Art and photography and books and sketches and a workroom and music and travels and the aftermath.
- Amazing photographs of murmurations.
- Interesting reading list. I’ve only read five of these, but they were so good I’m tempted to read the rest.
- Breathtaking, colorful glass art.
- How to make a pop-up book for adults. Watch the second video.
- Pretty artist/writer workspace.
- A testimonial to the Blues.
- The American Ancients, part II.
- Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. One of my favorite bloggers, Narami, was without electricity for 130 days.
- You don’t have to be young to benefit from this free ebook for young writers.
- I love this artist’s sketches.
- Silly pet photographs.
- About the artist who painted The Great Wave.
Artistic ideas to inspire your weekend:
- Need some gift ideas for artistic peeps?
- Should you buy a watercolor book? Some considerations, as well as an interesting technique.
- Fabulous variations on the Zentangle pattern W2.
- Love to travel? Here, a blogger recalls some of her favorite trips.
- The opening credits of the movie Muse, which I have not seen. A little creepier than what I usually include in the Juice, but certainly creative.
- Intricate papercutting.
- Award-winning photographs.
- Beautiful glass.
- The Miracle Mural Project.
- Photographs of kids growing up in the Bronx.
- What is ammonite?
- Sketching surfers in Portugal.
This very special edition of Creative Juice features posts from My OBT, one of my very favorite blogs. Every day, Donna shares something beautiful—or not so beautiful. I include at least one of her posts in CJ each week, but I have so many in reserve I thought I’d bless you with a whole bunch today. If you enjoy them, you might want to subscribe to My OBT so you never miss a single one.
- Taxidermy with a twist.
- Reminiscent of the old masters.
- Balloons and more.
- Designer cookies.
- Some of these tile floors remind me of quilts.
- Wielding the palette knife.
- Colorful Burano, Italy.
- Architectural images in watercolor.
- Wooden boxes like you’ve never seen before.
- Blowing glass.
- Photographs from on high.
- This guy includes his dog in his art.
- Fun with food.
Fifteen articles to inspire you in the New Year:
- Glass miniature masterpieces.
- These dogs, drawn by Holly Lucero, will give you nightmares.
- A way to look at your subject so you can draw it more accurately.
- Skyscrapers into infinity.
- Please buy me a book illustrated by Tihomir Čelanović. I wish I could read the stories these drawings tell.
- Breathtaking views of Paris, 1946.
- I just love Suhita Shirodkar’s work. Take a peek at her sketchbook.
- Here’s a cool zentangle technique.
- You can turn a fail around.
- Tips from people who have been around the block a few times.
- Woody Guthrie’s New Year resolutions from 1943. I could make a few of these, even though I’m allergic to New Year resolutions.
- I’m going to try this technique for watercolor backgrounds for zentangle.
- The large-scale paintings of Salman Khoshroo. Be sure to watch the video of the artist at work. Fascinating.
- A Christian’s take on creativity and mental illness. Though I’m also a Christian, I don’t believe exactly as she does, but it’s still an interesting essay. Warning: the video is decidedly unholy.
- I’m thinking of participating in this challenge. How about you? It may help you reach one of your goals for 2017…
If you are in the Phoenix East Valley area this weekend, head down to Old Town Tempe for the Festival of the Arts. I had the pleasure of spending three hours there today. I took lots of pictures and bought some stuff. I’ll share a little with you, but you should go see for yourself. It opened today, and it runs through Sunday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.
The first thing I saw was this blue grass band. They also brought along extra instruments so people could jump in and jam.
After Leah Kiser (below, right) illustrated her brother Seth Ode’s children’s book, Morgan the Ox, she looked for a new project. Her little daughter dressed a toy dinosaur in a doll tutu, and that became the inspiration for the painting Black Swan (second photo below, right).
Dana Robbins makes amazing art glass. I especially love the knobs in the second picture below.
Bob Reynolds uses different kinds of woods to make beautiful inlaid cutting boards.
Elizabeth Jenkins weaves cloth. Some of it she then further designs by removing some of the pigment. She makes unique scarves and shawls and throws–and coats!
Art below by Deborah Haeffele.
Joshua Seraphin reverse paints on glass.
Darryl Cohen and Kevin Frosch make decorative items out of glass. I fell in love with the mirror on the left.
James Floyd builds, sells, and plays hybrid instruments. Here he is playing some sort of guitar/Dobro/tambourine. In the second picture, an instrument has a mechanical arm for holding a harmonica while you strum.
Brian Smith spent five years driving around the country in an RV, taking photographs of things that suggested letters to him. He will help you put images together to spell words that hold special significance for you.
John McDonald’s glass art reminds me of Chihuly. I especially like his “Yard Sticks” below.
Tom Deitenbeck makes beautiful pottery. I love the knitting yarn bowl in the second picture below. I bought one of his napkin holders.
Rick Murphy welds together found objects to create curious creatures.
Bob Cuthbertson plays a Chapman stick. I got to hear him play the Bach Toccata and Fugue. Awesome!
And, finally, Jocelyn Obermeyer on Irish harp and Nathan Tsosie on Native American flute.
I hope what you’ve seen, a small sample of the more than 350 booths, will entice you to attend, too. And if you’re there on Sunday, you might even see me. I saw a gorgeous jasper necklace by Jean and Maya Montanaro that my husband said he’d like me to have for Christmas. Best Husband Ever.