Sunday, January 15, 2017

30 Day Collage Class - Days 1-7

Signed up for Randel Plowman's class which has been interesting if not educational. He has a different style to what I am used to - feels more academic - but that's okay. So here is what I've done so far...
Day 1 - Diagonal: It was tough getting started and I probably ruined more images than I would have liked to but finally pulled this one together...
Day 2 - Childhood Memory - use one of the following - line, shape, space, color
Day 3 - Three Elements
Day 4 - Black and White

Day 5 - Pairs
Day 6  - Analogous Colours

Day 7 - What Is It? (I'll reveal what these are later). Enjoy! Jewels

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Groovy Grunge - Outside/In

Wow - I managed to from relatively nothing to more than I thought I could manage with online classes lol - not that I am complaining. Randel Plowman's 30 day collage class started today - I think is more academic than previous classes I have taken but that is a good thing. Will share about that later.  Meanwhile, Tammy Garcia's Groovy Grunge started over the holidays - I've managed to get two spreads done so far following the Outside/In activity.
This was the first - you paint up your background, start collage around the edges and then do whatever you want in the middle. The quote is from Teddy Roosevelt - words to live by when it comes to looking at other's art work!
For my second spread (which included "painting" the text instead of using markers) I committed to a black and white theme - but with a little added colour using a technique by Naomi Vona
Sprayed the this 1941 thrifted picture with a fixative and then used POSCA paint markers to add some pop. 

The next exercise is ominously called THE WALL lol. Enjoy. Jewels

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mail Art - Weather Report

The last 2016 Mail Art Swap with Jo and Lenna was Weather Report....and as usual totally different interpretations (though Sun and Rain played a big part in all lol). First up is what I received from Jo...
who lives in the UK and knows my family roots back to England. Perfect collage...
and a cool envelope to go with it!
Lenna's art is truly fab - she experiments with different materials and techniques - I love the texture she has created on this piece...
...and my personal weather report on the back.
A close up from her envelope.
Mine were both included in packages to my friends so no fancy envelopes. I dipped into my retro collection and found these two ladies (both are from ads for coffee). 
Jo's is based on one of my favorite songs!
I found this lovely poem by Langston Hughes that inspired Lenna's card.

So that's a wrap. Our first Mail Art Swap for 2017 is Alphabet Soup...meanwhile, enjoy. Jewels

Monday, December 26, 2016

Journal Spread - A Good Night

Lots going on over the holidays in my studio. Some pieces taking longer than others. I did manage to whip out another catalog spread. This one was inspired by a book I found while cleaning up my basement -  Getting along in Russian by Mario Pei (probably late 1950s). Given the current political climate I thought I should brush up on my Russian just in case. You can tell the book is dated by some of the "common" phrase provided - like: Where is the ashtray? I should like to have for breakfast orange juice or prunes. What an awful dump! and of course the very useful I think I may have dysentery ... I think the five phrases in my piece are pretty important too lol. This is the "before" page...
And the "after". I always try to keep a part of the original page...
Painted background (Payne Grey and Chambry Blue). Stamped gold paint using a Tim Holtz stencil. Dripped Naphthol Red Light high flow acrylic and Iridescent Bright Gold Liquitex Ink. Additional marks using POSCA pens. Vintage atlas map and scrap as well as cool 1968 Russian stamp. She came from a spread in an old Better Homes and Garden mag... 
Enjoy. Jewels

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HELLO world...still going strong at Maple Hill

Goodness - May!!! My poor neglected blog. I'm thinking I am going to do some revamping over the holidays...
..of course saying and doing are two very different things.
But I am going to give it another go and see if get enough traffic to justify posting. I am much more active these days over on Facebook and Flickr.
Just seem to get more interaction there.
The pictures I am sharing are from my Sales Catalog (Younkers) Art Journal that I have been trying to do 15 min exercises in (though often it goes longer than that)....

Any who, hope you will leave a comment to let me know your visiting. Enjoy. Jewels. 

Friday, May 20, 2016


Johnny is asking the class if they are ready for ICADology lol!

I really enjoyed ICAD last year though I did not art everyday - still I did create a lot of fun cards and loved seeing how everyone else interpreted the themes. SO....going to try and do it again this year. Here is my first "warm up" card. I found a ton of the old kind of cards at my parent's place and hope to repurpose them this year. Hope you join too!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mail Art - Found Poetry

I'm bummed - BIG issues with Flickr and I am unable to add pics there at the moment. Using Facebook and my much neglected Blog to "capture the memories"....

Latest mail art swap was Found Poetry - however you wanted to create it. I chose to take a page out of a book and randomly circle words to get my poem. For my two cards I used an old Readers Digest book (the ones with the cool covers) and happened on a story that had lots of opportunities!

I also used new techniques I learned from Tammy Garcia's Novel Approach class and I really love how they turned out.
First up - Lenna's card..
And her envelope - cool story about the back picture. It reminded me of paintings by Lenna's Great Uncle William Glackens which is why I chose it ...

I had a hoot with Jo's - I knew she would appreciate the humour - and the text really was on the same page LOL..
Same style for Jo's envelope - notice it's another woman reading a book which I think was a great tie in to our overall theme.

Well our next theme will be a challenge for all of us! It's Dendritic Painting - never heard of it - neither had I and just accidentally came across it - check out this video...

looking forward to REALLY going out of my comfort zone... Enjoy!