Wednesday, May 31, 2006

catching the light

Ink, marker pens and conte crayon on craft paper.
This drawing was inspired by the photo below...

I love the way one of his paws seems to bat at the light, and I'm sorry I didn't capture that in my drawing.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Saturday, May 27, 2006

home for photo friday

portrait from memory

For my drawing in colour course. The assignment was to draw a portrait from memory. I had five minutes to look at my subject and make some preliminary sketches, then the rest of the portrait had to be completed from what I could remember. Accuracy isn't important here, the point being that what you create from memory is where art begins. Not entirely sure about how successful I've been, but here's my attempt, which I really enjoyed. My choice of colours was based on a gut feeling, I had an idea of what I wanted to achieve and tried my best to work towards that.
Coloured pencil & dry pastels on A2 sized sugar paper.

word art for inspire me thursday

Exploring word and image as meditation and prayer.
I enjoyed doing this, and felt very peaceful in the process.

The drawing above was inspired by the following photo I took of a Buddha statue in Ayudhya.

Friday, May 26, 2006

I want my time back!!

Where has all the time gone? I've realised that I've let my daily drawing habit did it happen? I know there was the house moving, then the shiatsu practice, but really...I used to find time, even if just 20 minutes in a day, to do a little drawing. I miss it, and want to get back to it. The problem could be that I have a hundred different ideas going on in my head, so many different directions, that I don't know where to make my first step towards any of them. I always do this, plan to do far too much. It's been a long week.

So here's to slowing down, here's to focussing, and here's a start, just a little sketch of Caesar lying on the floor by my side.
Ink and marker pens on craft paper. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Developing the abstract theme

It's been awhile since I did any work for my Drawing in Colour Course. I only have a few assignments left to complete, and one of the assignments remaining was to do a piece of abstract art from a still life or a landscape. I enjoyed using my coat so much as a subject for my inspire me thursday entry this last week that I decided to do a second piece on it, on a larger scale (A2 sized, 16.5 x 23.5 inches) and in a different medium.

I used dry pastels for this one.

The yellow shades on the image below are created by the afternoon sunlight.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Sorry for Illustration Friday

There are some things you should never have to say...
"Honey, I'm really sorry I ran over your cat," is one of them.

Ink and marker pens on craft paper.

This drawing was inspired by a photo taken by Helen Levitt in 1938. It was one of a series of photos she took in New York City, of chalk drawings done by children on the street. A really small version of the image is below, it was found on the Amica Library site.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Abstract Art for Inspire Me Thursday

Red, for Inspire Me Thursday. Pencil, marker & gouache on craft paper.

My initial sketch for this piece is here,

It was inspired by a photo I took a few days ago, of my red coat.

To see what other ideas I tried for this week's entry, have a look here.

Playing with Abstract Art

This week's Inspire Me Thursday challenge is Abstract Art. A lot of my photography is usually abstract, but I wanted to create something that I don't normally do, so I had a play around with a few ideas that came up.

This was the first one I did, with pastels and it didn't come out at all the way I saw it in my head.

This was the second one, an ink and marker pen drawing inspired by a red onion that I chopped up the other day.

I'm not sure what this one was inspired by, but I had been looking at a book on Paul Klee's work, and was trying to do something that felt like "diving into yellow".

The final piece I did, which was the one I liked the most and which I've entered for Inspire Me Thursday can be seen here.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Faraway Lands

Faraway Lands was the topic for Inspire Me Thursday two weeks ago. It coincided with my moving house, so I didn't get a chance to create an entry for it at the time, but it's been on my mind and I've been wanting to do something ever since, so here it is. I'm glad I finally found the time to do it.

As soon as the topic was introduced, I immediately knew I wanted to paint this. It's one of my favourite places in the world, Ayudhya, the ancient capital of Thailand. It's a deeply peaceful and spiritual place, with enormous sculptures of serene Buddhas dotted around temples, ruins, and gardens that are still tended. You could be forgiven for thinking that the sculptures were real.

Although Thailand is the country of my birth, I've never lived there and it's never really been home to me. Home has not really been about place as much as it's been about the people I'm close to. But this place brought me the closest I've ever come to feeling rooted somewhere, or to what I imagine it feels like to know you're definitely FROM somewhere. It stirs something very deep in me, something that is about belonging both to a physical, earthly place as well as to a more ethereal spiritual realm.

Watercolour and ink pen, 17.5.06

These drawings and the photos that inspired them are also up on bingo and betty's site Buddha Karma Central.

Mad & I try out collage (art recipe for fun)

1. First, gather your materials. We gathered pretty much every kind of art material I had in the house (ie. watercolour paints, several types of marker pens, coloured pencils, crayons, ink pens, gel pens, glue, sewing thread, origami paper squares), plus a pile of newspapers and magazines to cut up.

2. Choose your base and the medium for your first layer of colour. We decided to work with 300gsm acid free Bockingford watercolour paper, applying the first layer of the collage with watercolour. You may find it useful to choose a theme, colour, mood, etc to start with. We just went with our instincts. I worked towards creating a page I could use for journalling, for this week's Inspire Me Thursday's topic.

3. Keep adding and layering the colour till you have an interesting background to work with. When you stop and how much you fill in is entirely up to you.

4. Next, start cutting out shapes or interesting images from old newspapers and magazines. We also used origami paper squares (or Mad did). Again, you might already have a theme, a colour or something specific in mind. We just cut out whatever grabbed our attention at the time.

5. Take a look at what you've done so far. Do you see a theme developing? Once you've pasted on all the cut out bits you want to, add another layer of colour, with a different medium. It can be anything from crayons, to coloured pencils, to ink. Here I've used gouache.

6. Next, draw on your collage. This is optional. Mad decided to carry on with sticking shapes and images, but I wanted to start drawing. Here I used my rotring art pen in black ink to start drawing little scale-like marks around the shapes I'd pasted on the left. As I drew, I realised it was developing into a heart shape, so I carried on.

7. Once you've finished drawing, take another look. Does it seem finished? It didn't to me, so I added the piece of corrugated cardboard and some more colour, courtesy of a watercolour marker pen. Finally, I used it as a journal page and wrote directly on it, journalling on journalling for Inspire me Thursday!! To see close up pics of my finished piece, go to my Inspire me Thursday entry post here.

Below are details of Mad's finished collage.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Journalling for Inspire Me Thursday

I haven't kept a journal in a long time and I'd never tried collage before, so I'm really grateful for this week's Inspire Me Thursday topic, which pushed me past my comfort zone to have a go at something that I ended up really enjoying. I've been having difficulties with keeping a straight journal, as in words only, for some time, which is what I journalled about for this entry. But creating this unique journal page gave me a glimmer of hope about a new way of journalling that I may try in future.

Mixed media, including watercolour, gouache & ink pen on watercolour paper. To see how we did it, have a look here.

Monday, May 15, 2006

angels and demons for illustration friday

Angel or demon, flames or wings, losing human frailty or gaining it, punishment or grace? I don't think it's ever so black and white, or red.

This drawing was inspired by William Blake's "Web of Religion".
Pastels on blue paper, 15.5.06 Posted by Picasa

I've been tagged!

Teri C tagged me to write 5 things in my fridge, closet & car. I'd been wondering whether I'd ever get tagged, so thanks Teri!

I don't own a car, so I've taken 5 things from my handbag, which travels with me on publich transport.

Five things in my fridge
1. a packet of baby plum tomatoes
2. a pack of meat free "bacon" rashers
3. a nearly empty tub of houmous
4. a bundle of asparagus, held together with two purple rubber bands
5. a tub of organic brown miso paste

Five things in my closet
1. a turquoise blue skirt
2. an aged purple and green rucksack I've had for over 15 years, and which has travelled with me all over the world
3. my shiatsu clothes (navy blue tracksuit bottoms and long sleeved cotton t-shirts)
4. a red corduroy a-line skirt
5. a cream coloured zip-up fleece with a satin trim.

Five things in my handbag
1. a 7g tub of Blistex daily conditioner
2. a pink suedette week to a page diary
3. several black pens
4. my very old Nokia mobile phone which has a light purple cover
5. a thin green cotton scarf with silver threads woven through it

So there you go!
I'm now going to tag Pablo 'cos boy am I curious as to what he's got in his closet, and Sim . Posted by Picasa