Miss Pelican's Perch

Looking at my World from a Different Place

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The Artist’s Sketchbook

Some helpful tips about sketchbooks.


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One Minute in my Art Journal

I have an art journal which I use in part to work on techniques and experiment with new media and also a personal journal in visual form.  For example, I went to the Museum of Latin American Art last week and was inspired by Frida Kahlo.   My intention was simply to render a portrait of her with watercolor crayons.  What came out was a mixed media piece that looks more like an icon of some Byzantine saint.  How interesting is that?   Here is a quick one-minute video of that process.




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Interior Cartography: Sometimes When You Crack an Egg, She Erupts……

A wise man told me not to repress anger but to channel it in a journal to let it go. Lava-spewing cracked eggs? You think I might just be a little p-o’d? LOL!

ljg (c) 2017 — Found images manipulated in photoshop.

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Following the Flow

imageCircumstances have kept me from engaging in any creative work for the last month or so. However, with this being a long holiday weekend coupled with my total lack of desire to participate in the annual Black Friday buying frenzy and with an unsettling urge to flex my imagination, I found myself headed to a local art materials store. My plan was simply to replace an ink drawing pen so I could do a little sketching in my art journal. Only a pen. That’s all. But the moment I walked in something started flowing inside me. The pen led me to the pencils, then to the paints, then to the canvas…. I left with armful supplies and a mindful of ideas.

Sometimes you just to follow the flow to see where you end up.