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December 14, 2012

Paintings of Christmas Ornaments

I made a 16 page Teesha Moore watercolor booklet to paint many of the Christmas ornaments I made for our family and friends.  Last year I posted several of the pages here and here.  I am still painting more ornaments in the book while the ornaments are unpacked and easily accessible.  Here are the next pages in the book.

Here is our fraser tree this year.  It is full of ornaments and I made 95% of them since 1976.  Each of our children have a full set on their family trees and each year now I give them enough for our grandchildren to start their collection.

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This is the painting on the front cover of my book. 

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And here are the four pages that follow the ones in the above links. 

This is a duck made on a big white jingle bell.

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December 11, 2012

Seagulls of Prague

When we were standing on the Charles Bridge in Prague, a group of seagulls were taking off and landing right next to me.  I took multiple pictures and painted several of them when we came home to remember the lovely day.

I brought home a newspaper front page  from Berlin, Prague, and Budapest to use for collage.  I tore strips of them for this double page spread and glued them in place.  Then I painted on absorbent ground and allowed it to dry thoroughly before drawing and painting my gulls.

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December 7, 2012

Figure Drawing - December 2012

I finally returned to live figure drawing!  It is one of my favorite art activities and I promise myself sessions once each month.  After September, we were on vacation, the City was recovering from Hurricane Sandy, and my husband and I moved my Mother to a nursing home and closed up her apartment.  I didn't know what to expect when I returned, but I loved one of the models and thoroughly enjoyed drawing her.  She was tall, thin, and extremely flexible.  And she had a fabulous head of hair!

 2 Minute Poses, including multiple head drawings as I concentrated on her face and hair.

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5 Minute Poses:

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10 Minute Pose:

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20 Minute Pose:

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November 27, 2012

From Thanksgiving to Christmas

We had a big family Thanksgiving at our apartment on Thursday and I painted the Gerbera daisies I had in the bud vases on all of the tables.

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The following day my husband and I relaxed and then I started planning the Christmas ornaments I will make for our grandchildren.  I made one prototype in order to work out problems with the pattern.  But then I needed to make a second one to tweak things more.  Now I'm almost done making a total of 15 Santas - assembly line production.

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The Santa head is the ornament - measuring about 6" long.  The green square is artistic license on the page! 

November 24, 2012

Making New Artists' Books

Our Journal Study Group met at my apartment a week ago and made wonderful little Origami Tag Books.  The method was published by Lenna Andrews Foster in Artitude zine (issue 14 - maybe available on Etsy).  From left to right:  the busy artists are Pat, Teri, and Benedicte.

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Pat made one of these books several years ago and offered to teach us the method.  She made a new one while teaching us, so we were all very busy talking, laughing, cutting, folding, gluing, stamping, and writing.

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I needed to make 3 tags per page for a total of 21.  These were cut from card stock, painted with a variety of metallic paints, and then stamped.

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Here is a photo of my completed book - which measures 3.25 by 3.25 inches.

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These are the origami folded pages - which I stamped with my handmade fun foam stamps and gold metallic ink.  Along the edges I wrote the words from the beginning of "T'was the Night Before Christmas." 

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Each of us gathered materials from our stash, as our goals for the day were to learn the process.  Pat used her old monotypes.  Teri added collages to each page.  Benedicte stamped over every square inch of her pages using a lovely leaf stamp.  At this angle you can see my stamps and just a little of my gold pen writing.

The book can be opened completely and tied in a star shape.  A smaller book, with fewer tags, would make a lovely Christmas tree ornament.

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Here are the 4 finished books.  From left to right:  Pat's, Teri's, Benedicte's, and mine. 

 

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I would love to figure out how to add watercolor paintings to the pages, but I need to experiment with different weight watercolor paper. 

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