Altered Art Journal Flower Page

Flower Page
I have been working on this book for a couple of years now. It is one of the last pages in my altered art journal about me. I did an abc book about me. I have all the letters done but I have  the inside cover page to finish and this is one of the last pages in the book. I was not sure what to do with them. Main reason it has taken so long to come up with something. I do most of my art intuitively so I just started layering on color and etc. When it became apparent it was going to feature flowers I decided to use a quote by one of my favorite artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
I have blogged about each of the 26 pages from A to Z right here on my blog. They are all under Altered Art Journal.

Mosaic Cross

Here is my entry for Inspiration Avenue's Challenge this week "Broken Pieces".
I used to do mosaics all the time
I still want to.
It's just my heart is somewhere else.
I'd rather be drawing and doodling.
If you want to see more submissions check out IA here.

A Stroll in the Neighborhood

 Here is an odd collection of photos taken in my neighborhood today. I decided to bring my camera along on Max's walk. It's not easy to take pictures with him as he is tugging me along but I did manage to get in a few.
I should have joined that group that is taking a photo a day for a year. I found out about too late and not sure I'd succeed at that challenge anyway. 
However,I would like to take more photos, maybe get a different perspective and at the same time improve my skills.  It's all part of my new year new me endeavor.
 I did realize.... January is not my favorite month. It's not pretty here in January. At least in the north there might be snow to cover up all the dead and or deciduous plant life.

These lions have always cracked me up. What else can I say?
I do like the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Even though I've seen this stuff a hundred times it all looks different behind the lens of a camera.
I'm not sure the photos are that great but it was fun. Max enjoyed it too.

New Year New Me

 My first page in my new art journal for 2011. It's only the 21st. It could be worse. At least I made it before the end of January. :)
I'm trying all kinds of new stuff. That's my mantra for the new year. To be  bold and  more adventurous, but most of all  to listen to that little whisper in my head that tells me to go for it. That's the toughest of all. I always critique my voice in my head.

The color is a little off in the photos. It's not quite this orange, but that's natural lighting for you. There is an orange flower next to the drawing so I'm sure that has something to do with it.I like using clear gesso on the pages because the paint colors come out so vibrant but not sure I like the way it wrinkles the paper. 
I'm so glad it's the weekend too. I wish the cold weather would go away. I don't like the cold. All I want to do is hibernate when it's like this. I'm so ready for spring.

Enjoy the weekend, see you next time.

Tangi & Max

We got a new kitty, "Tangi". Max is not quite sure about her but he knows she will keep him warm. He will tolerate her for a little while, as long as she keeps her claws to herself.

Bags Of Love

Sunrise on the Texas Coast

I love this photo I took at Port Aransas Texas a couple of summers ago. I thought it would look nice on a canvas. I really did not know how to go about doing this then I found this wonderful site called Bags of Love. They did a wonderful job and I think it looks fabulous. It is even wrapped around the edges. They do all sorts of things and have some great gift ideas too. Valentines is just around the corner. If you like to take pictures like I do and want to do something special with your photos why not try something different. It looks like they will put your photo on just about anything from bags to different sorts of gadgets, fabric pillows and bedding. So fun to browse through. Check out the site though the link above. It's really cool.

Computer woes

I'm back!
My computer was in the shop for 12 days and it did not get fixed. I'm so upset! I have a laptop which is only about 2 to 3 years old. The screen goes blank. This  is not normal for a young computer like mine which by the way I have never dropped or mistreated!  Anyway, sometime before Christmas the screen started going black when I used it off the external monitor. It's a lap top and therefore I should be able to take it anywhere in the house. Right?  It works fine with the external monitor hooked up to the docking station.
I took it in to a computer repair shop.  The nice young man who worked on it replaced the inverter and the lcd and neither fixed the problem. He did not know what else to do. At least he did not charge me. I'm grateful for that and the fact that I still have a computer. Not one that I can take with me all over the house though. I got so spoiled so quickly. It's so nice to watch tv and work on the computer or watch  my Suzi Blue videos while lying on my bed. Oh's back to the dark ages until I can figure out where to take it.
Oh and by the way don't buy an HP laptop computer. They suck! I'm not happy with this one right now.
Sorry no pictures today. I'm really behind.