Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Being Inspired.........

I'm still taking Roxanne Stout's Nature Journaling class and this is a subject that just gets my creative juices flowing! 

I've said before, I'm not much with watercolors but I have noticed an improvement each time I paint with them.  I have a long way to go to get the free look I'm going for.....more of that practice "thing", I guess. 

Roxanne has encouraged her class to get out their cameras and shoot a few still life compositions.....so here is mine.  These are some things that sit on a wire shelf on our patio year 'round, I just tightened up the arrangement and added some art supplies.


Played with some watercolor and a sunflower.......


 
 Last post I shared some pictures of the Swallowtail Butterfly that visited our garden Sunday.  So, on Monday I needed to paint him!
 

Then it was collage time.  Roxanne presented a collage challenge and I love collage and a challenge.
I am planning on binding the work I've done, so far, in this class and making it into a small book and I had started work on the cover.  I needed to finish the inside of the cover, so, I decided collage would be the way to go.

Here is the collage I made.........



You can see where the collage will fold.....the left side will look something like this when it is bound.
 
 
......and the right side will look like this!
 
 
 My nature journal is really, three journals of different sizes, in different stages and I have different plans for each book.  This is book #1.  I hope this enthusiasm and inspiration last.....till I get them all finished!

10 comments:

elle said...

ah, the practicing is paying off. I like that still life. Lots of variety but a good cohesive whole. Happy day!

Halle said...

Amazing!! Love your journal.

rivergardenstudio said...

Super collage!!! I have been gone from your blog for too long... so this is my third comment! I love the way your collage has a similar feel to it as your watercolor pages, even though they are such different mediums.
Beautiful work.
roxanne

Fresh Linen said...

Jan, love your collage and the watercolors. Seeing your gardens makes me know there is a very talented, creative soul living there. Loved visiting you, Ron, Jack and kitty, Al? can't remember, have a cat block going! We are up to 7 babies now. See you at the lavender fest I hope if not sooner. Love ya, Carol♥

Kooky Makes said...

Your pieces are very beautiful, it's so lovely to be inspired by the natural world and simple things around us. That sunflowers piece is full of joy and I really like the lovely collage piece too. It's going to be a beautiful book.

Julie said...

I can't get over how good you are with watercolors! Amazingly good, girl!!! Your journal shown here is beautiful!!! WOWZERS!

Dorthe said...

You say you are not much with watercolours, but I think what you do is beautiful.....and I wish I was as clever as you!!
I love your collage,too- so lovely!!
Such a beautiful post.
Dorthe

Jeanne said...

i'm so enjoying your work in roxanne's class... yes the more we do the better we get...

jeanne

Marilyn Rock said...

Love your art here inspired by nature! Beauty surrounds and you capture it so wonderfully! xxoo

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

I love your art. Beautiful flowers, beautiful pages!