Saturday, May 31, 2014

Busy in the Studio

Just wanted to share some things with you I have going on right now. Busy busy and I like it that way!


#1: Working on a new painting "I am the keeper of my Soul". This is just a small section of it.
This is inspired by a book I'm reading called "Soul Keeping" by John Ortberg.
I am really loving this book and an introduction to the works of a great theologian by the name of Dallas Willard.


#2: Fabric cover for a journal order I have. This is fun and will probably do more fabric covers. The good Lord knows I have PLENTY of fabric!!


#3: Paper Tapes for the "Soul" piece and in general. I get carried away when I start making Paper Tape and have difficulty finding a place to stop. Kinda like the weaving experience.
If you are interested in learning to make paper tape check out my online workshop and if you are of a mind, I'll be teaching it at Art & Soul in Kansas City next spring! 
I also teach it in my "In Studio" workshop here in my studio as we journey toward making a journal.
Lots of options folks!!!

So that's what I'm up to. 
Have an art filled Saturday!!
Suzi

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A LITTLE SUNDAY AFTERNOON PLAY

If you have seen my You Tube Videos where I paint a sheet of paper using the marks on my work surface then you know what you are looking at.....IF NOT....Check out my Painting Paper videos on You Tube.

So this afternoon I found myself getting out ALL the media! Paint, Pastels, watercolor crayon, watercolor pencils and whatever else was laying around!

This was about half way through the process and looking a lot like a Pizza there on the left!!


But I worked on it and am very happy with the outcome! 


I just played with this one using a lot of different media and techniques. Pastel Painting, regular painting, drawing and the most fun was mixing some new paints from paint I received in "The Gift"! There were some nice Windsor Newton Acrylics in there and colors not on my palette......at least they WEREN'T on my palette! ARE NOW!! Wow did I ever get some GREAT colors!!!
This was relaxing, challenging and most of all FUN!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Suzi


A Little Weaving


I love to weave and take spurts of doing it. It's something I generally do when I just need that movement of back and forth, in and out, repetition. Generally I do strips of weavings....really fun and simple...no real "thought"

HOWEVER, watching my friend Kato Charles do some awesome weavings of images, I decided "Why Not"! So off I went......

 

So here I am in progress with this project and the finished piece below. Gotta tell you...this is addictive!! As I was weaving back and forth and in and out, I was also thinking "Okay, I need to put this here" and "Whoops, I can't do that....gotta go this way" and "Where did that stitch come from??"
"Just one more weave and I'll put it down......I promise......in just a minute......"

Memories of the West


Wax paper, fabric and Pastel Painting.
Had no idea WHERE I was going with this but seem to have reverted back to a wonderful trip my husband and I took out west last fall. 12 States, 6000 miles, 18 days. We just 'went' ..... nothing in mind....It was a healing time for us.
But I DO love the way this turned out.
For info on any of the above....Wax paper, fabric and/or pastel painting check out my Vids on You Tube.
That will get you started! There are several others you can watch too that have to do with this process.
Enjoy!!
And have a BLESSED Sunday :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Gift (or Christmas in May)

One of my artist friends died a couple of months ago. His name was Bob and he was 91 years young.
He wasn't anyone you would know....didn't sell his art or network it or anything....he just loved to paint.
He and his wife lived next door to us for several years and our docks were just a few feet apart.
From time to time he and I would "talk" art and he would show me something he had done. He was really quite good. They moved away several years back and we lost track.
After he passed from this earth his family came to us. His wish was for his ashes to be put in the lake and did we know where they could do it!
I wouldn't have dreamed of it being anywhere else but off our dock which was next to their old one.
So, the day came on May 16th,  and they gathered and a son read from the scriptures and the children threw his urn designed to dissolve, into the lake. Tears were shed as we watched the bubbles from the dissolving urn rise to the surface....we remembered times with him....they left....and time went on.

Today a knock came at my back door and there was one of Bob's sons with a sack FULL of Bob's art supplies. They thought I "might" like to have them.


Can you say "Christmas in May"???
But most important................


A painting by Bob himself.
Treasures....Blessings......priceless....
The sort of stuff you write in a journal..............

Have a Blessed day my friends.....life is full of joy if you look for it.....
Suzi