My last entry in my art journal was February 21 of this year. On February 24th my dear father was diagnosed with primary liver cancer. Since then much has happened in my life. I've been teaching, visiting colleges with my youngest son, welcoming my middle son back from a semester in India, visiting my father in Boulder, CO, attending the commencement ceremony at University of Maine that presented him with an honorary doctorate degree for his work establishing Hospice care in the United States. I gave the keynote speech at the Michigan Hand-weavers Association's conference at Hope College. And alongside my step mother I helped my father step over to the other side. Since June 16th I have been grieving. They tell me it will take a long time before I can even begin to not miss his weekly phone calls, his stories of the past and predictions for the future, his advise, his care and his love.
But I can start to step away from the darkness by making an art journal entry and posting it here to share with you.
This spread started when I decided to try using one of my detailed stencils with pan pastels. It worked so much better then I had thought but of course it changed and morphed in such a way that those initial images are now completely cover.
This is the stencil I used. For materials I used pan pastels, Golden fluid acrylics, pages from an old telephone book and a Montana acrylic paint marker. The paint marker is new to me. I only bought one to try it out. So hence the blue lines. I loved using it and love the results.
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