Saturday, February 13, 2010

The answer to the question, "what are you writing these days?"

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The paper is a heavy textured cotton like paper that I just love to close my eyes over rub. The writing is done using Faber-Castell Artist pens that glide beautifully over the dimpled paper.  The journal size is about 14x11 inches. The writing I started while in the hospital with pneumonia in both lungs.  I have at least 2 weeks to be house-bound, at which, gives me time to finish it.  I thought about adding colour but I love the stark contrast of the black and white.
 



19 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that you were in the hospital! YIKES Karoda!!!
    Your post reminds me of words from Lyric Kinard's new book, "I find that using beautiful materials draws me to do the work. I love the deep black of a Faber-Castell Artist pen and the heavy, smooth paper of a hardcover sketchbook". That said, I love what you are doing, and hope that your time under incarceration will heal you and give you time to create lots of yummy things.
    xo

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  2. I am so sorry you've been sick and hospitalized- please take care of yourself. At least the season that shall not be named is beginning her departure.
    I am in awe of all that writing, it is gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you will do with it.

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  3. Karoda, take care... hope you feel better soon. I love that writing... yes, definitely leave it black and white....

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  4. This journal is so beautiful. No color. I love how the value changes using just black and white. Take good care of yourself. We need you in the workshop, again. XXOO

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  5. take care of yourself and think about self first. love you.

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  6. Oh WoW! These are really unusual and totally fabulous! More! More ~
    I am SO sorry though that you have had such a difficult go on the health scene. My prayers go to you for a speedy recovery to a full tilt boogie!

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  7. Love what you have done in black and white, I love the fact that you can write something, get it off your chest (and only you know what it says) and make art too.
    Just a thought; make a photocopy/scan and see what it would look like with colours. That way you keep your precious original.
    My thoughts are with you. xx

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  8. I love the stark contrast too. Maybe this could be the beginning of a series -- a study. Try working with a limited palette and with more color. I am glad to hear you are on the mend. Maybe think of it as house bound but art focused. Looking forward to seeing what you create next!
    Deborah

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  9. Hello Friend,
    I've been wondering where and how you were. Glad I took a break from yard work to check my blogspot for new entries. I love the black and white also. I collect black and white fabric because it is so appealing to me. Will be praying for your speedy recovery.
    Spirit Quilts

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  10. wow, karen! beautiful writing...take care of yourself!

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  11. The stark black and white is perfect for words. Looks like a good project while you recover. Having had double pneumonia I know it can be a long haul back to feeling healthy again. Having something so wonderful to work on will help I'm sure. Feel better. Thinking of you!

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  12. Wow Karoda...wonderful work. They are so dramatic in black and white, I love the shading you got just writing with the pens.
    I agree with Mai....scan and colour on computer or copy and paint with watercolour.
    So sorry to hear about your hospitalization. Take the time you need to get better.

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  13. just gorgeous - I love the shading you can get with words, and the drama of black and white

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  14. I love that you are expressing yourself verbally, visually, and emotionally! It has to be healing.

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  15. Karoda - you are amazing!! Been there/done that and it is not fun. Hope you bounce back quickly. What an artist!!

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  16. Hi Linda! I was blog surfing and found yours. I am sorry to hear you have been sick. Your art is so profound-I love this composite. Letters, words, art>that is you.
    Good to see your face and art again.

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  17. can't help it. I wanna see this stitched...

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  18. This is fantastic. It so beautifully marries your visual and written art. I love the way the values shift and teh words move around teh pages. I hope you do many, many more of these -- especially if the words are healing. :-)

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