4x6 received, wheeee!

What a delight it was to go to my mailbox and find the self-addressed envelope I had decorated for the return of a 4x6 piece of art from someone else in the exchange! I knew immediately that this mail art envelope I did earlier when sending in my own piece, held my return for the 4x6 project. This was orchestrated by the Art House Co-op. You can read about the project here.

The wonderful 4x6 postcard above was created by Carla San Martin in Washington. 
Find out more about her art here!

Who begins too much accomplishes little.
  ~ German proverb


This is another project I signed up to do through the Art House Co-op. I signed up a while ago despite the fact that the theme of "self-portrait" sounded difficult to me. The project has been in the back of my mind for a while though. When I was going through my photographs today I came across this one:

Just a photo of my feet in one of my many pairs of Crocs. I have multiple pairs and they really are the only shoes I wear! These are my messy painty purple ones. My dad bought them for me. I was taking photos in Bill Buchman's art class of his painting demo and just for fun, I looked down and also snapped this photo.There were photos in the same folder of art exercises I had done in his class and these things together sparked the idea for my self-portrait. You may recognize the painting I used as the one from my current blog header! Click on any photo for more details and a larger photo.

I was sent a 4x4 wrapped canvas for this project as part of the registration. I used Yes glue to adhere a copy of one of my painting exercises I printed out onto brochure paper (to make it pop) and a cut out version of the photo of my legs and feet. 

I added oil pastels and yellow acrylic ink to cover the plain white wrapped canvas sides and a little bit of the same on top of the original painting.

Especially because this seemed like a difficult task to do in my mind -a self portrait, I am so pleased with how it came out! I really like this self-portrait and was glad that once I started looking for inspiration, it manifested itself. Another lesson re-learned: Just start! 

If you're going through hell, keep going.
  ~ Winston Churchill

(remember these quotes are pulled up randomly!!)

Art House projects

The Art House Co-op has had a lot of interesting collaborative projects going on this year. Most are already filled and closed and have been (or will be) exhibited soon. You can read more about all of the projects HERE-including the Sketchbook Project 2013, which is now open for registration. I just finished two more of my Art House projects and I thought I'd share them here with you. Earlier, I shared my Limited Edition sketchbook (and mailed it off on Saturday) if you missed it, find a whole post devoted to that project here.

The Note Swap - write a hand written note & receive one in exchange

The Photo Response - choose a photo provided by Art House and respond to it

I chose Photo #2

and responded with a photo of my own

The Adventure project - create a 30 second video based on an adventure

The 4x6 Project - create a 4x6 inch piece of art and receive one in exchange

The meal - everyone took a photo of a meal they were having on the same date & time.

I believe these photos were exhibited at the same time as letters to home?

Letters to Home - write a letter to your childhood home

and lastly, The fridge! part of the Things Found Series 

It has certainly been fun and kept me thinking!

Read more about all of the projects HERE. I am off to Physical Therapy for my frozen shoulder then to my last art class with Bill Buchman for a while . . . .

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
   ~ Carl Sandburg

The adventure project

Another Art House Co-op project is done and sent. I had a blast! Do you think perhaps I am hooked on their creative projects? Maybe?? This one is a 30 second video made from subsequent photos I took one day last week for their Adventure project. I will embed it in the post, but if you cannot see it, click here.

Still trying to catch up a bit . . . I saw a orthopedic sports medicine doctor today after 2 months of shoulder/arm pain. I thought it was tendinitis that would get better . . . but in fact, I have a frozen right shoulder joint -yikes. I had a shot of cortisone and will be going to physical therapy as soon as it is scheduled. Anything to bring on more movement, less pain and more mobility, I'd say! In a few days I will return to my Nia dance classes which I have surely missed. I thought the exercise was making my arm and shoulder worse, so I stopped going about a month ago. The doctor said we want to get the joint moving again within reason -don't tweak it too much. I think I can handle that, so I am looking forward to Nia on the beach on friday. 

Thanks for listening! Tomorrow you will find one of my projects up on the gauche alchemy blog as I am the Guest Designer for the month of April! It is so lovely for me to be there on gauche alchemy with my friend Jo Urbani who is also a designer for them : ) 

Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.
  ~ Marc Chagall

more limited edition sketchbook

If you missed the first post about this particular Art House Co-op project, you can find it here. I have added to a few of the pages I started and showed you in that post, and then some. If you have any questions please leave me a comment! Click on any photo for more details.

I added more lace paper around the opening here . . . 

I love how the embossing powder on the page looks like sand and the lace paper looks like waves

when you turn the page to see the whole photo, I have added more paint and pigment powders.

On this set of pages I added paint and stardust glitter to this page, then brushed over the glitter with matte medium to make sure it stayed in place.

more rubber stamping and some embossing powder

more to come!! 
This is an Art House Co-op Project and I am really enjoying it! 

Art House Co-op Projects ~ whoo-hoo!

The Photo Response project . . . 
What's a picture worth to you?
1000 words? A quick sketch? Or a photo in return? The Photo Response Project asks artists to perform a visual translation. Choose one of the five photographs and respond to it in any visual medium — just keep the dimensions to 4" x 6". Write a (very) short story, draw or paint, manipulate the image itself or simply try something new. We'll exhibit each photograph together with its responses and explore the many directions that emerge from a single starting point. For more details click here.
The Photo Response project is the most recently announced project of the Art House Co-op's 'Projects' and it is almost filled - 937/1000 spaces -only about 60 openings as of this writing. This is one of the many FREE collaborative projects they offer . . .  GO HERE to see the complete listings... I will warn you that most of the projects have already filled - they go quickly! There is a mailing list so you can be notified of any new projects. Check it out!

I started participating in ART House Co-op projects by doing the Sketchbook project 2011. You register, they send you a sketchbook, you fill it up however you like & send it back. Art House had done a number of 'Sketchbook projects' before the 2011 one, but I believe that one was the largest: 28,839 artists from 94 countries were sent blank sketchbooks and just under 10,000 books were returned completed, wow! My sketchbook has been on tour around the country last year with the other completed books and now is cataloged in the Art House Co-op's Library in Brooklyn, NY. You can view the pages in my 2011 Sketchbook HERE.

i also joined the Sketchbook 2012 project and finished in January of this year - sent it off to them -that project will begin a world wide tour April 14, 2012. If a tour stop is nearby (dates on the link below) you could go and view the Sketchbooks in person!  Next up for me is the Limited Edition Sketchbook project, called as such because only 5,000 artists could register. I need to have that completed and postmarked by April 30, so you will see me posting on that soon! More on the Sketchbook Projects here on their site. The big news is Art House Co-op will be announcing the new . . . SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2013 on April 18, 2012 ~ sign up for a reminder at the link above!

Can you tell I enjoy the ART House Co-op's philosophy and projects a little bit?? 
Why yes, i do! So much so I just had to give them a shout-out : ) 

have a happy, creative day! xo lenna

The Meal: a collaborative project

This was the photo that Tina (my son Decklin's partner) took of me yesterday at 12 noon for The Meal . . . .
a simultaneous global project organized by the Art House Co-op.

From their site: "Nothing makes us feel connected quite like sharing a meal together. On February 24th at 12pm Eastern Standard Time, thousands of strangers from around the world will sit down for a bite in unison and capture a shared experience at the exact same time. Take a photograph of yourself with your meal and mail it back to us. These simultaneous snapshots – self-portraits of people and their foods – will be exhibited in our storefront project space and made available online. Our aim is to inspire a feeling of community across geographic and cultural boundaries. So wherever you may be on February 24th at 12pm, keep your camera handy and something delicious nearby – and remember that thousands of strangers, both near and far, are sharing that meal with you.."

My plate for "the meal" includes hummus with carrots, 5 grain crackers and a salad with various lettuces, Quinoa, four bean salad, raw mushrooms and leftover cooked yellow squash. These choices reflect the recent change in diet Steven and I have embraced for health reasons after watching the documentary Forks over Knives. Since we started this way of eating (90% plant-based with very minimal meat or dairy) on January 20 we are now truly enjoying what we eat more and feel better. I have even lost a few pounds. My doctor was very positive about my decision to stop taking the medication she had prescribed a year ago for high cholesterol. My levels are now within the normal range and she told me she thought plant based eating was healthier than taking Niaspan! She also said she wished she had more patients like me, willing to change their diet!! Anyway, participating in this project took on extra meaning to me because of these reasons.

Soon after Tina took this photo for me because I could not quite do it myself . . . I printed the digital photo out on matte photo paper in the 4"x6" size as was requested and decorated a hand made envelope to send it to the Art House Co-op offices. FUN!! They have a lot of projects going on now - check out their site and see what is still open! www.arthousecoop.com

xo lenna 

sketchbook project fun!

It was really so fun to actually see a photograph showing my sketchbook had landed at the Art House Co-op! When I went to visit their blog today, I saw my very own sketchbook in 2 photos that they had posted! View the post here . . . You'll see mine in the first photo, in the middle of the basket and also in the last photo, third row down, all the way to the right. My sketchbook 2012 looks like this:

That was really a nice feeling to 'see' it had landed there! 

They also sent this to me via email, "Thanks for sending in your project for The Sketchbook Project: 2012! We just wanted to let you know that your project has now been cataloged into the Brooklyn Art Library! It can be found on the shelves with a call number of 141.3-2."

The website is: http://www.arthousecoop.com/ and the Limited Edition Sketchbook project (the next project) still has about 1,000 spots left to be filled. (It is now filled).That project is being limited to 5,000 participants. A book of artwork is being produced from the project and you would need to have all sketchbooks in to the Art House Co-op by April 30th.

Good stuff.