Saturday, October 3, 2015

What is my art Michi? Alice in Wonderland...down the rabbit hole.  Where is this art journey of mine leading?  I feel befuddled.  An odd term to use, but true.

This year's Life Book course has been wonderful with exposure to some great artists, exciting lessons and guest instructors, and lots of completed multi-media projects (some more successful than others). It has been a time and discipline commitment, and I've learned a tremendous amount.

But I wonder....what has the work been for?

This year, I set aside doing art quilting, digital drawing and photography for the most part.  Now, that the Life Book course year is coming to a close, I'm asking myself what the purpose of this year's work has been.  I'm less clear about the 'why' of it than I was last January.

I have a decision to make soon...whether to continue with the course in 2016.  So, like Alice, have I started an adventure that is calling me to places and depths I've never been -- in my art?

Then who wouldn't want the adventure to continue?

Image by Katogi Mari

A Life Book 2015 project...

This was created using the same technique as was used for the last piece posted.  But I'm not in like with this.  The hand-made stencil for the image outline didn't work well.  Overall, the piece lacks cohesion to me.

I have two more prepared muslin panels to work on.  I don't know what I'll try next.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Life Book 15 - Week 36 Project Completed (or nearly completed)

This project did not end up as the lesson directed...that's ok as we're also working on it being ok to go off in one's own direction with an assignment.

This project didn't work out based on following the direction.  So I did some experimentation with collage on the project substrate.  The photo shows today's result, and I may even do more.  But for now---its as done as it will be...for today.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Doing Art Today!

Today's efforts included a couple of projects.  The first was to begin the Week 36 lesson through Life Book 2015.  Donna Downey was guest instructor for this lesson.

Donna's project involves using muslin and covering it with joint compound and clear gesso to create a workable and still flexible paint/collage surface.  I never knew about joint compound nor would I have even thought of using it in an art project.  But I love how it creates a more stable structure for using fabric as a substrate.  It takes some time to dry, so I didn't get as far as I wanted.

But another element of the project is to use a fine liner to write with a mixture of acrylic black paint (Golden) and airbrush medium (50%/50%) on the prepared muslin  It takes a bit of experimenting to figure out how to write with the fine liner.  But I've worked up four muslin panels so far...with one that I think is workable for completing the lesson.  Tomorrow, I'll do more work on it.

Before finishing up for the day, I did the colored-pencil drawing in the photo.  It came pretty well. I took some work in terms of the light and shadow areas because of the dark facial color used and the fact that the pencil color went on heavy to begin with.  Another learning experience!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Life Book 2015 - Week 26 Project Completed!

This was not exactly what the project assignment was, but where the work took me. I like the shading on the hat, and my faces are getting better!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Life Book 15 - Week 34

My muse was the Goddess Morrigan for this exercise.  She was known as the Crow Goddess, and queen of phantoms and shape-shifters.  This image aptly reflect the dark qualities.  The crow image was done first followed by the face.  This piece was a color and dimensional study overall, and I enjoyed doing it!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Google - Blogger Problems!

Are you having problems uploading photos to your blog on Blogger (operated by Google)?  I am, and those problems have been occurring for a few weeks now.

I'm considering changing blog platforms.  For bloggers, what blog platform do you like the best?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Life Book 2015 - Week 32 Project

Tamara taught this past week's lesson titled 'You Are Wise'.  She led everyone through her process by video step-by-step.  Not that we all created replicas of her work, but did use her less as a jumping off point for creating our own.  As part of the lesson, Tamara invites all to work with personal transformation activities that are used as part of the art work...which is part of the reason I took this class aside from really liking her energy.

Above is the photo of my girl flying over a planet of my limiting beliefs.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Artisan State Flatbook - Great promo offer!

This is the completed flat book printed through Artisan State as part of a current promotional offer ($5 for the book plus $5 for shipping).  The quality of the book is superb, and I've had many compliments on it already!

What I like includes the thickness of the pages, the luster of the paper, and the true-to-image printing.  The software to put it together is similar to Blurb's.

I highly recommend giving Artisan State a try...either for a short portfolio book (20 pages max. through the offer) or for a nice family photo momento album!

I'm so pleased that I've now got other books to create...ha, ha.

Thank you Google...

...for fixing the bug!  I can now make posts and upload photos again.