Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Documented Life Project - Week 35

OK, here is the finished week 35 challenge page. I didn't use my little stamped faces after all. I'll incorporate them in another project. I kept it fairly simple, including words that came to me when I was looking at the face. And the word Paloma was just a reminder that I watched Paloma on WIGS last week! And, no, my handwriting hasn't improved - I used stickers I got in the Art & Hobby shop a while back. They're a little bit thicker than I thought, so not ideal for journaling, but they would be perfect for greeting cards

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Le Nozze di Figaro


Amanda Majeski's Contessa was beautiful and moving

Isabel Leonard's Cherubino was glorious!

And Marlis Petersen's Susanna was so much fun! Perfect for the role.

And you're all going to think I'm crazy, but I was looking at her website, and there is this photo of her in the role of Medea, and doesn't she look like Red in Orange is the New Black?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Documented Life Project - Week 35

Week 35 Challenge - draw a face

That's a tough one for me, so I decided to fall back on an abstract face drawing that I'm comfortable with.

I'm not quite sure where this is going to go. I might use one of my stamped faces, or not (I carved this little stamp in no time at all - carving a stamp is one of the most satisfying crafts you can imagine - take an eraser, a carving tool, draw on the eraser, carve over your drawing, stamp it in all the colours of the rainbow, done!)

Here is where I am with this one - a page with leftover acrylic paint applied with a brayer, a postcard of a Klimt painting, a pen drawing over a newsprint underpaper, a pattern that I might repeat, or not... All I know so far is that I love the colours.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Love these short movies:

The Documented Life Project - Week 34

I struggled with the Week 34 Challenge - use numbers that relate to your week. The only number that seemed to matter was my big birthday. So I decided to use (somewhat) random numbers, using one of my birthday cards as the flap. But even then, the colours gave me trouble. Until I added white dots over everything, and all of a sudden it looked like one of these eye tests to check if you're colour blind. That's when I called it done! Mentally, I've already moved to the next challenge!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Macbeth, Met in HD, starring Anna Netrebko

Gallery: Macbeth, Live from the Met in HD and starring Anna Netrebko, comes to cinemas on October 11 | gramophone.co.uk

Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth - chilling! I do find her voice too sharp at times - like chrome rather than gold - but I love how she inhabits her characters!


Not sure if I'll be using these for the Week 35 Challenge yet. I still have to finish Week 34!

Monday, October 13, 2014

La Vie d'Adèle

A coming-of-age movie. With raunchy steamy lesbian sex!

A film about love, sex, loneliness, acceptance.

Amazing. But not one to watch with your elderly parents or young children.

In English, it's called Blue is the warmest colour

Hors de Prix

A light comedy with Audrey Tautou. Pleasant but not earth-shattering

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Glendalough IV

Another little watercolour sketch - my colours are not so strong here - that's what happens when you keep on re-using the same paint on the palette!
But I like it all the same

Not sure what my next one is going to be. Maybe a bigger landscape?

Bushy Park on a Saturday morning

Thursday, October 09, 2014

KLM lost and found

wouldn't you love to forget something on the plane just to see this little guy!!

and OMG - apparently that cute little dog is "a symbol, not an actual dog" - I am sooo disappointed!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Driving in Dublin

I know I know, I only post art and beautiful things.

But we got a little camera for the car, and it records everything that goes on ahead of us on the road. This morning was very wet, and the rain always seems to bring out the worst in drivers on Irish roads.

Here are a few samples of what we witnessed this morning:

(and yes, by the way, I have written to one of our local councillors to ask for cameras to be placed at junctions, but two weeks later, I haven't even received an acknowledgement!)

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Documented Life Project - Week 33

Week 33 - use your under-paper in a creative way. I was really inspired by Rae Missigman's interpretation of Week 33 Challenge. I thought it was such a fantastic idea I had to imitate it.

This was one of my favourite under-papers - a stretch of newsprint that I used to collect excess paint from my gelli printing. Rae Missigman's idea to make an envelope was genius, I thought. I had to give it a try! Although my pages are never as colourful as hers!

I wrote a special message on the back of the three circles I've placed in the envelope! And I didn't want to glue the envelope to the page, or I'd never see the recto side, so I attached it with a paper clip. Lucky I had a matching colour in my collection!

I'll probably journal over this page, but I couldn't bear to throw away what was left of the paper! (the leaves that frame the page were made from my own stamp!)

And I decided to experiment with framing my pages. Squiggles are very satisfying!

Wouldn't you love to open this envelope?

Monday, October 06, 2014

Documented Life Project - Week 32

Week 32 - the week of the fortune cookie!

Well, some people seem to have lots of fortune cookies at their disposal. But Chinese restaurants don't tend to give them on this side of the ocean. Lucky that I had kept a couple from a restaurant in New York (I think 2006 was the last time we were in NY - and I claim I'm not a hoarder!)

I inserted them between two Gelli prints on packing tape, and doodled and stamped around them.

I like the journal page better, a red background (Inktense pencil), then some Adirondack wash sprayed over to make it more intense. Stamped squares over newsprint underpaper. And flowers  (my own stamp).

All done