Tuesday, February 14, 2017

You win some! You lose some!

I think I am going to lose the battle with my February agenda! 

One must be available to get things done!

The ever increasing list of errands is not corresponding to the shortened days in the month.

We are losing two art days this month due to field trips and away days.  February's colour is violet.  We could be sending purple hearts to valiant people.  I left supplies for 'homework'!

Interesting read for Josh's library.  A mystery that takes place in our own province and capital city.  I learned a thing or three and it actually takes place during the upcoming Festival du Voyageur where we can check out the ice sculptures after our fiddling concert.

As far as the house search goes I had seriously invested dream time in one we thought was the one! It sold while we were working things out with the Rooster's pencil. :/   All this looking sure takes time.  I'm dreaming about a new one whose basement isn't quite the spacious studio the one that got away had!  lol

I joined the style club and they are such encouraging ladies.  But that, too, takes time gathering outfits, photographing them to share and then commenting on the other ladies.  BUT, I am learning to embrace my aging body and learning all kinds of new tricks.  I'm learning to tell a story with what I wear.  And, darn it, I am 'getting it' why some people are so into fashion fun. ;^)  It won't be my first luv but hey, who doesn't want to look good. The Rooster found my selfies on my phone and now I have another 'advisor'!  LOL

Jesse has been with us almost five weeks now and I must say my card playing skills are improving.  Unfortunately I think our waistlines are increasing along with our scores.  :/  He has taken up jogging but I have declined.  I'll just run faster on my errand trail.

The sewing room is clean and I got hubby's coveralls mended.  I am still learning clothing styles sew I will soon be ready to  try tunics in various colours and styles.  Who knew light would be a colour option for me!!!

Unfortunately the art room has just become a repository for stuff.  I got new alphabet stamps in the mail from the Wunderlust people.  I so enjoy that class and I'm only behind by half a class, watching that is.  :}  But I think I buried my big journal. :/

And of course my hand work is undone.  I haven't even been able to re-hem my skirt or make a pom pom for the hat! 

Today I am off to have the car surfaced for our usual February get away!

But things even out and I expect quiet and boring will return soon.  If I win some and lose some in the end love conquers all.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

One and the same

Amazingly what one learns about making art and decorating one's house.  Same principles also apply to one's clothes closet.  And vice versa!

1) Needs to fit!  The dresser looks great by the bed but I can't easily make the bed every morning and that corner is just about eye level with a less than wide awake Rooster.  So, plan B.  Assemblage is a wonderful mixed media style but I can barely get the top off the child proof laundry detergent bottle.   I stroked  the Dremel off my 'have to have' list.  Therefore all the ill fitting clothing have been edited out.  Well, I kept a few warm and slouchy tops- for cooler art days.  They will likely not survive the painting messes any who!

 2) Colour!  I do luv colour but apparently it showcases better on a neutral background and as eye popping accents. The orange art room tends to clash with and colour most of my art project appraisals.  :O  My colourful (and busy) backgrounds are benefiting with knocking back with swathes of gesso and the application of baby wipe rubs.  I have learned all this after investing in coloured walls and now I'm continuing under the influence of the current grey trend.  Grey, BTW, shows up colour wonderfully.   Much as fire engine red may suit my colouring I won't be wearing a full skirted dress in it. A bit more subdued and who knew that blue jeans are considered a neutral.  I must add, mind you, that I was looking at some red shoes the other day!  lol

3) Rule of thirds.   Gosh this applies in photography, art canvases, windows and drapes, groupings of threes so why not the old body!   duh!  Proportion and lines has less to do with body shape and a lot to do with what will make a pleasing silhouette.  Half black and half white with a red belt and gold bulls eye buckle is not too pleasing.  Now I am a short plumping hour glass who needs to embrace my curves without giving star status to the plumping parts.  It is good to identify one's nemesis and then skim lightly over them!

4) The yes and no lists.  I rather like those white minimalist houses but I'm not neat enough to maintain one.  So relaxed Ikea works.  I'm giving my French Provincial chairs to my DD#2 and my dearie is swallowing the recovering costs and adjusting to the new swapped mid century modern book case. ;^)  Family Affairs!!!    Follow alongs and Project Lifes are not my style.  My own blogging themes,  making my own journals and adding some of the bought ephemera works for me.  Making art for Ikea shelving is my happy place.  Unhappily, vbsigh, bosoms are a fact of life for us X rated figures.  Much as I wish I was that 60's Twiggy model, I ain't.  But turtlenecks are not my best look.  I need to lower that neckline and get a nice bit of jewelry under my chin to draw the eye up and help  acquaintances who are stuck- well, you know where!  An interesting aside is that I have a tee shirt with a bit lower neckline and luv it.  So this is really about what makes you happy.  I luv stripes.  I'm not giving them up but I will be thinking rule of thirds and columns of colour when I do it.

5) Armed with your YES list, edit your closet.  Downsizing has been easier since I reconciled that I would not be revisiting my folk art period!  :{   And while I kinda like the Victorian style of mixed media I won't be spending a lot of my art budget on lace and pearls.  A lot of what isn't my art style is passed on to the grand kiddies who haven't discovered their style yet.  lol   Ideally I want to reach into my closet and get what works quickly, easily and happily.

6) Accessories.  The secret weapon for colour and creativity.  Those statement accents on the coffee table or bookcase.  The bit of metal or glitz near the focal point in the mixed media art.  The earring, bracelet or scarf.  Amazing what a bracelet does to an outfit or a brooch to a drab cowl necked sweater.

7) Capsules!!!  This totally makes sense to me.  My home decorating focuses around tweaking the seasons.  I have created four bookcases in my basement that store colours and accessories for the four seasons that we enjoy.  I luv arranging vignettes and it beats shuffling rooms full of furniture around.  No surprise that my randomness leads to various aspects of my art and crafting life.  If I embrace the slower pace of winter which keeps me indoors  and spend my time sewing and hand stitching  my life is far less frustrating.  I guess one can snow dye but dyeing is likely a fall outdoors project for me.  It was a no-brainer for me to make four clothing capsules.  One for each season and they actually over lap a bit so I just shuffle the seasons from accessible to not so accessible along the hanging bar.  This works better for me than colours or kinds which I tend to associate with seasonal wear anyway.  And if I need orange I do know where in the seasonal line I can find it.  It also shows up gaps and the unnecessary number of the same four items and lack of a fifth but different.

The biggest thing I learned is nothing stays the same.  House decor goes through trends.  A major colour shift occurs every 10 years like brown to grey and minor accessory styles change yearly.  Classic is timeless.  Most of us have seen the rise and fall of crocheting, paint by numbers, scrap booking and grunge art.  But fabric, paper, and the colour wheel are a basic.   My 30 year old body exists only in old photos and in my mind.  Reality reveals we all change.  Selfies (for your viewing pleasure only)  are an excellent tool for showing that!  And after the first half dozen painful crying jags one focuses on line and proportion.  Mind you, dressing in one's bedroom then going for the selfie in better light does not prepare one for the full mirror view of a bent over and half clothed confrontation enhanced by the lighting in a change room.  I wonder they sell ANYTHING!!!   But covering the body is not really negotiable so lets happily and comfortably embrace it.  How about with some style?

Another aha! was percentage.  One day a week I dress up for church.  One day I have scheduled for errands.  Those days I MUST dab some makeup on.  See colour above!  Five days I am at home happily messing about.  Party wear opportunities are extremely rare.  So the 3 ball gowns were tossed.  Just kidding.  However the sparkly top that no longer buttons was sobbed over and laid to rest in the discard pile.  That defining moment actually led to unearthing my cloth measuring tape!  :/  If my math is correct, 14% of my closet should be semi formal (?) maybe classically casual.  14% should be casually classy.  And a whopping 71% needs to be for a comfy, casual, creative country chic (k).   And it sure isn't!   But I do have a list for future forays into the change room, lighting be d***ed!

SEW- I think tunics, with a bit of shape at the waist are my ticket to creative freedom.  Even a loose thin belt would work.  The pattern will be easy to fine tune.  Easy to sew, easy to wear and I do have fabric!  The prototype waits beside Nina and the Rooster's coveralls.

Being creative.  Whether it is through my homemaking,  chasing the muse, or revealing who I am to all those who pass me on the street, it is all one and the same.

Monday, February 6, 2017

SEW here is February!

My focus for February is all things sewing, including my sewing room.  It needs a few tweaks.

I am also on a quest to cover my body in a becoming style and that has involved selfies, and measuring tapes and thought provoking quizzes.

I will need to review my old UFO list and think about an upcoming wedding quilt.

I did pick up my new ruler foot, a set of rulers, some practice fabric and a new machine quilting book.  Time to dust off Nina who is quite raring to go!

Much as I've enjoyed 'beating' my guys on game nights, ;^)  I need to pick up the handwork and make it a priority.

I really hope this month doesn't fly by as fast as the first one!

Friday, February 3, 2017

January ARTifacts

Seth says:

"Every year I have so many "art memories" from my travels, my teaching, my adventures in NYC, and my studio work. I have decided that 2017 will be the year of ARTifacts where I document my adventures in art for the entire year in a physical book.

I would love to have you join me. This would be a no rules collaboration. Just find or make some sort of artist book, planner, scrapbook, 3-ring-binder, folder, or other container to document your creative experiences, whether they be in art, craft, or anything else. Then get to documenting in any way to style that works for you.

I had a good number of people express interest in joining. And an equal number of people asking what exactly the project is. I was purposely vague because I wanted it to be a reflection of you. For me, I am looking at this project as an artful way of keeping track of my daily life as an artist. A dossier or scrapbook of sorts that is filled with words and images that document the creative part of my life."    The Altered Page

I  already had three ways to record 2017

My big memory keeper which I may spend an hour a week updating with permanent pen,  photos, mark making and ephemera.  I very pleased to have completed 7 months with this method and I can see style improvements monthly!  :)

My planner is a smaller version of the memory keeper.  I jot down plans, ideas, and try things.  So it is more like a doodle or scratch pad.  This is no stress and what is, IS!  Very freeing and hints at my evolving interests and styles.

Then I have the journal I made which documents my 2017 year of discovery.  I've made a good start.

I am happy to start a new month.  I can refocus and pull back on the areas I got too wide in.  My personal journey journal will be getting  more attention.  And I really do hope my planner has less out and about and more in and get busy!!!   I plan to make art and that is a fact!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Janus, is the door still open???

Janus- In his role as the Guardian of Exits and Entrances, Janus was also believed to represent beginnings. The explanation for this belief being that one must emerge through a door or gate in order to enter into a new place. Therefore, the Romans also considered Janus as the God of Beginnings and his name was an obvious choice for the first month of their year...a month referred to by the Ancient Romans as Ianuarius, which is not so far removed from the modern-day "January," taken from the Etruscan word jauna which means "door." Originally, however, Janus was honored on the first day of every month, in addition to being worshipped at the beginning of planting season and again at the harvest. Deference was also paid to him at the most important beginnings in the life of an individual...such as birth and marriage.

What a busy month.  We have been house hunting.   The idea of an empty basement has me wildly excited!  No!  We haven't even got to the offer part so this is is just wild speculation on my part.  The Rooster is more interested in pantry space.  lol

We also have a house guest.  So my skills at hand work haven't moved along much but my card holding has improved as has my game playing skills.   My mark making pens and my thread and needle have not had much chance to play.  Nice to have a 20 year old young fella bump us out of our rut.  But we were telling him there is one thing lacking since he arrived.  Sleep!!!  lol

 I joined a style challenge that had me delving in the depths of my closet and sharpened my previously non existent selfie skills.   This is my relaxing Sunday afternoon outfit.  I am not comfortable with wearing leggings in public.  But so nice at home!  Trying to look good sure takes lots of time.  I had to stop to shop for a couple of basics including this top.  :O
 The room I had picked to begin the whole house 'touch up and call it done'  project was the art room.  This is the final run through for our 'ready to move' purge.

I hadn't expected to do much but the seasonal sort of all the smaller bits for scrapbooking/planners turned out to be relatively easy and quick.   There isn't  a lot of room to do much but tidy and easy access is always good!  ;^)

Last page for the January set of planner pages.  I can't quite comprehend how the time has flown.
But I did notice that Janus is also available for the beginning of each new month.  phew!  I can start again with all my good intentions! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Fly by Friday

I have had an incredibly busy week with appointments and errands.   I've hardly spent any time in my art room.

Then I joined a 5 day clothing style challenge which I thought I'd just watch and learn from.  Totally drawn in and I learned so very much.  I should have known that personal styles and design principles are not just for art or house decor!  duh!  One trip to the city held a small side trip. But that is next month's focus so more on that next month.

I did start out the week with art and red violet in mind.  But then things got complicated; not to mention busy.   I grabbed some scrap booking paper from Michael's in blue violet for March's art 101 lesson.  Contemplating the grand kiddies options for January's red violet got me experimenting with collage on a blank canvas.

I calmed it down and added light molding paste which seems to be part of my style evolution.  Not sure where this is going to go but I have time to think about it as I try to get the focus for January back on track.  But I am definitely feeling on track with discovering who I am and what's my personal style.  Happy weekend!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Finding Myself!

Here is the way I see it!

I am a Mystic.  No surprise it is the baseline of who I am.  It will certainly influence what I do but I am an introvert and this is a private part of me.  It'll be a silent partner.  But one who dances in the spirit!

Again, no surprise; I am a Storyteller which also partnered with Scribe and Writer. The big three! This likely explains why I am more inclined to research and write about my plans than do them.  lol  I stride along, reporting what I find that is interesting.

I am a Student which is why I am such a technique junky.  Again, blogger fodder.  I hardly have time to attend sock hops!

I am an Eternal Child.  This is no surprise to those who know me well.  I learned I was an 'otter' some years ago and what shocked me was that I was just about 95% instead of my usual scores for surveys which are average, 50 percenters.  This just makes me jump for joy!

And I am an Hermit.  An happy hermit, I might add.  Of course, this means I have lots of time to write and blog. oh, and play!  So I'm not likely to be seen out and about too very much!

 I just feel the stress ooze out of me when I learn I am an Artist only as a secondary trait.  I am a Creative!!!   I have no passion/drive to be a big artist.  I will be happy to write about my creativity instead.

It is interesting to me that I am a Teacher only as a secondary impetuous.  Learning is more important to me but I will absolutely share what I learn.  I did some 'real' teaching and can see now that teaching is a tad stressful for the Hermit!  :O  Now teaching the grand kiddies is really just playing school and hardly seems to count.   I really learn as much as they!

The big surprise to me was that another secondary trait is Engineer.  ???  But I do like to be a creative problem solver in many areas and I do like systems in place so things flow smoothly.

I had the Rooster take the quiz with me and we are in basic agreement.   Bless his heart, he thinks I'm a capital A artist.  He also thinks I'm a Princess!  Okay, I'll grant you that I'm spoiled!  ;^)  Nice to know we are of like mind.

All in all, I am happy that the book has validated where I am wanting to head in my creative journey.  It was worth the price of the book to finally own up to my passion, writing.  I am not sure what has made me resist acknowledging  writing/storytelling but ...

The book also helps use the archetypical information to inform your mixed media style.  So that will be an interesting process as well.  I do intend to let my little light shine and to tell about it!

Monday, January 23, 2017

THE journal

There are some people who like to look in mirrors.  me?  Not so much.  So doing a journal titled 'All About...  me'   is a little freaky!!!   But shoot!  I'm going to be clickety click- 66 this year.  It is a transitional year.  If I haven't figured out who I am by now,  well, when will I?

I do like journaling.  I even like making journals.  So when I first crossed paths with this concept something inside me straightened right up and said, YES!

I immediately sent for the book post haste and awaited it impatiently.  I did the quiz and actually had a surprise or two but I feel very accepting of the results.

 In some ways I feel like I have been preparing for this very thing!   I did these mixed media art canvases a couple several years ago.  :O

I grabbed the journal I'd made last year for the Wanderlust journey.  I'll ignore the one page I'd managed to do.  There is always gesso but somehow I feel this is another preparation page.  But I am not wundering/wandering nor lust/lost so this will repurpose nicely.

After doing the quiz and identifying my own archetypes I felt empowered to let me come into the light and be fully revealed.  Hello, elle!  I counted up the important traits and added two more signatures which the wide spine easily accommodated.  Another 'meant to be'!   The intro of who, what, when, where, why, how and even therefore,  kinda just fell into place.  And now it is , next...

I am ready to leap into my documentary.  Maybe with only a little hesitation.  lol

Friday, January 20, 2017

That kind of day

My Memory Keeper is keeping up.    Not quite finished the week but I was on a roll.  It has been an eventful week so I'll just hope for an uneventful weekend.  ;^)  

Was a week behind waiting for white printer paper but I'm printing away.  Ink is now low though.  lol 

The planner is such fun.  No stress and no planning.  I also got a download for art room planning and it confirms many of my own thoughts so I feel validated.

I am ready to tackle the archetypes journal and have a bit of a start planned.   I see the mask is upside down but I 'like' it!   All the news stories have been rather gloomy so I was happy to make art as light bulbs turned on as I worked!  Letting my light shine!

PS:  I read that making art releases endorphins; those happy feelings.  I'm a believer!