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Art Journal Challenge Week Eleven Travel

Art Journal Challenge Week Eleven Travel

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A much easier prompt! This was Art Journal Challenge Week Eleven. Whee! Travel!

Techniques

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I used a few different tecniques on this page. I had previously painted one side green. Most of the images were cut and pasted from various sources. I used a stencil, added some words on places I want to travel to soon.

Where I Want to Travel To

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Grenada in October

Savannah sometime this year? We have friends there and Savannah is rich in history that we’ve only scratched this surface of. They have fantastic food there too.

Napa Somehow I don’t think I could convince the Hubs to a Grenada, Savannah, and Napa all in the same year. Napa 2019!

The Tour Divide-well I doubt this would ever happen, but never say never. Bike from Banff, Canada, to Mexico.

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My Biking tour of the  Ohio to Erie Trail from Cinti to Cleveland. Or vice versa, I haven’t decided yet.

On to Week Twelve!

Art Journal Challenge Week Eight Map

This week’s prompt was “Map”.

Art Journal Challenge Create a Map

As so far, I start out strong. I’m really stoked about the challenge, then I tend to lose steam. Same with this week.

Map in Progess

My painting is clumsy and amateuristic. I have this vision of what I want to create, but that is not what goes down on the paper.  I think with the next challenge I am going to mix it up with a bunch more of “mixed media”.

Finished Map

Onto Week Ten!

Week Seven Art Journal Challenge Colors

Another week has gone by!

Art Journal Challenge Colors

I started out pretty strong with this, but faltered midweek. Work has been a horrible strain lately, and I come home exhausted and don’t want to do anything but watch TV. I haven’t been feeling too creative.

Week Seven Art Journal Challenge Colors

When I touched the prompt “color” I thought of the Pantone Color of the Year Ultraviolet. But I cheated and printed it out via the printer. I did use my acrylic paint, watercolor, a few pieces of paper, and used my stencils a bit.

Onto the next week!

Art Journal Challenge Week Eight Quotes

Background

I made a cool background to start with, but quickly discovered writing long hand on the page wasn’t going to stand out.  My handwriting is not the greatest.

Art Journal Challenge Quotes

I went back to printing out quotes. I was amused to see I had picked the same quote twice from different parts of my Pinterest page. I guess I need to put that book down and stop re-reading that same chapter.

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Theme

I seem to have a theme on this quotes week about letting go and moving forward. I’ve been struggling with this for a year now. It’s been one year since I stopped running. I do want to move on. I’ve been trying to re-invent myself and find out “who” I am exactly since I am no longer a runner. I don’t know yet.

Art Journal Challenge Quotes

Conclusion

Overall I liked the look of my page. I used acrylic paint, watercolors, stamps to create my Week 8 Challenge. Week 8 of 52 gone already! Is it spring yet?

Art Journal Challenge Quotes

Lessons Learned on the Fat Bike Today

Today I finally got my butt outside and rode Helga! We went around the block, 7 miles. It took me less time than I expected. I’m more out of shape than I thought.

Lessons Learned on the Fat Bike Today

Lessons Learned in the Fat Bike Today

Get correct size cycling booties

The temperature was about 36F when I started my ride. I decided to try out my neoprene shoe covers, similar to these Pearl iZUMi Pro Barrier WXB MTB Shoe Cover 
to see if these would keep my feet warm. I believe I did not buy the right size, even though I bought a Large. I couldn’t get the shoe covers to attach in the back. Walking up the first hill, the left one pretty much detached and flopped along. I took it off and stuffed it in my pocket.If I can’t figure out if these are the right size, I’m going to take my friend’s advice and wear plastic baggies over my feet, under my sock. Same principal and cheaper. (The ride warmed up and it wasn’t even applicable.)

Wear Protective Lenses

As I rode down my first hill, I noticed the mud spattering all the way TO MY FACE! I knew I would get muddy, but didn’t expect to have mud on my face, in my mouth-and then-SPLASH-mud in the eye!

Why didn’t I wear my biking (safety glasses) or at least sunglasses with my contacts? It wasn’t sunny, so I didn’t see the need for them. Now I do!  Glasses will keep mud out of your eyes! And bugs!

Fenders Can Be Beneficial

I knew I was going to get muddy, but I didn’t anticipate HOW muddy I would be. Fenders are looking like a very good purchase for Helga in the very near future.

Lessons Learned on the Fat Bike Today

Get Something to Cover your Water Bottle With

I ride a muddy township road. We live among the Amish who also travel these roads. The Amish drive buggies, powered by horses. Horses leave their road apples everywhere. So that mud splashing up on me is not just mud, it’s mixed up with horse manure. Which led to me looking at my water bottle:

Lessons Learned on the Fat Bike TodayEw! I tried wiping off the little nozzle and just squirting the water into my mouth, not touching it to my lips. Next time, I think I might cover the top with a plastic baggie, therefore keeping the spout of it clean for me. Better safe than sorry.

I Need to Get Outside More

I had fun out there even with the mud splatters and pushing my bike up all the hills. I was pleasantly tired after, which means I need to go bike more!

Week Six Art Journal Challenge Dream Fire Tower

Art Journal FailAnother weird prompt that I wrote! Where does this come from?

I know where the fire tower comes from, I spent the night in a fire tower on the Summer Soltise last summer.

My First Weekly Challenge Fail

Unfinished! A big fail on my part!

Week Six Fail

Week Six Fail

I couldn’t get my limited artistic abilities around this. I couldn’t draw the cool fire tower that I envisioned. I was tired after work and didn’t feel like working on it. I also wasn’t too interested in doodling a bit in moments before work. I kind of shot myself in the foot.

How Not to Fail

There are no rules to this challenge. I made this up! So, if the prompt doesn’t give me some creative ideas in the first day or two of the week, I’m either going to 1) chuck it and just doodle something for the week 2) choose another prompt  or maybe 3) Pick a random “wreck this journal” prompt off Pinterest and have at it.

Today is Another Week

Oh well, onto the next week!

Adventure Summit

Adventure Summit Report

Adventure Summit Report

A bright spot in the middle of the winter doldrums, I drove over to Wright State University for their Adventure Summit.  A chance postcard picked up at last year’s Buckeye Trailfest, I had never heard of this free event before.

Expo

There were plenty of vendors in the exp. Busy Expo Adventure Summit

Busy Expo Adventure Summit

Buckeye Trail Booth

Even Bigfoot made an appearance!

Bigfoot

Schedule of Events

There were fitness classes, some competitions, and presentations Friday night and all day Saturday. There were enough interesting sounding topics that it was hard to pick what to attend!

Boulder Comp Adventure Summit

My Three Favorite Presentations

Terry presented on having adventure, at any age, at any cost. She had recently done a challenge “30 Days of Crazy” where she had to do *something new* every day for thirty days. (In hind sight, she said she would give herself more than thirty days). This actually led to her writing a book about her “30 Days of Crazy”.  Terry encourage all of us to get out and experience an adventure, no matter how small.

Adventure Challenge

The next speaker was Richard, who biked East to West across the United States. Richard spoke extremely well, with a great self deprecating sense of humor. I picked up a few good tips for my bike touring.

Biking Across the Country

My favorite talk was Hiking the Camino de Santiago.

Hiking the Camino

This has become somewhat of an obsession with me lately-I should save that for another blog post! This married couple went on their Camino in 2017. They were great public speakers, and their room was packed! They should have moved their presentation to the main speaker room, but nobody probably knew the Camino was going to be such an attraction!adventuresummitsign

 

This was an all free presentation at Wright State University. I recommend that you check it out next year!