Another Face Appeared on the Page

HI Everyone.

It has been a very long time since I have blogged. Life is good. Life has been busy. There has still been enough time to squeeze out some secret works of art that I would like to share with you now. Here is a new friend that wanted to come out to play.

Rose 2

And a bit of a closer look. What have you been up to?

rose

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I’ve been to London to Visit the Queen

Pussy cat, Pussy cat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to visit the Queen. Pussy cat, Pussy cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under the chair….

Well…you will have noticed that I have been away for a while from my blog. It has been a busy time and not a busy time all rolled in to one. I have been teaching a lot and my day job is very stressful. Sometimes it takes all my energy just to stay upright. I have been creating, but it has been creating just for the classroom – samples of what we will be doing each class. I have not been doing much creating just for me and I believe it is a time when I could have used it.

After returning from my trip it was no surprise to those who have embarked on the same journey, that I returned a different person. Nothing seemed right…nothing fit. It was like I was displaced from my previous life and thrown into unknown waters. I know this sounds weird because you will say, but Heather it is your life. I say yes…and no.

All I truly know, is that it has been a really rough year.

As I come up to the point where I left for my adventure last year I yearn to tidy up loose ends and finish projects and get them gone! Here are a few things that I have done just recently.

I finished a round robin travelling journal entry that will be going to Harriet Hensley in Tennessee. I painted Toronto  because…Let’s face it! She would have no idea where Durham Region is. I used spray inks, collaged magazine letters, and acrylic paints in my double spread.

I also finished off a page in another journal headed for Virginia. The theme was things that you like or bring you joy. I love coffee and so I made some cups out of scrapbook papers and glued them onto the page. I used acrylic paints on the background and wrote out the words of a song by one of my fave groups the Manhattan Transfer – I love coffee, I love tea, I love my java jive and it loves me….It was a lot of fun and I really liked the colours I chose.

The last picture I worked on will go towards my many faces of women project. I have a plan to paint 52 pictures of women. I am delving in to other cultures for the next few paintings to see what flows out of me. Here is Mariel. Named by my friend Shireen.

Mariel

So you see…I have been painting. Just not sharing. I will promise to get better and post more if at all possible. Mission accomplished – 3 things done! Next!!

Artfully yours

P.S. No mice were actually harmed in the process of making this art ; )

 

Art Journal LOVE!

Art journal love

I  wanted to drop in to let you know that as of June 10th 2016 I have decided to close down my Meet up group Art Journaling 101 and open a new group up on Facebook called Art Journal Love. The meet up platform was great and well laid out, but it was getting a bit pricey each month when added to room rentals and supplies. This way there is more money for fun! Join us on Facebook to see when the next event will be taking place and watch my new you tube video attempt for the beginnings of a weekly art journal prompt.

Here is the info and the link. I hope you will join us for some fun.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560711264232584/

2 Angels are better than one!

I received a pretty little journal (maybe 6″ x 8″) in the mail last month from someone in our round robin Journal pass group named Beth. The theme of her journal was “things with wings”. Many people had done dragons and such, yet for some reason I focused my artistic energy towards painting these two sweet Angels.

Journal entry by Heather Gailey 2013
Journal entry by Heather Gailey 2013

When I think of Angels I think of all my precious friends and family who have helped me through hard times over the years and in doing so have become part of my success story. For now I am only going to speak about one such Angel. Her name is Nola. Nola and I have been friends now for 34 years. We met back in high school when we were in grade 10. We went through a lot together, and even though we live far apart we still call each other friend.

Why is Nola and Angel, you ask?

When I was going through my separation and my husband first left me I did not know which way to turn. One day, soon after the break up, I decided it was necessary to make to meet with a counselor at the local Social Services office to discuss my situation. I needed to feel more confident in my ability to live, eat, and support my children, and so I went there to speak to someone about my situation and ask for some short-term financial help. I remember it was winter time and very cold outside on the day I went to apply for help. Inside the office I stood behind a woman in the long line of people waiting to speak to a clerk. It shocked me to see that even though it was snowing outside she stood in front of me with broken shoes, no socks, and a torn coat. It seemed as if life had not been kind to her. I was very emotional with all that was going on and when I arrived back home I called Nola and told her what I saw and shared that it was a scary thought that I might end up in that same way. She said to me in such a strong and reassuring voice…”Heather…I will never let that happen to you”. She stood true to her claim and never did. She would take me grocery shopping and helped me afford paint to jazz up my dingy apartment. She was there for me in every way. She never let me fall. Her wings lifted me and helped me through one of the hardest times in my life. This is why she is an Angel. I love you Nola!

Who are the people in your life who are Angels is disguise? How did they help you in a time of need? Have you told them how much you love and appreciate how they have helped you? Maybe today is the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Friday – In case of brain fart…break glass!

Hello all! I can’t believe it’s Friday again, and therefore time for another inspirational blog entry for your viewing pleasure.

Oopsie!

I am feeling kind of sheepish because I forgot to post my Monday Tip for you and thus the brain fart reference. That is why I am posting this entry very early in the morning so that the day won’t get away with me today and I won’t suddenly wonder why it is Sunday. Can you relate?

Here is a wonderful video that I found on You Tube the other day. Skies on Fire – Speed Painting The Green Children is the title. I love the way the Artist dribbles the paint down over the picture and how she splashes the paint around the heads. I could watch her paint for hours (not meaning to sound creepy). You can also catch up with the artist agnes-cecile on her on Facebook.

I hope you will forgive me for Monday past. I will aim to post last Monday’s tip this coming Monday. See you then!

Ready! Set! Journal!

Last evening I was trying to complete the cover for the new prototype journal I will be using when I start teaching Art Journaling in September. I know these are not the best pictures to post because there is a honking button closure that did not want to co-operate when placed in the scanner. Pooh! I wanted to share it with you anyways and add better pictures later if possible.

Arches cold pressed water-colour paper was the paper that I used to make the journal and I assembled it, and bound it. It is a 14 page journal in the style of Teesha Moore. The closure is a tulle flocked ribbon that I bought from the dollar store, wrapped in the style of the remains of the day journals by Mary Ann Moss. It wraps around twice and then twice around the button to hold the journal closed. I used ransom note style lettering and that is my hand print on the top (no copying my fingerprints to use in your next art heist LOL). The hand print is there to represent that the journal is mine. Each participant who takes the class will of course place their own hand print on their journal. Remember…I said I was going to help you tap into your inner finger painter…and I am!

Here are the pics – With the tie openWith the tie closedI will eventually make an online version of this workshop. Stay tuned! Have a fantabulous Friday!

I am an artist because….

Cristian Mihai is having a contest and is asking people who come to his blog and are interested in being part of the contest to finish this sentence I have written above.

WOW! that is a good one for sure. Sometimes as artists..of any type…we just “are” and cannot always verbalize to someone why we do what we do. Hmmm…I guess I am up for the challenge and I will write what I think about it and share it with you.

I am an artist because…I was born an artist. I came out screaming “I am an artist!” and very soon showed my parents through drawings when I was very little that I would be an artist no matter what. At the age of 6 I told my mother that I was going to be a Fashion Designer and in an unfortunate turn of events while visiting the major art gallery with my mother in Toronto, I once reached up and touched a very expensive oil painting. Security ran from all over the Gallery to chastise me AND my mother for not trying to stop me. I somehow was not even frightened.

My mother later shared with me that this escapade had sealed the deal for her and her belief in my desire to get inside my art, to touch it, and to live it. I did end up following up on my dream of becoming a Fashion Designer and I also had a stint as a famous Canadian Doll Artist for a while. Then a break and now back to my roots of art. Loving every moment of it.

So…Cristain Mihai, I am an artist because…art is in my blood. Art courses through my veins. It makes me happy to make it, and equally as happy to look at it. I live, breathe, eat. and sleep it. and if I could get away with it, I would do nothing else all day long.

Painting and Pencil Rendering by Heather Gailey

When I am cut off from creating art or being in a creative environment, I feel as if my soul is dying. I think that is how I know I am an artist.

By the way…Thanks for asking…

But Heather…I am not an Artist!

Artists not required

Whenever I am out and about networking and talking up Art Journaling and my plans to offer “Creative Wordshops” in the very near future, it surprises me that I always have wonderful, strong women say to me….”But Heather, I am not an artist!” I say…”you don’t have to be. Just come out and have fun and tap into your inner finger painter. I will teach you everything you need to get by, and if you never want to show your Art Journal to anyone outside of the group/class…You…NEVER…have…too.” Just come!

Like this painting I have been working on for a month…A face only a mother could love!

A face only a Mother could love by Heather Gailey – Acrylics, Pencil Crayons, Collage, Japanese handmade paper, Water Soluble Pastels, Sharpie

Just trust me and come out to play when I call on you…OK?

Hiding Within

Intuitive Art

Over the past year I have received two paintings to work on that were just a beautifully painted background with no visible image showing, and yet an image quickly revealed itself to me in the form of a ballerina and the face of a woman. I thought it was called intuitive art, but I can’t seem to find a name for this type of phenomenon anywhere on the internet. All I know is that each time I can see the faint outline of the image clearly in the existing paint.

Do you know what it is called??

Ballerina – Beth’s Paint and Pass – Heather Gailey

hmmmm….Interesting that both the backgrounds were sent to me by Beth.

Face in the Paint – Beth’s journal – Heather Gailey