Saturday, April 1, 2017

Black Crow, March Journal page

crow with stick in beak

Spring has been showing hints through March of her arrival. And with the change of seasons. the crows that dwell in the woods beyond my window have begun collecting materials to build their nests.

I used a photo I took of a crow as inspiration for the drawing for this journal page. Using a dip pen and Higgin's calligraphy black ink, I drew the bird and then add washes of color. The Higgin's ink is light and has hints of brown. I then added some De Atramentis document ink in blue. The background is a mix of gesso and Daniel Smith's rich green gold acrylic.

journal page, crow gathering sticks

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hope is the thing with feathers

february 27 journal page

I love this poem by Emily Dickinson (see the full poem below). And it inspired this sumi ink drawing in my journal. The bird shows signs of scuffles and looks a bit scraggy. I didn't intend to draw it that way. I started out with the general outline and then added patterns and markings. In the end, maybe this is how I picture Hope.

Hope is not the new born. She is older. She is the one who has been there in the dark times and continued singing despite the storm. She's weathered the twists and turns that come with being alive. She's stayed strong and vigilant. And she continues to remind us to stay courageous and keep moving forward.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

Spring officially begins tomorrow and today has been a beautiful, sunny day. I wish everyone a sun-filled week.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

journal pages, march 02, 2017

Last year I bought what I thought was a book of quotes. When I got home, I realized it was more like one of those balls that you shake to answer your question. Now I see why it's called "Book of Answers."

It has some really good quotes mixed in with other pages that just say yes, no, maybe, perhaps. For this year's journal, I deconstructed that book, tore out all the pages and sewed in my own pages for journalling. I've saved the pages with quotes that I like to use in my journal.

journal page, march 08, 2017

Sometimes the quote inspires the journal page; other times the journal page comes first, and I see if there is a quote that fits.

Every year at this time, I buy daffodils as they remind me of home. I drew the ones that are sitting on my table and then wrote down all the experiences in my day that make me smile.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Enso February 2017

Enso III - February 2017, 4 x 4 inches

I enjoy the process of creating small Enso pieces. There is a lot of unexpected results that occur with these art pieces. They take flexibility, patience and forgiveness on my part. Each layer needs time to dry completely before I add another.

Every layer has its own character. Some are cranky while others are not. Each one deserves its own focus, and in the end they all come together to make up one piece.

Enso IV - February 2017

We do not need magic to transform our world.
We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.
― J.K. Rowling

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

journal pages from vacation

journal page, self-portrait

My husband and I took a short vacation. We decided to not take the bicycles and rely either on our own two feet or public transportation. On the train heading to Seattle, I sketched myself in the window's reflection.

I like butter, journal page

During one of our long walks on Bainbridge Island, two teenagers eating pizza passed by us. One teen was talking loudly so we could hear his conversation as they approached and until they passed us. I didn't think my husband was also listening, but both of us started chuckling at the same time! He had heard the guy's "I like butter!" soliloquy too.

It was a good trip. Being off the internet and computer for three full days was just what I needed. I came back feeling refreshed. I've put up photos from the trip on instagram and my photo blog.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

art journal page, taking care of the sense

art journal, February 13, 2017

Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.
Lewis Carroll

I take a daily walk to the local grocery store. It's about a half mile each way. Depending on the weather and time of day, the sights and sounds differ. There is always something to appreciate, rain or shine.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

an endless becoming

journal page with sumi ink, de atramentis document inks
journal page with sumi ink, de atramentis document inks

I finished this drawing and doodles a few days ago. I wanted to add a quote to the blue sky area and spent the morning looking for a quote to match the feeling of this journal page.

Nothing stable.
Nothing absolute.
All is fluid and changeable.
There is an endless becoming.

Benjamin Cordozon

I was needing this reminder.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Crow and quote, journal pages, fountain pen inks

De Atramentis document and J. Herbin inks, enso and crow

At the beginning of January, I was looking through photos I'd taken over the years. I came across this photo of a crow on the beach and that inspired this journal page. I edited the year to read 2017 as I wrote 16 by mistake.

I used De Atramentis document inks in Fuchsia, Fog Grey, and Yellow. For the bird, I used  J. Herbin Cacao de Chypre and sumi ink for the Enso and quote.

Exhaust the realm of the possible.
Peter Pindar

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's March poster

line drawing, first layer

Saturday morning, January 21, I worked on my poster for my local Women's March. There are so many issues at stake right now, not only for women but also for humanity and the environment, so I wanted an image and words that would symbolize what's at stake. I did the above portrait a long time ago and used the line drawing for this poster.

layers of acrylics and sharpie

I came across a quote by Edgar Mitchell tweeted by Neil deGrasse Tyson which highlighted taking a step back to see a bigger picture, to look beyond our individual experiences and view our world collectively. How to say all of that in my own words?

Before the march, my husband and I went for a bicycle ride to the forest and went hiking. I loved being out there in nature, so I didn't realize how late it was. When we returned home, I only had about 15 minutes to add the words to my poster. I wrote down what came to mind and felt good about it. We are in this together.

We're in this together. women's march poster

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January journal pages, week 1

I finished making my journal-calendar book just in time for the New Year. Rather than have three separate journals (writing, drawing, doodles) I am putting them all in one book this year. So I have several sections with fountain-friendly paper for writing, watercolor paper for drawing, and graph paper for doodles and brainstorming.

doodle fun

quotes, watercolor and sumi ink


Wishing everyone well in 2017.

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