Saturday, December 31, 2011

One Little Word for 2012

       Looking back I have realized I picked the word “Hope” for my 2011 “One Little Word”.   As best as I can tell I did one blog post for the word. One other page in my art journal but other than keeping the word close to my heart, I did not put to paper what the word was doing in my life.

      As the year comes to close, it is hard to believe that my life has been turned upside down. Where is my hope? Hope is there but hard to grasp other than knowing there is always “Hope” when you believe that Jesus died for your sins and that you are forgiven if you ask to be forgiven.

      My hope lies in knowing I have so many people who have been keeping me in prayer for peace and comfort and hope for a new day and way of living that will bring me “Joy”.

     The word “Joy” has been popping up all around me. How do you have “Joy” when you are suddenly a widow at 61?   Why would joy be the word I would want to focus on?   It is not something I wish to feel right now but regardless of how I feel, I am going to claim “Joy” as my one little word for 2012.

I am also going to carry courage 2010, hope 2011 through me on the journey to “Joy”.

Sharing from Ali Edwards blog join her by choosing your "One Little Word" or let your word pick you and take the journey of exploring all that word has in store for your life.

Join my on my journey to "Joy"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Funky Furniture

It was been forever since I have posted anything. I have not been doing much art work since this summer. My life was turned upside down and I am still adjusting to my very different way of life. My muse has been gone and I have had no desire to create. But I did do these fun pieces of furniture recently. I had to prime the rocker, it was covered in mold.
I found two small cans of paint turquoise and green for 1.50 and then added the pantone purple.
Table to match. The butterflies are decoupage and the bird a decal from Stampin' Up!
My front porch in my island style.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Art Journal Newest Pages

I have been working in my portable leather art journal and just recently picked up a small portable watercolor set to play with paint on the pages. Drawing is not my gift but I have been having fun attempting to put on paper with a pencil and then ink and now color.  Here is what I have so far. 

peace, joy and love,

Friday, May 27, 2011

What's in your heart?

I am continuing the Strathmore Art Journal workshops. We are on Workshop 3, which is presented by Roz Stendahl.   Our first lesson used acrylic paints to make our backgrounds and this is my version.

These pages are the result of a First Place Bible Study called God's Best for Your Life.  We just finished a chapter on attitude,  or as they say "tude".  Actually this was fun and it really helped me to see the areas that I let negative vibes creep in and wreck my day.

So here's my heart....

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter and New Journal!

This has been a wonder-filled day so far. DH and I started the day with a Sunrise service in Pineapple Park in Melbourne, FL. The sunrise was spectacular. Since we got back early and I took the opportunity to go to the Melbourne Art Festival.

I was excited to see new artists this year and actually bought me a leather journal from Mind's Eye Journals.  It is made with black leather and handmade pages and perfect to carry with.  The first page has my name given to me by Stephanie C when she visited Orlando.  Second page was my feeble attempt to begin. It was hard to start for fear of messing it up.  I just had to remember it is "My journal" therefore there is no right or wrong. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

StrathmoreVisual Art Journal Workshop 2

Linda Blinn is the instructor for Strathmore Journal Workshop 2.   I am sharing my two page spread with foldouts with you.  It was made with color washes for the background.  I took doilies and laid them on the page and sprayed over them for the background of the pages.  I love the way the pages turned out.

I then hand drew the houses and colored them with Copic markers.  Just a tip, be careful using the markers as they do bleed somewhat even on the watercolor 110.    These pages were done to help me with the work I amdoing for a prayer group study I am doing at St. Mark's . 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One World One Heart 2011 Thank you

It has been so much fun to visit all the fantastic blogs on the One World One Heart 2011 meet and greet blog event. I am looking forward to picking a winner for the treasure box and getting it ready to ship out.  I ended up with 187 comments left on my post.  So I used that random thingy...but I could not figure out how to post it here.  

Drum roll please, the winner is........Belinda Ferrell

Thank you to everyone who visited and I do apologize for not making it to everyones blog. I do plan on continuing to work my way through the list, there is so much to see and read and comment on it is going to take some time.

The wonderful thing is Lisa is beginning a new chapter and we will be able to continue on  Our World Our Art 2012  so how about checking out what is in store for next year.
peace,love and joy to all,

Thursday, February 3, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

Is now finished!!  I will be back later today to announce the winner!

Welcome to the One World One Heart blog Meet and Greet!  I saw One World One Heart last year, but did not join in the fun! This year I decided to jump into this big world of fun and fabulous art work.
 If you would like to join, click on One World One Heart and follow the instructions.

My name is Darlene Armstrong. I have been playing with different art mediums since grade school.  Although I was accepted at Ringling School of Art and attended briefly in 1968 ( a wonderful year, I might add) I put my art career on hold and moved on to marry and raise a family. 

About ten years ago, I started creating again and through the internet have found this wonder filled world of people creating all sorts of art work with different mediums.   

I love creating cards, books, altered items, pottery and just started art journaling.

My one gift for One World and One Heart is a clay box that I made in my studio time. It might be presumptuous of me to think it is art, but it is from the heart that I created the piece.  So I wish to share it and you can store your treasures in it.

  This is open to all bloggers worldwide.......To be eligible to win you must have an established blog, you must leave a comment on this post only and make sure I have a way to contact you should you win. I will choose winners through the random number generator and announce those winners on February 17th. I will also contact all winners to let you know you've won.

May peace, love and joy be yours,

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Clay Time Pieces

I originally started this blog to share what I had been doing with clay. Clay was my favorite medium to work with when I was in high school. Mrs. Kennedy my art teacher so encouraged us to create to our hearts content. I took two art classes and would spend my free period in the art room.

It was a place were the world stopped still and I felt so alive!

I recently spent some time at Indian Rivers Potters Guild in Eau Gallie Florida.  They have studio time on Wed. evenings and I created the following pieces while there.   I have one piece I haven't glazed yet because I just can't decide how I want to finish the piece. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Strathmore Workshop 1 Final Week 4

I am not all that happy with my final pages. I could take gesso and white it out but I am not going to do that. I am going to have to accept this is what I came up with for this attempt using Pam's instructions to the best of my ability.

It was fun and really enjoyed the journey and that is all that counts in my world. It's a process not perfection!

May peace, love, joy and hope be yours,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Strathmore Week 3 Workshop 1

This is week three. We added more color and used sequin waste as they call it. I just happened to have some, did not know that is what it was called. Like the bubble effect.

I am so loving working and getting messy! I have several other pages done and will share them later.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Visual Art Journal Week 2

Just finished week 2 for the Strathmore Visual Art Journal online workshop. If you are interested you can start anytime.  The videos are going to be there for awhile.

I am posting both weeks so you can see the progress. This is really hard to not
 want to move forward because it feels so uncompleted.
This is week 1. We glued paper and photos onto the journal. I did not have the visual art journal recommended and my journal is called a field watercolor journal.  One problem with this is every other page is thin paper that you would sketch one.

 This is week 2. We added gesso over the page, then I used graphite pencil and oil pastels to work the page.
 These are my week 1 & 2 right page.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Strathmore Journal Workshop 1

Elizabeth P. told me about an online journal workshop given by  Strathmore Workshop 1 . I signed up and have created the beginnings of my first two pages.

This is my first page for week one.

I also added page two and maybe should have waited on color but everything is open to change!  It's my journal.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

My hubby surprises me at times. I went into my craft room a few minutes ago and found this cute little dog on my desk. I can now say I have a dog. I think I will name him Espresso.