365/3 continues #98-102

I feel like I've been away forever!  But I've been keeping busy with my Jane Davies class work in Dynamic Composition.  This week was all about the cruciform - an exciting style that has intrigued me for a long time......and now I'm forced to get out of my head and actually give it a try.

I started by creating the basic shape in collage using my own gelli prints and a few magazine pages - then painting, obscuring, making some marks, used some bubble wrap or stencils, scribbled with graphite, stamped and whatever else grabbed my attention.  The whole process was quite fun.

I think the one above ended up straying a bit too far from a cruciform shape - the side arms are too far apart which means the central core of a focal area isn't there.  The crimson dribble down the center was the result of a leaky bottle of ink and my attempt to deal with it :)

On a personal note, Dan has a job!  After almost 3 years of unemployment and discouraging job hunting, he is employed as a management consultant here in Seattle.  Woohoo!  It's been a tough few years at a time in our lives when we expected to be almost retired.  With the serious depletion of our savings over the last few years, that won't be possible for a while, BUT hopefully we're back on track.  He's been working for 2 weeks and feels like the job is a good fit for him and his skills.  We're so thankful something has come along that provides us with income again, but just as importantly, is something he'll enjoy doing.


  1. These are so lovely... Congratulations to Dan !

  2. These are all great! I particularly love the 4th one. Congrats to Dan!

  3. All I can say is WOW! Great work. Congrats to Dan...that sure takes the pressure off.

  4. Anonymous7:09 AM

    Wonderful work. This suits you perfectly. How wonderful for Dan. I know it's been so hard on you both, that's a big load off your mind. Here's to happiness and a contented fella. xox

  5. I'm so, sobglad to hear about Dan's new job! What a relief. And I love the work you've been doing with Jane. Goodness all around! Xx

  6. That's definitely a good way to begin a page, that structure works well. I like the yellow one best (4th pic).
    Yay, Dan! Altho after 3 years, I'd be too used to having all that time to myself and would *not* be happy going back to work. But gotta love getting back to 2 incomes.


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