Sunday, 30 March 2008
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
White Plum Tree is a painting I did based on "Flowering Plum Tree" (left) by Van Gogh, which was in turn after Hiroshige. Little bit of art re-cycling there!
I've used it as inspiration for an exercise in the "Celebrate Your Creative Self" book by Mary Todd Beam. It is called painting around the white. You paint in the negative background shapes leaving the the subject of the painting white. I also flipped this plum tree one round just because it looked more interesting that way once it was finished.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
It is painted in acrylic with a little bit of ink and soft pastels.
I like it and I feel so much better now.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
So when I saw the theme at IMT was kitchen I looked to my favourite (if slightly macabre) board game for inspiration.
So here it is ... murder in the kitchen!
Friday, 7 March 2008
You are incredibly creative, spontaneous, and unique.
No one can guess what you're going to do next, but it's usually something amazing.
You can't deal with routine, rules, or structure. You're easily bored.
As long as you are able to innovate and break the rules, you are extremely successful.
You do best when you:
- Can work by yourself
- Can express your personality in your work
You would also be a good journalist or actor.
I feel I've made a big leap forward this week. I've been feeling sorry for myself and not doing much (see last post). But I made myself go out on Wednesday and do something. Painting makes me happy so I decided to join a new art class. I've been wanting to for ages and was finally brave enough.
So this is the very unfinished painting I did there. Its a lady called Anne who was our model. Not great but its a move in the right direction.
Glad to be getting back on my creative feet (if you see what I mean)!
So here are a couple of self-portraits I've finally finished. Thanks to Pattie, M. Heart and Laurel for your kind words of encouragement when I got stuck Before with the first one.
So here is a self-portrait of me grieving after the loss of someone very very dear to me.
This one is about reaching out for help when I felt I was drowning.
I want to mention Pattie's post Focus which helped me out when I was feeling down. Thank you.
Thursday, 6 March 2008
I dont't know why I take pictures as I go along. Its like when typing a word document and you save as you go along. I think the habit has transferred to my paintings. If only you could return to a saved point when it all goes wrong!
First I made a sketch onto the paper from the photograph I took. I painted in the head and arm with acrylic. Then the background in plain acrylic.
I didn't know what I was going to do after this. Only that I wanted to somehow suggest some inner-chaos or upset. But I didn't know how..
I decided upon collage and tore up bits of newspaper. I glued them down and painted on some layers of Gesso ready for it all to be painted over.
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Made from real butterflies. Loads of them stuck down on the canvas. Amazing - totally and equally beautiful and repulsive at the same time.
I'd told my mum about it and described it to her. She got me this scarf as a gift because she thought it sounded just like the picture.
- ▼ March (11)