Journaling by 5’s – Part 4 – Art Journaling Video

A Face A Day for September

I really enjoy drawing and painting faces.  I haven’t been doing many faces lately, so I decided that I was going to try (again) to do a face a day for a whole month.  I’ve tried this before, and wasn’t able to make it through the whole month.  So, this time, I AM GOING TO DO IT!  🙂  Here’s face #1 – done entirely with Posca Paint Markers, on my recliner (with my TENS machine and my heating pad – my new reality) – while watching the U.S. Open Tennis championships.  The markers definitely have their limits, but it was fun to be able to “paint” without the mess.   Having said that, this one was inspired by Eduard Fleminsky.  His portraits are much more realistic, but he uses color in such a creative way.

Edited to add — I just found a challenge group called ’29 faces’.  so I will be participating in this challenge.


 I’m taking a few online classes right now with some awesome portrait artists, so it should be easy to get inspired and try different styles of faces.  So, my plan for tomorrow’s face is to do a paint-over collage, Tam (Willowing) style.  I’ve done this before, with “so-so” results.  I love the idea of using a magazine image.  I think it helps to train your brain to paint faces, and it’s FUN!  🙂

More Pan Pastels and a Video too

Hello my friends!  I am continuing to enjoy working with Pan Pastels.  I am doing a series of beach-themed pieces.  Here are my two latest – they are on pastel paper.  I have entered the second one in the Pan Pastel challenge over at the  Pan Pastels UK Challenge Blog.  This week’s challenge – anything goes!



I decided that I could/should turn on my video camera so that I can share my no-draw approach to painting with pastels, as taught to me by the fabulous Donna Downey.  🙂

Bloom True With Flora Bowley!

I’m SOOOOOOOOO very excited to be participating in Bloom True: the e-course by Flora Bowley ! I have been following Flora’s art for at least a couple of years, and love her use of color and imagery!  She inspires me with her work and lifestyle of yoga, creativity, travel, and teaching.  You must go to her website and check out the e-course.  I bet you’ll want to join us!

See what I mean?  Her work is so INTERESTING.  I’m drawn in by the imagery, the colour, the composition, and the playful feel of her work.  She has such a signature style.  Love love love.

So, I’m working on two canvases at the moment.  She encourages us to have at least 2 on the go at one time, so that you can work on one while the other one is drying.  She works very large, too, which scares me a bit.  So, I started largER (for me), with 24×24″.  I also have two LARGE art journals on the go.  I’m using up the drips, and leftover paint in my journals.  I’ve been taking photos periodically, but I’m not sure which computer they are on!  lol.  We have three computers in the house, two desktop, and my Ipad.  The photos don’t seem to be on this computer, so you’re in luck.  I won’t make you look at my mess today!  Truly, the first couple of layers are just painty messes!  I’m hoping they start to look more like art soon.