Monthly Archives: July 2010

Circles of My Mind

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"Circles of My Mind" journal page - mixed media

 

 “Like a circle in a spiral – Like a wheel within a wheel – Never ending or beginning – On an ever spinning wheel – As the images unwind- Like the circles that you find – In the windmills of your mind”   (Michele LeGrand)    

That old song, “Windmills of My Mind,”  has been running through my head this last week as I tried to figure out what to do to three unfinished paintings.  I don’t like to have unfinished work hanging around, and these three paintings all seem to be stuck at a place where I can’t quite figure out where to go with them.  So I turned back to working on my journal pages and this is what evolved.  I started with the brown paper page, added some gesso, added some colors without much thought, just putting down color, cut a window in an old postcard abstract type painting and drew a small figure on deli paper, ended up only using the head.  Used a rubber stamp I made out of rubber foam for the goldfish, and the blue circles.  Used torn recycled paper towels (which are brown), book pages, citra solve papers, deli paper, oil pastels, pencil, colored pencils, gouache, watercolor, acrylics, found objects, fabric.        

I am no closer to figuring out what to do with those unfinished paintings, but I had some fun with this intuitive art journal page.          

 

Detail from "Circles of My Mind" journal page

 

Detail from journal page "Circles of My Mind"

 

Detail from "Circles of My Mind" journal page

 

Detail from "Circles of my Mind" journal page

 

Detail from "Circles of My Mind" journal page

Summer Dances…

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Summer: Journal page mixed media

 

 It is my intention to bind all these loose pages I’ve been sharing, at the end of the year, so I will have a journal completed for 2010.  This page was created mostly from scraps and pieces of trash; peanut shells, candy wrapper, rusted champagne lid cover, old negative I was going to throw away, but was able to use it for the dancing female figure on the film, watercolor, pencil marks, oil pastels, pressed leaves.   I keep a large two-inch deep tray in my studio where I toss odd bits of paper, especially little pieces of brown paper from junk mail, or packaging, etc, or trash scraps, pieces from other projects… I planned to do the whole page in browns, but  couldn’t confine myself to a monotone color range. 

Detail from "Summer"

 

Detail from "Summer" mixed media journal page

In Her House. . .

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In Her House ... journal page, collage, mixed media, acrylic, goauche, torn paper, Citra Solv papers, magazine cutouts, found objects.

   

 The words from “In Her House …” are taken from a poem I wrote many years ago.  I have paraphrased most of the verses, sometimes taking them out of context to fit my thoughts for the collage.  It is a double spread journal page making the total size 12″x18″.  I cut our the shapes for the houses from handmade collage paper, then painted over them with Zinc white(transparent white) to tone them down.  (Both of my printers are out of ink which explains the strange color of the printed words!)  I used acrylic for the background, also oil pastel, and gesso, found papers. Please excuse my slightly crooked photography – I have a hard time with it!  Also please excuse my typos which appear as misspellings!   

"In Her House..." house #1. Handmade collage paper, magazine image, acrylic, oil pastel, collage.

   

"In Her House..." house #2, handmade collage paper cut in house shape, acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, magazine image, computer printed words.

   

"In Her House..." detail; house #3

   

"In Her House..." detail house #4

   

"In Her House ..." detail bottom of page

   

"In Her House..." detail bottom right page

Other Stages

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Mixed Media Journal Page.  Torn paper, Citra Solv art papers, oil pastel, pencil, found object, poetry.

                                              “(I have seen and I know)

Confessions prattled makes the sound

Of prayers — and I was only

Measuring the borders

Of an unguarded terrain

Secret as a page of (sacred)

Geometry.”

“…Map-less without star or compass…”

“…Connections from another view

I might once have known

                                         (Or so I say and I have)

Heard your quick short jags

of breath sliding into sleep

As water pours slipping

All at once into a glass

Invisible …”

 

“Summer Looks Out …”

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“Summer looks out from her brazen tower,

Through the flashing bars of July.”  (Francis Thompson)

 Journal page – mixed media;  Deli paper, gouache, pencil, oil pastel, torn papers, magazine cut outs, scrap copper, Citra-Solv papers.

 I love the riotous chaos of summer.  Life growing as fast as possible.  Every day a new beginning, glorious light touching the water and the sky until the moon comes sidling in to cast the night, which never seems as dark as a winter night.