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

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/

When one door closes…another one opens

coloured door

I am working on a new art series involving beautiful doors from around the world. They are alarmingly beautiful, often barren, and weather-beaten, and all have a mystical feeling about them. As with any closed-door, it is human nature to wonder what is behind it. In this case I would ask that you look intently at each door and try to use your imagination to envision what may lie behind it. Then write about it in your journal. It will be the beginning of a new adventure for you.

THE QUOTE

While working on this project it has prompted me to think about what the statement “when one door closes…means, and in the larger picture, what meaning it conjures up for me. I did some research and searched for the statement on the internet and there I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is actually part of a larger quote by Alexander Graham Bell. The quote is as follows:

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed-door that we do not see the one which has opened for us”.

How perfectly fitting for my post today!

MY THOUGHTS

This week it is my goal to manifest Abundance, Expansion and Creativity and write about these things in my art journal. I have talked about my plans for success with any and all who will listen and it is an exciting time for me where I feel that I can write my personal history and bring whatever I wish to life. They are many amazing and beautiful doors that are opening up in front of me to offer limitless adventures and happiness. I just have to walk through them.

In preparation for publishing my book this fall I attended a writer’s circle group with a girlfriend Randi-Mae near where I live, and had my mind expanded even further. The creativity and skill in the group made me want to write more. To get us started the organizers challenged us to take a writing prompt and start a story that would be read out to the group when the time was up. The time on the clock was 5 minutes…and five minutes only. Five minutes to get out all you could on the topic at had. It was stressful yet fun.

THE PROMPT: A twinkle in his(hers, theirs) eye.

Every time she looked at him he had a twinkle in his eyes.                                                     He had happy, beautiful, blue, and sparkling eyes.                                                                 He had loving eyes.                                                                                                                 Yes! That was it. He had LOVE in his eyes.                                                                           When he came through the door after work he would look at her with love.                  When he left for work he would look back at her waiting on the doorstep with love,             And in those last moments when they lay staring at each other before drifting off to sleep in each others arms, he would look at her with love.                                                   The twinkle in his eye was pure and it was sweet.                                                                 It was his gift to her,                                                                                                             And each day she received his gift with gratitude and grace.

This is all I got down for 5 minutes, but it was truthful, from the heart and very meaningful to me. When it was my turn to read aloud what I had written, I tried not to cry because at that moment, in those five minutes of moments, I chose to take my eye off the door in front of me and chose to take a peek at the door behind me that had once contained happiness and adventure. For 5 minutes of moments I looked longingly towards that closed-door that closed for a reason. It was a closed-door from the past that I will never open again. Today I know that if it hadn’t closed, I would not have all that I have today. I was grateful then and I am grateful now. I know we all have doors like that behind us. Thanks for letting me share this with you. Now go write in your journal!

THE PROCESS

I probably should tell you about the process of making the doors. They are all 8″ x 10″. The process begins with a close cut paper photo of a door and then I expand on each one using my painting skills. I challenge myself to make it difficult for the viewer to tell where the picture ends and my painting begins.

Here are four that are in various stages of completion. Thanks for reading my post. I welcome your comments and feedback as always.

painted blue doorPhotos/paintings of doors from around the world

pink door

Red and beige door

Nobody’s Perfect

Every time I start to paint a picture I remember that if I don’t like the way it turns out I can always paint over it. When you find yourself at that point it is, in reality, a very hard thing to do. I have worked on this journal entry forever! It is my journal for the second journal pass on the willowing site. I am the organizer and I haven’t even sent out my journal yet. The pass is about halfway complete and the time is ticking – just like a bomb. It has caused me so much stress(among other things).

I set out at the beginning of last week to complete it and send it off by Friday. I reassessed my goal and set the new mailing date for this Monday. I was very happy with how the double page spread turned out….AND…then I went to varnish it. ALL of the black writing(marker – supposedly permanent) smudged into a big grey mess and I started to cry. What do I do now? All this hard work…ruined?

The answer was to take a breath and get some sleep. That is just what I did.

I painted some lighter paint in between each letter and then added some purple and some turquoise paint around them. After the paint dried I went in with some pencil crayon and jazzed it up a bit. Here is the finished product. It is not exactly what I set out to do, but I am happy with the outcome and the mess is fixed for now. I just have to remember that I have met my reassessed goal AND…that I can always paint over it once the journal returns from its world journey if I continue to be unhappy with the way it turned out. After all…Nobody…and no piece of artwork is EVER perfect.

Page one of the two-page spread

Inpsired by a song by Corinne Bailey Rae
Inpsired by a song by Corinne Bailey Rae

Page two of the twp page spread
By Heather Gailey
By Heather Gailey

Art is on the move again

I have been away for a bit from my blog, but art has been on the move behind the scenes.

Many journal pages and ATCs have changed hands. I thought I would take a few minutes to post some of them and to say hello. My course is over in 3 weeks and then I can get back to some serious art blogging. I would like to try making a video too!

First things first – Journal Page Swap from Milliande site.  I sent this one…

The Wheel of Life by Heather Gailey

And this one…(to the Netherlands)

Cornfield by Heather Gailey

I got back these two from Suzanne Skene in the US.

“The Wheel of Life” and “Apple Harvest” by Suzanne Skene

Second Things Second – I sent these two…(to Florida) – Doors closed

Behind Closed Doors by Heather Gailey

Doors open

Behind Closed Doors 2 by Heather Gailey

And this one…(The feet actually move!)

The Dancing Witch by Heather Gailey

and got back these two from California from Charlene Callahan

Frankenstein by Charlene Callahan

and this one (The skeletons legs and arms move)

Dia De Los Muertos by Charlene Callahan

I have to say that I am enjoying this art swapping adventure. It is great to meet people from all over the world and own a tiny piece of their creativity. These pages are 5″ x 7″ and we trade two a month. After the year is up, the group suggests that the pages be bound together. We will see how long I can keep this up.

 

One a week..Just like one day…but less – Artist Appreciation

I did not originally start out to showcase the work of other artists, but today I have decided that once a week I will share with you some of my inspiration.

I have always been curious why a song writer writes a certain song or lyric(love to hear the background story) and so I thought you might like to know more about what makes me tick…what makes me create the art I create. Hope so.

My daughter set me a link to this man’s art via Facebook this weekend. It shows an example of that “intuitive painting” I have been posting about.

These pictures are reprinted from his Behance site and found via Stumbleupon

So inspiring! He has taken a paint smudge and made a fantastic piece of art in his journal. This is my inspiration for this lazy hazy Sunday. Enjoy your day!