Thursday, August 9, 2012

Words to Live By

I've been working at my "day job" more than I'd hoped this week, which is taking quite a bit of my planned art time. boo! However, I HAVE been prepping canvases, (gesso layers) working with my vintage Etsy shop, (adding a few new items) and also finishing an altered book for our local art group exchange. 

The theme of the altered book is Words To Live By.  I used a quote by Charles Dubois that has been my guiding theme since the mid 1980's. The background is painted with yellow-green and citron paint, stamped and stenciled with leaves, and pages are tiered to display the quote in segments. The colors in the scan are not quite accurate, the pages have more green to them. 
The important thing is this: 
to be able to sacrifice
at any moment
what we are
for what we could
BECOME
The butterfly image is collaged onto the page. I have some more embellishing and doodling to do on this, and then it's ready for the exchange on Sunday. 

This is the cover created by the owner of the book, Wendy: 


Joining in with Paint Party Friday again this week, hosted by Eva and Kristin. I hope you have time to check out what the other Paint Party Friday artists have created this week! 

25 comments:

Ayala Art said...

It looks so fresh in those colors! And I love the detail of the pages torn like that, very pretty! Have a good weekend, happy PPF

Debbie said...

Your pages are so pretty. I love the quote and butterfly image.

Molly said...

great quote! and i love the colors... the red butterfly against the yellow background is gorgeous.

Kristin said...

Wow, this is just beautiful. And I can see why the quote has been guiding you over the years, I really love it too, xo

froebelsternchen Susi said...

AWESOME!

Carolyn Dube said...

Beautiful the way the leaves just fall all over the pages- creating a great background for your butterfly and the quote!

soulbrush said...

Love the words and the colour yellow is just sublime. Happy PPF Helen.

Netty said...

A very pretty spread, would love to see it complete. Happy PPF, Annette x

carlarey said...

It's tough when that pesky real life encroaches on your art time. Love this book, it's beautiful.

Diana Evans said...

I love this !!! the words were just perfect for me today!!! wonderful work!!!

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Your pages are lovely. That butterfly is my fav. Glad to see that you are still making time for your art despite a busy schedule. Well done. Happy PPF

Lynn said...

I love hand created art journals. This one no exception! Bright words on cover shout draw and paint in me!!! Wonderful. HPPF!

Lynn said...

Wonderfully done art journal. Love the brightly colored cover! shouts draw and paint in me!

Rhonda said...

Helen, I love this! I love the way you trimmed back each page, and the luscious color. The quote is fabulous! Beautiful work for your limited time. Happy PPF! xo

Gloria said...

Hi Helen. Love the quote you wrote on there. Lovely pages and I do love butterflys. Nicely done. Perfect! Happy PPF!

Pointy Pix said...

these pages are so lovely and that quote is just perfect - I love it! ( and yes, I'd sacrifice being a legal secretary to be a professional artist in a heart beat!)

Karen Smithey said...

I love your art, and that quote is certainly one to remember!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Yes I agree with everyone. Lovely colors and words. Its good you posted something anyway. Makes your busy week better. Happy PPF.

Natasha said...

A clever spread and a lovely message. Very inspiring.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely creation ~ butterfly makes it 'sing' with the gorgeous background colors ~ ( A Creative Harbor)

Heather Santos said...

Beautiful! Love the quote!

Maria Ontiveros said...

These colors are so soothing. I love the butterfly.
Rinda

Mary C. Nasser said...

Your altered book is lovely!
What an amazing quote!!
Beautiful.
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

bohemiannie! art said...

This is GORgeous!

JKW said...

The quotes and the beautiful pages speak to me. . . especially at this particular time. Thank you. Blessings, Janet PPF

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