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  • June 8th, 2011 | 5:22 PM
Recent artsy things/ sharing your work

Last week I shared some backgrounds I was working on for my 15 Words or less art journal.  I have some of the pages finished or close to finished. Art, like writing, is a constant learning process. There are some things I really like about each of these pages and some things I don't. There are sections I look at and feel, mostly in my gut, that something isn't working but I don't know what. Like I said, it's all a learning process. If you're interested in more detail you can click on the picture to see it larger.

I would have liked to do make the pictures move more to the back of the page, like with an image transfer, but I don't have the energy to do 50 image transfers for this book. So I'm concentrating one trying to blend them in effectively. It works better on some than on others. I wish I had paid more attention to the sizes of the photos before I printed them out but it was another good learning process for me.

I like sharing this in various stages and even if they are less than "finished" because it helps me feel better overall about putting myself out. Not everything I write or make is going to be terrific or appeal to everyone and that's okay. I started with a watercolor book, painted the pages with various Golden Fluid acrylics. Collaged the pictures and various papers, added more color with my Neocolor II, Portfolio Oil Pastels and walnut inks. I love using the walnut inks but they take DAYS to dry. Grrr. Even with using a blow dryer on the page. I use the Sharpie Poster Paint water-based pens to write on all the pages.

Right now with art I think I am stronger in colors that I believe I am. I think my weak point is composition. I hate my handwriting (doesn't everyone?) but I wanted the handwritten connection to the words here since this are all poetry warm-up exercises. Nothing to be written in gold or carved in stone or worried about. laurasalas posts a picture on Thursdays and those who want to play along, write a poem of 15 words or less. It's a nice way to warm up the writing muscles for the day. I printed out the photos she posted on the days I've participated (so far). I may take some of these "warm-ups" and work on them more. Or not. I may take some of the pages and work on them more. Or not. :)






Such is the creative process.

Working on these pages is such good thinking time for my writing.

What kind of art making is feeding your soul these days?
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June 9th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
They are so lovely! You are an inspiration to me.
June 9th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I hope you're finding something to fill your soul too.
June 9th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Susan these are just incredible, love the use of the b+w photos and especially the upside down one..Janet
June 9th, 2011 05:17 am (UTC)
Thank you. I can't take credit for the photos. Laura picks out photos and posts them every Thursday and we write to the photo prompt. I just printed out the pictures she picked out.

It's a really fun exercise and I'm glad I'm going to have them collected in this book.
June 9th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
These are so beautiful, both visually and in content.

The closest I've come to creating art lately other than through writing has been through cooking. I love inventing sauces and marinades for dishes and just seeing how they turn out. I feel a little bit like a scientist in that way, and the results make the house smell warm and rich while I write or work, so that's a plus.
June 9th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jeni.

I think cooking is totally making art with, as you sad, a bit of mad scientist. I can't do it. If it weren't for hubby cooking we'd be eating a lot of instant stuff. I love marinades.
June 9th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Love these, Susan. They feel very autumnal. Last one is my favorite. Can't resist that chocolate tooth!

Like Jeni, for me cooking is a good meditative, mindful activity that spurs creative thinking. There are many similarities to the writing process.

June 9th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jama.

I really think cooking, for those who love to do it, is exactly that, a meditative process. For me it is stress city. But I am always happy to eat the results.

Did I read that you are working on some food essays?
June 9th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, these are the kind of works I can gaze at for a long time, and still find more to see. Very beautiful and powerful stuff, Susan.
June 9th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy. I'm having fun.
June 9th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Love this! Loved being able to hold it and touch the pages. You are so fabulous!!! And so are your art and words! :)
June 9th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks so much. Right back at ya!

It was such fun to share them with you in person.
June 9th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Susan- I love this. The upside-down spider pic was my favorite. Maybe one day I'll try my hand at art. ~laurie kolp
Laura Zarrin
June 28th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
What beautiful spreads! I love the colors and textures!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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