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15/52 Portraits – I’m in the Clone Club

This week I did the 52 Portraits Class prompt: Stories We Love. It dovetailed with a Get Messy Art Journal prompt, Currently Watching… I couldn’t help using my photo editing project for both.

I am an avid fan of the BBC America series, Orphan Black. I’ve watched all the seasons multiple times and can’t get enough of it! Essentially it’s a story about clones who find each other and band together to survive.

One actress, Tatiana Maslany, plays all the clones. She is amazing! I feel off-balance when I see the cast of the show being interviewed, because instead of all five of the main characters/clones there is only one actress! Each of the characters Tatiana plays is so fully realized, I see them as people and so look for more actresses!

For the Get Messy prompt and then this portrait, I decided to superimpose my face on publicity shots of the clone characters. (Some turned out better than others, but all are fun! I used the Enlight app on iPhone 6s.)


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Orphan Black combines my love of SciFi and mystery; and an appreciation of great ensemble acting and skillful characterizations of the clones, created by the production team and Tatiana. What is that extra ingredient that has me watching it over and over? I relate to the archetypal personalities of the clones… In fact, since I hate to clean, I channel my inner soccer mom, Alison, when it’s time to vacuum! Do I channel an inner assassin (Helena)? Ah … no… but I totally love her bad-assery! lol

Here is how the Get Messy List prompt turned out. I added a hint of blood spatter to honor the black comedy of the series.


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This portrait shows how successful the Orphan Black story is… not only do I imagine myself as the lead character of the series, I imagine myself as all five! 😉 Clearly I highly recommend this series! Are any of you familiar with it? Or do you have another show you are fascinated by? Let me know in a comment!

I’m so glad you stopped by. 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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14/52 Portraits – Parenthood

My husband has 3 sons and I have 2… but since they are all out of the house, my parenthood portrait includes our fur family instead!

This week is a great time to post about this as we just bought a new, king sized mattress… because… … hubby had no place to sleep on our queen sized bed! ;D


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Here I am (on the queen) with Cooper the Cattledog at my back, Tuxedo Jack in the curve of my legs and Buffy the haiku writing kitty in the curve of my waist. Yes, that is me tucked under all those blankets… Photo credit goes to Tim my wonderful mate.

I love my human children and I am so happy I am an empty nester. Our fur family is plenty for us in our 640 square foot home. And although demanding in their own way, the complex nature of the human parent/child relationship is missing (phew).

What about you? Are you an empty nester? or still enjoying the challenge of relating to young people in your tribe?

I’m so glad you stopped by. 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.

 

 

Get Messy | Season of Lists 2 | Spiritual Connections

This was a powerful week for me in the 2nd week of Get Messy Lists. Each of the prompts elicited a soul connection of some sort. When I look at each page now, I am empowered!

The first prompt I tackled was super powers I’d like to have. Easy peasy: Communicating with animals and being an incredible and inspiring artist touching many lives. Artists represented are Leonardo DaVinci, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt and Vjatseslav Mjod.


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The next list prompt is Loves of my Life, and I also used one of the art prompts, list on something unusual. The above prompt and this one are visual lists, no words beyond the subject.


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I used another art prompt for this next list”When I grow up”: an animal letters font! It is perfect for my answer.


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The prompt “I want to go…” invites physical places. I took it in another direction (and I used the art prompt to use my favorite font).


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And I used the classic list for the last one. As I wrote this list I realized how profoundly I’ve changed in the past 10 years. Wow!


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I will look at this journal and these lists over and over for years and be inspired with each viewing. What treasures an art journal can hold. If you journal in any way, do you journal in an inspiring way?

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.

7/52 Portraits – Love of My Life

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 5 | Beh-Bees

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

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.


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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.