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




Thanks for stopping by "Pluck"!!!


Hey there!!!!  BIG, BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported my show, "Pluck!"  What a fun day!!!!!  Saw lots of friends, sold lots of pieces, and received lots of hugs!  And the best part, a portion of the proceeds went back to the "Arts for Africa" fund, to support a school that has been built in Tanzania.  What an amazing day!!!  Thank you, friends!!!!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Art Journal Peek April 16th


Hello!  Happy Monday!!  WHERE IS SPRING????  Have you seen it????  We are still waiting for some warm weather to stick around.  Thursday, we had a little taste of it....warm and sunny....I got some yard work done.  But it's back to cold and snowy again.  UGH.  We're over it.  But, that keeps me working in the journal...which isn't all bad, I guess.  


I'm still playing around with blocking a lot out with the black paint.  That's fun...and feels a little gutsy, I think.  


And scratching through paint.  That's fun too!  Hope you all have a wonderful week, and let's THINK SPRING!!!



Monday, April 9, 2018

Join me for PLUCK!


Hi pals!  The hubby and I are taking a little time off for some fun....so I'll share a journal peek with you later this week.  Just popping in to say HELLO!!!!  And to remind you about "Pluck".  A collection of flower paintings and drawings that I'm creating, and will reveal at the Arts For Africa show on April 21st.  I hope you can join me!  Free hugs!  Have a great Monday!!!  XOXO  -Dori

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Art Journal Peek - April 2nd


Good morning friends!  Happy Monday, and happy April!  Did you have an enjoyable holiday weekend?  I can't believe how quickly the time is passing!  CRAZY.  We had a lovely weekend...my hubby finished up his last theater production for a while.....so we might be getting back into some sort of "normal" schedule, whatever "normal" is.  More restful, I guess, and hitting the sack at the same time.  Ha! 

It still feels pretty wintery here.  We are still walking the pup with winter coats, hats and gloves.  I'm ready for warmer temps, but I'm told it will be at least another week or so.  BAH.

Onward to today's journal peek!  Just between you and me, I'm kind of surprised with how this one turned out.  It's not anything close to how I imagined it would be....but that's the point of art journaling, and the fun of it.  Dive in for the adventure, and see where it takes you.  I ended up loving it somewhat in the end...especially the funny figure on the left.



He was a face I had doodled on a scratch piece of paper a while back, and tossed into my collage paper pile.  I ended up with some sort of "body shape", which ended up the perfect place for his sweet face.  I drew him with water soluble graphite.  



There are touches of acrylic paint, water soluble crayons and paint pens.  


On the right, I scribbled and doodled and had fun blocking things out with black paint.  That's becoming my "go to" maneuver when things become to precious or "sweet".  Throw in some black to rough it up.  I've done that with a few canvases lately too.  :)  Hope you are all having a wonderful week, and find time to move your hands in the art supplies.  Adios amigos!  XOXO.