Saturday, 15 April 2017

Pencils

I wonder about saving interesting links  on my blog...articles that inspire me, capture my imagination.

This is one about a woman who now makes a living from PENCILS.


https://cwpencils.com/blogs/news

Could not find a way to get her updates- so saving it here.


And here is the article that has more about pencils.

http://99u.com/articles/55179/a-brief-history-of-the-pencil-as-told-by-a-pencil-aficionado

I ordered some pencils from either ebay or amazon, that had an option for your own lettering on each pencil.
I chose I AM Love, I AM Light...and have those words on pink, white and purple pencils

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Chapels

There seem to be gaps where I do not write here.
I came today to post a link to a website that I want to return to again and again.

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-matisse-turrell-8-artists-designed-transcendent-chapels

I am drawn to the

Ilise Greenstein The Sister Chapel section in particular.


and love the Bee Chapel too.

I have just registered for an international card swap via jessica brogans site, and have begun altering a set of playing cards.
It is the 1st time doing anything like this.

My first card, gold acrylic, then added a piece of a musical score looks a bit messy...so I hope things improve visually over the next 53 cards,

We all send our set to her, she mixes them up and we get a new set ....

I am also painting with Desiree East and actually put paint to canvas last month...and now I also have an easel

Monday, 6 March 2017

100 Women Artists

100 female painters:~

Georgia O'Keefe 
Frieda Kahlo, 
 Vanessa Bell
Yayoi Kusama
Gwen John
Beryl Cook

Name 5 Female Artists

I saw an article about naming 5 women artists.
 I could not name 5

I could name 2

Georgia O'Keefe and Frieda Kahlo, then Vanessa Bell came to mind and who is the Japanese polka dot lady...I looked her up ..her name is Yayoi Kusama

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yayoi-kusama-invented-internet_us_58af0e6be4b057efdce9e0f7?section=us_arts.

That is the grand total of 4


I now have a project- to name 100 women artists by the end of March.
Would you like to join in?

Would you like to add the names of artists you know about- and maybe a link.?

I mean women who are known nationally/internationally, rather then local artists.

I could add Flora Bowley as I know of her work and she is a painter, but will not include her in this list as she is not a known artist.

I may create another list of 100 next month for women whose work we like and who ought to be known

https://nmwa.org/

A couple more came to my awareness -  Gwen John- then someone more modern...Beryl Cook!!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Painting

Have nearly finished a card for my sister's birthday.

A yellow-orange watercolour wash yesterday, then  designed and painted a mandala inside this morning ...red, orange , gold and yellow, using acrylics and mixing the orange.

45 minutes focus today- am well pleased with that.
It would be a good idea to watch a few youtube clips on lettering so I can add Happy Birthday without spoiling it.


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Monday, 9 January 2017

Canvases- what to do now?

Following the creative impulse and I now have some new canvases - 9 in total- in different sizes.
I wonder what to do with them
I wonder what to do next when I have no ideas, no techniques up my sleeve.
Maybe I will cover one with a colour that draws my eye.
Maybe I will let that dry and see what happens next- maybe I could do that to each of the 9  canvases- That feels like too much..a total loss of control...

I have booked a colour mixing course- on Valentine's Day - will art be my new sweetheart- will I fall in love with my inner artist rather than keep judging her before she even picks up a brush?

 I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.
-- Georgia O'Keeffe

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Monday, 2 January 2017

something going on

Joined an inspirational drawing online course and have been doodling with delight.
It is fun to see what others come up with too.
One day I will get a phone with a camera so I can post mine too.

Have also begun a 12 month course with Mandalas as the focus..and again, have painted 2 already this year.

Wonder where I will store everything if I keep going like this all year?

As I create and listen, I will be lead.
My creativity heals me and others.
I am willing to create.
I am willing to learn to let myself create.
I am willing to be a contribution through my creativity.
I am willing to experience my creative energy.
I am willing to use my creativity.

I joined in with the local art group today after many month's absence.
They were drawing a still life- the idea was boring to me and I had no interest in doing that.
I did have my mandala with me, and gold paint...did an hour on that, and someone admired my work and said maybe I could teach the group something - that might be fun.

After an hour they lost concentration and focus and there was a lot of talking and too much negativity for my taste.

I will go again this Friday and maybe take my doodles and colour them on and do more cutting and sticking into what may become my art journal.