Thursday, February 27, 2014

Next Week Is Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Let's Celebrate!

Dr. Seuss' 110th Birthday is March 2nd, and I'm afraid if I don't post now, I'll forget! So Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss. You were a great philosopher that will always be a part of my life. I'd like to celebrate by sharing some great quotes of his that have helped me in my life.  There are 35 so just keep reading.

 1. Today you are you that is truer than true, there is no-one alive who is youer than you.

2. Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

3. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

4. Today was good, today was fun, tomorrow is another one.

5. You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.

6. Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!
7. Think and wonder, wonder and think.

8. You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.

9. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

10. It is better to know how to learn than to know.

11. The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

 12.  A person's a person, no matter how small.

13.  I meant what I said and I said what I meant!

14. Only You can control your future.

15. Be awesome! Be a book nut!

16. Be who you are and say what you mean, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

17. It's opener out there, in the wide open air.

18. Today I shall behave as if it's the day I will be remembered.

 19.  Will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! 99 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.

20. From there to here and here to there, there are funny things everywhere.

21. Step with care, and great tact. And remember that life's a great balancing act.

22. Unless someone like you cares an awful whole lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.
23. You're on your own and you know what you know, you are the one who'll decide where to go.

24. Just tell yourself duckie, you're really quite lucky.

25. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.

26. If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along, you'll start happening too.

27. I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.

28. It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how.

29. With your head full of brains, and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

30. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

31. Oh the things you can find if you don't stay behind!

32. Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.

33. So open your mouth lad, for every voice counts.

34. Think left and think right and think low and think high, oh the things you'll think up if only you try.

35. You'll be on your way up, you'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high flyers who soar to high heights.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mixed Media Painting

Here is another art piece I recently finished. Okay not really finished, the girl is done, but I think I'm going to do some sort of background and then frame her. I took a class with Claudi Rossi Studios and learned how to paint a mixed media girl. I really enjoyed the workshop and am so happy with my girl! Please go check out Claudia Rossi Studios on youtube and check out her website and facebook page too. She's a wonderful lady, eccentric, but lovely. Okay here's the picture of my "finished" mixed media girl. 

Journal 52 Pages.

My Inside Front Cover Self Portrait
So, here are the pages I have completed thus far in my art journal for 2014. I am a little behind, as Monday, we will start week 8 and I have only finished week 5, but I'm a busy college kid, so give me a break (hehe). Okay, so the prompts thus far have been; Week 1: Up Up and Away, Week 2: Somewhere a Simple Place, Week 3: You make me smile, Week 4: Building Character and Week 5: Abstract Art. Here are those pages. (Sorry I couldn't figure out how to put the pictures in order, so I added captions)
Week 1: Up Up and Away
Week 4: Building Character
Week 2: Somewhere a simple place (inside my bookshelf)
Week 5: Abstract Art
Week 3: You make me smile

New Year! New Journey! ART 2014

So, I am doing a new art journal for 2014, called Journal 52. Every week for the whole year of 2014 (52 weeks) we get a new prompt that we can interpret any way we want to, in order to create a page in our journal. So I've decided to be brave, and post all my journal pages here for the world to see. I made my journal from a 9x12, 30 sheet, 140 lb watercolor paper pad. It was the first time done book binding by myself, and so when it turned out, I was very pleased with it. I used the back of the pad for the covers and then I folded all the pages and made signatures and sewed them all together using coptic stitch binding. I'd never done this before, so I watched a youtube video to figure it out. When I was done sewing my book together, I covered it in batik fabric and decorated the front. Here is a picture of the cover. Stay tuned for photos of the rest of the pages I have completed.

Much Love, Quincy
Stay Awesome!