Friday, May 26, 2017

Possibly a new direction for my art and a trip to the Art and Book Fair


Recently, an internet friend sent me a link to a web site called Alaaddin's Magic Lamp.  I saw that it was a Tumblr account and since I am not a member there, I was not sure I could access it.  I was thrilled to learn I could view images in this venue.

What was more surprising was

when I found this piece and was taken to Art by M. Johnson.  Per the site, this abstract art is called “Prized.” It is made of oil, cold wax, and metal leaf on canvas.  Don't get your hopes up, though because it has been sold.


I created this for T day when I made 30 abstracts in 30 days in September, 2014.


Although I have given this painting away, I am proud of this first attempt at abstract art.  I just need to refine and improve my process.  I think if I had the right motivation and supplies, I could make art look SIMILAR to the famous artist M. Johnson.

I thought I would take you back to the Art and Book Fair, but this time, show you a few of the art booths.

I'll keep my comments to a minimum, so you can peruse them at your own speed.


I took this for both Bleubeard and my friend Sandra, whose love of cats is well known.  I'm not sure how it will play with the Tabbies of Trout Town, though.  This might be a bit tame for them, since their art is known the world over.



I swear, I think I could paint THIS.






I swear these look like the art my next door neighbor creates.



I fell in love with this one.

That is until I saw the price tag!

This is the kind of art my friend Sally would buy.  She loves prints of animals.



I think that's enough art for one day.  I'll share more over the next few days.  I don't want to overload your internet.

Thanks for visiting today as I looked back on some of my art and looked ahead at the art from the Art and Book Fair.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

We Love You Manchester


One of my British friends found this on Facebook and sent it to me.  I am sharing it with all of you today, because this is how I feel.


I hope you stand with them, too.  This senseless act has hurt so many people.  I keep seeing more and more people who have lost someone, or have someone missing.  I have internet friends who live there (or near there), and I am just mortified by this senseless act.  Leave it to ISIS to have their way.

Thanks to all who visit today.  I appreciate it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WOYWW 416: The one where she returns to party


Before anything else, I personally want to express my deepest sympathies for the people in Manchester who suffered from this horrible tragedy terrorist attack.  We in America have you in our hearts and prayers.

It's been over eight months since I joined the gang at WOYWW.  For the longest time, my computer was in such bad shape, I simply couldn't get it to stop buffering.  And I feel I need to reciprocate if I'm going to play.  But today I simply couldn't miss the fun of the annual 8th anniversary party.

So here is WOYWWendy photobombing the envelopes I have ready.

The top envelope goes to our desker Queen, Julia our gracious and ever giving host, and the lower envelope goes to my PIF (pay it forward) partner.   I'll finish adding the addresses after I publish this.  I know that many of you always come to see the rocking horses, so here they are in stamp form today.

Speaking of stamping, now you know why I don't!  That ink is NOT fun to get off my fingers and finger nails.  And this is my clean hand!

If you are coming from Julia's, please leave your number so I can get back to you quickly.  And have an absolutely marvelous 8th WOYWW anniversary.  Who would have thought this phenomenon would have lasted this long?  Well, I for one.

Monday, May 22, 2017

T Stands For My Birthday Buffet


I have wanted to go to this restaurant for awhile now.  They have one of the largest oriental buffets I have ever been to.

I had already finished one spring roll and was starting on an egg roll when I thought to take photos of our drinks, which was water (with lemon for me).   My foodie friend Sally was paying for this meal, so I was already chowing down while she was filling her plates.

I have never been a fan of tofu, but when I saw tofu soup, I decided to give it a chance.  I fell in love with it and really would have gone back for more if I'd had room.  Unfortunately, between the pot stickers, mac and cheese, and plate of fried rice with seafood, veggie with peanuts, and lo mein (my meal was on the left as I took the photo standing at the edge of the table), I was too full for a second bowl of soup.  Needless to say, it was all delicious and I enjoyed it more than Sally did, I suspect.

This is the largest buffet I have ever seen

and it goes on for miles, or so it seems.







Desserts, including ice cream, are along the far right.


While Sally paid the bill (you will fall over at the price, which was slightly less than $8.00 (USD)/person: I think she said it was $7.59 USD),

I took a few photos of the fish and turtles in this open pond (ignore the fact I caught my purse in the photo)


then headed for the other other side and got a few photos of these ugly fish.

Yes, unlike other places these are real and were moving around.

Now you know how I spent my bEARTHday meal the Thursday before my birthday.

It's time for you to share your drink related post this week.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.   Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken at any time, and don't even have to be taken this year!


Is it elegance or grunge? Homage to Erika (and more)


It's great to be back and I'm so glad I can participate in Gill's Elegance and/or Grunge at Art Journal Journey.  I've been so remiss in joining in this month, and I hope Gill can understand my not participating more than I have so far.

A few days ago, my friend Erika showed a photo of her bird feeder that a bear had knocked onto the ground.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I found

this picture in a 2007 Birds and Blooms magazine my friend Sally gave me.    If that sweet face isn't elegant, I don't know what is.  As an aside, the two patterned papers I used to create the bear's background mat were gifted me by Erika, too.

The grunge comes from the wild and crazy background I created.

Materials used included three patterned papers, two washi tapes, a black Micron pen, and a page from a small dictionary.  All were backed on a used file folder I sprayed with some of my handmade shimmering mists (which sadly don't show on the scan).


On Saturday, after helping my friend's sister and her children pack to move to California (the San Diego area), I treated myself to visiting the Art and Book Fair.

As an aside, now that everything is packed and ready to move, except for a few essentials needed for the trip to CA, movers will come in Wednesday to take the items to the children's new home.  I will be there to help them leave this city that has been their home since birth.  And for those of you who I always visit, just be aware, I am working my way to you as quickly as possible.  I have the SLOWEST internet on the planet, just one step up from dial-up.

Now for the books I purchased.   I didn't get the huge bargains my friend Pamela of Cappuccino and Art Journal gets when she attends one of these book fairs,  

but I was still happy with my purchases.   I purchased from the lowest prices they had.  The orange dots were $4.00 (USD) each

and the green dots were $2.00 (USD) each.  I couldn't believe I had gotten three Sue Grafton novels in a single book for $2.00.

I purchased all most of the other books for the art that is inside them.

The two large, thin books I bought for their covers.  Most of the covers I kept from Sally's old books were in pristine condition, and I wanted something with a bit of grunge showing.

I left the price tags on them, but will probably remove them after I publish this post.   In case you are wondering, I spent $34.00 (USD) on these books.  I was really surprised I had spent so much money, but once they added it up, I couldn't very well put anything back.  I would have been too embarrassed.  The good thing was, I learned that the money raised goes to purchase new art for the Wichita Art Museum.

Here is where they will be kept until I want to make art.

They should feel right at home with the other books, rocking horses, and DUST!!!

Now let's forget about dust (while I grab my dust rag and wash cloth) and join everyone at Gill's wildly popular Elegance and/or Grunge at Art Journal Journey.