it accompanies me on business trips and contains a lot of hotel lamp drawings
and other things
there are a few more trips left in her, but given the fun planned for the first half of 2016 (Portland, the Keys, Death Valley, Paris and Yellowstone) i thought i had better make myself another. here's the cover drying- with a nod to most of the places i'll be going.
once there are enough layers on this for it to be appropriately pliable and sturdy, i will cut it to size, decide what paper to use (most likely stonehenge as it's a good sturdy all purpose paper, but maybe include something different to mix it up; maybe stain some pages). i'll share the construction.
the other journal i travel with is an old swedish/english dictionary that a friend gave me. i love this and use it all of the time. it's easy to do a quick drawing on a quarter page (the book is about 7x5), the text makes an interesting background and helps with blank page syndrome.
it's also a really great size- small enough to take along easily but not tiny.
thought it would be fun to have a similar french/english dictionary for paris. and- i found one! the same dictionary, even- on etsy!!! yay!!! now i just need to weed down the marker collection......
another thing that had to be done is my donation for valentine for aids, a local fundraiser that benefits local citizens living with HIV/AIDS. had to have the piece done by january 27th, figured i may as well get it done. so here it is- "all you need", 16x12 mixed media on board. not your basic happy sappy valentine, but she works for me. my goal is always to make more money for them than i did the prior year, hoping someone wants to take her home.
and i started the process of translating this mule deer doe to a 20x16 board.
this is where i see the journaling really paying off. in the past, i would have gridded things out to get proportion or limited the size so i could trace the figure, but i have enough confidence and ability to draw. same with the raven. so many more possibilities!
that's it for this week- i was able to spend some time in the studio, which is a great treat! one more week at home to play a bunch and then you'll probably start seeing from a window seat photos again.... which isn't so bad either- all of that travel last year is certainly contributing to a lot of fun this year-