Saturday, January 07, 2017

Life Book 2017 - Week 1

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great start to the New Year.

My Christmas gift from my dear hubby was enrollment into Life Book 2017 - from Willowing Arts (Tamara Laporte).  Life Book is a year long, weekly on-line art journal class with Tamara and 23 other Mixed Media Artists.

Week one included a warm up page and a wonderful detailed lesson by Tamara.  I'm showing you my pages from this week.  It was so much fun with lots collage, drawing, painting, mixed media & a big mess in  my craft room, I loved every moment.  I'm using 12 x 9 inch quality mixed media pages, they will be bound into a book at the end of the year.  Tamara's lessons are awesome (I've taken several), I love her art and her teaching style.





The above whimsical 'Star Girl' is from the main lesson - Journey through the Light.   The basket is actually 3D and is holding stars on which I've written words for 2017.  


The mixed media page above was the warm up lesson and I have ideas to create similar (but smaller) backgrounds for cards :)

Thank you very much for your visit and have a great weekend,
Shirleyx

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful art, I'm glad you're enjoying your course. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  2. A fabulous page Shirley, this sounds like a wonderful course.
    Love the painted lady in the previous post too.
    A belated Happy New Year to you.
    Hugs, Avril xx

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  3. Such talent on display Shirley and a superb colour palette. The on line course sounds perfect and look forward to seeing more. Wishing you a better 2017.

    B x

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  4. oooooooooh! I am sighing with great delight - Shirley, you have such a way of producing grace-filled, peaceful, subjects with amazing colors and light. I don't know how you do it, with the highlighted cheekbones directly under her light-filled eyes! Beautiful - it belongs in a gallery, truly, along with the journaling. We are going to be below freezing for the next few nights, and cold day time temps as well. Maybe it will help kill off some of the non-indigenous vines and plants? hugs, de

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  5. Good gracious, you are getting better and better. Her face is flawless, as always. I love those small arms. Great work Shirley. Here's to a better year for you. No snow here but it's wickedly cold. Hugs.

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  6. I'm sorry to hear that last year was a bit of a difficult year and hope that this year will better in all ways Shirley. This lady is beautiful and love the basket filled with stars on which you can write positive thoughts, how cathartic. You manage to give your faces wonderful light and shade and they say the eyes are the window to the soul and she certainly has thoughtful and expressive ones. This sort of background would definitely adapt to one for cards too. x

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  7. Hello there Shirley, sorry to hear that last year was challenging for you, here's hoping that 2017 will be much better for you.
    I love your beautiful face, what colouring and shading, absolutely marvellous. A brilliant gift from your Husband, especially as you had already had some lessons. Looking forwar to seeing more of your work. I love the positive sentiments, stick with them, take care, Kate x

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  8. I also had a difficult year, and hope that you and I will have a better one ! What a lovely present, a year long lessons, and you do it wonderful ! Some stunning creations again, looking forward to see more ! Love, Enny

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  9. So sorry 2016 wasn't so good for your Shirley but 2017 is another year and hopefully better.

    Love the girl but the second page is more me and I love it.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  10. Shirley, what beautiful work, you should be proud of producing such amazing pages, they are just lovely and so tranquil. I hope 2017 will be better for you. We must catch up before too long. Elaine xxx

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  11. "Star Girl" is wonderful - absolutely marvelous! Your coloring on her face is like out of this world gorgeous - perfect. You have knocked my socks of Shirley!!
    Sandy xx

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  12. Absolutely beautiful face, her eyes are fabulous! Love all the techniques you've used. These art classes are a great gift.
    Mar xx

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  13. I hope 2017 will be a super year for you! Sounds like you need one!
    And a great present; that's one to enjoy the whole year... You started of beautiful and I can't wait to see what else you will make! Enjoy the sunday and wish you a beautiful 2017! Hugs, Gerrina

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  14. Wow, fabulous art. 2016 wasn't a great year for a lot of people, so I'm hoping 2017 is going to be much better. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to in your year long art journal class. :D

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  15. This stunning Shirley, I've so enjoyed seeing your art work from your lessons, so am looking forward to seeing what you do this year. Sorry to hear that last year was not too good for you, I hope that 2017 is a great one.

    Sue xx

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  16. Fabulous art Shirely, so soothing!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  17. Love this Shirley, your art work is admirable and the colours always beautiful.xx{aNNie}

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  18. Wow, this looks amazing Shirley and what a great gift to get! Enjoy every week and here's hoping 2017 will be a better year for you!!

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  19. Looking lovely. A great start to your New Year of art making. I am starting a busy year myself and know I won't be keeping up with the lessons....I'm fine with that....it's not a race it's a journey....both in my art and. my life ;) xoxo Sioux

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  20. Just gorgeous ... both the Star Girl and the card! Beautiful compositions!

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  21. Second try at commenting here (the second is never as good as the first LOL!)
    Your pages are absolutely stunning and oh so beautiful Shirley!
    This is my first time joining Lifebook.
    Seeing that Misty Mawn was joining in this year sealed the deal for me. Tamara is such a bright Light lifting and encouraging everyone!
    oxo

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  22. Wow, these pages are fabulous Shirley.....love them!

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  23. Beautifully delicate & feminine--gorgeous work, Shirley! It's obvious this is the right class for you!

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