October 22, 2011

Fairy tale

Well, I can dream, can't I? Photo made with Pogo printer.

5 layers

Taking a break from walking and carrying load at a teeny park on Rush Street, I drew the five layers of clothes I need this morning in Chicago where it was Br r r chilly. I used the drawing in the top right as my model template. I preprinted several out to use as I journaled my trip. This one is in Dover Japanese art deco CD.

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Breakfast at Freshii's


Didn't think chocolate zucchini bread could be good. So good. Went back for more.
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Two for tango

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Arrived in Chicago, waiting for the arrival of my friend, Jeannie. It's a crisp morning; I've dropped off my luggage and start my walk around the Stretterville neighborhood.

October 19, 2011

Journal making

Getting my journal ready for its trip to Chicago. I started with some pretty pages I made with LK's technique (acrylic pages that don't stick thanks to serious scraping) but decided I'm more in a funky Remains of the Day mood. I have boxes o' STUFF that need attention, so this way I can add some of that STUFF with abandon and still have places to put receipts, cards, photos and writing. I think.

Here's where I'm at now...hope to get it all together by the time I go tomorrow, though I have many other items on my list. Including hemming some pants.  I hate hemming.  I buy "short" when I can but I still usually hem. I'm not tall but I'm not short either. Who do they make these pants for????

P.S. LK Ludwig teaches the acrylic page technique in a free online "Flip Flap Book" class that the link will send you to. It's also in Creative Wildfire. Remains of the Day is an online class that the amazing Mary Ann Moss teachers. I've journaled for years and have kept journals of all kinds (I get bored easily) but these two techniques are favorites of mine. (The women AND the techniques.)

October 18, 2011

Revisiting Red Chair Admiration Society

I am weeding through my email, especially my huge Everyday Matters mailbox. The place reeks talent, which is why I set it aside until I have time to enjoy the work that's posted. Time to list 5 favorites I found or renewed acquaintance with in this endeavor. Certainly didn't take me long to find them, but it may take me all day to complete my task! (Don't really have time for it, but it's a great procrastination tool.)

Margaret Storer-Roche. I found her last month and posted a slideshow of her work. Really beautiful detailed lovely pieces.

Anita Davies has been on my blogroll for quite awhile but every once in awhile when I need inspiration to get my paints and pens out and do more, I look at her work. She is my drawing/painting hero. My latest ohmangottaseethis is her Prep Travel Journal for an upcoming trip to Italy. Having been to some of the places she will go, it especially inspires me to go back to my photos and try to turn them into paintings. Before my first trip to Europe, I spent many hours putting a journal together for each place we would see, but mine was filled with photos, travel forum bits, and advice. I loved doing this; it extended the journey even more and raised the anticipation. Anita's goes much further; she has painted from Flickr photos and other sources (she gives credit to the photographers) and illustrates her itineraries, travel bags, and places she wants to see. She will have such a great time; not only is it Italy, after all, but she will know what she wants to see and do and undoubtedly be ready for surprises to draw and remember.


Note: Assuming her actual trip travel journal would have the same awesomeness, I searched it out. Anita didn't get to take this trip after all this graphical and amazing preparation! Her father became ill and undestandably she did not want to leave. She sent this sketchbook of her preparation  to the Sketchbook Project where it will live and be admired by many others.  I hope she'll be able to get ti Italy sometime soon!
Another traveler/sketcher (though the drawings are hardly sketches but well-detailed drawings) who visually documents travel experiences with talent that can only be described delicious candy for the eyes. Terry Banderas's site is "A collection of art for the world to see."

Wendy Shortland's Flickr Photostream (The Digital Fridge Door) has some cool Everyday Matters contributions.

 Debra Morris lives in Hong Kong and her sketches and EM pages are reflections of her environment. Not only because of her talent, but also because of the subjects of her watercolors, is she on my ever-growing Admiration List.

gotta stop. more later.

October 17, 2011

Something's happenin' at the zoo

We spent a cool fall Sunday afternoon with sandwich and beer lunch at a favorite Madison Park place

(not sure why, the food is okay but not great: guess it's the fall ambiance of football on every TV in the place and the view at the tip of Lake Washington.)

Then to Woodland Park Zoo. Why don't I go to the zoo more often? It's a kick.

Most of the residents were napping, methinks, in their dens or otherwise

but the orangutan and elephants provided us with some entertainment.

You can watch this orangutan eating his afternoon snack of broccoli here.


October 11, 2011

And a little bit more....

We searched out one of my favorite places to eat when I visit Phoenix,

the Greene House in Scottsdale.

I love the Frank Lloyd Wrightish decor, polished mahogany look but mostly I can say I've never been disappointed in the food, lunches and dinners I've had during breaks from Art Unraveled retreats in August. Yes, August.

Once again we had a great lunch and a bottle of over $40 wine for half price with their Sunday Wahoo sale. (Actually that's just my name for it.) We shared this ooo oo tasty cobbler.

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October 9, 2011

A Sunday in Phoenix.

We went to the Vintage Melrose area. Being Sunday, pickin's were slim. But we found Figs. And did I ever love Figs! 
Filled with things I'd never seen before

I wanted to take these home.
Free tequila. Shot glass rented.

I'd say these remind me of my childhood skates but then I'd feel really old.

Best thing of all:  Warm but not hot. I don't do hot well. Weather this weekend was just about perfect and refreshing change from the cool days that have hit Seattle.
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