Ustream and Podcast Update 29JUL2010

Last week on The Artistic Biker Live!, I interviewed the Journal Girl herself, Samantha Kira.  I think the interviews are going well and with the feed back I’m getting, obviously the majority of you do as well.

I am still struggling with recording and editing the interviews done live during the show.  I have already posted the interviews with Rhomany, Leslie Herger, and Connie Hozvicka.  I still have the WONDERFUL interview I did with Eveline Hussels (Eveline Timeless), and now this one with Samantha, to edit and get online.  My hope is that they will both be finished an online this weekend.

There’s a reason those five interviews are so important to me right now.  The six of us have a Huge project we are working on together. We have kept it VERY hush hush up until now.  I was going to yell it from the rooftops six weeks ago but the others tackled me and taped my mouth shut.  Not necessarily a bad thing as I do tend to ramble.  Anyway, TONIGHT I will finally be free to make the announcement of what we’ve been working on and fill you in on all the solid details!  I am VERY excited!

Also tonight on The Artistic Biker Live!, I’ll be interviewing Newfoundland’s Jeanette Jobson of Illustrated Life! Jeanette received a grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to study the almost lost Japanese art of gyotaku or “Fish Rubbing”.  What a unique technique for my journal! I’ve bought some fish and I’ll be trying out this technique as she fills us in on how she even found out about it. She also suggest that I stamp Boy2 so if the mama turns her head, you never know!

Be sure and tune in tonight, and every Thursday night from 7-9p U.S. central time for The Artistic Biker Live!

Art Journal Centerfold

Two weeks ago on The Artistic Biker Live!, I interviewed Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio.  She has been having some BIG and FEARLESS workshops going on and in honor of our interview and of her great works, I did a journal tribute to BIG and FEARLESSness.

Starting off by gluing an extra manila folder onto the page to create a three panel spread, I gessoed all FOUR sides and allowed it to dry.  Then, I layered some purple and yellow florescent paint with an old credit card.  I cut up a few pages from Wreck This Journal to make panels in the background so I could paint butterflies like Connie’s.  The rest is just straight paint.

Of note in the video, however, is that normally my left hand is just a useless stump meant only for stabilizing material for me to work on with my right hand.  Here, you can see me switching between using the blow dryer and painting left AND right handed.  That is SO far from normal for me that my lover immediately sat up while watching the video, grabbed the remote to rewind and said, “What did you just do!?!?”

You can watch the video on The You Tube, or in the embedded player below:

The interview with Connie was also cut very short due to a thunderstorm knocking out my electricity.  I have battery backup on everything EXCEPT the Wi-Fi router!  I’ll have to remedy that in the future.  Anyhoo, if you would like to see the interview, I have it posted on The You Tube as well, or in the embedded player below:

I have some GREAT interviews lined up so be sure and tune into The Artistic Biker Live! on Thursday nights from 7-9p U.S. Central time.  We have a blast discussing all kinds of art stuff and gossip while I work in my art journal.

Podcast: An Interview with Leslie Herger

My first interview with Rhomany went so well, I was eager to do another one.  This time I met with the supreme art journaling enthusiast, and skilled bookbinder, as well as lovely and talented (that’s enough sucking up) Leslie Herger of and

Of course, I wasn’t quite cool enough to hit the “RECORD” button during the interview, but I did manage to capture it on the Ustream broadcast of The Artistic Biker Live! This is what I managed to pull out of that broadcast.  Also, as an aside, when doing video like this, it is always important to know where your Picture in Picture is!

Ustream and Podcast update 22JUL2010

Big and FearlessTonight on The Artistic Biker Live! I will show you the results of last week’s journal entry done while I interviewed Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studios!  At least I TRIED to do that on the webcast…

In my never ending efforts to improve the broadcast, I managed to unplug everything just as the show was beginning.  Somehow that lost the sound driver for the computer.  I also switched out computers just before the show and it turns out the computer I chose doesn’t have enough ram to support the twenty plus programs I run during the show.  Ah, isn’t technology wonderful.

Anyway, tonight I will have the laptop hooked back up so that my interview with the darling Samantha Kira of Journal Girl fame.  She’s a bright and shiny that you’re not going to want to miss so be sure and tune in to see her!

“Tune” in on the Thursday nights from 7-9p U.S. Central time for The Artistic Biker Live!

I’ve been doing interviews for the last few weeks now and recording them.  I’m trying to find the best format to release them as a podcast.  Below in both video and mp3 format, is the interview I did with Klaire Scattergood, better known as Rhomany from Rhomany’s Realm:

Art Journal Underpinnings

After playing with my paints one night, I noticed that most of them were fairly transparent.  I count on that when adding layers.  I like to build my paintings up in layers to add depth.  I also, many times, like to obscure something in the background.  This time, I was noticing how some of the paint seemed to luminesce as the sun set.  This was only a play on the light, but it got me wondering if neons or glow in the dark paints would shine through from underneath.  So the next day while at Michael’s, I bought me some glow-in-the-darks, and some neons to see what it would do.  I ended up running out to the Wal*Mart at 10pm to buy a black-light so I could check the results.  You can see in the photo, some of the colors REALLY shined through.  I was VERY excited and woke my beautiful, young bride up to show her.  Somehow, at 1am, she wasn’t as enthused.

For The Artistic Biker Live!, I painted a scary clown face and was going to paint a completely different, happy scene on top of it.  Half way through, I got another idea and decided I would rather play with the new idea than finish this one.  I fretted about it for almost a minute before I realized that it’s MY journal and I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do in it.  So I turned the page and went on to the next project.  That’s a great lesson and brings on a LOT of freedom.

I got a call from my day job that required me go out of town for a few days so I didn’t get to finish either project.  However, I was able to edit the video while on the road and get it posted Sunday evening.  You can see the video on The YouTube or just watch it in the player below:

My friend Rhomany says that once you pick up the little brushes, the painting is done.  The idea is that once you have done the detail work, you’ve done the bit that interests you.  If you keep at it, you’ll just frustrate and bore yourself.  Have you ever started a piece only to discover that you didn’t like it, discovered a new direction, or just lost interest?