Monday, October 27, 2014

Journeys in My Art Journal

  Thanks to everyone for the comments last week, and for the insight as to what the special shrub I posted could be. If you missed it, go here and if you know what it is please let me know. Some said it could be a honeysuckle and someone also mentioned it could be abelia. So far none of the photos of either of these looked quite like mine (at least on google). So further research needs to be done.

 For  T Stands For Tuesday with Bleubeard and Elizabeth I have two special things to share. First of all I want to thank Darla who last week posted such a beautiful photo she had taken of wetlands. I commented that it would make a beautiful painting as well. Couldn't get it off my mind so naturally I painted it in my journal. (Click on "Darla" to take you to her photo-and do take a moment to leave her a comment).

 This is the finished page:

                                                                         Wetlands

 I knew I wanted to approach this in the wabi-sabi way as in Serena Barton's fabulous book ( yes, I've referred to her and her book many times since its release:)! So I began my page with textures:

 I gave the pg. a coat of gesso then used a combination of embossing paste and torn bits of handmade textured paper. The colors were all made by using Serena's reinker glaze formula. Before the glazes were dry I used the point of a tiny scissor and incised to mimic the shape of the grasses. Here is a close up of the detail:


  Over the weekend hubby and I took a drive on a gorgeous day. On the way home we stopped in a nearby town to browse thru the Zionsville Antiques mall. It was huge-with lots of booths so it took quite awhile to go through. No, I didn't purchase anything. However, look what I found to share with my "T" friends:










                                                     Teapot Chimes!
 I'd never seen anything like them before-made from vintage sterling silver teapots and silverware. Quite unique but not for me-and they were quite pricey too.

 One final art page from my journal. This time it is another abstract painting. The inspiration came from study 40 practice from the book  "Abstracts 50 Inspirational Projects" by Rolina van Vliet. I find it an excellent source for understanding color, shape, theory,composition, style, etc. etc. It began on this page which already had gelli printed deli paper strips glued on:

 I chose to flip it horizontally, then cut out basic cup and pitcher shapes from more gelli print papers and played with the arrangement on my page:

 Once happy with it I glued down the pieces and lined them with a charcoal pencil. And this is the finished result:

                                                                  Abstract Still Life

 I'm linking to Art Journal Every Day, Inspiration Avenue (theme is "show and tell"), Mix it Monthly (theme is "still life". New theme coming for November so do check it out!) and of course my peeps at Paint Party Friday.

 For those of you celebrating Halloween and Trick Or Treat I wish you nothing but ghoulish fun and lots of treats!

 Leaving you today with a quote about wabi-sabi art. I love this one.

                  " Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry."    Leonard Loren




47 comments:

  1. About the shrub: have you googled on viburnum? might be a carlesii, might be a nanum, worth just checking on the species viburnum, lovely scent, and they have those trumpet shaped little flowers,too.

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  2. Or orange blossom! lovely scent there, too.

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  3. Exquisite compositions, I love the use of the techniques! Wonderful and creative results!

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  4. Hi Linda!Love the teapot chimes!Love your pieces but your colorful still life has grabbed my eyes. My birthday 28/10!Bleubeard and me!

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  5. Wonderful post dear Linda - I ador your still life - it's brilliant !
    Happy T-Day !
    xxx
    Susi

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  6. Love the fab abstract! Love the thought of an antiques mall too. Happy T day, Chrisx:-)

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  7. Your plant is Sarcococca confusa - Christmas Box!
    I have one in my garden!

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  8. Your abstract still life turned out really great Linda and your Wetlands canvas is WOW too!
    Such a great upcycle use of silver teapots and cutlery and so shiny too.
    Happy Autumn T Day
    oxo

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  9. It's not abelia, I'm pretty sure of that, and I don't think it's honeysuckle of any kind. Could it be inkberry? In bloom in Southern gardens in October: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/shrubs/hgic1083.html

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  10. Linda, I'm so pleased that my photo inspired you to create some art. You did a wonderful job. I am sure of that since I saw the wetlands in person. I really like your still life as well.

    Darla

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  11. Love the creative work here ~ art and photography ~ all wonderful!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. WOW! Linda, your painting of the wetlands is perfect! I think it looks just like Darla's photo.

    Clever teapot chimes, but sorry to see they used some vintage teapots.....not my style either.

    I am absolutely in LOVE with your still life, adding the charcoal to the edges just finished it off wonderfully. It needs to be framed and hung on the wall!!!

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  13. Love your art journal page Linda! That came out fantastic. I saw some tea pot chimes like that at the Antique Mrkt a few weeks ago. Too pricey for me too. :) Your wetland painting is incredible. Look at all that texture you achieved.... amazing. I'm so glad you shared all this , this Tday! Hugs! deb

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  14. Love all your artwork!! The tea chimes are very fun. Glad you snapped a photo.
    Happy T day!

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  15. I am really impressed with your wetlands painting!! Wow! Love the still life, too.
    The teapot chimes--never have seen anything like those. Really clever.
    Happy T-Day! :)

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  16. What a great way to immortalize Darla's photo. It looks just like wetlands that are in my state, too. I also adore your journal page. Makes me want to dig out my gelli and start using it for a change.

    Those tea pots and silver wind chimes are gorgeous, since I have a real love of wind chimes. However, these would not fare the wind, rain, and snow that will soon come to my area, so they would have to live inside. And since they aren't copper, they definitely wouldn't work in my kitchen.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful art, your wonderful gelli ideas, and the chimes with us for T this Tuesday. Sorry I'm so late getting here, too.

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  17. Love your textures. Your plant is a mystery to me.

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  18. Happy T-Day! So sorry I'm late.
    Your art is fabulous!! I especially love the last, abstract piece. I really love how you outlined them; very clever indeed. ((Hugs))

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  19. Love your page and your marsh painting. I usually put my journal into the flickr group of art journal every day, but always forget the link up. Perhaps this will remind me!?

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  20. Linda, about the shrub identification . . . I wondered if it was a viburnum, but after reading this, I think not because of the leaves: http://www.hort.cornell.edu/vlb/key/I2.htm
    It's not orange blossom . . . maybe honeysuckle? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeysuckle
    I love the painting you did in your journal!!

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  21. I adore the texture you put into you painting it gives them great dimension...beautiful work.

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  22. Wonderful, interesting post and a gorgeous still life. Thanks for sharing
    Cheers
    Gabriele

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  23. Awesome texture! Love the bright colors, too. :)

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  24. I love the colours in your artworks...

    Happy weekend!

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  25. Beautiful artwork, and love those teapot chimes! Valerie

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  26. Love all your wonderful pieces Linda...The chime is unique! The still life fab and the textured art is awesome!
    HPPF!

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  27. Love your "Wetlands" painting, I following your wabi-sabi link and got lost as one does in the WWW.
    Really love your Still Life too, a very clever way to use your painted papers and a great result.

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  28. Beautiful artwork! I love the abstract still life. It looks fabulous with the gelli print papers.:)

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  29. wow Linda I love your wetlands media piece, so fab as is your other pieces. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. Linda, 'wetlands' are beautiful and I like your geometric abstract as well. Happy Samhain! and big hugs to you!

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  31. Such an amazing piece Linda...so clever to use paper cutouts to rearange the things! And so interesting to make them look transparent! ♥ Conny Mix It Monthly

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  32. Love the texture in the painting. Lovely creations, and happy PPF!

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  33. Awesome pieces!!! I love the Abstract Still Life, perfect for any kitchen! And the teapot chimes are definitely unique aren't they? Thank you for sharing those! Happy Halloween and Happy PPF! Rasz #69

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  34. Love the abstract soooo much another you should save for a blog banner...it's also awesome...or have some cards made up or something... It's amazing!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  35. I absolutely LOVE your cubist style still life at the end of your post. The pattern papers you created and the color combination you used a simply amazing. Happy PPF and Blessings, my friend!

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  36. Great abstract. I think its is definitively your strength. And those tea pot chimes are great. What a great idea to "copy" when you come across some old pieces really cheap.

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  37. Really great art this week Linda!!! Love those wind chimes too ♥

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  38. Lovely projects Linda. especially the last one. It always amazes me to see the difference that a black outline or a white pen can make to a project. Yours look fabulous.
    Have a great weekend
    Susan

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  39. I love, love , love your final project with the gelli strips and the abstract s cut from other geli's. So beautiful!

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  40. Your wetlands painting is so cool Linda.
    Interesting to hear how you did the grasses - it worked so well as that’s just what the dune grasses look like here!
    I love those tea time chimes – people are clever!
    My days of walking through never ending malls of shops have come to an end, I just get bored now and to think I used to be an inveterate shopper! My husband thinks it's great ha ha!!
    Have a wonderful week and thank you for your visits dear Linda!

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  41. WONderful! LOVE what you did with those deli papers ;) and LOVE your abstract print. I also really like how you added the texture with torn pieces above as well. Thank you for the inspiration! xo

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  42. Wonderful work - and I love the quote!! How perfect for every artist!!

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  43. Your "wetlands" painting turned out beautiful. I love all the texture that you used - it makes it so much more interesting.

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  44. Love seeing how you created your beautiful paintings. The texture and how you mimic the grasses looks great!

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