Besides reading them, I love to alter books. Some devoted book lovers can't bring themselves to tear a book apart and remake it -- but I consider it a tribute to the form rather than the function. I belong to two different altered book groups with art friends who mostly live in Hawaii.
This first set of pages is for someone whose theme was Mind Games, and my work is done with pan pastels in response to a class with Jane Davenport.
The second set of pages is for a theme called "The Meaning of Art, and I included a quote about art along with watercolor sketches of some supplies. I used the lettering techniques I learned with Lori Vliegen of Elvie Studio -- I was fortunate to be able to take an in-person class with Lori as well as her wonderful online class.
And more artwork - I did some illustrations for my daughter, who will be getting a tattoo on her leg. She gave me specifics on the sugar skull she wanted, based on a design I did last year, and the illustrated "S" will hug her calf. To be clear, I'm not a fan of tattoos, but I guess I'd rather she have my artwork on her leg than someone else's.
Still trying to get in all the Oscar candidates I can view before the awards. This weekend we saw Frozen and Philomena. Both award worthy, for sure. Want to fill out a ballot for yourself so you can keep track of your picks while watching the show? Here's the NY Times ballot form: NY Times Oscars Ballot
Are you watching the Olympics? I mostly like the skating, and felt so sad for Evgeni Plushenko. He had an incredible performance on his first night, but hurt his back and had to step out of the second night of competition. And I will admit that last Sunday night I skipped the Olympics for the Beatles tribute show on CBS ... and loved every minute.