Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Love and an Editorial

I think that we over use the word "love."
We say that we "love a color," or that we "love
 a piece of art,"  when we really
mean that we take pleasure in it.
It is not a 'strong affection due to kinship'
or 'attraction based on sexual desire.'
It could be affection based on admiration,
benevolence or common interests,
as in "I love the work of
Teesha Moore."  I don't think it's
"warm attachment, enthusiasm or devotion--
as in love of the sea "-- but it could be
I suppose...It's not Godly love or
brotherly love, or a love affair.
Definitely NOT a score of zero in
tennis.  To hold dear, or cherish?
To thrive in?  As in 'a rose thrives
in sunlight?'
I thrive as long as I can
make art.

(definitions from Webster's
 collegiate dictionary)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Visual Art Journal Pages

A page in my spiral bound
visual art journal. Watercolor and pen.
A folk-art style drawing.
Click on any image to enlarge.

Pages from the Scrappy Green Journal.
Background inked and written over
in pen. White gel pen on 
magazine illustration.
Bits of ephemera collaged on also.

Fun stitching provided by Elizabeth,
creating spaces to write...

Also in the Scrappy Green Journal:
Count your shoes...
the one with the most, wins!
"Fashion fades, only style
remains the same."  ~Coco Chanel

Draw something today...
as the top page says, don't think about
what the thing that you are drawing is.
Just look at the shapes and spaces
in relationship to each other.
Draw from real life.
Practice. A lot.
It gets easier.
And more fun!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Fifties Fashion Tribute

copyright A. Janet Burggraf Bishop

Drawings by my mother, 
when she was in high school.
Pen and ink on paper,
with crayons or colored pencils.
Another post of my mom's
drawings is shown at right
in Popular Posts sidebar:
"Fifties Fashion."

 Drawn from magazines or
dress patterns.
Click on any image to enlarge.
You can see the quality of the
lines. She used a pen nib
dipped in India ink.

Even in the fifties, it appears
that the models were extremely thin.

My mom always supported my desire
to make art.  I drew paper dolls
and 'girls' when I was growing up too.

Thanks Mom!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Graffiti Art

Graffiti artists create a 'Tag Name'
for themselves,
a sort of self-invention. Like other artists,
they want their name to be 'out there'~~
to make their name and their art
widely known and recognizable.

'Tag' to fit in a business-sized envelope. (above)
Used graffiti style lettering and images.
Craft acrylic paint, Zig pen,
and white gel pen. Inspired by
a graffiti wall with many layers of paint...

Back of tag.
Origami paper, scrapbook paper,
crayon resist & acrylic,
Zig pen & white gel pen.
The tag is to be removed
from the painted/stenciled
envelope below.

Letters stenciled directly onto
envelope painted with acrylics,
and also onto other pieces of
cardstock, then glued on.
Crayon and pen markings
added to background.

These are all part of the Scrappy Green Journal.
Elizabeth had included the yellow
Police Line tape, and I thought 
"Why not Graffiti?"
I drew the little 'cartoon kid', 
applied watercolor, then inked in.
Copyright Dianne Bishop Carey 2011