Friday, January 18, 2019

New Art Journal Flip Video!

Hey guys!  I did a thing!!!  I FINALLY made my first art journal flip video!!!  This has been on my "to do list" for quite some time now, and I'm so happy!  It's not perfect, but I hope you enjoy it!!

This is an old library book that I altered.  I completed it a few weeks ago.  The time span it covers is around 3 or 4 years, I believe.  And that's because I flit back and forth between several books.  It's always interesting for me to go back and review a book cover to cover...I love seeing how my color choices and marks evolve over time.

 I'm hoping to create more of these as I find the time.  BIG THANKS to my hubby for all the technical support (hand holding) to get this done.  He is the computer literate one in the family.  Ha!
We are bracing for a snow storm here in's supposed to start around noon today.  I'm ready!  The groceries are purchased, the art supplies are stocked.  Let's do this!
Happy Friday!!!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Hey you, you rock!

Hi gang!!!  Thought you might like a peek at a recently completed project.  It was delivered to the recipients late last week, so it's safe for me to share now.  Ha!  This is a 30x40 canvas that was commissioned by the Marion Public Library as a gift to their staff.  It will hang on their freshly painted gray wall, inside their vestibule, where everyone arrives for work.  They will see this lively reminder every day as they enter the building.  Isn't that fun?   

I had so much fun creating this one!!!  I'm really into the abstract shapes, repeating patterns, and scribbly bits.  Lord, do I love me some scribbly bits!!!  And texture!!!  Love all the texture that showed up in this one!!!

Did you have a lovely weekend?  We had a rather busy one, which involved lots of socializing, and some overeating.  EEEK!  We are looking forward to getting back into our quiet routine this week.  
I've got several long studio days scheduled to finish a few large projects.  And lots of little project ideas are brewing in my buzzing brain that I'm ready to bring to life.  Stay tuned!!!!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Art Journal Peek - January 7th 2018

Hi friends!!!  I'm popping in with a quick art journal peek for you!  I'm hoping to get back in the habit of making this a regular feature on the blog.  I've been really into making SUPER BUSY ABSTRACTS....and that's no exception in my journal pages.  You can probably see there is a lot of texture on this spread.  I laid things on THICK. 

 I remember feeling a little heavy when I made this, as I was thinking of several friends who are going through a hard time right now.  That's where the words came, in the end.  

This spread is in a recycled altered book....and you name it, I think I threw it on there:  acrylics, markers, graphite, ink, pastels and collage.  The final message is written in pencil, and then I sealed it with a matte medium to prevent smudging of the more delicate materials.  

My art journal is, and always will be the place where I can just "work shit out".
Know what I mean?
I always feel better after a session of moving my hands.
Cheers, and happy Monday.  -Dori

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Getting Crafty: Calendar Envelopes for the New Year!

Howdy pals!!!  It's 2019!  Happy New Year!!!  How are you?  We Patricks love the exciting prospect of a new year.  We're kind of nerdy about sitting down, notebooks/laptops in hand, creating new wish lists, intentions and such for the 12 months that lie before us.  This is a good time for us to do a quick sweep of the house and closets, creating a donation pile for our local Goodwill.  (I have 1 large bag of clothing, and two small bags of books ready to go!)

We are also kind of nerdy about fresh calendars and planners.  We love a beautiful calendar....they are hanging all over the house.  Practically a piece of art in itself.  My friend Barbara gave me a sweet little gift of handmade envelopes made from a British gardening magazine....and it reminded me that I could get a bit more life out of my retiring calendars.

I've had this beautiful Frida calendar hanging in my studio all year....artwork by various artists.  I've loved it, and today I decided to give these beautiful images one more envelopes.  I dug out some old templates, traced them onto the calendar pages, and cut them out.  I used a bone folder to fold the edges crisply, and used Elmer's Extreme Glue Stick to adhere the sides.  When I'm ready to mail them, I'll use washi tape, or more glue stick to seal the top, and I'll attach a plain label for addressing them on the front.

I've had my templates for so long, I'm sorry I can't remember where I got them....but there are lots of resources online:  These mini's are cutethis is a useful size,  and hearts for Valentine's Day are fab!
I think these will delight the recipients who find these in their mailbox during the new year, don't you? 

Wishing you all a restful day with the ones you love, and a bright, happy new year full of blessings and joy!  XOXO  -Dori

Monday, October 15, 2018

Greetings from LaLa Land!!!!

Papa and I in our chilly booth at Rivertown Art Festival

Howdy pals!!!  Good grief!  It's the middle of October??? What???  I don't know what to do with that information yet.  This year has WHIZZED by us!!!!  What's new with you?  Are you enjoying fall?  We just got done with a rainy spell here in Iowa....and now it's turning chilly.  We spent the weekend doing a little yard clean up...but there's still SO MUCH TO DO.  ARGH. 

We were in the lovely town of Stillwater, MN last weekend for the Rivertown Art Festival.  Can you see in that pic that Papa is wearing FOUR LAYERS?  Yes, indeed.  It didn't get above 50 degrees, and we rarely saw the sun.  But, BIG THANKS to the brave, strong souls who did make it out for the show.  We appreciate it! 

Today is all about computer work.  I'm trying to organize myself (a constant battle) on the laptop.  I'm sorting through images, deciding what will become something....what to save, what to pitch....and creating new virtual folders so I can find things a little more easily.  Last year I started really documenting all of the art that I make....and I'm proud to say, I've made a lot!!!  Now there is a lot to sift through.  A good task for a chilly day.

Bosco peeking from under the skirted studio table
Bosco is still my constant companion in the studio...supervising, begging for treats, making me laugh on the daily.  That boy!!!!!

I hope this finds you happy and well, and drinking warm tea, if it's needed. 
Hugs, Dori

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday Art Journal Peek, July 31st, 2018

Good morning pals!!!!  Oh lor'!  (I heard someone on the British Baking Show say that instead of Oh Lord, and now I keep saying that.)  It's the end of July!!!  How did that happen?  Eeeek.  Are you having a lovely summer?  We seem to be hopping from thing to thing in a whirlwind of activity this year!  To be honest, we might've packed a bit too much in.....I blame my broken ankle of 2017.  It kept me pretty close to home for most of the early part of last summer.  Now, I guess we are making up for lost time.  DOING ALL THE THINGS!!!  And because we are doing all the things, my poor art journal has been neglected as of late.  But the other day, I popped it open and did some scribbling.  It felt good.  Here are the results.  This is an old altered book.  Approximately 8x10 in size.  Lots of acrylics, pencil, pastel, and collage ephemera.  In the journal, I rarely go in with a plan.  I just move my hands.  

Here are some closeups.....enjoy......

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tuesday Art Journal Peek - May 1st

Hello friends!!  Happy May Day!!!  What??!!!  It's May?  This is my favorite time of year.  Things are starting to green up, the trees are budding.....and we are taking extra long walks with the pup.  There is, however, yard work.  BAH.  But I'll take it.  Looking forward to planting some bulbs, and doing some more sprucing in the back yard!  What are you up to these days?  

Here's my latest journal peek....a day late.....sorry about that.  I've always loved this quote....and that one came to mind as I was finishing up this spread.  A few things of note:  those dots....actual confetti....I can't remember where it came from....a party at some point, I think.  That little bit of fabric on the right.....I had fun doing random stitching on the sewing machine, and then slapping it in the book as a collage element.  And the yellow.  I love me some yellow.

I hope you are having a lovely week so far!  Thanks for popping in!  -Dori