Tuesday, March 17, 2015

On the Table -- The Art Table, That Is

Back from Massachusetts and soon will have a post on a very special sighting! Meanwhile, I thought I'd share a bit of what I was doing before I left! I don't have a lot to show for all the time I've spent at the art table of late, but I thought I'd show you a few things I've been working on. Because it's spring, we'll start with a few springy cards pulled together for a special order for butterfly-themed cards!

I love the card above. Which didn't start out that way, but when I was finished the soft palette, the butterfly words and the papers seemed to remind me of how spring sneaks in gently with those subtle colors. The grass is still pale and perhaps even brown, not yet healed from winter's brutal cold. The skies not always sunny, yet hints of pink and brighter greens to come.

Here are a few other cards from that order -- definitely brighter!

The fairies -- not butterflies, but I couldn't resist this sweet art and a couple of variations.

I've been working in my art journal too. This was a page I did in my class where we painted over newspaper and then worked from there, tearing it into an odd shape. I found the Michigan Beaches page in the paper and thought that would be a good spot to journal some at-the-lake thoughts. I confess, I am not fond of the technique where you write over your black in white. It looked a lot better when our teacher did it!

What I didn't realize was that on the flip side was a newspaper story by and with a large photo of a woman with whom I'd worked on committees with while I was at MSU. So, I couldn't cover her up! Had to give her the treatment!

Beside her, I tried my hand at cat drawing. I am NO cat artist, at least not a realistic one -- the eyes mess me up every time. But I'm improving. This was mostly colored pencil with acrylic background.

Here's how it looked in the spread. In a perfect world, the pages would be reversed but you go with what you've already got down!.

And yes, I've been playing with the gouache, too. I showed you the one below before -- the gouache version with my own version is on the left with the acrylic/napkin/cut out embellishment version on the right.

And here are some cards using the gouache. Yes, practicing the drawing part, too!

More to come. I'm on a bit of a roll now. And it sure is fun!


Anonymous said...

I enjoy looking at pretty things. David and I are going to see Cinderella. Hope it cheers me up.

~*~Patty S said...

Lots of wonderful artwork happening in your studio Jeanie!
Really lovely cards and your journal pages are great too. Your cat is super!!!
Thanks for sharing the writing in white on top of the black...looks like a fun technique.
Happy St Paddy's Day to you

Mary said...

I love them all! You are so creative, Jeanie! I'm a little jealous, (but in a nice way, of course, not a catty way) :)

And I love the kitty drawing. She's beautiful!

Joanne Huffman said...

What delightful cards! Love your journal (I really have to work on mine) and your gouache cupcakes and cutie in the rain.

Janet said...

You have some beautiful art on your table! Love the cards...and the journal pages are so cool. You did a good job with the cat. It looks like Gypsy!!

Bella Rum said...

Love those cupcakes and the little girl with the umbrella. The cards with the butterflies are beautiful. You are so talented, Jeanie.

Barb said...

You are on a roll. Your work has such personality. I think it's fun that you used the woman you know for one of your pages. Serendipity!

psychelyn said...

Showering with colors. I so like the last 3 cuties, I feel warm at heart looking at them. Your cat is beautiful. And yes the fairies and butterfies are a love too :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I love the whimsey of it all dearest Jeanie. SO LOVELY!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

So fun! I love how your cards are so whimsical! It's tough to pick a favorite. And those journal pages turned out so great. I love you cat drawing. :)

shoreacres said...

Oh, my. Such beauty! A bit of whimsey, too. I really like the multicolored umbrella with the yellow raincoat. And I agree that the cat looks like Gypsy. On the other hand, that's a pretty stern look in those kitty eyes -- I think Gypsy was (mostly) more laid-back!

Victoria Zigler said...

Glad you've been having fun getting crafty! :)

Tracy said...

Such pretty, HAPPY cards, Jeanie! And such fun to have peeks in your journal--love the kitty! And your more play with gouache--those cupcakes are adorable!! Can't wait to see more! Welcome home... :O) ((HUGS))

Beth Leintz said...

What great pages and cards- all those different techniques and material- it all looks like FUN!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You certainly have been busy creating some gorgeous works of art. Love all the vibrant colors.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Jeanie! How in the world did I miss this.. What beautiful and creative works of art you have created!
Thanks so much for your visit..
I am so happy you enjoyed and sweet words about Juliet.. Oh dear, now I guess I must make a Romeo.. Yes?
You comments about my projects really was appreciated.. I know the doors are not perfect, but good enough for me.. I thought I would never get done.. Same went with that fence.. good grief!
I think I just saw a new post come up on my dashboard for you.
Going to take a look.

Tante Mali said...

Butterflies and fairies - wwat a lovely wonderland. Love them!
Happy spring

angie said...

lots of wonderful artwork happening in your studio Jeanie!!!
have a nice day!!! angie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

How did I miss this?????? I LOVE THE CAT and the primary colors here, Jeanie! And thank you so much for coming to visit! Yes, ambitious, audacious and out of my mind am I for wanting to publish a book, but I've been wanting to do this since I was old enough to hold a pencil to draw and write. My photos are improving! With focus and intention, we can grow beyond even our own expectations! Have a super Friday! Anita

The Artful Diva said...

You have been busy - love the butterfly cards.

Shelia said...

OH, your cards are really pretty! I love that first one too! You're just getting so good at all of this artsy stuff! :) Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Linda Jo said...

Lovely cards! You are so busy!!! And your cat drawing is great!!! If we wanted it to look REAL, we'd take a snapshot.... I love it!

Marilyn said...

Love seeing your artwork. So good of you to be drawing too, very nice cat. Now I am wondering where do you find all the pictures to use, such as the butterflies? I need a bunch of butterflies for a collage I am planning to do.

Anonymous said...

Those butterfly cards! Oh my! Your art is just gorgeous, and so whimsical. I love them all!

I don't know why I keep missing your posts. They show up far down in my feed, and unless I scroll way down, I don't see them.

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