A NEW Art Journaling VIDEO!!!

I uploaded this a few days ago, but I’ve been feeling poorly, so haven’t blogged about it yet.  This is my final video in this series inspired by Shannon Green’s challenge.  Even if you haven’t seen my previous videos, you may enjoy watching me complete 20 pages in my Dylusions art journal.  I even do a flip-through of the completed pages.

Thank you SO much for stopping by!  As always, I would love it if you left a comment.  🙂

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Art Journaling by 5s – Part 5a – VIDEO!

2014 – The Good, the Bad, and the Sad

selfiedec14_edited-1I know I haven’t blogged much lately, but I do plan to change that!  2014 was VERY difficult for me.  I am so very hopeful that 2015 will be a much better year.

I did have a nice, quiet Christmas, spent with hubby, kitties, and hubby’s family.  Santasteve was VERY good to me.  I am one grateful girl.

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Even though we – 1.  took our dream vacation (a whole month in Australia!), and – 2.  built a new BEAUTIFUL home, 🙂 – I also suffered a serious back injury, in May.  And I lost some very special people. 😦  As a result of my injury, I lost an entire summer season of tennis.  That is the first time that has happened in about 25 years.  Not only is my tennis fantastic exercise, it is also my primary social outlet.  I am also unable to exercise, and that depresses me even more.  Secondly, as a result of our move, I wasn’t able to do much art.  These are the two things that keep me grounded, and help me deal with the stress of life.  I’m still not recovered from my back injury, unfortunately, but after months of waiting, I finally have an appointment at the local Pain Clinic on February 6, so I am hopeful that I can find a drug-free method of pain management (at the very least).  I lost my Mom, unexpectedly, in November, and I am still so sad about that. RIP Mom.  😦

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BUT, my art studio is now complete!  I am so excited, and grateful to my fabulous husband.  I now have the most awesome space in which to create!  I still need to do some organizing, but I am working slowly on that.  🙂

Here is what it looked like on December 3 – sorry the photos aren’t the best quality, but you get the general idea.  It’s changed a LOT since then.  When it’s “finished” (will it ever be?) – I’ll post updated pictures.  It’s a HUGE room in the basement, with large windows, and tons of storage, horizontal workspaces, excellent lighting, and a cork floor!  I have been creative most of my life, so I have managed to accumulate quite the collection of supplies.

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Here are a couple more, taken a couple of weeks ago:IMG_3738
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And, the centre island worktable is installed!  This is the only picture I have taken so far.  Wilson likes it.  😉

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This blog post has taken way longer than I had anticipated.  But, I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my life.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I have another post almost ready to post – I will be talking about the online classes I plan to take for 2015.  Since I can’t play tennis, and I have this awesome art studio, I REALLY want to do tons and tons of art!  So, check back tomorrow….ta ta for now!  🙂

Another Mixed Media Abstract

Hello my friends!  Two posts in two days!  Aren’t you impressed?  As I mentioned yesterday, I have been dealing with health concerns – daily chest and back pain caused by nerve impingement in my thoracic spine (well, that’s the most recent diagnosis after 3 months of medical tests and appointments).  My art is the ONLY thing that is keeping me sane.  It was so nice to hear from some of you yesterday!  It really lifted my spirits.  Thank you!  You inspired me to post another completed piece – much different from yesterday’s.

This is truly mixed media – I started with molding paste through various stencils, and followed up with collage, Liquitex acrylic spray paint, acrylic paints, pouring medium, and even Pan Pastels!  I think I ended up with a very unique, graphic piece of art!  🙂

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Mixed Media Abstract Art

I’m still struggling with health concerns, but my art is helping me to cope.  So, I completed this highly textured mixed media piece over several days (weeks!).  The techniques and concept were inspired by Karen Hale.  I love her work!  I put my own personal spin on it, with the chipboard numbers, collage, and various textural mediums, oh, and some stenciling too.  What do you think?  I always love feedback….good or bad!  🙂

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My Muse is in Overdrive!

I’ve got lots of art to share with you today!  I’ve been happily creating lots of art, despite the fact that we have been crazy busy getting our house ready to sell.  We are building a new home, too, so lots of work to do/decisions to be made there, too!  All good stuff.  As part of the process of staging our house, we had to get some art up on our walls.  I know….I’m an artists, and our walls were painfully bare!  Sad!  But, not any more!

First, I want to share my latest piece, that I finished yesterday.  I think it’s finished, anyway.  My hubby (bless his heart) thinks it needs more, but I’m not sure I agree.  Any feedback you wish to give would be gratefully accepted!  It’s my largest piece yet – 36″ x 36″, and I call it “Serenity”.  It’s mixed media – lots of molding paste texture.

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Next, I really like this one!  It’s highly textured with multiple texture mediums.  It’s 24″ x 24″, untitled so far.  (any ideas?)texturalbyw

bywdetailNext, these two pieces were a couple of the very first mixed media pieces I ever made but I didn’t like them much any more, so I reworked them to go above our bed.  We have a high headboard, so had trouble finding art that worked there.  TONS of texture!  The areas around the focals were all white before.  So much better now!  🙂

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That’s all for today!  Thanks so much for stopping.  As usual, I love comments, so feel free to leave one!  🙂

 

 

Hello, My Name is Kim and I’m a Frolicaholic

 

 

 

Hello my friends!  I’m really trying to get back into the habit of blogging again.  I read on someone else’s blog, that it seems almost redundant any more because of all the social media sites out there.  But, I’m not a big Twitter or Instagram fan, so I still prefer to read blogs.  So, here I am.

First, some cuteness from my kitties:2014-06-14 01.53 summer WilsonAren’t they adorable when they’re sleeping?  Yah.  Not so much when they are tearing through my house and knocking beautiful glass vases off of tables.  lol

I’m participating in Jane Davenport’s “Frolicaholic” class right now.  The timing is good for me, because my mojo left me recently, and I’ve been in a bit of a funk because of that.  But, Jane to the rescue again!  All I have to do is watch one of Jane’s videos, and I am immediately inspired to get out my art supplies.  So, here is the cover of my journal, and the first couple of pages.cover

1and2  detailp2 p1 P2That’s all for today.  I do have more artsy stuff to share, but I will save some for another day.

 

 

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