Flashback Friday: Art, Music and fun #art #music# ink #collage #NapervilleIL

September is that wonderful time of year that merges the warmth of summer with the promise of fall. It is the time of year where the last of the warm weather festivals take place. Around this time last year we attended Naperville’s annual art walk. It is one of my favorite festivals to attend. There is so much to se see and do. Live orchestrated music floats through the air as passerby’s comment on their favorite artwork. The weather was beautiful that day similar to to years past. I enjoyed walking the stretches along the Riverwalk seeing all the wonderful art.

To capture this event, I did something a little different for my art journal. Instead of drawing out a scene like I normally do, this time I decided I would take small photocopies of some of the favorite pieces I saw in the art guide and make a collage out of them. For the back ground I used Dylusions ink spray and my micron pen I used for the title.  Overall this was a wonderful way to capture the day and I will forever have fond memories associated with the event.

Till next post…


Flashback Friday: Concert with Colin Hay #art #pastel #colinhay


I had so much fun creating this particular entry. Almost as much fun as I had attending the concert this is in tribute to. Colin Hay is a wonderful singer and song writer. If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that my husband and I love to attend concerts together. Colin Hay by far puts out one of the best concerts we attend to date. By this entry, this would be the third time we have see Colin Hay. The event took place at the City Winery in Chicago. The venue featured dine-in style seating pairing you with mystery table guests.

While this could be off-putting for some, my husband and I got along very well with our table mates; enjoying wine, appetizers and lovely conversation. The main event though was our entertainer of the evening, Colin Hay. He delighted us with music, storytelling and even humor. The man is “very” funny and engaging. His new album was the focal point of his set but still incorporated some favorites from his other independent albums and music from his time with “Men at Work”.

This was a wonderful evening that I will never forget and look forward to seeing if he visits Chicago again soon.

Until next post…

Flashback Tribute: David Bowie #davidbowie #blackstar #art #mixedmedia #dnartcorner

In the world of music, yesterday we lost one of the most iconic musicians that ever lived. For most of my life I was aware of David Bowie. Like many of my generation, my parents would listen to his albums for hours which slowly worked its way into my mind. However, it was more than my mind that was affected, his music wove its way into my life without me ever knowing how much impact it had in my life.

Like many people do, I would turn to music to sooth my woes or take me away to another world – sometimes away from my pain. For me, Bowie’s music often escorted me on a journey across the stars and back down to earth while other times the music told me it was okay to be different; to be “strange”.

Ironically, it wasn’t until about a year ago that I realized how much David Bowie’s music had on my life. On December 27th of last year, I had the honor and privilege to see the David Bowie exhibit in Chicago. What an experience! The exhibit was completely interactive. As we toured through the exhibit, each area would come alive to regale us with personal stories and occurrences throughout David’s life.

It was the most thoughtful and complete collection of music memorabilia dedicated to one musician. Most of the exhibits were given on loan from David Bowie himself. There was everything from original hand-written lyrics, original costumes, music videos, original art, and more. All in honor of one man.

At the time I was so enamored by everything I saw and experienced that day, I went from ‘just a fan’ to ‘super fan’ overnight. It wasn’t like I never heard his music before, on the contrary, the exhibit exposed the fact about how much his music was already in my life.

From that day forward, my husband and I climbed through record shops to find that elusive but fairly priced rare David Bowie vinyl record. Even before his passing, his vinyl records were hot and in demand; it took many months of looking before we finally found one in good condition and at a price that wouldn’t drain our bank account. Even after our vinyl search was done, we went on further by compiling a complete David Bowie digital library and listened to entire albums together in our living room and explored vintage footage of Ziggy Stardust.

I chronicled our David Bowie exhibit experience in my art journal with the intention of unveiling the entry on January 1st of this year, but got sidetracked that day and simply forgot to post my journal entry. I was about to post the entry this week but was completely taken aback yesterday when I heard the news in the wee hours of morning of David’s passing. I cried tears as my husband told me the details of his passing. After 18 months of battling cancer, just shortly after celebrating his birthday, David Bowie has left this world.

However he will never completely leave us. He left us a legacy of music that will continue to span generations. He also left us with one final album; a swan song to a great man that continued to explore new areas in music until his last. I insisted yesterday that we get his final album “Blackstar” and listen to it in the evening. I love his new album for many reasons.

One of the first reasons is that each track he laid down contains a unique collaboration of sounds and soothing vocals with sweet undertone of jazz infusions. Another reason I love it, is that although some of the songs contain explicit language, which normally I don’t care for, it is done in such a way that it quietly shocks you into paying attention to what is being said. It’s classically David Bowie without replicating anything he has ever done before. It is exploration into new sounds and combinations that is stunning to the ear. And for the simplest reasons of all, it made our canary sing.

To explain, our little canary rarely sings. Even after months of trying to train him, our little guy doesn’t sing all that much. Imagine our surprise and delight when quietly out of the corner of our living room a beautiful and sweet sound came out of our canary as the first sounds of his album played. Our canary’s song entwined its way into the melodies of the album. A few tears fell from my eyes as I realized that this was a most fitting tribute to a most wonderful musician from one of earth’s smallest creatures.

I took most of yesterday to say goodbye to the man, but I will never say goodbye to his music. Here is the post that I intended to remember a time when he was alive, but now I post this in tribute to his memory.


Goodbye Ziggy….

Flashback Friday: Dec. 2, 2014 #art # ink #mixed media #dnartcorner

Hello readers,

I can’t believe it is already December! My how time flies! Amongst the Christmas craziness and commercialism that surrounds the holidays, I take great solace in drawing in my journal. There is something special about putting pen to paper creating lines, words and adding a splash of color. It’s very meditative and calming. Just what the doctor ordered!

Last year was no expectation in my need to escape the holiday rush. This entry highlights the day I spent with my husband Chris who surprised me with concert tickets to attend a St. Vincent concert. St. Vincent is one of my absolute favorite bands and Annie Clark, their lead singer is simply sensational.

Annie Clark is a wonderful music artist in her own right who writes inspiring music. One of my favorite songs is “Digital Witnesses” which is the theme I choose when drawing this journal page. I love how the song exposes our over obsessive behavior with digital technology as we walk through life. I wanted to visually encapsulate the song with explosive bursts of color and splashes of ink. Throwing ink around a page can be very cathartic- let me tell you!

I think I captured the mood of the song and my own personal feelings about our society’s mind-numbing compulsive behavior about our digital oppressors.

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Materials used: Derwent Graphik Line Painter, Sakura Micron Pens

The process: I began with a light pencil sketch with the main drawing of the eye and adding song lyrics leading from the center and circling around the eye. I pix-elate the center of the eye using Derwent’s Graphik Line Painters. I moved to the words next by outlining them with my Micron pen, making lines thicker as I moved over each word. Next, using the line painters again, I began dropping paint around the page and blowing areas to spread the ink and turn the journal page in different directions to get paint drips down the eye like tear drops. As a final step, with my line painters once again, I sketched in geometric style lines to unify the colors. This was the first time I used Derwent’s Graphik Line painters. While they were totally messy, I had an absolute blast using them. They definitely allowed me to let go and have fun with creating this entry.

Flashback Friday: October 5th 2014

As a prelude to our upcoming anniversary last year, I surprised my husband with tickets to one of his favorite bands – Warpaint. Warpaint is a all-female groups that treat listeners to blend of rock-synth with an female edge. They were playing at the Vic Theater located in Chicago. We grabbed a bite of pizza before heading to the theater to watch this entrancing group. Suffice to say we both enjoyed our time listening and grooving out to the vibes they were putting out. Here is my journal entry that captures a memorable evening to celebrate our union:

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If you want to read more about this group and the concert that night, check out my husband’s blog post: https://themusicbard.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/a-dreamy-night-at-the-vic/