Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sketchbook Project Island Thoughts

I've joined the sketchbook project @ art house. Naturally, I'm going to do my favorite thing to draw, islands, as part of the, If you lived here..... theme. I do want to expand my concept of islands from land that is surrounded by h2o. Already, have an idea to included, what I call islands in a sea of green, but want to expand the idea from the literal to include my concept of an island. I think i need to start w/ my definition of an island as opposed to webster's definition. How about, a person is an Island in a sea of humanity.

Island Ideas
1. Islands surrounded by h2o
Calendar islands Casco Bay
Florida river islands
Collierville marsh islands

2. Islands in a sea of green
Trees & scrub surrounded
by soybeans
Tree island

3. A unique person surrounded
by a sea of humanity that is
significantly different then the
person, visible as in
costume or
inner person that isn't
necessarily visible.

4. My definition of an island &
Webster's definition of an island.
Mine - a unit that is set apart
from the whole.

5. Assorted island nouns, language,
Kitchen island - cabinetry in the
center of a room, kitchen.

6. Island Community
People live on an island year-round
Maine islands
Caribbean islands
Hawaiian islands
Florida islands

Artist - creativity sets the artist
apart from the
general populace.
Rewarded artist - sets apart
from the artistic community.

Poet & Poetry - Hmmm....

And, on & on, stay tuned to see how this works out.

Enjoy today, already a hot one here!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Doodle Diary Art Journal Book Launch

Doodle Diary Art Journal Book Launch

Every girl deserves a space to explore the world and note down things she enjoys, Dawn Sokol's Doodle Diary is just the place. Not only can your create your own journal, but it is full of inspiration on what to write and how to write it, colorfully as a unigue expression of you. Dawn is a generous and talented artist, she loves to doodle and has the most colorful pages in her Art Journal.

Although, I had seen Dawn's work online, I 1st contacted Dawn, when I took her online Merry Merry Christmas Art Journal class. As some of you may know, I lost my brother in tragic circumstances and my father at Christmas not long after. Holidays, especially Christmas can be emotional and difficult for me, so I decided that it was time to heal the only way I knew how with my art making. The 1st year I tried creating a Christmas Journal, I tried scrapbooking along with painting. That worked out ok, but still wasn't fully what I wanted. Enter Christmas #2 art making, I'd found Dawn's work and collage pages online the year before. In signing up, I decided to share with her(a big risk for me), how I was trying to distract and heal myself with art making. I recieved the most wonderful, kind, & understanding email in return, that in itself helped me heal. I am forever grateful for her reaching out to me that day, as you can see it made a huge impression on me, I found a friend.

Now for the talented part, Oh, man, this girl has it, color, shape, fancy text, BoHo style, & best of all cheerful. It is such a pleasure to view her Art Journal Pages, when in this world there is so much yuck, it is a joy to see what Dawn is up to. Speaking of that, she is always growing and creating so there is always something to see. On her website,, you really get to see beautiful work & a peek into her very creative life. In addition, she takes the time to show & write on her blog, how she creates her pages. By showing her Pages In Progress & the finished page, you get a full understanding on how to create a technique, background, etc. I have already ordered a signed copy of Doodle Diary from Dawn directly, which I will share later in the month.

If you are into creating, or have a girlfriend or neice, who loves to create,

this is a journal book you need to buy.

Get yourself over to Dawn's Doodle Diary page to purchase her book,

for giveaways and all kinds of lucisousness.

I'll see you there.

P.S. Dawn has an Art Journaling DVD, which I will be talking about later as well. This women is just a fountain of good information, she makes it very easy to create in a crazy, busy world.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Posting Pictures

I am so pleased to work out posting picture buttons again. I can't believe how much I have forgotten, but I have it working now for the above button on the right.
Dawn Sokol has written this wonderfull book for girls who like to doodle. She launches the book tomorrow so click on my new Doodle Diary button to check it out.
I'll be back with more tomorrow. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Colombia Independence day

Happy Independence Day Art, love you, sues

Happy 200th independence day Colombia

The Gloria is Colombia's Navy training vessel w/the Colombian flag flying high & true. The yellow symbolizes the gold found in Colombia, the blue their surrounding seas & the red, Colombian blood spilled fighting for their independence.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Color in the Garden

I am enjoying the colorful crepe myrtle that comes with the heat. Apparently, crepe myrtle needs so many days in the high 90's or over 100 to blossom. A silver lining in every cloud, now for a few rain clouds so we don't need to water. Time for a rain dance. Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

josef frank

Google is cebrating josef frank. I just love his designs expecially Hawaii,
then again I love anything Hawaiian.