Art Week in Review

This week: small format poetry books; book review; writing prompt; work in progress; show update. Also—if these videos are interesting to you, could you let me know in the comments?

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Featured Work: Small Format Collage Poetry Books (Altered Art)
 Dawn by Gordon Bottomley. (2018). Altered art poetry book. Available  here .

Dawn by Gordon Bottomley. (2018). Altered art poetry book. Available here.

I finished some altered art poetry books this week. These are made from recycled/upcycled cardboard game pieces. I hand-stamped them with acrylics and added poems. Each 2" x 2" book is four or five pages with hand-sewn binding.

 Old Manuscript by Alfred Kreymborg. (2018). Altered book. Available  here .

Old Manuscript by Alfred Kreymborg. (2018). Altered book. Available here.

The poems I have chosen are in the public domain and include such poets as: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gordon Bottomley, Hazel Hall, and Alfred Kreymborg. I will be adding to this list. If you have a favorite poet with work in the public domain—or are a poet and would like to collaborate—please let me know.

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Show Update: August is Hoppin'!
 Pinecone and Sparrow booth display at the 2017 Greater Gardiner River Festival.

Pinecone and Sparrow booth display at the 2017 Greater Gardiner River Festival.

Even though show season is not quite here, yet, I am getting excited at my 2018 line-up. My shows are spread out—except for August, which is hoppin'! I will be attending one-day art shows three weekends in a row: South Portland Art in the Park, Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival, and designing women—Manchester. The show dates are listed (below). I will be bringing collage wall art and printed greeting cards to the shows, as well as some new altered art I am currently working on. I am still waiting to hear back from a couple shows, so stay tuned for updates.

Here's my show schedule so far:

Belfast Arts in the Park

Steamboat Landing, Commercial Street, Belfast, Maine
July 7 and 8, 2018
10 am to 4 pm

South Portland Art in the Park

Mill Creek Park, South Portland, Maine
August 11, 2018
9 am to 4 pm

Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival

Winthrop, Maine
August 18, 2018
9:00 am to 3 pm

designing women

Longfellow's Greenhouses, Manchester, Maine
August 25, 2018
9:30 am to 4 pm

designing women

Richard Dyke Center for Family Business, Husson College, Bangor, Maine
November 3, 2018
9 am to 4 pm

Maine Harvest Festival

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine
November 17 and 18, 2018
10 am to 4 pm

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Writing Prompt: They Are Trying To Make Me Into A Fixed Star
 They Are Trying to Make Me Into a Fixed Star. (2018). Acrylics, texture paste, and ink on mixed media paper.

They Are Trying to Make Me Into a Fixed Star. (2018). Acrylics, texture paste, and ink on mixed media paper.

I forgot this was Wednesday and I was losing the light, so I did not glue the text down before taking a picture of this week's writing prompt: "They are trying to make me into a fixed star. I am an irregular planet".

Writers, poets, and lyricists are invited to use this prompt as a starting point for a short story, poem or son. If you'd like to share you work, please post it in the comment section, on my Facebook or Instagram page, or contact me via email.

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Book Review: Joyful Pages: Adventures in Art Journaling
Joyful Pages (Book Cover)

Joyful Pages: Adventures in Art Journaling by Judith Cassel-Mamet. (2017). Denver, Colorado: Adventure Journal Press. ISBN 978-0-998-31410-5

From the start, Judith Cassel-Mamet sets a tone for her book, Joyful Pages: Adventures in Art Journaling, that is as inviting and non-threatening as the title implies. She sets aside the stuffy, sometimes tortured definitions of "art", "journaling", and "art journaling" that appear in some academic texts, and encourages readers to explore the process in a way that feels comfortable, authentic, and personally fulfilling. She writes:

Art journaling puts the focus on the process of exploration, rather than the product. It can be both art and journal writing. It can be used as a diary and a sketchbook all combined in one spot. Art journaling is freeing, playful and joyful if the focus is on the experience rather than the end result of perfect pages. (p. 7)

I found Joyful Pages to be a quick read—I think it took me less than an hour. Along with Cassel-Mammet's words of encouragement, you will find writing/journaling prompts, materials lists, and lessons to help you get comfortable with inks, chalks, stamps, stencils and more. I did not find a lot of new ideas in this book, but I can easily recommend this for beginners, as well as those who might be stuck in their art journaling practice and are looking for some inspiration.

Have you read this book? Let me know what I've got wrong (or right!).

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Work in Progress: Small Format Poetry Books
 Hand-stamped game pieces. Small format poetry books—work in progress.

Hand-stamped game pieces. Small format poetry books—work in progress.

It is rainy and cold here in Maine today. It may even snow a bit. So, it is the perfect day to be inside, prepping these cardboard game pieces to make into small format poetry books.

 Game pieces gessoed and hole-punched. Ready for painting, stamping, and collage.

Game pieces gessoed and hole-punched. Ready for painting, stamping, and collage.

I punched holes in the cardboard for binding (later) and painted the pieces with black gesso to get them ready for painting, stamping, and collage.

 Cardboard game pieces painted and hand-stamped. Ready for collage.

Cardboard game pieces painted and hand-stamped. Ready for collage.

I hand-stamped these pieces using my own cut stamps and silver, copper, and gold acrylic paint. Once these dry, I can collage the poems onto the surface and bind the pieces together to make little books. I have some finished books in the Collage Small Format Originals section of my gift shop.

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Art Week in Review

This week's Art Week in Review: Book Review; Writing Prompt; Altered Book Project: In Honor of Florence Arlene Small; show updates. The actual blog post days are off a little—I was behind all week—but I'm keep the same Saturday to Friday format as I list them here.

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Cheers!--Janyce