Monday, June 8, 2015

Art Journaling with Joanne

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!

Thanks, Joanne!


Shelia said...

Hi Jeanie! OH, what fun! Look at your pretty work too. I love the trees. How nice to get to do this with your friend. Sounds like she's a pretty serious artist to have a studio and all! :O A lobster roll!! We were just in Maine a little over a week ago and I got my fix on eating lobster! Yummy! :) Glad you're doing well and thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mary said...

I think they're lovely! And all that color! :) what a fun day. I've always dreamed of going to Paris. Someday after husband retires, we'll visit together.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh how I love your art work!!! What a great day creating with a friend.
I think my favorite is the fruit.. All the colors are so bright and happy.
But I must say the PARIS one is lovely. My favorite colors.

Maggie said...

Beautiful creations, another wonderful day spent with a friend. One of the best ways to enjoy life to the full.

Tante Mali said...

Stunning, Jeannie! Those are realy beautiful miniatures! I don't have a hand for drawing at all - you are so very talented and your wonderful friend too.
Great works - congratulations to both of you and happy days

The French Hutch said...

Oh Jeanie, you did do a lot to be visiting with a friend! Love all these pages, the collage, the trees my favorite and then of course you know I am like you and love the Paris pages. All such lovely colors. I'm sure you two had a lot of fun together. Bloggy buddies are the "best"...............
Have a great day.

Becca said...

Well these are simply breathtaking! I am so envious of your creative abillity.

Victoria Zigler said...

So glad you were able to take a day to just have fun with your friend being creative; play time is good!

Arti said...

What a fun day this is! Not only the art-making – love the trees and the Paris and the fruits pages – but the lobster roll mixed in, the perfect lunch. I'll be trying a lot of those hopefully this fall. And love your writing: "broke through the fourth wall"... LOL! Just about to click on the "I'm not a robot" button and then I think again, this will have to be taken out some day in the future, for you just might have robots visiting your blog. Yes, my mind is filled with what I just wrote for my current post. ;)

Vagabonde said...

I really like your art. The tree pages are my favorite as they look more like one of a kind. As for Paris, did you know that the City of Paris has finally removed all the locks from the Pont des Arts? They started on June 1st and I believe they finished the task yesterday – they are all gone and Parisians are beyond delighted. Now I hope they can clean up the rest of the bridges – and it is the plan.

~*~Patty S said...

OH Jeanie!
Your birch tree pages and Paris pages are WOW!
Lovely work/play all around and extra special getting to create with a good friend.
You girls know how to have fun.

Kitty said...

What a joy-filled post.

Joanne Huffman said...

It was a perfect day! Art with a good friend; it doesn't get much better than that.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

What a great way to spend some time with a great friend! Your pages are beautiful! Of course the Paris ones are my favorite but they are all beautiful. It's neat to see the progression of those last 2 pages, though! You are so talented, Jeanie!

Jennifer Richardson said...

This is all just delicious!
I love that you took the whole day!
Your journal entries inspire me in such
a big way. I needed this; thank you:)
I love how your life is your art.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

The Artful Diva said...

Your art journal pages are turning out great - love the trees!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

So pretty! I love the beautiful colors you chose. Sounds like such a fun time too.

Marilyn Miller said...

Your art journal is impressive! Just gorgeous!
What fun to have a friend that you can get together for lobster rolls and art play.

Shelia said...

Thanks for the advice, Jeanie! I just don't know what to do. Hope you're having a great week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Looks like so much fun.
I plan to do a journal book out of fabric of my trips
It is nice to visit your blog I will be back

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you Jeanie.. My first Kangaroo rat.
so happy you enjoyed. I really appreciate you visits and kind words.
It is always a treat to visit your blog. You are so very talented!

CatieAn said...

what great art I love how you play with the pages......

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