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Journal --- I've really enjoyed the snow and the winter hibernation, but the cold -- yep, tired of it .. so painting some warmth ...




Our temperatures have plunged well below freezing -- and though there is no snow in our forecast, the frigid cold has me dreaming of that white stuff.

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I just couldn't get that full moon out of my mind yesterday and just HAD to try to paint it. It took several attempts to come close to what I 'think' I saw ...and I'd like to try several more 'night' scenes. I love sunrises and sunsets, and there's a certain wonder I feel when I watch a moon rise up from the earth's rim, through the wispy bare branches of my trees, and take it's place among the stars. Capturing that 'magic' is going to be interesting! LOL


It's raining already, and the cats have been nestled in their bed on the porch. Pre-op chores are done and today it's working on holiday decorations and preparations. I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around Christmas being mere weeks away!


Stay dry today -- and warm! If it's going to be another grey, cold day, I'm wishing for SNOW!

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Thank you all for your most kind comments yesterday ... I truly wish we could all have some of that pasta together!!!


Our paint out went well too ... the day was cooler in the morning, growing hotter after lunch. My sketch, drat it all, began well, but I got too dark too fast with the paints, and ruined what I had begun... sigh. SO, when I got to the B&B last night, I practiced STAYING SOFT and LIGHT ... harder for me than most folks, I suppose. So this softer version of flowers was done to help train myself on reserving the LIGHTS.... geez .....


We've overcast skies and rain predicted ..but a day with only a few meetings ... YAHOO!


Enjoy the day!

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The meeting last night went well - and even though we had a few showers, the heaviest rain seemed to pass us by.


I got to the B&B late, though, and didn't finish the simple sketch I was doing -- just too tired, I suppose. I painted this sundown scene this weekend -- attempting a different color pallet - more toward the blues and dark magentas withe\ spots of yellow -- and eliminating the pinks . I haven't made it to the beach yet this summer, so I was glad to attempt 'the beach' in some way! LOL


It's raining as I"m writing and I've another day of meetings. C tells me we've still had no rain at home -- I wonder if I can hitch one of these clouds to my car and haul it north! LOL


Hope your day is filled with color!

Well partner, this is what I ended up doing with those hexies. I hope you like it! The book is graph paper, perfect for quilt designing!


I used the Stitched in Color tutorial for this:

Journal Tip In -- My backyard trees. Though most of the leaves are on the ground, the landscape is still mighty colorful. The view is looking out from my dining room window.

This week at Digitalmania we have journal pages as our inspiration.


This is a little poem by Emily Dickinson that strikes a cord with me.


The background image is a photo of mine taken on a recent trip to Germany (Assmanshausen), blended with more layers (free to use from Flickr). Red bird is courtesy of NumbBumm whilst the dapper little chappie is a composite made by me.


Thank you for looking.


. . . for A Diary of Faces. The original of this (to me) irresistible composition was painted by Christian Krohg, a Norwegian artist who lived from 1852-1925.

He is painted with acrylics and neocolors, over collaged text, in my 7-1/2x11 journal, on fabriano 140# hot pressed paper.

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So... after the past few months, I've been "tagged" a couple of times...

Seems I'm supposed to reveal a few things about myself, but rather than write a list, I thought it would be kinda cool to let some photos do the 'speaking' for me... So here is #1...

I LOVE to write and sketch!!!!

I really wish i had time to do it more often, so maybe i'll make it my goal to resume... keeping a nature journal and a hiking journal has always meant a lot to me :)


with the beautiful lines of paper available ... what a joy to create journals.

all of the 10 i had at the saturday show sold :)) yay! almost sold out of cards! yay!


the dearest moment of the day was barbara ... whom i had not met before. she asked

"are you marilyn?" - and after i responded, told me, with tears in her eyes, that she recently

received a friendship book that i had made ... and how it touched her so deeply. of course -

what made the book so dear were the photos and journaling of her friend linda ... who gifted the book to her. she really did touch my heart.


met many lovely women saturday and almost talked myself out of my voice :)

will be away today but will catch up with you again asap!



Journal - Petunias and Nasturtiums - After four days of iced in conditions and arctic temperatures, I REALLY had a need for color. Found this cheery image on and warmed myself by painting it this morning. We are weeks away from petunias and nasturtiums.

Intime Journal 1

Shooted for an exhibition at the multimedia library of Pessac with the photo club Espoir Pessacais (France)

Journal - Rose Hips --- Crazy crazy weather! Yesterday was a balmy 45F filled with sunshine - and though the wind was cold and sent a chill -- it was a good day to get in a walk. This morning, our 7F and brief snowfall with howling winds made any thought of spring fly from our minds. We have snow in the forecast next week and bitter temps all week. I know my friends will hate me for doing the happy snow dance -- but, despite the early spring flowers we viewed yesterday, I am so glad to see a bit more snow!

Right page: pasted tissue paper.

Left page: Illustration of crown copied from Comm Art article. Added tissue paper over because the ink was not waterproof and was getting all over the house. Will probably need to re-draw.

Journal entry from today, March 9, 2008

More work with stippling using micron 005 and Pentel liquid gel .7


Would love pointers on creating value with pen rather than pencil.


Thanks for looking.

just some of my many art journals

A grungy journal page design, used a French Kiss watercolor brush, Kim Klassen and French Kiss Textures. LemonTrystDesigns©2014


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