Monday, July 21, 2014


July has brought unusually nice weather and a new artist inspiration for the Magical Journal Journeys. The artist that Maggie chose for her journal was Jose Manuel Merello. Working in the style of this artist was very calming for me even though his work seems to portray abstract chaos. Merello's style is Mediterranean and Spanish. I was drawn to his work by the use of  his bold and bright colors. Below are the two pages (actually four back and front) that I created for Maggie's Journal  - Merello.

                                                The cover of Maggie's Journal

I folded a 9 X 12 heavy weight watercolor paper in half to make 4 pages back and front

                                                          My second page

My third page... I even took the liberties of signing my name just like Merello with line underneath it.

This was my last page and quite honestly, I could have kept painting Merello all day long!

Thanks Maggie for choosing such an inspiring artist to me, it was great fun working in your journal this year!

The next journal coming my way the end of July is Georgia O'Keeffe. Gemma chose the artist O'Keeffe and 
I can't wait to show you the pages I created for Gemma. Yes, I already completed them, one because I absolutely adore O'Keeffe and the other because I will be in the Artful Gathering Art Doll Class the next few weeks with Mary Jane Chadbourne and I plan to be busy creating some fabulous dolls! Stay tune for Georgia O'Keeffe pages soon and I will also be sharing what's going on at Artful Gathering!



  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS-NESS! The colors and figures just vibrate with SUCH energy- I love everything you've done here (as always ;-))

  2. Oh my GOD, Kim. I don't have a superlative for this that is Super enough!!! You took to Merello's style like you've been doing it for years. If I saw these online I would think Merello painted them for sure. I was jumping up and down in my seat when I saw them, because I can't believe they are mine!!!! I couldn't even pick a favorite, but the 4th photo down looks like Merello painted it (actually they all do). And I LOVE the one of the girl done with black lines. Well, I just love them all! Thank you, thank are amazing!!!!!!!!! xoxo

    ps. The Doll class sounds so fun. Can't wait to see what you create!

  3. Oh WOW Kim - you have done an amazing job with Merello!!! It is like you were channelling him or something! You have completely got his style down & at the same time infused it with gorgeous Kim. I am seriously in awe of how well you managed to reimagine his style which from experience I found much much harder than it looks. Maggie is going to be sooooo happy :-) Hugs, Kat xx

  4. I loved Merello too - once I got the hang of him. However, you have blown my efforts out of the water - this is incredible work Kim. Love it! Your use of colour was spot on - the pops of black are particularly effective.


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