Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Each week, Julia Dunnit of "Stamping Ground", encourages us to share what we are working on and what our work spaces look like.

I have been working on the creativity exercises from "The Collage Workbook" by Randel Plowman..
I've been enjoying his projects so far.
Today I created 3 black and white collages - on 3x5 index cards.
Here's my dining room table before I started gluing - I gathered a lot of papers to begin with

and then after the cards had been made.

Here are the cards:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ABC Wednesday - B

This week at ABC Wednesday, B gets the nod.

B is for Buddha

and Buddha's words tell us to speak out, act on our beliefs.

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world did for B.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Photo Share

A new week, new photos, snow and then it's gone.
This was a new snowman created on Tuesday - gone by Friday.

Shadow Shot Sunday
My shadows this week are from earlier in the week when there was snow and sun. Today - it was just overcast,

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Sky Watch Friday
Such a variety of clouds this week -
from snow clouds:

to blue sky:

to today's clouds:

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Photo Project 365
Here are a few of the daily photos I took for this 365 challenge:

Path (our backyard path)

Leaf - both a living (in the house plant) and dead

I chose 2 crisscrossing stems

This is our back wall outside - loved the variety of textures and shapes.

Friday, January 13, 2017

ART on Friday

Time for my weekly art share.

The Collage Workbook
I made a decision that this year I would pull some of my art books off the shelf and actually work through them. The first book  is "The Collage Workdbook" by Randel Plowman and so far I am enjoying the projects. The subtitle really describes the book - "how to get started and stay inspired".
My first project was to do 5 cards (I used 3x5 index cards), spending 5 minutes on each. A fun, quick project:

I also need to get rid of the many magazines I have - a vice I have! - so I used these to pull images and words and colours.

The next project was to create cards of one colour, in different tints and shades. I did 6:

Colour Me Positive
This week at LuLu Art, the theme is discipline.
I did a very random, inked background and then stamped some very regular borders, before adding the quote for the week.

Full Moon Dreamboard
Yesterday, was the full wolf moon and I have decided to take part once again, in the monthly creation of a dreamboard.
The question I focused on as I created it was "What am I hungry for?"

Art Quote Cards
A new round of ABC Wednesday began this week and I decided to create "Speak Out" cards as I feel we all must do our part in speaking out against racism, bigotry, homophobia, prejudice of any kind.
Here are the first two:

There's still time to join in with this fun weekly challenge - so many ways to take part - art, photography, stories, etc. Check here for more info.

365 Sketches
Here are the latest daily sketches for my 365 project - I decided to focus on flowers.

Linking as well with:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ABC Wednesday - New Round Starts and WOYWW

A new round starts this week - and the farewell one as well. This has been a most enjoyable challenge - I will be so sad to see its end.

For this round, I thought I would once again create an art piece with a quote. The focus though will be on speaking out - against bigotry, prejudice, hatred, bullying, I know I risk alienating people, but I cannot stay quiet.
Even though I live in Canada, the fallout from the American election will greatly effect Canada as well as the world. In my 65 years this seems to be the most divisive election I have observed. It scares me. Meryl Streep gave us all a call to use our voices in the years ahead.
I found this article online and found it very powerful - well worth the read.

A is for Sally Armstrong - an advocate for women and for human rights; a Canadian journalist

A is also for Anonymous

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world do for A.


Each week, Julia Dunnit of "Stamping Ground" encourages us to share what we are working on and what our work spaces look like.
Here is my dining room table/ work space after finishing the cards above.

I've also started a new challenge for myself - using the projects in "The Collage Workbook" by Randel Plowman to ignite my collage practice.
The first project was to create 5 quick collages - each in 5 minutes. I gathered papers - the central image was from Christmas wrapping paper that I couldn't throw out and then IO just played with scraps I had. A fun, quick project.

Here's my work space while working:

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Photo Share

I was out shovelling at noon - so beautiful out- with blue skies, cold crisp weather, white fluffy snow. So of course I had to take some photos for the challenges  take part in;

Shadow Shot Sunday
The shadows were so dark and gorgeous when I was out - especially against that white clean snow.

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Sky Watch Friday
Most of the week the skies were gray. Today, they were a lovely blue. I took a few shots through foliage, for contrast.

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Floral Friday Fotos
It was my birthday yesterday and I got carnations - my birth flower. Love them!

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Photo 365
Here are a few of my shots for this daily challenge:

animal and  favourite thing - Fluffy)

me (my shadow this aft outside, bundled up!)

Check here to take part in ths 365 challenge.

Friday, January 6, 2017

ART on Friday - First of 2017

2017 has arrived and with it new hopes and dreams. I have started a new 365 art practice (more below) and am once again taking part in a number of challenges. This year I hope to finally delve into more of my art books and create more projects.

5 in 65
I turn 65 tomorrow and I am beginning a number of projects related to 65. One of them is to create 65 canvases or projects using books and pinterest to spur my creativity.
 I am looking forward to this challenge.

Colour Me Positive
This challenge is continuing through LuLuArt. I have enjoyed the weekly theme and the chance to create art in my journal. I am starting a new one - an altered old songbook.

The first quote was "When you can't control what's happening, challenge the way you respond to what's happening. That's where your power is."
So true. But the words of Viktor Frankl have always touched me and I used his quote for my journal. LOVE is what will save us in the end.

365 ART
This year for my daily challenge, I hope to do a small sketch each day. A tiny bit of art a day will add to a lot of art by the end of the year. It will also help my sketching/drawing skills.
Here's the first week:

Challenge Art
I also created some other art this week for challenges (check here to see links and info on the challenges):
Journal spread for several challenges:

For Tag Tuesday:

For ABC Wednesday:

Linking as well with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Over the Moon Link-Up