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Van Gogh Journal Pages 51 & 52

Hello Friends!

The page on the left had Vincent’s family tree on it. But I forgot to copy it before I painted over it, ha ha! I painted all of it with Liquitex acrylic inks. And I chose the bright yellow for the background so that I could still read the text on the right page. But then I got carried away with painting flowers, so I can’t read all of the bottom of the page. That’s okay, though. I have all of his family history in other books anyway. Also, I cut the clouds off some small stickers I have and then added the darker blue ink to them.

Then I added a ribbon bookmark. I love this blue color! I threaded it through the opening in the binding and hot glued it on both ends so that a small piece sticks out the bottom and the larger part of the ribbon can be moved about as a bookmark. I recently purchased a used book which came with this type of book mark, and I love it! So that’s where I got the idea. 

I hope you are all having a great week! Stay well!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Van Gogh Journal – Pages 49 & 50!

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It has been quite a while since I worked on my Van Gogh journal! Our oldest child is visiting for a few weeks before going back to work another trails season for the summer. So we have been visiting, and I wasn’t feeling real artsy until yesterday! Then once I got going, I ended up creating FOUR more spreads! (I was on a roll!) So I will be posting the other three page spreads over the next few days. I only have three more spreads to create now, and this journal will be done! I will have mixed feelings about finishing it, though. But the next journal I plan to do will be about Degas. I will be creating all of it on my own, though, since I don’t have a book about him like this one that I am willing to rip pages from to make a journal.

For this spread in this journal I was feeling happy! I used some washi tape of flowers and birds, stamped a few turtles and blue circles with a sponge, embellished the painting of van Gogh with a bird’s wing and painted over it a little. Then I added some flowers I cut out and painted. And I glued down cut out copies of grasses I had drawn years ago on my badger pencil drawing. I used acrylic inks for everything except some fluid acrylic paints for the blue circles. I also added a thick blue ribbon in the binding for a bookmark. There will be a picture showing more of the bookmark tomorrow; it shows up better on the next pages.

The painting of Van Gogh here was not done by Vincent. It was painted by Francis Bacon in 1957. It was part of a series of six paintings he dedicated to the subject of Van Gogh. This particular painting was inspired by Vincent’s painting The Painter on the Road to Tarascon which he did in 1888. However, it was destroyed in World War II, so Bacon never saw the original and worked from a reproduction. This painting is called Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh IV. Also, I think he did other paintings in Vincent’s style.

I have never read about or studied any of Francis Bacon’s paintings, so that’s going to be my next art research project! I won’t be dedicating a journal to his work, but now my curiosity is peaked, so I am interested in finding out more about him.

I hope you are all doing well! We have had both of our vaccinations now, but are still practicing social distancing and wearing our masks. Stay well my friends!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Van Gogh Has Gone to the Birds!

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I guess I was feeling a little cuckoo! There aren’t any cuckoo birds on these pages, but the quail has the feet of the Blue-Footed Booby whose head is in the righ top corner of the right hand page. And it has had its feathers dyed orange!

Vincent has the left eye and beak of a bird and has apparently started growing some feathers on his back. And it seems that his letters must be coming from Theo by air mail!

All these birds should be watching out for the fox that’s sneaking into the book at the bottom right hand corner, though. She looks hungry!

Lastly, I made a book mark for the second pocket in the book which is on the left-hand page. 

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Van Gogh Journal Pages 45 & 46

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I began painting these pages with a mixture of red and blue acrylic inks to get this shade of purple. Then I painted the vague shape of an ear on the left page with Burnt Sienna acrylic ink. Next I used black, white and green acrylic inks to paint the eye with tears. On the right page is an abstract profile of a discouraged Vincent with a green eye and bloody ear. I mixed some Burnt Sienna with some white and painted the face and body. And again I painted his bloody ear.

The last thing I did on these pages was come up with as many words as I could to describe the myriad feelings that Vincent expressed during his life of trying to make it as an artist and the hospitalizations he experienced for manic and depressive behaviors. Here are all of the words I wrote: sadness, vagabond, frustration, disfigured, madness, unsatisfaction, stain, defeated, hopeless, desperate, flawed, insane, weakness, lunatic, mistake, lethargic, overwhelmed, failure, labeled, black sheep, trashy and lost.

But on a more positive note, I chose the word GENIUS. That is what I feel Vincent van Gogh was the most.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Degas in Acrylics and Acrylic Inks

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Hello Friends!

This is another project I began last week. First I drew it lightly onto the canvas by eyeballing a picture of this painting from a book I have. I used a water soluble pencil for that. Then I painted it in acrylics and acrylic inks on a 12″x16″ canvas.

This project was done as an art challenge by my friend Debra who is also an artist. She asked if our other friend, Emma, and I would like to paint something from one of our favorite artists. She said I couldn’t pick Van Gogh, though, ha ha! (I have a sneaking suspicion that she is doing a Van Gogh!) But my absolute two favorites are Edgar Degas and Vincent van Gogh, so that was fine with me!

I have done this painting in watercolor before, but not as detailed. But I have never tried to do one of his in acrylics, so it was a lot of fun! I didn’t try to match the colors exactly. Besides, all the colors look different depending on which book I look in or looking at a picture on the internet, so that was no big deal.

This is my version from his painting called “Blue Dancers” which he painted in oils in Paris, c.1895. I think it has always been my favorite of all his ballerina paintings.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Van Gogh Journal Pages 39 & 40

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Yesterday I decided to put two of Vincent’s self-portraits together which he painted after he cut off the tip of his right ear. I also added some animal friends. The rabbit is a copy of the one I drew several years ago. And since it was done in pencil, I decided to add some Liquitex Burnt Umber acrylic ink to color it and black ink for the fur. Then I had a random piece of blue paper, so I made it have a blue eye.

I bought some little animal rubber stamps on Etsy, so I used the parrot and the turtle. I stamped them in black and colored them with acrylic inks. I added a little flower to his lapel on the left. Then I looked up quotes Vincent was known for and wrote them out to fill three big spaces. ( You may have to enlarge the picture to read them.) Vincent knew he was mentally ill, but I am so glad it fueled his art instead of squashing it! I like to think he was a genius at expressing himself. He saw things so vividly with his heart, you know?

I copied the swirly markings from the background of a portrait he painted of a boy he knew and used it to make the smoke from his pipe more elaborate. That was fun. 

I hope everyone has had a great week, and for those who celebrate Easter, have a beautiful one!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂 

Vincent van Gogh Journal Pages 35 & 36

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I was excited to do these pages, because I just bought a few new colors of Liquitex Acrylic Inks. So in the background I used a very bright Yellow Orange Azo. I also used some on his hat along with some Raw Sienna.

On his face I also used some Raw Sienna and added some Burnt Umber in his beard. For the blues I used Phthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade).

Then I painted my flowers with Quinacridone Magenta and white.

I am looking forward to using these colors even more! And I am really loving acrylic inks!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 33 & 34

Hello Friends!

I can honestly say I had no plans for these pages, ha ha! So somehow three of Vincent’s self-portraits ended up with peacock feather eye patches! And of course the peacock, parts of her anyway, had to be included.

Then a copy of a badger drawing I did in pencil peeked in to see what kind of craziness was going on! Badgers and peacocks sure are curious!

I loved playing with blues, and greens on the background that I painted with a mixture of red and yellow acrylic inks. I included copies of some of his writing and parts of his paintings. Then I painted on some Phthalocyanine Green (yellow shade) acrylic ink in various places.

These pages were fun. I hope you all are well. I have been feeling a little under the weather, but getting lots of sleep to fight off a slight cold.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Butterfly in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends! 

Yesterday I decided to create a butterfly in a butterfly bush on the mixed media canvas I posted the other day.

I used black Liquitex acrylic ink to paint the outline of the butterfly. Then I mixed the colors Phthalocyanine Green (yellow shade) and Cadium Yellow Light acrylic inks to paint the butterfly.

Since I didn’t want just a butterfly, I decided to use Golden Magenta Liquid acrylic paint for the blossoms of a butterfly bush and mixed some dark and light green acrylic paint together for the leaves.

This one was pretty fun! And while I painted, I listened to the book “Each Journey Begins” by Den Ming-Dao. The person who narrates it has a soothing and melodic voice which is perfect for creating art.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Mixed Media Work-in-Progress

 

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Stage 2

 

Hello Friends!

I began this project a couple of weeks ago. I have two friends whom I have a private art group chat with on FB messenger. We have been encouraging one another in our art journeys for about a year and a half or more. And my friend, Deb, who lives in Canada,  suggested us doing a large canvas challenge. She painted a beautiful ocean underwater scene in acrylics. But Emma has another project going, so I’m not sure if she’s started hers yet.

Anyway, I wanted to do an abstract. So first, I picked out four colors of tissue paper:  gold, silver, black, and pink. Then I cut them in various sizes of rectangles and glued them down with Liquitex Matte Medium in a diagonal design.

A few days or so later I stenciled some Titanium Buff and Portrait Pink on. Then a couple of days later I used a small brush to streak some gold acrylic ink on in various places.

Now I am thinking about painting a silouhette of something, but haven’t decided what yet. I am tossing around a few ideas.

In the meantime I am reading lots of books! And I won’t be able to do any laundry again until this weekend since we won’t get our new washer and dryer delivered until Friday! Oh darn it! 😉

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

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