Friday, December 4, 2015

i am normally a grab it as i go kind of artist.

i don't plant ahead.  i have all of possibilities 

in front of me and choose after the current color is 

down on the canvas.  i like the openhandedness of this

approach.   the other day i actually planned ahead.  i pre decided

on my color palate, set up all the paints that i thought i might use

along with the brushes.  it was, to my surprise quite enjoyable

to think about the painting and anticipate the colors together.

now i have two approaches.  have you noticed a particular way

that you approach your art?  are you intuitive, spontaneous, planned,

organized, methodical, quick, thoughtful?

i found this mixed media piece while putting my studio back

together after a plumbing leak.  it is collage and painted

in a wonderful  found book from the library sale.  the pages are

nice and  thick.

this week i am excited to announce that i have this sketch

before a trip i always sketch the clothes i take.

i am a visual person and this makes it easier for me to

eliminate the excess and take a minimum in my carry on bag.

one of the editor of cloth paper scissors happen to spy

a tiny sketch on my blog and contacted  me for their book.

i am over the moon about it!

it's friday and i am posting along with other creatives 
at paint party friday.  if you get a moment during 
this busy time of year, grab a cup of tea and 
see what others have created this week.
thanks to kristen and eva for hosting.


  1. Love your page! All elements look so good together. The face is mysterious and charming. Nice sketching too.
    Happy PPF ♥

  2. Love the collage and congrats on having your sketch in a book. Hugs, Valerie

    1. Hello Valerie-Jael, Thank you for visiting this week and for your comments. Have a lovely week. xo Irene

  3. Awesome Irene that your art was chosen for the book! I love that found piece of art the face is beautiful! I plan for a charity...but I usually paint intuitively what I see in the paint.. sometimes contrived other times not!!

    Hugs Giggles

  4. congrats Irene-wow- it seems everyone is on the coloring book bandwagon from publishers to artists to buyers, to clubs etc.! Well, almost everyone:)

    1. Thank you, Linda. It seem that everything recycles, even the basic coloring book!

  5. Irene I absolutely love your sketch. What a fantastic idea. I too am a visual organiser lists don't sit well in my head. I am going to do this in future! How amazing to have it published. You should feel very pleased with yourself!

    1. Oh, thank you, Morag. Let me know if you try sketching out your clothes. I've been doing it for years. I wish I kept all of the sketches :)

  6. Wonderful journal page. I love the shadow effect of the face. I usually work spur of moment also, but sometimes, it is fun to play in other ways sometimes, to keep it fresh I guess is what it does. Hope its a great weekend.

    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting Erika. It is always fun to do something outside of our normal boundaries.

  7. What an amazing person you are! I would not have the patience to do what you do when traveling, that's for sure. :D I adore your painting and unusual canvas.

  8. Love this page. It is soft and gentle to me. I am NOT a planner when it comes to my art. I see something in my head and go for it. It is the only part of my life that isn't planned. LOL

    1. I find the various approaches to art (and) fascinating ... each unique as is the individual. Thank you for commenting, Nicole. xo

  9. Wow! Published twice recently! Congratulations!