Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Treat

It's been a long day. I was determined to get some of the things off my To Do list which has gotten out of control. I do that a lot. I want to try every new thing out there. I want to be involved in everything. I want to join in everything. It just doesn't work. But I try....

My biggest goal today was to get my monthly article submitted to the Tombstone Times. The editor is in England taking care of her daughter who has some health issues. I wanted to be early this month and next week is packed full. So, I worked and wrote and edited and researched and it's done and off to England.

My treat to myself was to spend some time with art this evening. I'm excited about the No Frills Prompts at Daisy Yellow. She is giving us simple prompts to do art with, or write with, and it seems to be just what I need to get back into the swing of art journaling.

I've been wanting to try more watercolors but ended up using my Derwent Inktense pencils to do a "painting" of the photo posted with the prompt "Perspective." I loved the rustic fence. It didn't go well but here it is. Hey, if I'm going to do the work and commit to the prompts I may as well go all the way. Right?

My thoughts on this page... I tend to work in colors that are way too dark. The aspen tree should have been brought down below the Perspective. I shouldn't have done that in a dark area and just added it to the background directly.

What I do like: The thoughts that came up from thinking about the word. The whispy dark lines that signify changes in the foliage. The white paint pen.

Thanks, Tammy, for the prompts and for helping me get a page done in my much neglected art journal.


  1. Rita, I'm psyched to see your journal page in full color. It's a huge step to get something on paper after not journaling for awhile. Now you are on the path moving forward. Thank you for sharing!


  2. Hi Rita--another new site to check out!! I can add it to my list, like you!! Love your page on perspective!!

  3. I really like the quotes within the fence posts!

    I'm a big fan of the Derwent Inktense and use them quite a bit. Love the vivid colors. I've somehow never thought of using white pen over them like you did - maybe I'll try that next!

  4. I love all the shades of colour. :-)

  5. I love the colors and you have inspired me to try to sketch the pciture myself.... I am far from an artist, but this is all about self discovery and taking you out of your comfort zone. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Oh, I've been following her challenges. I still want to do this. Your picture came out great.

  7. Nice blog - I really like the mix of the old(genealogy, history, old West) with your other interests. Your profile interests are very similar to mine so I am looking forward to reading more posts. Welcome to GeneaBloggers!


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