Day 11-Book Blog Tour

Day 11 of the Tour brings us to Jodi Ohl’s blog.

Jodi’s a single mom who works full time and still manages to find time for art. Why? Because it’s important to her. That’s why we all strive to find time in our busy days to be creative. The difference between wishing you had time to create and making time to create is in the ‘doing’. It’s no big secret, but when you look around you see that finding time is a common problem. It doesn’t have to be.

Build your art life just like you build your artwork,

layer by layer,

one step at a time, reusing and repurposing as you go along until you find what works for you.

I’m happy to announce that I’m having some bookplates made for those who have bought books from other places and would like them signed. If you would like a signed bookplate, send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to me at 1930 W Buena Vista ST, Springfield, MO 65810 and I will pop one in the mail to you free of charge. Here’s what they look like

I’m hoping to get to see each of the contributors for the book IRL and have them sign my copy! I already have 3, and I’ll be seeing 4 more at ART IS come October! Be sure to check the contributors teaching schedules too as you hop from blog to blog, many of us will be teaching in the same venues and we’re all looking forward to meeting up!

Blog Tour Schedule

1-Mar
Jenny Doh http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/

15-Mar

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/

Summer

I love this quote, especially on one of those ‘tough on your spirit’ kind of days. I just love it when you’re having a bit of a bad day and someone says something to you that totally turns the day around! Words are so powerful, when used for good and sadly, when used a tad carelessly. I’m glad for the encouraging words I received today and hope to pay them forward often. How can you turn someones day around?

A Place to Bark

Renee Troy has asked several artists to contribute to an amazing fundraising effort for A Place to Bark. The book featured is full of amazing artwork honoring the special place animals have in our lives. To see a slide-show of the complete book, visit Renee’s blog. If you would like to bid on the book, and support Bernie Berlin’s rescue effort, please visit the eBay listing.
Many thanks to  Renee for all of her hard work in putting this book together and for asking me to be a part of it. Here is my page, even though cats don’t bark they have added so much joy to my life.

High School Art Class

I’ve not taken many Art classes past my high school days, but I loved walking into the Art room way back when. It had a smell to it, kind of earthy like clay and crayons. It was always kind of dirty in a cool way and finding an unbroken crayon, pastel or piece of charcoal was rare. I vaguely remember the funny little square Conte Crayons and have to admit, back then a paint brush interested me far more.

I bought some a while back and thought they’d be good for on the go sketching in my Moleskine journal so the other day I had a few minutes to play in my journal and I pulled them out. They were laying in the box, pristine and unbroken, each one nestled in its little compartment. I started to sketch and was quickly engaged, surprised at how smoothly they laid down on the page. I was even more impressed with the detail I was able to get with them. These pages took only a few moments, some Conte Crayons and a blending stump.

This medium will be perfect for working outside in the sunshine. I love to sneak out for a few minutes of solitude and vitamin D every chance I get. I’m liking these crayons so much I went back and ordered a box of colored ones. Sometimes the overlooked, simple supplies can be just the thing to inspire you to go back to the basics.

Fun Graffiti Journal Page Tutorial!

Here’s a little tutorial on creating a fun Graffiti Style art journal page using Tulip Paint Products. The people at ILOVETOCREATE sent me a box of goodies to try out and let me say they’re way cool and lots of fun!

This page was created on the fly, no planning so you can see how easy it is to do a fast journal page using these products, under 20 minutes!

Stay tuned for a fun opportunity to win your own products, details coming soon!!

This is the last day of my shop sale, there are still a few things left and most won’t be offered after today so go check it out!

Also check out the latest Somerset Studios for my Workshop article ‘A Perfect Pair’ using PanPastels and encaustic medium.