The WWM prompt for today is crowd; the ICAD theme for the week ending today is mixed media. I decided to combine the two challenges this way: first I sprayed my card with water and painted it with random blocks of color; then I went to my inspiration folder, and cut four students out of a magazine photo of a large circle of students. Then I typed the words and cut them out. Here’s the result:
Interesting. Informative. Funny. Lovely. Artistic. Strange. It’s all here:
- Time lapsed photography of plants growing. (I promise, no grass.)
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- This is very different from the college ensembles I was part of while a music student. But different is good.
- I love this poem written for NaPoWriMo2021. It’s a parody of the song “Hey, Jude,” about mansplaining.
- Beautiful watercolor portraits.
- Millions of marvelous mandalas.
- Sketching in the Sierras.
- Amazing art made of sticks and stones and embroidery floss.
- Analyzing a medieval tapestry.
- Umm, I don’t know how to categorize this. Odd stuff??
- The iron church.
- Take a course from Cambridge University—for free.
“Beauty is truth; truth beauty.” ~John Keats
- It’s hard to love all your colors the same. Favorites emerge. What’s yours?
- How a massive sculpture for Burning Man was created.
- Award-winning bird photographs.
- And even more Audubon photographs.
- One watercolorist’s journey.
- A visit to the New York Botanical Garden.
- For the quilters: a Flying Geese shortcut.
- The amazing world of orchids.
- Lovely sketches of Phoenix attractions.
- Eye-catching suncatchers.
- This offer is so good it makes me want to move to an isolated Greek island.
- Merging drawing and photography.
Twelve inspiring articles:
- This is why I need grandchildren.
- “Then and Now” photos of celebrities.
- Don’t just take notes. Take sketchnotes.
- A specially designed torch for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Muralist Drew Young talks about his childhood, his influences, his process.
- Clever mixed media.
- Simple innovations.
- The best advice to a young writer might not sound very encouraging at all.
- An Assyrian basin and its history.
- I haven’t taken any MasterClasses yet, but I’m a big fan of the commercials for them. Here is David Lynch talking about his MasterClass on creativity and film.
- As global temperatures rise, we will need more of this anti-surge technology from Holland all over the world.
- Polar vortex storm photos.
Twelve articles to help creatives take their artistic endeavors to the next level. Soak up some inspiration!
- I’m working on a Dresden Plate quilt right now.
- Noteworthy photographs of 2018.
- Beautiful tangles.
- How one quilter organizes her studio.
- Life in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- What happened when a college student met Ursula Le Guin.
- A tribute to Sister Wendy, art commentator.
- Suhita Shirodkar sketches on vacation.
- For the writers: how to wake up ready to write.
- A therapeutic eye pillow you can make (if you are a quilter, you already have most of the supplies you’ll need).
- I just love Little Free Libraries. This is the cutest one I’ve ever seen.
- Mixed media with embroidery.
While visiting the Arizona Fine Art Expo, I was blown away by the art of Janelle Lindley, characterized by bright color and grand scale. Looking closely at the artwork, I discovered printing on the canvas. It seemed to me that fragments of paper were stuck to the surface.
The artist came by and asked if I had any questions.
“Yes. Is this…collage?”
“It’s a collage technique. I call it paper painting.”
She stepped over to a shelving unit and pulled out a storage bin. Inside were scraps of paper painted yellow. Other bins held more painted paper scraps, organized by color.
“I take apart old books, magazines, and catalogs (though not the glossy-paper type) and paint the pages. Then I tear the paper and use it to ‘paint’ my images.”
I noticed that some of the paper was old sheet music, which especially pleased me.
Lindley glues the paper fragments in place with gel medium applied with a brush. She (or her husband) seals the completed works with varnish or resin.
The finished products are remarkable for their complexity, shading, and detail.
See more of Janelle Lindley’s artwork on Arizona Fine Art Expo’s website.