Trees, 1

The first of two postcards for a swap on the theme of trees. I painted the leaves on a book page, applying acrylics with a pencil eraser or a finger tip. It was only yesterday, but I’ve forgotten which….. I cut out the foliage and glued it on a painted background.

“Like a tree standing by the water, we shall not be moved.”



All New Stuff

My old computer has lost its ability to reach the Internet so, suspecting it is approaching total failure, I bought a new laptop. There are many devices and programs to move or replace, I have to relearn the use of a Touchpad, and it’s not going to be pretty. But I’ll persevere.

I used the limited tools I have right now to scan and upload a visual journal page I made this summer. I like to make colorful all-over patterned pages but they often lack a focus. Painting them out, leaving a few glowing windows, seems to create that focus.

All kinds of media on the bottom layer; metallic black craft paint on the top; and a lot of scratching into the black paint with toothpicks, pins and other pointy things. “Metallic black” is a lively paint.

I’m pretty sure this idea comes from Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow Arts.


“Finally” what? Finally got out of the heat and humidity of North Carolina to the cool of NH. Finally used the placemat I saved from Lou’s memorable eatery. Of course, nothing’s necessarily final about collage.

It’s dorky, I like it.

I miss my scanner. iPad camera is a poor substitute.

On Vacation

Vacation, time to try new things and revisit old frustrations, such as Flickr. I’ve been locked out of my account for a long time because of user name/login/password tangles. You didn’t need to know that.

Today I got back in and revisited an old collage book called Fine Spirits. It’s all red and white. A page:

I miss my scanner . .

I have several ideas for final steps, and I am worried about spoiling it, which can happen, even though a person shouldn’t think that way. So to calm my fears, I’ll post this near-final version of “She Asked My Advice.”

When the final version is ready, I’ll post it and also identify the fellow artist who sent me the material in the left border.

Original is about 9 by 11 inches, my big visual journal.

This is number #49 in the Index Card a Day (ICAD) 61 day challenge, and I am keeping up except that for some reason, #39 is drawn but not yet colored. ??

If your library has “Drawing from the City” by Tejubehan, you may find this slim book intriguing. Only 3,000 copies were printed (and you might also want to read about the publisher, Tara Books.)

Tejubehan is intrigued by the idea of women moving freely through the world, and so her work is full of women driving, taking trains, flying…even parachuting, as on the cover. In her own life, she largely moved on foot, traveling through India with her husband, a singer. They made their living by singing in the villages and towns.

Caste rules discouraged women from singing with their men, so she began to draw instead.

I’ve made several drawings copying bits of hers, and it’s harder than I thought it would be.