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05/22/10
Art Doll Flies to True North Arts
Filed under: General, Mixed Media, Creativity, Inspiration, Design, Drawing, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 12:11 pm

Art Doll Melanie flew off to True North Arts today for the Paper Doll Swap. I played with different ideas and when it all distilled down to a vision I worked non-stop and created her. It was a little sad to send her off this morning but she has a sister and I will create her next.

Melanie is a gentle and wise spiritual guide who is there for you when you
need her. She has great powers of visualization and discernment that can help you in your journey. When she holds up the mirror of truth you will be able to see yourself more clearly and elucidate the path that resonates with you. Melanie encourages you to be free to be your authentic, creative self. Knowing yourself is the key to discovering your inner power and reaching your dreams.

The doll pattern is from the Enchanted Gallery. This is a freehand drawing and the support used was Strathmore bristol board smooth finish 100 lb. Supplies used were pencil, pitt pen, staedtler markers, prismacolor nupastels, workable fixative, and uhu glue.


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05/17/10
Turquoise Mandala
Filed under: General, Creativity, Art Journal, Drawing, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 7:32 pm

Here is a southwest theme mandala that I drew in my art journal yesterday afternoon. The freehand drawing started in pencil with eraser in hand and then was inked with one of my new Pitt pens. After inking, the drawing was colored in with my Staedtler fineliner markers. The idea for this piece came from memories of conchos I have seen over the years. The center part represents rivers flowing outward in different directions which are paths in life. The small circles surrounding the center are jewels that light up the sky and the wavy blue band contains the energy of the radiating center. The radiant energy appears to float on the turquoise background.


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05/10/10
Aunt Ethel’s Quilt Sandwich
Filed under: General, Quilting, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 9:15 pm

The quilt top for my Aunt Ethel got layered and safety pin basted last week, a major accomplishment. Crawling around on a hardwood floor is not my idea of a good time but taping the backing down taut ensures a smooth and pucker free quilt sandwich. Machine quilting something this large on a regular sewing machine is a little bit like wrestling an alligator but it builds character. This design is a simple tiling pattern that my friend Cindy found at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and I used floral fabrics from my collection. This is not an art quilt which is what I prefer, but my aunt does not want an art quilt - she likes flowers and wants something pretty for her bed. One thing you always need to keep in mind when you are creating something is who is this for? When I am doing something for someone else my intent is always to visualize and bring to life what it is that they may not quite be able to express. Currently my focus is to create what is inside of me and express myself fully and move away from being other directed. I still have a need to do things for others and this does not at all detract from my own creative expression but rather enhances it.



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05/02/10
Spiral Art Journaling with Colored Pencils
Filed under: General, Creativity, Inspiration, Art Journal, Drawing, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 1:09 pm

There is something about art journaling that draws you in. I have been studying the Somerset magazine since it came out last year, but I just didn’t get it at first. The public ranting and complaining about everything and anything under the sun that can go with this mode of expression is both fascinating and unappealing to me at the same time. Although I did not intend to rant about being sick for a month when I spontaneously picked up my art journal and a pencil yesterday and started to draw, somehow the frustration of it all came out quietly by itself. This was very surprising to me to have this come out in this way as I am very stoic, don’t complain, and try to take everything in stride. Interestingly enough, I felt better when I looked at my finished art journal page. Still, I have gone back and forth this morning with Gaussian blurring the image slightly to blur the text and finally decided it looks better as it is and to stop fussy-budgeting with it. :-) The tree pollen is really bad this year and in a few more weeks breathing will be much easier. The writing was done
in a spiral and then colored pencils were used to color in bits of the spiral, forming a subtle mosaic. It was not until I added the jagged edge to the outermost ring of the design to frame the piece in an off-center way that it came together and made visual sense.


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