Month: May 2016

Paint, paper, fabric

So, my studio, where I dearly love to paint, is also where I love to create things with paper, and sometimes fabric as well. This past month or so has been a little of all three.

In April I wrapped up my second Skillshare abstract painting workshop under the tutelage of the awesome Nicole Arnold, creating this little beauty I call “John Deere Green.”

cropped JDG

I love these short-burst Skillshare workshops — Nicole is a great instructor and it’s just a great way to get some inspiration and motivation. And you get to see what other artists are doing, too. And I even won a prize — a wonderful box of original “Art-o-Mat” pieces by 10 different Art-o-Mat artists! I will post a photo when I finally settle on where I am going to display them. You can read about all the winners here.

Meanwhile, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Northern California region (of which I’ve been a member for 10 years now!) held a contest to create the banner logo for their newly-launched blog called the ACORN. I entered this all-paper and hand-lettered piece:Acorn Logo Contest Entry

I’m proud to say that although I didn’t win, I was one of three runners-up! You can see the blog and other runners-up here.

Then last week, my sweet niece graduated from UNLV, and she is a big Disneyland fan. So, her mother (who is also my sister!) and I collaborated on fabric choices to represent the five original lands of Disneyland, and an extra for Disneyland’s famous fireworks. Here’s what we came up with. Each canvas is 12×12 and ready for hanging.

fabric disney gift

My sister got away with not having gluey fingers….she and I did a LOT of searching for just the right fabrics, and I did all the sticky work! But it was all worth it because these were a big hit. Hey, college grads have to have something to hang on their walls besides that diploma. Top row, L-R: Frontierland, Main Street, fireworks. Bottom row, L-R: Tomorrowland, Adventureland and Fantasyland. My sister and I were especially thrilled to find fabric that resembled the merchandise bags from the 1970s/80s (our choice for Fantasyland).

And that’s just part of what I’ve been up to lately….still working on the 100-Day Project, where I am woefully behind, again. Back at it with Nicole Arnold in yet another workshop, this time studying Mondrian. And one day soon I’ll share my first attempt at stop-motion animation. 2016 has definitely been all different kinds of creative, that’s for sure!

100 Days

So, last month, I find out as it’s starting that there’s a cool thing on Instagram called The 100-Day Project (#the100dayproject). It began April 19 and goes through July 27. And, it’s pretty much what its name states: 100 days of some kind of creative endeavor. Every day. For, yes, 100 days. 

So I decided to do a pencil-on-paper sketch of some sort every day. Because life chomps at your heels some days, I admit I’ve fallen woefully behind at points in this first 17 days, but at this moment I’m caught up. The proof is at inkbottlestudio on Instagram. Above is yesterday’s contribution.

However, now I’m trying to decide if I want to switch to some other medium for the second 20 days. Maybe pen and ink. Maybe watercolor. I have three days to figure it out. Or, maybe I’ll go 25 with my pencil, which would buy me a week to decide. Damn. Who knew creativity could be so tough.

If you eventually see 50 pencil sketches, you’ll know my love of graphite outweighed my decision-making skills. I’m just glad I heard about it in time to join in…even if I do fall behind here and there. Trust me, it’ll happen again…