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Beginning of a New Year

I am celebrating my 20th weekly ballet class after my return to my favorite form of exercise.  I always loved dance - of all kinds - and took ballet classes once or twice a week during many years of my adult life.  But I "lapsed" when I retired and during the summer decided that I had to return - at least for the entire barre part of the class.   


My friend Teri, a mixed-media artist, told me about two online Art Journal groups she joined for 2014.  I looked carefully at both of them and decided on a "Documented Life" project. 


I love memoirs and have many ways that I document my life and those in my family - including all of my ancestors back for several hundred years. 

Each week there is a prompt posted, and members create a journal page in a modified Moleskine Weekly Planner.  I love the idea of a weekly prompt, and for years did the weekly Everyday Matters challenge.  But I wanted to draw/paint in ink with watercolor on my favorite watercolor paper.  I tore a sheet of Fabriano Artistica  140 lb extra-white Soft Press paper into folios, made signatures with two folios per signature (i.e. 8 pages), and started the prompts on the first signature.  I have the pages in the signature numbered so I can bind the book, in order, at the end of the year. 

Week 1:  Front Door

I live in a New York City apartment building and sketched and painted the small hall off the elevator and my front door.


Week 2:  A Selfie

I debated about drawing a self-portrait, but recently did that for my FIT Figure Drawing class.  So instead I sketched and painted "The Selfie of My Dreams."



Think that I have said this before, but: YOU CONTINUE TO INSPIRE ME! The journal project is delightful. Not sure of my long range plans, but currently I'm making a Star Wars quilt for the 6 year old and pj's and dresses for the twins. Plan on a quilt workshop with Judy Coates Perez next week. Oh yes, I want to use some of the silk fabric that I've hand dyed. Joy!

I was wondering about doing this one. I didn't want to use a planner and too often, I don't like prompts that make me get too personal. I really like how you did the selfie as that is the one that made me decide not to do it. Now I am rethinking it! Love your ballerina. I'll have to tell my granddaughter how you've kept up with this all your life. She spends hours at the studio either taking classes or helping with the young kid's classes.

This one is going to be fun to watch! Love the legs in the first picture! I can tell that you were drawing something that you know!

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