My blog buddy Joanne only lives about an hour and a half away. It's silly not to get together more often. But it was going to be a perfect spring day, we had time on our hands, needed a good art fix and decided it was playtime!
Had the weather been dicey we would have played in Joanne's amazing art studio with windows on three sides. But it was lovely, so we broke through the fourth wall and set ourselves up on the deck where a gentle breeze occasionally blew and we were warmed by the sun. (I love how the table at the left was all tidy when we started and by the time we were working awhile it looked like the photo on the right with everything everywhere!)
We had decided we'd focus on our art journals and focus we did. I arrived at about 10:30 and left at around 5. In between we went out for a fabulous lunch (oh, I wish I had photos of that lobster roll!) and of course there was plenty of talk. Still, I turned out six new pages in three spreads.
The first followed my "use something, then do it" mode that I've been trying on other pieces. In this case, the piece on the right has collage and a stencil for the trees. (The rest was me.) The left is just me, apart from tying in the quotes on both pages.
I went back to my favorite palate for this spread. Yes, I love Paris.
Here are a few details. I was pleased with this one. And actually, since I took this pic, I worked on it a little more. Still needs something I think. Subtle. Not much. Just a little something...
Finally, I started randomly doing color. And hated it. But the joy of collage is that you can tamp it down with gesso and cover up what you don't like!
And here's the final result! (I don't think this one is finished either... we'll see.)
Oh, the joy of creating with friends! Lots of smiles, lots of fun!
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