Sunday, 18 February 2018

THE GHOST'S CAT

Hello everyone.
I've been a little absent from Blogland (again) as I've been celebrating with a four-day birthday.  
Being one year older is always a cause for celebration at Orange Esmeralda's house.


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I made a painting for Rike's challenge theme - 
"Animals from A to Z" at "Art Journal Journey".

It's "G" for the Ghost's Cat.



I see there is a little orange stoat there too, so it's also "S for Stoat".


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I'm still playing with prompts and the next piece is for the Instagram challenge where the prompt is "Unfold".

"In Spring the leaves will soon unfold from the trees of Winter".



Have a happy rest of February!

Monday, 12 February 2018

ART MARKS


There's an interesting artmarks challenge over at Instagram, hosted by Rae Missigman, interesting because the theme for each day is unusual, the first five days being "Begin, Decide, Leap, Think, Commit".  How do you make art based on these?

I started again, as in the two previous posts, with my own prompt out of the bowl


and tore some strips out of a magazine on to a sketchbook page.  This was my start attempt


which seriously wasn't going anywhere, even after I faffed about for an hour or two.

I said a rude word about prompts and after another little enjoyable while produced this, not too bad for "Decide", what do you think?



For the next one, "Leap" I tore some pink painted strips, gave them little lines and painted a background for the queue.  Is this survival of the fattest?



For the prompt "Think", I painted two pages and joined them together with Photoshop



and here are the two pages.



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For fans of Douglas, of which there are many ..........
When my friend Rike posted a painting of a snowman I said I would like to make a snowman but we were only getting sprinkles of snow.  She suggested that I make a snowman for Douglas, which I did. 
  

Douglas is laughing and says "Thanks, Rike!".

Friday, 2 February 2018

HOW I MADE THE PECULIAR POSTCARD

I made a peculiar postcard shown in the previous blogpost and promised to tell you how I made it.

I started by collecting a set of prompts, scouring magazines, the Internet and my own brain.  Printed them out, cut and folded them into one strip per prompt.


Here are examples of the prompts.

The idea was to take out a prompt one at a time and act on it before going on to the next one.

I started in a conventional way by putting inks and paints on to glass and putting the postcard size papers on top.




I made three and chose the middle.  I had no idea it was going to be a rhino at this stage although it is actually pretty obvious that it is.  Wasn't that clever of the paints and the glass.



The first prompt I got was 
"OUTLINE A SHAPE AND FILL IT WITH WRITING" 
and the second was
"DRAW A GRID".



Next prompt was "ADD A FLOWER".  I cut out a flower from one of my wrapping paper designs.



The last was 
"ADD A BORDER AROUND SOMETHING ALREADY THERE"
 - top and left and the two blue blobs.

And that's how this peculiar postcard came about.

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Rike at Art Journal Journey has chosen the theme "Animals from A to Z" and I made a postcard using the same method.

This time, before consulting the prompts, I painted the postcard pink.

The first prompt out of the bowl was
 "ADD LITTLE SQUARES OF COLOUR".
I painted some little squares and kept them for a minute to see what happened next.

"PAINT A PIECE OF PAPER, CUT OUT MATISSE STYLE, GLUE ON".

The painted paper.



The cut-out shape, squiggle drawn first and cut completely at random on the back of the painted paper



and turned round, with an added eye, it made a sort-of squirrel, yes?


The third prompt said 
"USE A HEADING FROM A MAGAZINE".

This took longer than anything else.  I had to search four magazines before finding anything vaguely appropriate. 
Also some of the magazine articles were fascinating.

I'm sorry there are no more process photos as I got completely carried away with gluing, stamping and painting. 


So, RikeSusi, and Elizabeth , that's how I made "S is for Squirrel" for your challenge.


Just to remind you - here were the three prompts -
"ADD LITTLE SQUARES OF COLOUR",
"PAINT A PIECE OF PAPER, CUT OUT MATISSE STYLE, GLUE ON" and
"USE A HEADING FROM A MAGAZINE".

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

LET'S GO SURFING!

Hello everyone.

I've been away for a while.  We've been doing some house re-decoration and re-organising, one exhibition is up and running and I've made a piece for the next exhibition in May.

At  "Art Journal Journey"  Erika is asking us to make art on the theme "New Year, New Adventures" and fortuitously the piece I made this month for my quilting group's next exhibition is of an adventurous nature.

We were each given a week date last year about which to make an Art Journal Quilt on a News Item anywhere in the world.  I was given 9th July 2017.




In the week beginning 9th July 2017 surfers all over the world gathered together to paddle out to sea to remember a legendary pioneer of the surfing world.  The tribute was in memory of Californian surfer and inventor of the wetsuit, Jack O’Neill, who died the previous month.



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And here is a little teaser.  I've made this peculiar postcard using a rather adventurous and unpredictable method which I will describe in the next blogpost.



Meanwhile, happy adventuring!

Monday, 15 January 2018

FROST AND ICE

I've just seen a calendar and it says it's the 15th of January already.  That can't be right, can it?  


At "Art Journal Journey" the fabulous Erika has chosen the theme "New Year, New Adventures".   For the first time in weeks I made something that was not related to art for or helping to organise the exhibition, so that was a pretty big adventure.

Happily "Moo-Mania" is asking for art on the theme "Frosty Winter", a lovely theme as snow is forecast for the next few days.


Here is the cover of my Winter Journal




and here are some abstract paintings I had fun making on the frosty theme. 
All are made with oil pastels and watercolours.

I call this series "Winter Windows".



Crevasse




Little Snow Tree




Frosty Window




Ski run




The blue lake in the mountains




Happy January!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

LET'S CELEBRATE - BIRDS IN OUR GARDEN!


My theme this month at "Art Journal Journey" is "Let's Celebrate!".

We have a birdbath and pond in our garden and one of the pleasures of life is watching the birds having a bath and otherwise enjoying playing in the water.

Let's Celebrate - Birds in our Garden!






I would also like to celebrate the challenge site "Art Journal Journey" itself, celebrate the indefatigable Susi and Elizabeth who run the challenge each month with energy, enthusiasm and friendliness, and celebrate the artists who share their art.