Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Little Asian Girl and a return to the Art and Book Fair


I'm once again joining Gill's Elegance and/or Grunge at Art Journal Journey.

Today we are headed to Asia in my 7 Continents altered book.  Not my usual 7 Continents style, but I feel it fits Gill's challenge.

I took this from the Asian book I purchased recently at the Art and Book Fair.  Although it is in black and white, I felt it was elegant.

The girl, which is part of a tag, I'm not so sure about.  I think she may be either elegant or grunge.

Edit: at Valerie's request, I am adding this page to Tag Tuesday, since it contains this tag.

But I found this image painting quite spooky (except for the deer in the lower right).  I think it definitely qualifies as grunge.

And because the page needed journaling, here is my feeble attempt to recreate one of the words or letters I found on the tag.  Please don't ask what it is or means.  Your guess is probably better than mine!

Materials include my used file folder as a substrate, over which I added some of my shimmering mists, two black and white images from an Asian book, one tag, one recycled card, a Micron ink pen, and red pigment ink applied with a Q-tip to the edges of the papers.

I thought you might like to return to the Art and Book Fair and see the remainder of the booths.  I'll keep my comments to a minimum again, so you can peruse the art at your own speed.





I took this photo because I saw the cats.  I always LOVE to see cats and show them to Bleubeard.  Squiggles doesn't seem to care about art unless I'm making it.  I didn't see the very prominent sign that stated not to photograph the paintings

until the owner came running over to stop me from doing so.  Note that she was at the back of the booth when I took the photo above this one, but made a beeline to me as I was shooting this.  I'm surprised she didn't try to take my camera away.  She gave me a tongue lashing, though.  I wanted to say that could be why there was NO ONE stopping at her booth.  Everyone else had been SO kind, some even pointing out things they thought I might like to take photos of.






I loved how this artist had set up and was ready to paint if there was a lull.

She was busy with customers while I was passing, though.





I never got close enough to take a good photo of the "Keeper of the Plains," though.  The sunset photo on the left shows it on its pedestal on the river.


It was starting to get incredibly hot and the crowds were starting to get larger than I cared to handle.

That's when I knew it was time to head for the building and peruse the books.

You can see a few of the booths set up in the parking lot as I turned back to take this final shot of the day.

Thank you for joining me for this book and art fair.  I am always grateful for your comments.  And of course, it's time to join Gill at Art Journal Journey and Valerie and Chrissie at Tag Tuesday.

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.