Daily Art Journal


For the past couple of months, I have been sketching and/or painting in my art journal almost daily. Sktchy App I downloaded a free application on my phone called Sktchy.

The first challenge I participated in was the 30 days/30 pages (see earlier post, 30 pages/30 days). These were daily sketches with prompts and tips from one of three artists every day. I learned a lot and got in the habit of daily journaling.

My next challenge was with five artists for five days called ”Five Day Facial.” Each day was a different focus on a facial feature with a different artist. Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Ears and Hair. I have had no formal training in art so this was exciting to me and I learned a lot!

You can now subscribe to Sktchy for $4.95 a month and get daily artists with tips and a photo to draw. People upload their photos on Sktchy as well, to be inspirations. Then, many people draw them and tag the inspiration so you can just swipe right on your drawing and see the referenced photo underneath. You are also encouraged to hashtag the month and day so you can see everyone’s version of the same photo.

Below are some of the photos and sketches I have done over the past month or so. Sometimes there are different challenges, such as “create a story with this photo” or “try minimal lines and no color.”

 

 

Notorious P.I.G. – Chili Title Champ


My pulled pork chili won best title for the 7th Annual Hall of Fame Chili Cook-off.

My Title: Notorious P.I.G.
Description: I love it when you call me pig poppa
Throw your hands in the air,
if youse a true player
Piggie, piggie, piggie, can’t you see?
Sometimes your chili just hypnotize me.

Categories:
Best Title of your Chili
Best Description of your chili (be as saucy, flirty, and sassy as you wanna be!)
Best Creative Culinary Creation Chili
Best Meat Chili
Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili
*** And Best Cornbread — One overall prize was awarded in this category

This event in Portland, Oregon at one of our State Representatives home in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, was a fundraiser hosted by CM Hall for the Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC.

There were so many wonderful chili concoctions! The overall Chilampion was much deserved with their tropical infused (no beans for embarrassing incidents) chili with a sweet but zesty aftertaste, was Shaley Howard and her girlfriend Gia Goodrich for Lez Be Chilin. lez be chilin

Artwork showing and selling


hello-kittyIn December 2016, I had my 12×12″ collage, Hello, Kitty showing at the Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Lobby for the RACC ‘All the Art that Fits” show for city and county employees.

I also had my 12×12″ collage, Ode to Alfred, showing and for sale with another smaller collage at SCRAP PDX holiday show. The two pieces at SCRAP PDX sold and all proceeds benefitted SCRAP PDX.

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Art Journals


I have been thoroughly enjoying my time art journaling with friends. I have a pen pal that I exchange two journals with via mail, and two co-workers I share art journals with. I also have one of my own that is a bit more personal. It is a great source of expression and release of anxiety. Art therapy!

Found objects collage


After seeing the the empty wall at SCRAP,  I decided it was time to create an ultimate creative reuse found objects collage. I collected small bits, toys, caps, lids, buttons, etc. and sorted them by colors of the rainbow. After gluing all of my pieces on, and finally coating with a clear coat to prevent dis coloring. I delivered it to SCRAP tonight at their new location on SW 18th and Alder in Portland, Oregon. The piece is 24″x34″ approximately.

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Two pieces of my work showing at two shows in April


One of my pieces, “Next Please” is showing at Flux Salon at 515 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 in honor of Sexual Abuse Awareness month. 

My second piece was accepted “Writer’s Block” to show at Whole Foods in the Pearl, 1210 NW Couch St.  First Thursday opening on April 5 from 5-8 pm, refreshments provided.  Artwork contains at least 75% reused materials.  This show is in honor of Earth Month and is presented by SCRAP (http://scrappdx.org), and Whole Foods Market.

April is Sexual Abuse Awareness month. To increase awareness Flux Salon (www.fluxsalon.org) is showcasing a photo installation of survivors of sexual abuse. Also, all art on display this month was produced by survivors of sexual abuse.

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