Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pages from My Journal Got published!

I was so excited to find out that some of my journal pages were published in Art Journaling (July issue).  I just got my complimentary copy today and was surprised by the page choice, particularly given the layers of details of other pages that were published. Mine were the backs of the title pages in my journal. I guess it always goes to show one should dress up the backs of things.

In the note that was published next to my pages, I talk about messing about with watercolors in my journal. None of those pages made it into the publication, so I wanted to share some of those with you, pages that I feel are more of an expression of me.

First, here's the journal in its raw state (follow the link). I learnt how to put this journal together from Mary Ann Moss' Full Tilt Boogie class which I super-highly recommend.


The journal was originally a falling apart vintage photo album. I made the journal out of watercolor paper with album pages from the original album. Those album pages were the ones the magazine editor liked, with their vintage wallpaper pieces slipped in and bits of vintage images.

It was the back of a page like this that got published! (Yes, okay so I didn't center well)
The journal's theme came from “The Artist’s Rule” by Christine Valters Paintner, a book I am still slowly working through. She suggested creating a contemporary Book of Hours in the medium of our choice. A traditional Book of Hours is a series of prayers and psalms grouped into seven times throughout the day.

my favorite page. (flower was traced, then used watercolor)
To keep me focused and to make sure I actually finished it, it became my creative practice as part of the Chickadee Road Studio Sessions in October 2012 led by Liz Lamoreux and Kelly Barton. I also did a lot of the "catch-up" painting while on retreat at the Mt. Calvary monastery in Santa Barbara and finished the book during a trip home to Australia.

hand-drawn prayer beads with highlights! and shadows! 
I wrote poetry and made watercolor sketches that reflected on the times of the day as well as encouraging me to keep seeing those special small moments that God shares with us. 

I took photos of most of the images first. Most I drew by hand, others I traced the image onto the paper. I used ProMarkers on a couple of the pages too. I am self-taught in watercolors so much of this journal involved my discovering new-to-me ways of painting. 

could not get the colors right for the passionfruit for anything but I liked what I ended up with
For the writing I used a mix of mediums: calligraphy pens, Faber Castell Pitt pens (in black and sepia) and a dip pen. I added shadows to title letters using grey Faber Castell Pitt pens and highlights with a gold pen and a white poster paint pen.


That isn't the whole journal, obviously. Just some of my favorite pages...

Hope you enjoyed looking at these!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Meet my odd companion

My odd companion is camera shy.

While folks do drop by my desk at my new job at CBI and the phone does ring, it's often just me at the front desk.

But occasionally a silent friend joins me. The photo below is the only one I've ever managed to take in over a week and it looks like a sot of the Loch Ness Monster!




I am beginning to think I am meant to enjoy the brief moments we share rather than documenting it.

Every so often I will look out the window and see a crow sipping water at the bubbling fountain outside.

I laughed out loud the time s/he got soaking wet in the fountain. I missed the beginning, but s/he must have unbalanced.

Today, I watched it drink. it picked up a rock in its beak and quickly spat it out as s/he realized it wasn't food. 

Was a/he expecting a fish? 

But otherwise, that black glossy bird drinks and flies off. I am almost certain it's the same bird, although with no distinguishing marks, how can you tell?

Oh and I got better luck two days ago. Although snapping photos from my desk isn't the best, but every time I try to approach, even though I'm inside, it flies off.



Ever had any odd companions in your day?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Joy Dare Monday: on time for once

Am still struggling to remember to write down the gifts. I see them. I just don't always remember to write them down.

463. green hummingbird
464. earning my paycheck by finding one small mistake
465. lovely walk (if fake landscape)


466. corrugated sky


467. lots of passionfruit buds
468. bringing the deliciousness even closer. Nom nom nom.


469. passionfruit flowers


470. heavily misting of June gloom
471. sunflowers
472. dogs greeting me so happy
473. bees looping around bottlebrush
474. dog's silly face
475. quilts and stained glass


476. bright blue flowers


477. Jimmy's skillet
478. sitting outside planning icon writing
479. shimmery paint



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Monday, June 10, 2013

Joy Dare Monday

I have almost a post ready for about a series of special moments the past couple of weeks but it's not quite ready yet.

447. a moment of overwhelm
448. awesome mailman
449. mushroom gnocchi
450. I feel like I have a personal barista (thanks Mario!)
451. the early morning scent of bergamot


452. the unbearable cuteness of the preschool Shalom Party
453. free lunch
454. tuft of his hair sticking up
455. pattern in my cinnamon topping on my chai latter
456. grateful for a security door that won't stay propped open
457. golden grass


458. chewing gum (on sandal, on foot, UGH!)
459. knorl in wood
460. dog sneaking chicken broth
461. chills doing "Amazing Grace"
462. crypt-keeping
463. green hummingbird
464. earning my paycheck by finding one small typo.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer Reading ... online and off

I thought I would transform my monthly "God stories", links to posts that speak of God-in-us-around-us, and add my reading list for this summer. For three reasons:

  1. Rachel Held Evans did it, and I've even put a couple of her books on my stack
  2. Liz Lamoreux is collecting a list of summer reads
  3. Because it's June and thus summer.
Online reading first. These are the stories that gave me pause over the past month:

Currently Reading: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture by Rabbi Benjamin Blech. 

Required reading for my new job at a Reformed synagogue and let's be honest I am rapidly turning into a theology geek, or perhaps more accurately, a religious culture geek as I don't care for philosophy. Have just finished the section on the Torah scriptures (as opposed to Talmud, etc) and so far it's not an in-depth book, but it touches on all the main points.


Reading Next (in no particular order, except perhaps the first one):
  1. The Jewish Annotated New Testament by Amy-Jill Levine
  2. The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory
  3. The Story of Christianity, Vols 1& 2 by Justo L. Gonzalez
  4. Watermark by Joseph Brodsky (poetry about winter in Venice)
  5. How to Paint Colour and Light by Jean Haines
Books  I've borrowed and really should read soon:
  1. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr
  2. Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for all that is by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams
  3. When Christians Were Jews (That Is, Now): Recovering the Lost Jewishness of Christianity with the Gospel of Mark by Wayne-Daniel Berard
And those of you who know me will know I have piles of unread books. These are just the newest ones. 

I need to get caught up on Elizabeth Bear (scifi/fantasy), Mary Balogh (Regency romance), Terry Pratchett (I am embarrassed to say how far behind I am. I think I'm even missing books...) -- so these books make get interspersed for lighter reading purposes.

And of course, these are paper-and-ink books ....

What are you reading over the summer?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Joy Dare, um, Tuesday ...

I can't believe I actually forgot to post my Joy Dare this week. So without further ado:

431. dog barking at nothing
432. hidden garden


433. having an awesome PhotoShop successful day
434. water spray
435. appreciation luncheon
436. meditation spot taken
437. finches skipping through branches
438. the crunch of dry leaves on the stairs
439. wet crow
440. a gaggle of ducks


441. purple

442. wheelchair driver
443. bird trying to catch a bug
444. peonies!




445. quiet day in
446. the anticipation of a peach 

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