Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Art Journaling through grief

About this time one week ago I got the call from the vet's office that Candy had died.  Have been in a funk since then and didn't feel like doing anything.  Started working in my altered art book 'Flowers In The Attic' so I wouldn't think about her being gone but instead I felt her loss more.  She would always cry at my door insisting on being let in and then sit on my desk while I'm painting and try to drink the paint water.  It was a game she played and I missed it dreadfully but I continued collaging, painting....backgrounds, pages, etc.  I got through the week not without tears but, I got through.

This is the title page of the altered book drawn with zentangles.  Am thinking I like the black/white opposed to the color version.

Stamped the birds on 1 ply hospital kleenex, added more branches, flowers and colored it with water color pencils.  The tulips I punched before the pages were glued together and colored with markers.  The grass is acrylic paint.

Hospital kleenexes are hard on the nose but great for art journals and painting.

This is darker than it appears, an acrylic background that I started.  It's a night scene and it doesn't show the twinkling stars or their reflection on the water....it's unfinished, will continue it later.

just janie

Thursday, March 10, 2011

EBV again.....Take it easy they say......

I guess the cataract surgery and it's problems was too much stress with all that's been happening and the EBV erupted again.  Been told to take it easy for the next 4-6 weeks or recovery will be longer.  Take it easy....what exactly does that mean?  Guess it shouldn't be too hard as I am too tired to do anything but, nothing gets done.  It will all be waiting for me in a couple of months....when it's warmer....the flowers are in bloom.  There is always my art journal to work in ..... My favorite flower is the Hibiscus, they won't bloom until the end of July but I can wait...

Friday, March 4, 2011


That's all I want to do....is sleep.   Trying the provigil (drug that keeps you awake) again to see if it will keep me awake so I can get something done.  Worked on a couple of pages in my next flower book, kept falling asleep so had to quit.