Illustration, Art Journals, Photography, and anything that moves me!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Art journal collaborative

Syd's and mine

Syd and I have been working in our collaborative journal project. We each do 3-4 pages and send them back and forth to each other. We have a style that compliments each other. I will be sending mine back to her very soon.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Journal pages

Here are two more pages that I created in my artist journal that I am doing with my art buddy Syd. We are doing an artist collab of sorts, working in journals to each other and passing them back and fourth after we complete a couple of pages. This journal will be ready to mailed this week. I can't wait to see Syd's journal!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Work in progress (wip)

I am still working on this page, more work needs to be done later on her arms. She looks a lot different than in the previous post. Art is a process. Don't stop until you are happy with your results!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Artist block,,,,again?

I can't tell if I am having artist block or I am just having fun participating in other activities in my free time. Creating art is lower on my priority list right now.   I have been enjoying the fall by bike riding, walking by the lake and the Burke Gilman trail, gardening, visiting friends, and the list goes on. When I feel like I can't seem to motivate myself to create art, I start with a simple exercise of creating collages. I find myself tearing pages, painting backgrounds, ripping, gluing, collaging pieces onto the background,,, I just keep moving through this exercise until I can "free up" my inner artist. I find images I like and just start gluing them down to the page. In this case, I am using my journal. A place where I am free to try new things.

After my collage exercise, I started this page in my journal. I freely cut the pages into a simple shape and started to paint an image. This is the VERY rough draft of the starting of a painting.... I'm on a roll now,,,,,,,

What do you do to rev-up your creative spirit?


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall Hooked Rug Show

I always enjoy going to the fall hooked rug show in Bothel, Washington.  It is a small venue with lots of creative rug hookers who sell their supplies and art.  I enjoyed seeing these hooked artist trading cards.  The rug at the very top was designed by Judy Wise.  I am sorry I cannot tell you who hooked the rug, but isn't it fantastic!  This along with the fall weather is getting me in the mood to start rug hooking in the evening.  Well, we'll see if that happens!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


When thought and experience become one, consciousness has changed.

If enough people (projections of ourselves) are aware of the harmonies of peace in the universe layers, conflict and fear can diminish.
All is constructed by thought. ~Bob Toben

Monday, October 4, 2010

New art in my Etsy shop

"If  So..."
"We Think Alike"
I created two new pieces for my etsy shop. They are created on 8 x 10 gallery wrapped canvas. I am hoping to add more to my etsy collection for the very busy holiday season.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Some new pages (maybe an old one)

I may have posted one of the journal pages,,,, hmmm,,,but the one on the left is new. I am using a number 8 graphite pencil which I really like for the lines. It smears slightly and allows me to manipulate the line a little.  I used artist grade acrylics and Pan pastels.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Journal cover

I am currently working on two journals. Here is one of my Journal covers on one of my journals. I used muslin for background texture and enjoy the unfinished effect of it. I chose not to paint all of it, but to leave it open so you could actually see the fabric underneath. I like the tactile feel to it.

Friday, October 1, 2010

...And the winner (s) are...

and the winner is........drum roll...Briana! Congratulations Briana!

And,,,I couldn't have just one winner,,,,,(Bailey agreed), it was just too hard to pick just one!    So,,,,,,,taa daa,,,,,,Fourborne is the runner up and will receive 10 free post cards! Congratulations!

So Briana and Fourborne, please send me your mailing address to tlrossco(at)yahoo(dot)com!

Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments and I hope to see you back again soon!