Sunday, February 16, 2014

bowing to the inevitable- bookmaking

let's see..... since I last posted on February 2 I have been to Phoenix, Portland and Southern California. With an unplanned stay in San Fran due to a missed connection.
this week, I go to Lubbock, Texas. Luckily the Fort Worth portion of that trip was scrapped. Friday next week, Florida. After that, Chicago. and it's not like I have less work to do because I am traveling- there have been plenty of late nights and weekend hours in there to stay caught up too.
I'm not getting much art made. I took a leave from the gallery, which has given much needed breathing room. I've been buying moleskine journals and hauling an altered book with me on travels, but when my friend Lynn came to studio night making herself a nice lightweight journal a light bulb went on.
I've been reading some books, one of them Gwen Diehn's The Complete Decorated Journal, which gave me the idea of dropping color onto the pages before I bound them to avoid the dreaded blank page syndrome. I used walnut ink and a small bit of dylusions spray ink. I only put color on one side of the paper, and bound color to color, blank to blank, so there are some plain white pages too.
I used Stonehenge paper on the recommendation of my friend Lisa- it is nice paper, smooth enough to draw on, but taking other media well too.
I did my expense report this morning and, as usual, was left with a raft of receipts. Decided to incorporate them into the cover. The maps are rental car maps of regular destinations- Phoenix, Fort Worth and Portland. Lubbock & SoCal are also represented, as is United and Boise Airport.

Here's a look at some of the pages. There are 5 signatures (groups) of 4 pages folded in half.

Here's the end result- I love it! A wash of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold ties everything together and we are properly accessorized :)

The pages are protected by the cover wrapping around on the inside as well as the outside, where it ties closed.

Another look at the pages

The front inside cover-

And the spine....
Now all I have to do is actually use this- but I am looking forward to it. I'll still bring along a small journal to doodle in, but I plan to actually draw in this one- stay tuned!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

february already!

I've finally accepted the fact that journaling is a good way to make art while traveling- in addition to photography, of course, but there's something about paper and pen/pencil/marker/paint/texture/drawing/whatever.....
post travel as well- these pages are from the ca trip and I quite enjoyed reliving it while working on them. don't love either artistically, but I'm still figuring this out and both capture the experience, which is what matters.

this is the 6x6 mixed media piece that I did as a thank you for my hostess. journaling clearly influenced this. hope she likes it :)

some art journalists choose a word for the year. the practice is about looking deeper and contemplating shit (sorry, this isn't easy for me). having a guiding theme helps.
my word last year was surrender- as in realize what you control and what you don't and roll with the punches better, let things go (but don't give yourself away).
this year seems to be shaping up as choice. which is a great word.
first go-

and round 2- like the separation of the left and lower vs. the top and the way the face seems to be in the light now. I also enjoyed crossing 2 "I haven't played with these since I bought them" supplies off my list-alcohol ink ( red) and chartpak markers (yellow)

frequency didn't work, so in 2014 I will see if being intentional works better for me-