Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hello Blogging Friends!

No, I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth. Summer is here, and between being mom, doing freelance work, and going to BMX (bicycle racing) events on the weekends (for my son—not me!), blogging has taken a back seat yet again. I'm one of those people who just can't—or is it doesn't want to—handle too many things at one time. :-)

I've also been teaching a class called "Introduction to the Art of Beautiful Writing." Right now, I'm teaching it as a 6-week class, as well as a 2-day workshop through the Chicago Calligraphy Collective coming up this weekend. Very exciting! I love introducing people to all the different styles of calligraphy that are out there. From traditional to funky, we've been trying it all and having a wonderful time!

Also, a few weeks ago I got together with some of my creative friends for yet another "play date." We do these pretty regularly and I just love this time to be inspired by my incredibly talented friends. I'm blessed beyond belief to have so many of them in my life!

My friend Luce shared a technique she learned in a workshop with Yves Leterme (click here for his website) when he was in Chicago in January. Regrettably, I was unable to attend that one. Yves is one of my most favorite teachers and just an amazingly talented man who, by the way, has just published his first book called "Thoughtful Gestures." I've already ordered my copy!

Anyway, I digress. So, we played around with Yves' gesso and layering technique and I came up with these 4 "paintings." I'm mulling over whether I should add lettering at some point. Not sure yet. I think some of them need to be cropped; some need focal points. I'm just "sitting" on these for a while.

Well, must get back to work. I have a class in the morning that I need to prepare for. Hope all of you are doing well out there and being your wonderfully creative selves!

Signing off!


Jo Miller said...

Oh my gosh! They are beautiful! YOu inspire me once again. The color palette and control of contrast is stunning. The top one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Oh wow, these are so cool! So glad to see you pop up in my reader, Julie!

Marjorie said...

These are awesome Julie! I took the class but didn't quite finish anything- my colors were too pale (my usual) But hope to try more on what I started!

WildmanDesigns said...

I'm a little late in saying "Thank you" to all of you for your nice comments. I'm still noodling about what to do with these. I did scan them and make some greeting cards from the images, but I still want to try some lettering or something on them. Any suggestions???