Learning about Payne's Gray, angular brushes and water soluble crayons. I have to smile when I think about
trying to paint portraits without them. It would be like saying to a seamstress "you mean you were trying to sew without a seam ripper". This portrait was far less stressful. It's on watercolor paper rather than fabric so I am not sure what to do with it now. I will for sure scan onto fabric and perhaps try to frame her in some interesting way.
I like to add a new Christmas tree to our holiday decorations each year and this year it is this hand made tree I got on Etsy . I have bought a few items from Middleburg over the last couple of years and they have all been splendid. I change them out through the seasons.
Just a little simple hand stitching. My creative energy is moving away from bright colors and larger pieces as in my art quilts. I have been gathering paler, neutral colors but still batiks which I have been eager to start using. The hand stitching projects will probably end up in art journals of mine and those I create for resale. I will also be exploring more machine stitching such as words, flowers, hearts, stars, wings maybe even bird cages, houses and windows.
Creating an Art Journal for myself is such a pleasure. I think back to how we stored photos before art journals. There were either kept is an old shoe box or put in photo albums. Nothing fancy just picture after picture. But oh! The Art Journal takes these photos to a work of art. I still have boxes of photos that I need to get to.
I am learning so much about Photoshop Elements from Susan Tuttle's - VisualPoetry workshop. This is an altered photo from Week one, Lesson 3. It has been so frustrating trying to use Photoshop Elements. And I could only scratch the surface of what it could do. With Susan's workshop I am having fun and learning all kinds of great stuff.