be anybody. When I was a child I wanted to be just about anybody but myself. Now I'm kind of used to who I am, so it's harder to think of changing. I did let myself fantasize about it. I had myself younger, but with the knowledge that I will have ideally accumulated when I'm 88. I would be living in a tropical climate with flawless black skin so that I could ride my horses along the beach without worrying about yet another trip to the dermatologist. And, of course, I'd be independently wealthy so that Judy could retire. And be recognized around the world for my stunning artistic accomplishments. And maybe be an expert fiddler, too...
When I came back to reality I thought maybe I would miss the change of seasons, my blue eyes, stuff like that...maybe not the struggling to pay my bills part, though.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Day 275 ~ Use your pocket change to make something. + Day 276 ~ Put your finger on a random location on a map of the world, research that place and make something about it.
I got the ad from Google 'Images of ZARA'. After spreading the pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters on my scanner bed I scanned and printed the image, cut the print into the shape of the coat and glued it in place.
A V8 can sprayed gold. The label was made in Picasa by taking an ink drawing that I did and using many apps to colorize it, posterize it, etc., then adding the copy.
I wish I could tell you who made the blue vase acting as pedestal, but I don't remember.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Day 271 ~ Add a door where one wouldn't normally exist. + Day 272 ~ Make something inspired by a hand.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Day 267 ~ Recreate a famous work of art using the material of your choice. + Day 268 ~ Use sand as your medium.
Always interesting to copy another piece of artwork. I noticed how exclusive Munch's palette is in this painting, and the way he used the direction of the paint strokes to move the viewer's eye.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Day 259 ~ Make something that would normally be considered cute and cuddly into something that isn't. + Day 260 ~ Work with brown materials.
I know you are going to want to make one of these, so here's how ~ spray paint a bunch of little tacks brown, make the body of the bear out of balled up newspaper wrapped with masking tape, tear brown cloth into 1/2" strips and, using a brush to coat them with glue, wrap them around the bear until the newspaper core is covered, then use jeweler's glue to fasten the little tacks onto the body, as well as the googly eyes and a bead for the nose. It takes about 400 tacks for a 6" tall bear and a bit of patience.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Day 257 ~ Put pen to paper and draw for at least thirty minutes without stopping or lifting the pen. + Day 258 ~ Create a window.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The best my little Canon Power Shot could do. Don't have a close-up lens. Like the effect here after playing with the photo in Picasa.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Day 247 ~ Make something that someone else has to find and provide clues to lead seekers to the location where it is hidden.
You can only go into it if you are small.
In fact you can't be tall at all
to sit at the table or walk down the hall.
If you care to use your foot as a measure
five steps will take you to my lil' treasure.
'Tis something to do just at your own leisure.
I hope this little gift brings you much pleasure.
And please let me know if you find it!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
As it is, I enlarged the border of a stamp and traced it, and repeated the pattern around a photo of CJ and Mishi, to mimic a frame. But, of course, it just ends up looking like a postage stamp. Albeit a very cute postage stamp.
For my friends out of the USA who might not know, we have 'FOREVER' written on our stamps so that when the postage rate goes up we can still use the stamps we have without having to run to the post office to get 1 or 2 cent stamps to make up the difference.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Oh, it's all done with markers, of course.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
In Picasa I inverted the image to black and white and posterized it, then boosted the contrast. I turned it in different directions and decided on this orientation. You might like it rotated one way or the other.
I plan to try this as a layer, applied with acrylic medium, as part of a mixed media piece.
Friday, October 5, 2012
The artwork is done in ink and watercolor on watercolor paper. The horse's tail is made of yarn, punched through a hole in the paper and knotted in the back.
I'd like to make a few more of these and ask our local bookstore owner if he'd mind if I hid them in some of his books in the store (Four Seasons Books, Shepherdstown, WV). If you happen to find one let me know!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I'm not really left handed. My camera is made for a right-handed person. That left my left hand for my subject.
The first three of these are products of the figure drawing class I go to on Wednesday nights at Shepherd University. Top is charcoal pencil and watercolor. Second, charcoal and gesso. Third, charcoal, watercolor and watercolor crayon. Bottom, watercolor and watercolor crayon. This last one was inspired by an exercise from a book called Expressive Figure Drawing.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Why am I combining two days' projects? Because I'm really behind and I'm trying to catch up.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The body was cut from 3/8" Baltic birch plywood on a band saw and jig saw. The legs are mimosa sticks and the mane and tail are grape vine. They were secured by drilling holes into the side of the body, whittling down the stick to fit snug, and applying wood glue before inserting the pieces. I used acrylic paint for the surface. It's 8" X 11".
Monday, October 1, 2012
Here is the combination of Day 229 ~ using a bicycle for inspiration and Day 230 ~ making a container.
I found a bunch of different silhouettes of bikes and copied, cut up, rearranged and re-pasted (that's by hand, not in computer-speak, mainly because I don't know how). Then I did use the computer to scan the collaged image, using Picasa to invert colors and print the design in different hues.
I built the box from foam core and wrapped and pasted the paper to the outside. It's a little thing. Just 2"X5"X2.5". Now I need to make a little tiny bicycle to fit in it.