More animals

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You don’t have to take drawing seriously, you can experiment and learn new techniques as you go!

The thing I try and do is to draw something every day. They reckon that you need to do  10,000 hours at anything to become an expert, something like that anyway. At my age I must be well passed that…..

These are more digital drawings, probably done around 2012. They popped up on my Facebook feed as a memory.  It’s interesting to look back and see what you were doing years ago. It is like looking at old sketchbooks.

I want to do some more work like this, but it is finding time to do it that is the problem.

Anyway goodnight all!

 

How do I?

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Add a link to my Facebook or Instagram pages?

I’ve seen other people do this. It must be quite obvious. But after looking round this site I dont know how.

Someone will read this and laugh and say “Christine you do this, or you do that, simple”.

But I would like to find out how please?

I have friends who haven’t worked out WordPress yet, I managed to do it, but can’t remember how.  As you get older you definitely do get more forgetful. I call instructions “destructions”. Both me and my partner often don’t look at instructions, we try and take an educated guess..,which is why the gazebo blew down and when we put a frame tent up once the curtains ended up on the outside…but that’s another story….

So, I am asking you kind people …what, how, where, all those daft questions newbies like me ask.

No doubt your answers will help other newbies too!

Old digital doodles

I do love digital doodling. I wont go into detail about these but just enjoy the simplicity or again the complexity of creating them. I can’t explain how I know something is finished. It just feels right. It  somehow ticks the boxes in my brain.

I wonder how ancient cave painters felt? What made them create marks on a cave wall… was it just to explain pictorially where the best game could be found , or was there more to it than that. .. Can we infer any spirutual or philosophical meaning to mark making? I know it gives me a feeling of satisfaction when I create something I love, but also the anti climax when I realise that other  people who look at my art don’t “get” that feeling that I do.

so why do it, why spend time when I might not sell a painting? Because I have to! I feel compelled to create. I guess there must be many more people out there that feel the same way. To those people I would say, keep doing it, keep going. Above all enjoy your art .

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Orange

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Orange is sharp, orange is zesty,                                                         bright like the sun, full of sweetness.

Orange is clay, terracotta, rusty.                                                         Iron oxidized, turned into ochre.

Orange is fire, hot lava pouring,                                                         burning with heat, spitting out rocks.

Orange a mixture of red and of yellow,                                            painting the sky in a deep sunset glow.

Orange is warmth and spice in food,                                                 saffron in rice, turmeric too.

Let Orange be free, paint with it, see –

It’s colour reminds me to be happy…

Flag Workshop

Sunday, a nice warm day. I have been feeling a bit down, I want to paint and be creative, but I needed steering towards something.

Then up popped an invite on my Facebook page, come along to a friend’s workshop to create panels for a flag about Philip Astley. Inventor of the modern circus.

Astley was born in 1742 in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. His wife would be known for wearing bees on her hands..a bit like mittens. It’s funny what sticks in your mind when you are doing something new.

I’m not a good needlewoman, I can’t use a sewing machine. But I can stitch. I was trying to think what to represent and the answer came to me….horses. They were the first animals to appear in the circus. I’m pretty good at drawing them so I chose a green and white background panel and a pale brown material for the horse.

We used adhesive webbing to stick down the cutouts. Other people had done horses, letters in a circus font, and things like clowns etc. Then basically I just stitched round the outline and added coloured silk edging to enhance the panel…..

Well that took 2 and a half hours…in a 3 hour workshop! So I cut out a figure and added stars and other decorations to my second panel….bits of ribbon for the edges of his clothes, a dark bit of material for his hair. I glued on a few pompoms for him to be juggling. Finally a few stiches for his face. Done….

OK so why blog about this? Because being creative does not mean you have to stick to one sort of art. You can play with anything. Sewing and embroidery use drawing skills. It’s all about hand eye coordination. And its about having fun..letting yourself relax. Even making new friends.

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Breaking the block!

Going to an arts group is a great way to start painting again when you are struggling.

I’m a member of a couple of groups so I spent a few hours today doing a couple of little paintings, a view of a hill with a sunset adapted from an old magazine photo and a green man or woman (not sure yet) from my imagination, but taking the eyes , mouth and nose from a face on a leaflet at a local fire station where we hire a room once a month.

As usual I’m concerned with colours, trying to get them right…is there too much brown in the green person painting? Is the sunset too dazzling in the  hill and lake painting (which is only about 1 by 1 and 1/2 inches).

I started discussing skies with other members of the group. Trying to think through how to render the light on clouds as the sun sets. To be honest when I get my hands on a paintbrush and paints I soon start creating again. The friendly support of the other members of the group just gave me that lift I needed.

If you can join a group I would recommend it. Each person had a unique idea of what they wanted to paint or draw. We all have our own styles, and some people wanted to use pastels, while others were using oils or acrylics. Each make marks differently. It’s wonderful to take a walk round the room and watch the progress of the artists there.

So…….the block is broken. There may be a mass of pictures coming this way soon!

Artists block

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I want to paint, I have to have new work done in ten days, but apart from a few sketches I’m stuck.

I look at old paintings and drawings, and they are not good enough for what I’m doing, they don’t come up to scratch. They need to represent me, my art. I’m trying to be professional so they all have to be good quality.

I am blocked, I am allowing my fears to hold me back. Even thinking about it makes my mind go blank. It’s the fear of failure, the belief that Im not good enough. I know its not true. I can and will probably be OK, but its the fear…..

I can’t imagine being on the other side of it though. My stomach is fluttering. My mind is empty. I do not want to pick up my paintbrush. There’s canvas’s waiting to be covered but I’m not sure what to put on them!

Is there a patron saint for painters? I hope I get some inspiration soon…….