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11/52 Portraits – Roots

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This week was perfect timing for this 11th of 52 weekly self portraits.

Roots… do I like to roam the world? or am I happy on my patch of land on it.

Hubby and I just returned to our ranch in McCall, Idaho after five months living in our motor home in Bakersfield, California. Although I had a wonderfully creative five months in Southern California, I am deliciously happy to be HOME! I am not comfortable as a nomad. I am at home in my forest, rooted in good company with our grand trees.

Our motor home is parked near our ranch house and I’m using it as an art studio/office now. Because they are so close to each other I was able to capture this shot of myself between the mobile home and the ‘rooted’ home. I am giving a STOP hand to the RV and a thumbs up to the home, with a forest backdrop.


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I’m so glad you stopped by. Are you a nomad? or a home body? City, town or country? I am always enriched when you comment. Have a great day!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

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Get Messy | Season of Lists 1 | All Over the Map

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It’s a new season of Get Messy Art Journal! This season is the Season of Lists. Six weeks of 5 list prompts and 5 art prompts to dig into. I will tell you I am not a fan of listing. BUT I am a fan of creativity, so I embrace this season as a time to apply my creativity and make listing FUN!

To start it off I made my art journal from scratch. I found a fantastic YouTube video by Ephemera’s Garden on how to pamphlet bind a book. I took one of the bazillion boxes we have for the cover. I love the remaining box rip that happened when I unzipped the box. I covered it with fabric. The bird/bright green accent on the front is a patterned paper.


 

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I decided to extra challenge myself and make some of the pages of the book already full of images. So I bought a gorgeous set of journal pages from Ephemera’s Garden on ETSY. Here is the inside cover of the book.


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I did put in blank pages so I wasn’t restricted on every page tho. I am a great fan of texture so my pages are all sizes and textures from tracing paper to coffee stained sketchbook pages to colored card-stock. I even have a few greeting cards in there.


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Now that I’m done patting myself on the back for such a cool handmade journal, let’s see how well I listed using it! Here are my responses to all five list prompts for the week (using three of the art prompts).


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I have to admit, that last one cracked me up (prompt was mysteries to explore). I used the ComicLife program I have on my computer… creativity remember? 😉 As you can see, I am not going to have a consistent style through the book, I’m all over the map. Hey, maybe there will even be a map prompt!

Are any of you list makers? I have to admit these prompts, like “Lessons Learned” are a lot more fun than a grocery list or weekly chore list… 😀 .

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.

What exactly is art journaling?

Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts and random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

 

10/52 Portraits – Interests

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It’s the 10th week of my #52portraitsclass. What are my areas of interest?

Now that I am retired I am able to make art every day… I relegated visual creativity to an “interest” when I had my administrative analyst job, supporting my family. Now I am art journaling to explore where my artistic drive and abilities will take me. I am DOING my interest. I thought it would be fun to art journal my face for this portrait.


Xoxo my friends! (I’m practicing posting from my phone so no fancy ending this time! lol)

9/52 Portraits – Hide/Reveal

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Week 9 is here in the 52 portraits class. The subject? Hide/Reveal…

I decided not to go with the introvert/extrovert idea that this prompt first suggested to me. Instead I explored the expression of my right and left brains on my face. I took a photo of myself as front facing as possible. I then cropped it down the middle and matched the two right sides of my face and then the two left sides (as best I could). In the collage the original image is in the middle.


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So when you look at all three pictures, the one on the left is the side of the face controlled by the left, logical and linear brain. The one on the right is controlled by the expressive, creative, non-verbal right side of the brain.  It’s a fascinating experiment.

Conclusions? I’m thinking the person on the left looks less interesting than the other two. And the one on the right pretty happy! What do you think?

I’m so glad you stopped by. Do you think there is a big difference between the two sides of your face?

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

 

8/52 Portraits – BFF’s 4ever

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Your Gang is the theme of the 8th of my 52 weekly portraits.  My gang consists of me and my BFF, Rebecca.

I’m a solitary soul, but one day about fifteen years ago I met a vibrant, incredible woman. I was filling a position in my department and I hired her. Within a week we knew we were soul sisters. Rebecca and I worked together at Cal State Bakersfield for 10 years even when one or the other of us changed offices we gravitated back to the same office pretty quickly! (we started in the Dean’s Office of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and ended up in the Dean’s Office of Arts and Humanities) We were known for our laughter echoing through the halls. I retired and left town four years ago. This winter since I’m back in Bakersfield, we’ve been able to see each other and not just keep in touch through texts 😉 .

On Friday afternoon last week, we met at Applebee’s, one of our old haunts. In this photo-booth series we took the first, middle and last photos then. The 2nd photo was about 13 years ago (?) at Applebee’s. The 4th photo was taken four years ago right before I retired.


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As Rebecca points out we look even better now! Heck ya! We’ve gone through trials, tribulations and lots of love and laughter to come to this point! xoxoxo BFF…

I’m so glad you stopped by. How big is your gang? Are you solitary like me or part of a loving tribe of buds, or somewhere between?

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

 

7/52 Portraits – Love of My Life

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It’s week 7 of 52 weekly portraits. The subject? The love of my life!


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It’s my goofy motorcycle riding engineer. My Prince Charming in overalls. My kind, generous, irreverent husband Tim.

We met on Chemistry.com. On our second date Tim took me on my first motorcycle ride… at a stop sign on the ride I desperately asked if there was booze where we were going… we didn’t have another date for 2 years… 😉 I invite you to read the post Biker Chick which I wrote in 2013 that highlights our early romance.

This is a typical photo of us… why have a serious portrait when we can be the goofy kids we truly are?

I’m so glad you stopped by. Serious portrait? Goofy portrait? or something in between for you and your sweetie?

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

Get Messy | Season of Happy 6 | Different Moods

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It’s week six in the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’ve created two very different double pages to express my happiness. It’s the last week of this season. Our next one begins on April 4 and I’m looking forward to finding out the theme. At the end of this post is an explanation of art journaling and the Get Messy experience!

The first prompt I did was Happiness is… that was simple!  Happiness for me is walking the woods and fields of our Idaho mountain property. All the photos are mine taken on the ranch.


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The second prompt I took on was art journaling my first happy memory. Well, I have no memories of my early childhood so I made up stories from two photos of me when I was four.


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In the left hand panel I’m dressed up in mom’s shoes and some fabric I’ve wrapped around myself.


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I was wearing roller skates in this page. I wonder if I imagined myself looking just like that girl on her skates. I had fun getting a 1960’s feel for these pages.


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Can you feel the difference in energy between the ranch page and the 1960’s page? I love how the colors and lines and texture or lack of helped create two totally different moods.

Do you have a favorite? Right now I’m going with the red one… it lifts my spirits and excites me to look at it.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.

What exactly is art journaling?

Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts and random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

6/52 Portraits – Coffee or Tea?

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It’s week 6 of 52 weekly self portraits.

Coffee or Tea or?? Showcase your love for that one drink that helps carry you through your day.

Coffee for me please! I’ll have an iced mocha… Low acid coffee with stevia chocolate syrup and a splash of rice milk.


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Here I am perusing my extensive Coffee Coffee & More Coffee Pinterest board remembering when I could drink all those steaming hot designer coffee drinks without irritating my tummy. A year plus of pain meds for my osteoarthritis before my hip replacement left my stomach pretty sensitive. Nothing serious, but not interested in making it worse! 😉 Oh and red wine is off the menu for the same reason, that’s been replaced by fizzy water. Ce la vie!

At least I’ve found a coffee hack that works! And it’s better for the budget!

What do you love to drink? Can you get it commercially or do you have your own recipe?

It’s nice this week not to be going through a catharsis with my self portraits! Phew. Until next week…

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Get Messy | Season of Happy 5 | Beh-Bees

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It’s week five in the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’ve combined all four of the journal and art prompts into two pages which work as a double page with a small third in between.

This past weekend I visited my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter Emma. As you can imagine I’m still full of the delicious sights, sounds and smells (not including the diaper one) of that darling girl.  I created a page of one of the happy things from my childhood (reading), and books are happy objects for me. Emma is one of the most happy people I know because she fully embraces all her experiences and is so loved and cared for by her parents and extended family. So hers is the second page. As I was coloring and painting I listened to my favorite Madeleine Peyroux Pandora Radio station.


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On my page, I have images of real books I’ve kept from my childhood. The cat illustrations are from my favorite early book, Surprise in the Tree by Sara Asheron, illustrated by Susan Perl. I printed out the images of the books and illustrations and then colored them with crayons, colored pencils, chalk and colored glitter pens. I used an analogous color scheme (colors located next to each other on the color wheel).


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For Emma’s page I used a more exciting color scheme, the triadic primary colors of red, blue and yellow. Her energy is so vital and she is constantly moving so I used a circular pattern to show that (she loves twirling too). The drawings are from photos my daughter-in-law took of Emma posing for selfies with a shirt on her head. I used children’s watercolors, crayons, patterned paper and colored pencil. For fun I wrote an alliterative haiku describing her.


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As a bridge, I made an insert between the pages.  Each of us is reading a book (about the same age). One of Emma’s words is beh-bee for baby. I thought it such fun to label each with beh-bee. I used the enlight app on my iphone to transform the photos into distressed, graffiti-esque images.  (My name was Karen when I was little. I changed it in my 20s – a story for another time.)


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These are such giggly pages for me and I know I’ll look at them over and over. I can tell you that coloring and painting like a tot is wonderful. It’s so freeing, I highly recommend it!

I wish you all a happy weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.

 

5/52 Portraits – Family Ties

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It’s week 5 of 52 weekly self portraits.

The prompt I chose this week is a little out-of-order from the 52portraits class. Our wonderful hostess Vanessa said to go with whatever we wanted though since the experience of the weekly portraits is our own.

I went to Portland, Oregon last Friday to visit my son, daughter-in-law and 19 month old granddaughter, Emma. My mom (Emma’s great grammie) flew in from Colorado for the weekend as well. We spent a lovely time getting to know Emma and catching up on her folks’ lives. Mom and I stayed with Emma’s other grandmother, Nana (I’m Mimi). She was a wonderful hostess and we felt welcome and spoiled.


My son Ian, granddaughter Emma and me.

My son Ian, granddaughter Emma and me.


 

What is special about this picture? It’s just a family selfie right? Not exactly. The prompt is Family Ties, the good the bad and everything in between.

My son and daughter-in-law and I had been estranged for a few years when he and my daughter-in-law gave birth to this darling girl.  I visited them once, six weeks after she was born (see my post Emma Meets Me, her Mimi), and we met as wary acquaintances with this sparkling soul as mediator. That year was a terrible one for me. I felt my age keenly when I became a grandmother, and I was faced with my part in the two-year hostile silence between us. Then I lost my father to a terminal illness four months later. In the middle was a bleak temporary job to pay off debts. I felt like I was in purgatory. When Tim and I retired to our ranch in McCall, ID in May 2015 I began to find bits and pieces of happiness each day and got back to an even keel.

I wish this photo included my mom as I adore her and her presence made the reunion rich for us all, and easier for me. My son is an amazingly intelligent and creative man … and intense and challenging. Honestly? Sometimes I feel intimidated around him. I was so glad my mom was there to help me face that and let it go, for the weekend at least.

I know I’m rambling on, but this portrait project is a journey of self discovery and family ties are meant to be explored and faced.

The star of the show of course is darling Emma. We danced together (she loves turning around in circles until she gets dizzy), and we colored together. I felt privileged when she graced me (and Mom) with cuddles and hugs. She is bursting with language! She even called me Mimi, my heart flipped 😀 .

So the 5th portrait of my year is about family bonds reestablished as generations came together. The beauty of this new Emma soul has great healing power.


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Thank you my friends for taking this journey of self-discovery with me. It’s not always easy to share this stuff, especially when some of the content involves others! xoxoxox

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

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