Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Sign-in page still in progress...

O.k...Haven't posted anything in a while...still working on the sign-in page...working in ballpoint pen and trying to find a yellow and a white to create the spheres for earth and metal...not sure yet where I will have you all sign-in,  here or in another area...lots to consider still but I know it will all come together when it comes time to mail it off! I am almost done with my 4 page spread but not ready to share yet so hopefully this peek is fun for you all and would love to hear your comments!

Still here!

Wow! This looks great!  Love the sign-in page and the addition of the flower in 3D!  

You were wondering about the words...well I really appreciate how well you express your ideas on the blog and would suggest that you write any thoughts, words, poetry, reflection, research that is important to you ON THE BACK of your spread.  I personally am going to encourage each person who works in my book to do the same in my moly as it gets passed around.  I really love to know the words, thought process, sources of inspiration that occur with others when creating art.  So maybe that is a suggestion that will work for you?  What do you think?  

I am still working on my sign-in page and my 4-page spread and moving back and forth between the not sure if I should post any more images yet.  Maybe I will...hmmmm...

As far as working in such a small format...It really appeals to me, because I tend to feel a greater sense of accomplishment when I can work small.  I get ideas and finish the work.  I feel disappointed if I start something and don't finish so small format is just right for me at this stage of my artistic growth.  


Yesterday I began composing and painting the element of FIRE. The mythical firebird spans the summer sky. The full moon has risen. The Chinese girl "tosses on her bamboo mat", waiting for her lover. I feel resistant about adding text or any other image to the deep red field of color. Is it enough for me to keep the text and poem in my head and trust that it is conveyed through what is already there?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 27
Here is my title page. I think those "lanterns" are much too close on the left, but I'm going to let it be. There's a space inside each circle for your names. Please leave the circle in upper left corner blank as I have some ideas for that one. As I said, I'm going with "tight and bright" this time. I do this when I'm feeling a little insecure! I'm even using acrylic gouache(VERY bright). Is anyone else having problems working in such a small space? It feels constraining for me, but I'm getting used to it. The Chinese Characters on either side of the girl mean "the five elements"..loosely translated, I'm sure!
The flower on the opposite page is a real Rose of Sharon I picked and pressed when I was in CT a few weeks ago. Please be gentle with it. It came from the tree behind my parents' memorial bench. I really tried to be neat, but spattered a little red paint on the edges of some of your pages. If the paper was dead white it would be easy to fix, but you'll either have to ignore or incorporate.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Seeing RED

August 25
finds me trying out various design options. Typically, I veer from loose and cartoony to
"tight and bright". Today tight and bright is winning. I have chosen FIRE for my first selection. In the cosmology of feng shui, the element of fire is associated with the color red and with summer. It's "heavenly creature" is the "Vermillion Bird". This "bird" symbolizes the placement of constellations in the summer sky. The Chinese like to write about nature and the seasons. I am including a few stanzas from a poem about summer
written no later than the 6th century B.C. by an anonymous poet. This is fun and very challenging trying to integrate it all. Not sure I'm succeeding! The image above, of the Vermillion Bird, will probably not be in the design, at least in this form.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Extension on Exchanging our Moly's

Hi Everyone!  I have already heard from jpechuzal and Azfemme that extending our work time in our own moly's for one more month would be very helpful.  I strongly agree!  So much has been going on and I think we all want to get off to a strong and proud start.  

If there aren't any objections from 51 times Balt, Cherry Bomb and NG I think we should go for the extension!

Also, I did already receive home mailing addresses from Azfemme, jpechuzal, and 51 times Balt.  I still need a couple more addresses from you...sent directly to my email of course...not to be posted here on the blog.

Please post your comment on this topic and please send your home address to my gmail address.

Thanks!  Lisa

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Henry Fong

Fong's 5 Elements design is an inspiration

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We have permission!

Hi Everyone!

So excited that we received permission from Henry Fong to use the 5 Elements graphic in our header.  I hope you are all as pleased as I am.  I have added a link to his site under "Beloved Links" at the lower right side of this page.  Thank you Henry Fong!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hi Everyone. That is one cool elements logo. Lisa, thanks for launching this moly. This adventure is literally going to pleasantly force my hand to draw again. I am starting mine with metal. I too am looking forward to this group drawing. I feel like a moly virgin- nervous and willing :) Lisa the sketch that you posted is a cool start and thanks for sharing. Here we go!

New Header

Hi Everyone!

I am in the process of changing the header for our groups blog site. I found a really striking and beautiful image that illustrates The 5 Chinese Elements.  I did a little editing and posted it as you now see here.  I am still working with arrangement of wording and formatting and fonts so it may look a little awkward at the moment.  I will keep working on it.

Also decided to write to the person from where I obtained the image to ask for permission to use it on our blog.  His name is Henry Fong, a Feng Shui consultant.  Being an (aspiring) artist myself, I felt it important to ask permission and give credit to artist and/or owner of this piece. I think any of us would want the same artistic honor and respect.  I hope that we will be allowed to use it permanently. I am waiting for his response by email.

In any case, I would love to hear what you think about the new (as of this moment, temporary) header.

lisa rene

Progress on my sign-in page so far...

Here is a scan of my sign-in page as far as I got last night.  It's a start. 

Excited to be a part of this group!


lisa rene said...

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be a part of this group! As you all know our theme is The Five Chinese Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. This is the order of the elements that we will be using.

You may use any medium/media you like. You may start with any element and interpret that element any way you like. The next person in the rotation will work in your moly following the order of the elements listed above. For example, I am starting with Fire, the next person who works in my moly will continue with Earth, and the next person with Metal and so on.

Also, remember to create your sign-in page! From what I have seen, many sign-in pages include the group name, spaces for each member to sign-in, and an image. You may design yours any way you like.

Last, but not least, here is the order that we will use in sending our molys:

51 times Balt to Cherry Bombs
Cherry Bombs to jpechuzal
jpechuzal to NG
NG to lisa rene
lisa rene to Azfemme
Azfemme to 51 times Balt

Hope that all makes sense!

Welcome! & patience.

Hi all. Sorry that I took so long to set this up. I just beez that way sometimes. Ask anyone. Click on your name at the right and check to see that it leads you to the website you want people to go to. Let me know if you want the link changed. You can put your url in a comment to this post.

I will check back in on Tuesday when I am back at work. My internet is down at home.