Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Day 2217: ... two new stories.






1234: junk mail collage













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Since several seemed to enjoy yesterday's Dr. Nichols story,
and since I need a blog, I decided to tell two new stories.

As mentioned ...
Dr. Alice Nichol's, was Dean of the Fine Arts Department
when I was in college about 100 years ago.




She was a close friend & contemporary of 
 famous artist, Georgia O'Keefe.
She was a no-nonsense, one-of-a-kind, force-of-nature.
 Short, with grey hair in a flat top, horn-rimmed glasses, 
smoked a pipe, wore motorcycle boots, rode a motorcycle or 
drove her MG convertible & carried a little dog under her arm.
You've got the picture, right? 
This was in conservative Indiana in the 60's.

#1

As an art major, I was in her art appreciation class.
I worked hard and had an A average.
I thought I was safe cutting a class.
Next class, in front of the entire class, Dr. Nichol's said
I don't care of you have A's, if you cut my class again
I'll flunk you! I believed her & never missed another class.


#2
 
Years later, after Dr. Nichols retired ...
I received a postcard from Italy.
She was on a trip and wrote to me! 
I was beyond thrilled, and she signed it "Love, Alice"!
I still have it here, somewhere? 
I'll never throw it away.
A misplaced treasure, but it is here, honest!
 
Somewhere.
 






89 degrees, Sunny, Santa Ana, CA
















A smile for Tuesday ...









Monday, August 20, 2018

Day 2216: ... pushing it.






sanja matsuri: graphite, ba;; point pen & watercolor




















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Tonight, still without my "stuff"...
I found an interesting photo.


photo from sanja matsuri 2018, by benjamin beech

I chose this photo because today I relate to his expression. 
 I feel it is "muzukashi" or difficult to try, so I am pushing it. 
I am neither a portrait artist or water-colorist.
Definitely out of my comfort zone.




I started with graphite then spritzed with water.




I went over the dried graphite drawing with ball point pen.




I added watercolor. Blotting it while wet for texture.






I felt like it needs more, background or something?




But in the back of my head I had heard Dr. Nichols,
and maybe I should have stopped?











Dr. Alice Nichol's, was Dean of the Fine Arts Department
when I was in college about 100 years ago.






She was a close friend & contemporary of 
 famous artist, Georgia O'Keefe.
She was a no-nonsense, one-of-a-kind, force-of-nature.
 Short, with grey hair in a flat top, horned rimmed glasses, 
smoked a pipe, wore motorcycle boots, rode a motorcycle or 
drove her MG convertible & carried a little dog under her arm.
You've got the picture, right? 
This was in conservative Indiana in the 60's.
She visited our advanced painting class, (not the instructor) 
she walked slowly around without saying anything, then left.
The whole class was still buzzing when she returned, 
took my painting and left, without a word!
I was near cardiac arrest, as others tried to comfort me.
She returned again and said ...
"some of you don't know when to quit ...
 so I have to take it away from you."

I have told that story hundreds of times, 
and it is still relevant for me.
Some artists will relate, as it is so easy to go too far.












A smile for Monday ...










Sunday, August 19, 2018

Day 2215: It's all about selection.







buster: collage with acrylic, text & handmade papers.











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Yesterday, here,  I mentioned my tech troubles.
The troubles have not changed. 
Still an inconvenience, irritation & frustration.
I am sure my "stuff" is on my X-hard drive, 
but for some reason the old MacPro isn't showing 
the external hard drive on the desktop, so I have no access.
I feel like it's something simple? 
Then I remembered a UCI professor in a computer class
saying "95% of all errors are selection errors."
I have proved that true repeatedly over the years.



Tonight I have decided that that might be true 
for us in our daily life?
 Hmmmmm ...








Necessary notice. Sorry.


Background :
Years ago, a bunch of people said they preferred 
not to subscribe to the blog, or join Google, but 
would like to get an e-mail with a link to the daily blog. 
So, I have had a single daily group e-mail,
which has grown to 250+ people.




Now:
 Yesterday Google blocked (randomly?) 40+ e-mails 
in this group daily link e-mail. 
I have no way of knowing if your e-mail mailbox is full, 
or if you would like it blocked or stopped?
  If you would prefer to NOT receive the daily e-mail, you can
 reply to this e-mail (jlonginc@gmail.com) & type STOP
 I will immediately remove you e-address and 
name from my address book and stop any further contact. 
I really don't want to be a nuisance in your day. ;op


Future:

** If you don't receive the daily e-mail as usual, but
 do want to see the daily blog, you can always access 
the blog by either subscribing on the blog site, 
or bookmark & go to http://jackilong.blogspot.com/ 
which will take you to that day's blog, other wise ...
I will leave your name on and you may or may not 
get it depending on who google blocks? 
These seem to be my only options. I do apologize.












Puppy Update:







Zoey: 18 weeks, Laker: 7 years.











A smile for Sunday ...










Saturday, August 18, 2018

Day 2214: ... my version of the twilight zone.






gold: abstract collage with handmade papers.













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You might know or maybe surmised,
I don't date, haven't in years and years.
I get along pretty well on my own.
I am an only child so I was raised to function alone.
My significant other, my 2006 MacPro, 
ancient in tech terms, is a good ol'guy.
He and I are aging together ...
both running out of memory at about the same pace.
I have a jazzy new MacPro laptop, 
but I am still more comfortable with, so loyal to the old guy.
To help him out, I put everything on an external hard drive.
Now, the external hard drive has disappeared from the desktop!
It is on, plugged-in but missing from the desktop?
So temporarily (I think) I cannot access all my stuff.
This is my version of the twilight zone.







Maybe cross some digits & appendages for me if you can?











Puppy Update:








Zoey, 18 weeks,  GH#3, 17 years


another GH#3 funny, this from 2014 ... WW keeps track.

15 minutes before leaving for football practice:
Zack: mom where are my football pants?
Me: crap! I forgot to dry them!
Zack: ok, put them in the dryer with a towel. It will suck out the moisture
Me: What!?! How do you know that?
Zack: a little trick I learned in the Navy...... ;o)

AND IT WORKED!!!









A smile for Saturday ...









Friday, August 17, 2018

Day 2213: red head girl







red head girl: graphite & acrylic on canvas














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More on the adventures in ...

Thursdays August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 -- 10:00AM to 1:00PM
Paint, draw, collage, doodle, and play during this mix media class with Jacki Long. Try out different techniques and materials while you create mix media work on paper, canvas, panels and more! This class is great for beginners and artists looking to "loosen" up.
REGISTRATION: $45 per session  and includes all materials. Skill Level: All. Ages: 16+.
Limited seats are available for these classes, so sign up today!



Thursday was the second class and we worked on canvas.



by Hannah

Working with graphite and acrylics on canvas.



by Julie

Adding collage with tissue, papers and painter's paper.



by Linda

Some artists had sketches to work from ...
 

by Judy

by Judy


by Jennifer   













Some are works in progress ...

by Cathy



by Katie

by Hannah


by Connie
by Ferzin























by Julie


I hope this looks like fun? Lots of experimenting.
And, collage isn't done until the artist is satisfied.

You are so welcome to join us, two weeks left ... (sign up here)
Next week we will be using mixed media collage on wood!










Great mail day today!
Muse mail from Long Beach artist, Brian Kasstle!
 




and this is just the envelope!



 
Picture me doing surgery to open and save every bit!





A two-sided treasure!


 

So much talent! 
Thank you Brian for your art and your friendship.









A smile for Friday ...