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Nature Journal: Fire, Water, Earth + Air

Artist: Jeff Owenby

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Background: acrylic painting with rocks, twig, photo, and hand lettering.

This is the first altered peice I've done in a long time. I began it in late April from our Menucha trip. I decided to create my own symbols representing the four elements, and did this with Adobe Illustrator.

Aside from the different styles of art, it also includes a DVD of relaxing video that focuses on the four elements of the journal. It's also titled "Fire, Water, Earth + Air

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Acrylic dry brush painting, photos, hand lettered.

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Acrylic dry brush painting, photos, hand lettered.

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Acrylic painting of a campfire with attached hand lettering.

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Acrylic dry brush painting, photos, and hand lettered with a strip of tree bark.

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The photo on this page is of a quiet pond. I fixed a green leaf that I'd been saving for some time, then painted the background with acrylics, and added river bottom detail with a fine brush.

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outdoor journalTerry braided the green and tan raffia for me since I was "braid challenged". The plastic vile attached is pure Oregon rain water from April and May.

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I used a photo taken from a desert thunderstorm in summer. The Indian woman is from a drawing I did 30 years ago copied from an original watercolor called "White Feather". I can't recall the artist's name, but I changed the face to make her look more like a Native American.

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Acrylic painted background with twigs, moss, photo, hand lettering.

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The photo is from a wicked storm that hit us at Christmas time. I painted the background with acrylic, then tried my hand at using cotton fixed with clear gesso. In the photo it looks like white paint, but it's actually cotton. The wind nearly blew me over after I snapped this photo.

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The inside back cover with acrylic, attached cherry blossoms.

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Air. An "island in the sky", Mt. Hood rising above heavy cloud cover.

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