Friday, November 30, 2007
Our last official art class of the year began yesterday. My sister, Melanie, my friend Briggs and I are taking a Altered Book Class in Boulder taught by Bobbie Benson.
The next 3 Thursday afternoons will be happily spent learning how to alter old books to give them a new life and meaning to each of us.
It is similar to the mixed media journaling class I took in Feb. of this year, but we get to use elements of the page in front of us to add to our art instead of creating from a blank journal.
The class has 5 students and we found ourselves, laughing, painting, weaving paper into our books and drinking tea together like old friends in just a few moments of meeting each other.
Bobbie also remebered thinking how great it was to sell out half of her inventory in the show in just 2 minutes. :)
I am always amazed at the wonderful surprises life shows us. We make connections to people everyday that we might not even realize. It is wonderful that I found Bobbie's class and that she is teaching us the wonderful art of altering books, and that we already had a connection to her art.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I check it everyday to read Moira's wonderful insights on dog art from all over the world, her favorite finds and her own amazing art. Please check out her website.
Here is a direct link to her generous post about my art...
Thank you Moira!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Mel made 2 velvet bears and I made 2, two sided bears each with a different color fur and face.
We had a ton of fabric, buttons, fabric yo yos and ribbons to choose from.
Emmitt even shared in the fun. He brought us every toy out of his toy box!
Then I showed Mel how to make prints with a few red potatoes, a knife and some cheapy watercolor paints. We cut the potatoes in half, gouged out some shapes, painted them with watercolors and stamped away.
I think they will work as fun embellishments for our altered book workshop that is coming up next week.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Pug Planter from In the company of Dogs
Friday, November 16, 2007
For me, the great thing about art is that it builds on itself. Techniques you learn in one arena carry over into what you already know, and the whole experience becomes a richer journey.
Last week, I created a plate for my collagraph class. It was a pug collaged with different papers soley chosen for their textures, not colors. It was like I was painting in 3-d instead of color so that when it printed, I would get the values of black, grey and white to make the effects I wanted.
I like the plate so much that when I was done, I hated to ink it up. So I decided to do it again, with a different pug and to collage with texture and color in mind this time.
I had the best time and love the results. I will be creating more of these paper paintings!
My new pug collage is available in print as note cards in my etsy shop.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
website and etsy store.
Creating pug art and sharing it with the world brings me joy because I get so much back in return.
Look at this wonderful email I just received from a Pug Notes customer, Gretchen T. and her pug Lola. She absolutely made my week! Thank you Gretchen!
I was inspired by your crocheted Pug so I got out my yarn and crochet hook to make one of my own. Attached is my finished project sitting next to my lovely Lola, also an inspiration to me.
Love all your creations!