An Art Journal Weekend



A weekend with a friend is a great cure for stress.  An art journal weekend is even better!  I spent last weekend with my fabulously creative friend Annie, who can do amazing things with felt and beads, on my way to a San Diego for a work trip.  Because it is also Photo Friday, I’m sharing with you two of my favorite photos from Annie’s in the afternoon, high altitude sun.  No filters used here.


We played in our art journal with stencils, gelli printing, and acrylic paint.  It was a fabulously relaxing and energizing weekend.  Annie doesn’t art journal often, so she was looking for inspiration.  I provided plenty of that!  I screwed up and resurrected a page, and almost screwed up another one.  I started and mostly finished a page without huge mistakes that I knew where I wanted to go with it.  I started another that is in a very awkward stage as I do not know where I’m going and it’s in its ugly phase.  So, here are my pages from last weekend!

My warm up page:


My resurrected page, salvaged to be an abstract sunflower:


The next page, which is too busy right now, but simmering:


My third page, very minimalist for me!:


My happiest page!


And my last, awkward stage page


Art-Xscape 2015 Call for Proposal

I’ve spent the majority of my week, outside of my day job, working on getting Art-Xscape 2015 launched.  Hotel contract signed: check.  Website update: check!  Call for Proposal sent: check!!  Art-Xscape 2015 will be held October 8-11, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown.  That just happens to be the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, so there will be a LOT of people in town.  Anyhow, if you’d like to submit a proposal, leave me a comment and I’ll be in touch.  The deadline is March 6, 2015.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s was spent with my baby brother, Andrew.  One of the things I did with him was visit the Hope Outdoor Art Gallery, aka the Graffiti park!  I had planned to go by once a month last year, but that fell by the way side.  Hopefully, I will make it back more often this year.  Andrew and I had fun clambering around the levels.  While we were there, I listened in on 4 gentlemen in work clothes talking about structural changes.  My fear was that they were going to tear the park down.  I checked in with the guys in the check-in booth and they reassured me that that was absolutely not the case.  The guys were from the city and they are working on improvements.  Hopefully, the work that is done will not close the park down for any length of time!  Here are some of my favorite photo’s from this visit.




The shading on Batman is pretty incredible.


My favorite work in the park was by ER.  This Einstein (Think Harder) was amazing!


The turtle was also done by ER.


The light was perfect this day (Tuesday before New Year’s).  The day before and the day after were cold and gray and rainy, but we had this one gorgeous day!

Photo Friday January 3, 2014


Welcome to a new regular series of posts on AnLiNa Designs:  Photo Friday.  Twice a month, I will post unedited photos I’ve taken in that month and discuss what I like/don’t like about them.  I hope that you will take the opportunity to join me and add links to your Photo Friday posts in the comments.


January is bereft of growth and blooms in most of the northern hemisphere, but I’m far enough south that I am blessed with some plants that continue to put on beautiful displays.


This photo was taken on my back patio with a Nikon D80, ISO 800, 1/1000s exposure, f/5.6, with a 300mm lens.  It’s culinary sage in a pot on my back patio with a southern exposure around 3pm on New Year’s day.  The light is afternoon sun coming in from the right.


This photo, also taken on New Year’s Day, is from my flower beds, which I wacked back on December 28th.  The only plant left blooming is this purple sage.  Technical details:  Nikon D80, ISO 800, 1/1250s, f/5.6 with a 300mm lens.  The light is afternoon sun, shining direction on the flower from the upper left.


I nursed my holly back to health this year after it was attacked by a fungus.  With the help of my local nursery, I located a fertilizer that I used semi-regularly and I was rewarded by plants covered with berries this winter!  Technical details: Nikon D80, ISO 800, 1/400s, f/5.6,  with a 300mm lens.  The light is afternoon sun, partially filtered by clouds, coming directly into the frame.

I hadn’t checked the ISO setting on my camera prior to taking these shots.  If I could, I would take these again with a lower setting, more in the range of 100-200.  I like the contrasting colors in these photos and the play of light and shadow.