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JennyMK
05-02-2012, 10:02 PM
I started a new journal earlier this year, where I wanted to gather together all the small sketches, poems, quotes and other stuff that otherwise would get lost I'm my chaos of a studio. I had a lot of older small sketches and ideas from my art university days, and I had a lot of small ideas lying around my studio on different pieces of paper.
So I thought; as not to loose them I would put them all in a journal. This way I won't forget them or loose them, and it is so much nicer to have all these small bits and pieces in one place!

I had an old diary that I had no use for anymore, as I had copied all the stuff to a newer bigger diary, and that gave me an idea to use this old diary for my new journal. I like the Idea that the pages already are written upon and used, and so I can glue in pieces of paper and whatever I want without 'spoiling' otherwise good paper :) Also the writing gives quite a nice background to sketch upon...

Size is A5, the paper is of medium weight and soft. It was bought as a diary and not as a sketchbook, but it works rather well as a such anyway. The pages doesn't take too much wet handling, but that doesn't matter as I wanted it mostly to be a place where I glue in already made sketches anyway!

I thought that I would share this journal with you as well, maybe some of the quotes and stuff can inspire more people than just myself... :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2012/972748-1A_cover.JPG
Here is the cover, a lovely retro soft canvas cover!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2012/972748-1B_spread.JPG
Here is just a random spread that I haven't reworked yet, just to show what it looks like before I start...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2012/972748-1page.JPG
The 'title' page, with a picture of one of my own paintings.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2012/972748-2page.JPG
Some bits and pieces that I have been collecting but never used, so they became a small collage with a song text.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2012/972748-3page.JPG
This was a small sketch I did eons ago, and I always liked it too much to throw it away, even if I never used it for a painting. But every time I see it I think that 'maybe one day' I will...

The quote is by Marcel Proust:

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."

C&C always welcome, and I hope you will enjoy what I have to share!:wave:

Joan T
05-03-2012, 12:12 PM
This looks like a great place to incorporate everything you've been collecting! I like the idea of using the diary for this.

DrDebby
05-03-2012, 08:51 PM
Brilliant idea. The little bits and pieces have a home. Nice collection.

JennyMK
05-06-2012, 10:12 PM
Joan & Debby: thank you so much for replying! It feels good to get everything gathered in one place like this, because now I am not afraid anymore of loosing the items and ideas... :)

Here are the two following pages:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2012/972748-4page.JPG

This was an old abstract painting I did years ago, an experiment with I think was charcoal, gouache colors and silver acrylic colors. I always saw seagulls flying among the clouds in this one, so I kept it. Now it finally found a home. The text is a swedish poem by Bo Bergman, and a loose translation goes like this:

"Outdoors the song of spring is rising,
and the universe is filled with a passion
that find the earth to cramped
and longs for wings."

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2012/972748-5page.JPG

This spread is just filled with small bits and pieces I did not want to loose, but didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with them either. So it became a collage.

C&C much appreciated!:wave:

Joan T
05-07-2012, 12:42 PM
Both of these pages look great!!! I like the way you compose the pages!

DrDebby
05-07-2012, 01:30 PM
Your composition of elements is wonderful.

bookscorpion
05-07-2012, 02:47 PM
I like the two versions of feminity on the last page. And I, too, see seagulls in the abstract, sailing between the waves and the clouds.

doug105
05-07-2012, 11:56 PM
Hi Jenny!

I like what you're doing with this!

DougN

JennyMK
05-08-2012, 08:22 PM
Debby, Jennifer and Doug: Thank you so much for looking and for your kind feedback!

eyepaint
05-08-2012, 11:20 PM
Cool work! I admire collages :)

CandAlArt
05-09-2012, 11:56 AM
Beautiful collection! This is such a good way to gather & preserve random bits that start on loose paper. (Or perhaps the only great bits from a used up sketchbook!LOL) Putting them on pages already written on just adds that cool "art journal" feel! Good upcycling for the original diary.:wave:

JTMB
05-09-2012, 02:16 PM
I'm really impressed with your creativity and the wonderfully artistic design of these pages! Great work!

JennyMK
05-09-2012, 09:27 PM
Eyepaint, Candace and John: Thank you so much for your great feedback! I am a real mess when it comes to my studio working table. Bits of paper, cut outs, old and new sketches and ideas and so on. My first attempt to bring some order in them was to just put them in a folder, but I forgot them there, and scrolling through a folder with loose pictures isn't always that inspiring. And, often I forgot why I have collected one piece or another, or drawn... So I thought that putting them in a journal like this I would get down my idea for future use without forgetting about it... ;)


The following spread is as follows: some paper copies of marble, cutouts from a photocopy of an old painting of mine, and the word 'Arbitrary'. English is not my native language, and always now and again I come across words that are new to me, and that we do not have any similar word for in swedish. Arbitrary is one of those, and I love the explanation for it:
-not seeming to be based on any reason, plan or system.
The other page is just a sketch of a long tailed tit that never made it to my inspirational journal.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2012/972748-6page.JPG


This next spread is build up around the small sketch idea of the two ravens that I have had for years. The text is some very inspirational text about the creative process that I don't want to forget:

"Each worker must find his or her own way of being with their particular creative process and mode of expression. Clearly, it is not that one way is better than another,only that a certain way is suited to one's unique nature and temperament (which may change over time), and that one finds and follows and flows with their love and purpose.."

and

"Genuin art is communication, not duplication."

Both these quotes are from the book "Drinking lightning, Art, Creativity and Transformation" by Philip Rubinov-jacobson.
Especially the first quote was important to me in art university when my teachers all tried to steer me in a direction I did not want to go, and I kept this as a slogan for myself to remind me that I should follow my own dream/direction, and not try and please others...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2012/972748-7page.JPG

Thank you all for looking, C&C much appreciated!:wave:

Joan T
05-10-2012, 10:30 AM
Jenny - I enjoy your artwork and your writing too!! That long tailed tat is gorgeous!

DrDebby
05-10-2012, 08:48 PM
Delightful pages. I like your quotations.

JennyMK
05-11-2012, 10:20 PM
Joan and Debby: Thank you again for your great support!

So; next two pages. These three drawings was made back in 2007/8 in art university when I was trying out some new ideas, ideas that never became finished paintings although I tried a few times. Painting people is just not 'my cup of tea'. I still like the idea, so I kept these doodles for future use :crossfingers:

The text on the first spread is by the same author as in the my previous post: (Philip Rubinov-Jacobson from the book 'Drinking lightning'

We all choose when we are ready to see the truth beneath our own form, beneath all forms, behind the appearance of all things, the invisible behind the visible...

The text on the second spread is a poem by Edith Södergran, and a loose translation goes something like this:

Against all the four winds

No bird is flying hither to my obscure place/location
no black swallow that brings longing
no white gull with the promise of a storm...
In the shadows of the rocks my wildness is keeping vigilance ,
ready to flee from approaching steps...
Silence and blue is my world...
I have a portal towards all of the four winds,
I have a golden portal to the east- for the love that is never coming
I have a portal for the day and another for the sadness,
I have a portal for death- it is always open.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2012/972748-8page.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2012/972748-9page.JPG

C&C most welcome!

DrDebby
05-11-2012, 10:29 PM
Sure can't tell that you are having any problem with portraits. These preliminary paintings and quotes are marvelous.

bookscorpion
05-12-2012, 02:47 AM
I like the cloth she wraps herself in in particular, it looks very elegant and the folds and shading are done well. I think you captured the mood of the poem.

JennyMK
05-13-2012, 03:22 AM
Debby and Jennifer: Thank you both so much!

Elain
05-13-2012, 06:17 PM
What a wonderful idea for a journal!

Very interesting pages.

JennyMK
05-17-2012, 08:49 PM
Thank you Elain!

Yeah, I was trying to with these sketches to incorporate the human in my art, starting with my self. I took photos of my self in that veil and tried to paint some ideas from that. The theme behind the veil was that I wanted to show the idea of two dimension/realities in this one world, that nothing is as it seems on the surface. Usually I only paint nature in different forms, without a trace of humans in them, and this was an attempt to do just that. But I did not like it, and my attempts at painting humans felt wrong in my own 'painting-language'. They just didn't fit in... But maybe someday they will, thats why I kept these small sketches... ;-)

Following attempt was to combine the human and nature, but here the human is not present as such but used more like a symbol. I did a whole series of both sketches and paintings of the human hands presenting/sheltering different kind of things. Birds, humans, trees etc... Non of the paintings survived this attempt, only the sketches:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-May-2012/972748-10page.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-May-2012/972748-11page.JPG

C&C always welcome!

DrDebby
05-17-2012, 10:40 PM
I'm glad the sketches survived. Someday you may find that humanity can co-exist with your nature paintings. I'm really enjoying this collection of words and pictures you are putting in the journal.

Catelyn
05-18-2012, 07:04 AM
Hi Jenny, what a wonderful journal.....Love the quotes and your artwork

RainySea
05-18-2012, 07:35 AM
I like those pages, the colors are subdued/somber and you have lovely writing.

JennyMK
05-29-2012, 02:48 AM
Hi again!

Debby: Thank you! And, yes, maybe one day I will learn to paint humans as well. I should start practicing... ;-)
Catelyn: Thank you! I'm glad you like them!
Rainy: Thak you, you are too kind!

I noticed now that I forgot to write the quote here from the latest page. I am lazy today, so I just post the text again. The quote is by Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, from the same book 'Drinking Lightning" as the previous ones. I have a lot of quots from this book...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2012/972748-textpage11.jpg

And then on to the next pages:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2012/972748-12page.JPG

The text on this page comes from the book Anam Cara - spiritual wisdom from the celtic world by John O'Donohue;

"Behind your image,below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lies within you. No-one else can bring you news of this inner world. Through our voices, we bring out sounds from the mountain beneath the soul."

Again 'left-overs' from earlier, that I have cut out the interesting parts.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2012/972748-14page.JPG

The text here is about Tao by Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching. The image is a photocopy of a detail from an unfinished painting that did not survive my cleaning up when I moved back home to Finland from the university in Scotland.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2012/972748-15page.JPG

Tree of life. This Idea I tried to make into paintings a few years ago, but non have survived. Non was finished... Again an idea that was set aside. It was just after these attempts that I begun with my bird paintings, and they stuck... :lol:

C&C as always welcome!:wave:

bookscorpion
05-29-2012, 02:51 AM
I love the pastel colours of the tree of life

JennyMK
05-29-2012, 09:02 PM
Thank you Jennifer!

Joan T
05-30-2012, 11:21 AM
I am amazed that you have so many saved pieces that look perfect with a bit of prose or writing. Each page is lovely!

DrDebby
05-30-2012, 01:13 PM
Marvelous, both the bits of art and the quotes.

JennyMK
05-30-2012, 09:31 PM
Thank you Joan! Well, I do read a lot, and many times what I create is a direct response to what I have been reading. And sometimes I find something that just seem to fit to what I have already done. That was one of the reason I wanted to start this journal. I had all those quotes and sketches saved, so now I have been putting them together as they should have been from the beginning... :)
Thank you Debby!

JTMB
05-31-2012, 09:07 PM
Wonderful pages, as usual! Of course I particularly like seeing your birds, always so beautifully done.

JennyMK
06-04-2012, 02:44 AM
Thank you John, you are too kind!

Elain
06-04-2012, 02:58 AM
Lovely pairings with the prose and art. Each balances the other.

JennyMK
06-05-2012, 11:20 PM
Thank you Elain! When I write down the things that inspires me next to the sketches I remember why I did them.

The next pages:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2012/972748-16page.JPG

"... don't be attached to the future, live the actual moment, be aware of your breathing, recognition without judgement - see reality as it is, all is a miracle and only this actual moment is life."

by Katie Kendrick from the book: "Creative awakenings: envisioning the life of your dreams through art."


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2012/972748-17.page.JPG

Randome sketches.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2012/972748-18page.JPG

Collage with a Great tit I have been considering doing a painting of.

:wave:

DrDebby
06-07-2012, 05:57 PM
More wonderful pages. I really like how this is all coming together.

Joan T
06-09-2012, 12:12 PM
Your sketches and writing have a sense of peace about them!!! Nice work!

RainySea
06-09-2012, 06:39 PM
all very beautiful

bookscorpion
06-10-2012, 06:37 AM
Fabolous birches and you captured the tit well.

JennyMK
06-10-2012, 10:53 PM
Debby, Joan, Rainy and Jennifer: Thank you so much for your kind words and for looking!!!

JennyMK
06-23-2012, 09:27 PM
I almost forgot that I still had a few pages that I still haven't shared with you from my altered journal... So here we go:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2012/972748-19page.JPG

This is an azure-winged magpie on a collage background with book pages and a photocopy of marble. Watercolor and acrylic.

Next one is a small watercolor sketch of a birch forest

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2012/972748-20page.JPG

And the last one is a sketch of a kestrel that I have twice before made a painting of, and thinking about making a third... I just love his pose, but would like to experiment with the background a bit more than in my previous paintings of him.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2012/972748-21page.JPG

c&c as always welcome!:wave:

RainySea
06-24-2012, 12:43 AM
wow, those are beautiful!!

DrDebby
06-24-2012, 06:17 PM
Your collages with the birds is fascinating. Lovely pages, all of them.

jillanne
06-25-2012, 07:09 AM
Wonderful, very interesting viewing. Your birds are lovely.

JennyMK
06-25-2012, 07:56 PM
Thank you so much Rainy, Debby and Jillanne!!

JTMB
07-02-2012, 01:15 AM
Again, I really look forward to your bird paintings! The magpie and kestrel are masterfully done.

Joan T
07-03-2012, 12:50 PM
These are just so great!!!! I love the look of the altered pages.

JennyMK
07-08-2012, 01:26 AM
John and Joan: Thank you so much!

So, the last pages from my journal before I travel home on holiday...

The first one is a sketch from my own picture taken on Hawaii this last christmas. I was sitting in the shadow with my mom at the beach when this bright little fellow decided to join us... Red-crested cardinal:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2012/972748-22_page.JPG

The next one is just a play with different materials and compositions, maybe not my usual style... :cat: The Robin is a paper copy from one of my own paintings that I cut out and used.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2012/972748-23_page.JPG

The last one is a forest scene by a lake, just a memory from where I used to live. The divers sometimes sang in the evening, and it was just perfect...:lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2012/972748-24_page.JPG

See you again in the autumn when I return to my studio and work!

vhere
07-08-2012, 01:42 PM
this works really well :)

DrDebby
07-08-2012, 03:18 PM
Enjoy your holiday. These are marvelous.

JennyMK
07-08-2012, 09:31 PM
Thank you Vivien and Debby, and I sure will enjoy my holiday, I promise you that! :)

Mostho
07-09-2012, 05:26 AM
wow. I'm really impressed, how much effort and art there is in your pages.

JennyMK
07-10-2012, 01:14 AM
Thank you Mostho!

Joan T
07-11-2012, 11:18 AM
Super job on these!!! Have a great holiday!

JennyMK
07-11-2012, 08:10 PM
Thank you Joan!

JTMB
07-12-2012, 08:50 PM
Great job on the birds as always! Looking forward to more when you are back from holiday.

JennyMK
12-03-2012, 02:43 AM
So, after quite some time I though to dig out this thread and add some new pages to it. I finally have 2 new pages done in my altered journal. :lol:

The first is a blue-tit: watercolor, acrylic and different papers. I am really pleased with this one, and I think that it will become a painting just like it is.

The second is a feather of a blue-jay, from last week's "weekly inspirational pictures" in this same forum!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Dec-2012/972748-25_litenfagelflugitspread.JPEG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Dec-2012/972748-26_featherBJ.JPEG

bookscorpion
12-03-2012, 05:01 AM
The jay feather-page is gorgeous!

JTMB
12-03-2012, 10:29 AM
So nice to see more of your absolutely wonderful bird work back again!

vhere
12-03-2012, 12:30 PM
mmm yes that Jay feather page is special - like the birds too but that feather is so lovely.

DrDebby
12-03-2012, 02:41 PM
Wonderful pages.

Joan T
12-04-2012, 11:54 AM
Oh, Jenny, these are wonderful!!! I especially love the one of the feather...you could frame that!!

JennyMK
12-04-2012, 09:38 PM
Thank you, thank you for your encouragement!! I am going to have an exhibition next August in a gallery that specializes in bird art, and so now I need to plan at least 20 new paintings for that.... My winter and spring will be busy busy... :) Your kind comments give me hope!

RainySea
12-05-2012, 09:50 AM
beautifully done! I love the tit sitting on the musical piece, so appropriate. And the background with the birds spiraling up. wonderful pages

JennyMK
12-08-2012, 09:22 PM
Thank you Rainy!!

I have more work done in my journal, so here are the next two pages. The first one I tried a little less collage, and you can still see the old text underneath the paint. In the next one I played with all sorts of papers and stuff again. It comes together with a photo-collage I did of my work desk...:D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2012/972748-27_bluetit.jpeg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2012/972748-28_skrivbord.jpeg

:wave:

RainySea
12-08-2012, 09:51 PM
Hi Jenny. . . both pages are very nice and your birds are beautiful as always. I also really like how you did your stylized initials in the circle. I've seen it before in the square and it looked like a stamp? But the one in the circle looks like it was done in pen maybe?

JennyMK
12-11-2012, 10:50 PM
Thank you Rainy! They are both stamps, the square is carved in stone, and the circle is of some rubber stamp. Here is a picture of them below:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Dec-2012/972748-stamp.JPEG
I had them made here in China, and they are quite practical... I really like signing my journal pages with them!

And as I am writing now anyway, the next page from my journal is a feather of a Eurasian jay. To think that these common birds can have amazing looking feathers!!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Dec-2012/972748-eurasianjay.JPEG

C&C always welcome!:wave:

jacquip
12-12-2012, 12:40 AM
Your work is always so creative and stunning. I am in awe. Love the stamps too.

JTMB
12-12-2012, 11:24 AM
Gorgeous feather! And also nice to see some of your supplies. I'm not sure about the European Jay, but for several blue-colored birds I'm familiar with, the feather doesn't actually contain blue pigment. The blue color comes from the structure of the feather and its interaction with light so that it appears to be blue when it actually isn't. One of many little factoids about our feathered friends...!

Joan T
12-12-2012, 03:23 PM
I think you need to lead us in a class in what you're doing! These pages are great!! I love those stamps that you had made. Great idea!

DrDebby
12-13-2012, 06:02 PM
Lovely pages. Great seeing your supplies and personal stamps.

JennyMK
12-16-2012, 09:34 PM
Thank you Jacqui!
John: I have heard that the same goes for many butterflies! And I have seen it with the kingfisher myself! I saw two common kingfishers in Xiamen here in China, and one was in full sunlight and it looked to be this beautiful emerald green! An hour later I saw another common kingfisher sitting in a tree in the shadow: and he seemed to be ultramarine blue. So they 'change' colour depending on what light hits their feathers!
Joan: thank you! I'm still learning myself, I have bought countless books on mixed media, and found you tube to be a very inspirational place to find new techniques and ideas...
Thank you Debby!

bookscorpion
12-27-2012, 02:33 PM
I saw your work on deviantArt today (the Daily Deviation) and I immediately recognised the style :)

JennyMK
12-28-2012, 03:08 AM
Ha,ha, yes I got my first DD! I never had so many messages in my inbox! ;)

RainySea
12-28-2012, 10:03 AM
Jenny, those stamps are so cool. I found a place here that makes rubber stamps (cheapie ones, not the cool stone ones you have!) so maybe I will order one. I even made a design for my signature already using photoshop. It was fun.

Great feather page. Its amazing how you put all the components together. Is the paint you use watercolor or gouache?

mhimeswc
12-28-2012, 07:17 PM
Your birds and feathers are beautiful, and I really like the way you design the page.

wabbitt
12-29-2012, 12:15 PM
Loving your compositions.

vhere
12-29-2012, 01:03 PM
beautiful :)

JennyMK
12-30-2012, 11:10 PM
Rainy: The good thing about living in China is that it is possible to get almost whatever you want in these stamps, and to a very good price too! The stamp with my full name on I had made in the street in Xian and it cost me 80 yuan with the stone, work and ink pad. That is about €9...
I used both watercolor and acrylic, no gouache.

Thank you mhimeswc, wabbit and Vivien!

JennyMK
01-03-2013, 05:02 AM
Happy New 2013 everyone!!

I have two pages from yesterday to share. The first is inspired by the weekly inspirational pictures, and I painted the poppy. The second is a mallard feather. I never thought about it that the common mallard have so beautiful blue wing feathers. Maybe because they are not so visible while tucked away during swimming, the way I usually see them...

The poem on the feather page loosely translated into english:

'It is a glimpse of the sea glittering gray where heaven meets earth
it is a dark gray wall that looks like land.
There my longing is resting before flying home.'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jan-2013/972748-vallmo.JPEG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jan-2013/972748-enstrimmahav.JPEG
Both pages: watercolor, acrylic, ink, papers, book pages.

Joan T
01-03-2013, 12:08 PM
Just great pages!!! I'm going to have to try some. You're inspiring me.

DrDebby
01-03-2013, 04:39 PM
Beautiful pages. The elements really work well together.

Gloppus
01-05-2013, 03:58 AM
Beautiful, as always, Jenny.

vhere
01-05-2013, 09:33 AM
Gorgeous! At some point I need to have a go with something like this.

JennyMK
01-06-2013, 10:58 PM
Oh, I'm so happy if I can inspire... ;) Thank you all!

JennyMK
01-14-2013, 08:34 AM
New page done today, and I am really happy with it. I started already a painting that I was not happy with, and decided to try out some different compositions for it. I came up with this, so now I will start my painting all over again with this set up ;-) C&C most welcome!!:wave:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jan-2013/972748-longtailed-tit.JPEG

DrDebby
01-14-2013, 02:07 PM
Another lovely page. Love the detail on the tail of the bird.

jacquip
01-14-2013, 05:53 PM
Your pages are always so beautiful.

JTMB
01-14-2013, 07:58 PM
Wonderful pages, and a great job on the bird!

vhere
01-15-2013, 06:48 AM
Using text as you do can look gimmicky but yours never do. It works beautifully together with a contemporary take that has an echo of illuminated manuscripts.

MartinaL
01-15-2013, 07:07 AM
Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! :thumbsup:

JennyMK
01-15-2013, 09:09 AM
THank you so much Debby, Jacqui, John, Vivien and Martina!

JennyMK
01-16-2013, 11:12 PM
Next page: a barn owl. Here I actually did not paint so much except for the owl on watercolour paper. The stripes in the back can be both forest or a barn wall, what do you see it as?
I call it 'Everything under the sky' , which is a translation of the swedish song title in the background... ;)

Watercolor and gouache.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jan-2013/972748-everythingunderthesky.JPEG

jacquip
01-17-2013, 01:05 AM
I love the owl. You are amazing at painting birds. I saw the stripes in the back as a barn door. You have another winner.... :)

Gloppus
01-17-2013, 01:37 AM
Owls are fascinating birds. And barn owls are especially so.
The can be spooky if you actually see one at night, but they are difficult to see unless you really work at it.

Jenny, yours is beautiful.

MartinaL
01-17-2013, 10:41 AM
Beautiful! I like the way you painted the white feathers. For me it is always difficult to paint white fur or feathers...

JTMB
01-17-2013, 10:46 AM
Beautiful work - as usual - on the owl! Like most birders, I love owls, but I don't see them too often - I'm getting too comfy in my 'old age' to get up at 0 dark thirty and go look for them. My most vivid memories of Barn Owls are from a number of years ago when for several years I rode a motorcycle to/from work. We are far enough north that some months of the year have quite short days, so I would ride home from work after dark, through a rural valley with lots of farms and barns. On at least two and maybe three occasions, Barn Owls glided right across my path while hunting for rodents, in one case missing my head by about three feet. Shortly after that incident, I stopped riding my bike to work until the days got longer. I still remember the ethereal, somewhat spooky feeling of seeing those white ghost birds gliding across the landscape.

DrDebby
01-17-2013, 04:17 PM
Delightful owl.

vensunn
01-17-2013, 09:38 PM
Hi Jenny
Your creations are so beautiful-well thought out compositions, pleasing palettes and interesting subject elements. I always enjoy studying them and keep coming back to take note of the mediums that you have used and delve deeper into your allegory.
Steven

RainySea
01-17-2013, 10:01 PM
what a beautiful owl. . . love the composition of the page and how he is coming down for landing it looks like.

JennyMK
01-18-2013, 04:27 AM
Wow, Thank you all so much!
John- Love your story! you are lucky to have seen them in the wild! I have only seen them in falconry, and I am always amazed at how small they are! They seem more majestic in pictures. Maybe it is their colours and their wings that makes them look bigger, I don't know.
Steven: I am really happy if I can inspire! And I always try to remember to write down the medium used. Maybe next time I have to post photos of all the steps that goes into one of my pages...

I'm off to Bali for two weeks, hopefully I will see some new birds to sketch while I'm there... ;)

JennyMK
02-07-2013, 10:18 AM
Hi everyone! I'm back from Bali, and it was a great holiday! Only drawback was a sinus infection the last three days, but some antibiotic took care of it. My hubby wasn't all that displeased -> nobody to drag him around the island, so he could relax at the pool instead... ;)

Back to work, and the next sketch is a Northen Cardinal. I think this is the first bird in this journal that I have not seen in real life myself. We do not have them back home in Finland, or here in China. They only live in America. But when I have been playing around with different ideas for painting, this bird with it's red plumage just found its way in... I could picture myself an almost black and white background with only the bird as an element of colour in it...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2013/972748-redcardinal.JPEG

JTMB
02-07-2013, 10:34 AM
Another gorgeous page featuring a bird - as we've come to expect from you! Very nice. Actually, only part of America has Northern Cardinals - I grew up with them in the eastern part of the country but out west, they are not resident birds. Once in a great while in the eastern part of our state (WA) one will show up 'out of range' but it's a rare occasion and brings birders from all over the area to see it. Your bird here is fluffed up against the cold, a very typical pose for them in the winter of course. I always enjoyed seeing them when there was snow on the ground. Your bird is a male - the females are structurally the same but much more drab in color.

JennyMK
02-07-2013, 12:00 PM
I thought that they were found in all of America, thank you for enlighten me John ;) I always forget how big USA is! Of course you should have as much variety if not even more in your fauna as we have here in europe between south / north and between the coasts... And yes, the females are also beautiful, but not as striking as the males. This was painted from a photograph where he was sitting all huddled up in a snowstorm and I couldn't resist such a red fluffy ball! It is the same with our bullfinch in Finland, the male has the splendid red breast while the female has to do with a pale beige and looks a little 'washed out' in comparison... My mother told me that they have had the last couples of days a pair of bullfinches in their garden, and she suggested me to paint some of those, as she thought them so striking looking against the white snow!

vhere
02-07-2013, 02:48 PM
Lovely . Somewhere recently I saw a photo of one in the snow, incredibly dramatic with that vivid colour.

DrDebby
02-07-2013, 03:39 PM
Beautiful page. Little guy is so cute all fluffed up like that.

jacquip
02-07-2013, 07:51 PM
Another great page, love the job on the fluffed up feathers.

Joan T
02-08-2013, 08:39 PM
Wow! The contrast of the red cardinal against the black and white of the page is great!!! I love the owl too..the texture behind it looks like barnwood to me. Nice going!

JennyMK
02-09-2013, 02:31 AM
Vivien, Debby, Jaqui and Joan: Thank you so much for stopping by! :wave:

MartinaL
02-10-2013, 05:18 AM
A wonderful page! Love the little red cardinal! It looks so cute!

JennyMK
11-19-2013, 02:47 AM
A little late: thank you Martina!

I finally have some new pages done in my altered journal. No birds this time, but magnolias!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2013/972748-apicturemagnolia46.JPEG
The background branches here are a detail from a painting by Victoria Crowe. I love those branches, and wanted to know how they would look like as a background. I rather like it, so now I have to start practicing painting branches...:cat:
Acrylic and watercolors on paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2013/972748-wonderspread.JPEG
Book pages, acrylic, gouache and watercolor.

I don't have many pages left in this book, hopefully I will fill it up on this part of the year.

DrDebby
11-19-2013, 01:59 PM
Lovely pages.

Joan T
11-19-2013, 09:58 PM
The magnolias look almost 3 dimensional. Great pages.

vhere
11-20-2013, 04:33 AM
Lovely
L

JennyMK
12-29-2013, 10:11 PM
Thank you Debby, Joan and Vivien!

I hope you all had a lovely christmas! And tomorrow it will be the last day of this year… the time has gone by so fast!

Here is my Christmas card for this year, I wish you all a very creative New year 2014!!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Dec-2013/972748-godjul.jpeg

vhere
12-30-2013, 03:28 AM
Beautiful!

And the same to you :)

DrDebby
12-30-2013, 02:07 PM
Marvelous card. Thank you.

Joan T
12-30-2013, 04:07 PM
Jenny - I love the card! Hope you had a great Christmas! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!!! Looking forward to what you share with us next year.

JennyMK
12-31-2013, 08:45 PM
Vivien, Debby and Joan: I'm so glad you liked it!

I forgot to mention that it is one of the last pages from my altered journal, and it was done with watercolor, gouache and collage!

JennyMK
01-09-2014, 02:36 AM
Ok, here are now the last three pages from this journal. I have really enjoyed working and playing, and experimenting in this way, so there will be another journal started very soon which I will share in a new thread!

Thank you all who have followed this journal and commented, all your comments have been welcomed and treasured! :grouphug:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2014/972748-springglory.JPEG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2014/972748-gull.JPEG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2014/972748-svala.JPEG

DrDebby
01-09-2014, 03:13 PM
Great pages. I have to say the expression on the bird in the last one made me chuckle. It's such a cute fluffy fellow, yet his eyes say he's trying to look serious. :)

jacquip
01-10-2014, 05:53 PM
More lovely pages Jenny. I have enjoyed them all. Hope your new year is full of wonder and art.

JennyMK
01-10-2014, 11:03 PM
Debby: thats what drew me to draw this bird, so lovely colors and looks soft, yet the face seems to be so stern… ;)

Thank you Jacqui! I wish the same to you!