It has been over THREE YEARS since my last blog post! I knew it had been a while, but I can't believe it's been that long. A lot has happened during these years including my mother's death and the birth of another grandson. Losing my mother took away any desire to create. Thankfully, that desire has returned. So, I don't know if anyone is out there since you've probably all given up on me, but here it is — my first post in over 3 years.
In an effort to get the creative juices flowing again, I decided to particpate in The Documented Life Project. The theme for January is "The Blank Page and How to Face It." This past week's art challenge was the color wheel, and the journal prompt was a quote from Georgia O'Keefe:
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way..."
So here is my interpretation of the challenge and prompt.
I began by gluing down patterned tissue paper with matte medium. Then I painted Golden Fluid Acrylics Titanium White to tone down and partially hide the tissue paper. After that, I used Distress Paint (Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feather, Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans) to paint over my background. I dabbed and smeared with my fingers. I should have photographed my fingers during this process, but you can imagine! Then I used this texture tool with the white acrylic paint to put white spots and dribbles all over. I die cut the letters to spell out color. I decided the spread reminded me of a garden, so I cut this poem written by Vita Sackville-West.
This little space which scented box encloses
Is blue with lupins and is sweet with thyme
My garden all is overblown with roses,
My spirit all is overblown with rhyme.
As like a drunken honeybee I waver
From house to garden and again to house;
And, undetermined which delight to favour,
On verse and rose alternatively carouse.
I scattered some random words around the page, then stamped a honeybee image and a flourish in black ink.
I'm excited to approach the next week's challenge, so hopefully it won't take me 3 years to get back here!