Friday, May 15, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 17

April Theme: colour safari (exploring inks and paints)
Challenge: inks
Prompt: before the ink is dry

Lots of ink, some collage and a few other materials in this one. There's also a fair bit of metallics so it was hard to photograph but I did my best. The journaling is about the earthquake in Nepal. I was really just playing around with materials and techniques, seeing what worked and what didn't.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 16

April Theme: colour safari (exploring inks and paints)
Challenge: gelli plate
Prompt: a lot on my plate

I don't own a gelli plate and whilst I have wanted one for a while it's not top of my list of things to spend money on so I improvised and used a sheet of glass for the monoprinting. I also don't have any good inks or paints for printing with, acrylics was the best I could manage which isn't ideal as they dry too fast. I didn't particularly enjoy this process because of these limitations. I did some printing as the base layer but ended up going over much of it anyway, very little is still visible in the finished page. I ignored the prompt as usual. I really am finding them pointless. Instead there was a bit of an Edgar Allan Poe reference because I've been watching The Following which brought it to mind and who doesn't love a good bit of the supernatural?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

"Give it a go" May

I haven't done any fantasy illustrations for quite some time now. It wasn't a deliberate decision at the time but now I wonder if it was a subconscious one. That side of my brain is a dark place to live and maybe I needed to live in the light for a while. My imagination is always exceptionally better at creating images than my hand can illustrate and it can be hard to shut them out. I miss it though. Fantasy and sci-fi art was always my big love, even as a kid.

I've designated May as "give it a go" month. The list so far:
We went Geocaching at the weekend for the first time (it was loads of fun).
Watched a tv show that's not my usual thing but I discovered I love it.
Started reading a book which I wouldn't usually touch with a barge pole (the jury is still out on that one).
Ordered a weekly veg box and started eating healthily for a change (most of the time).

I also want to go back to doing some fantasy artwork. My self-confidence with this is pretty much rock bottom but I want to start anyway. I'm one of those artists who hates everything I ever do, sometimes so much so I never finish pieces. They never look how I see them in my imagination and I see every flaw and mistake the minute I do it. I need to get past that and just get it out on the paper. So that's this months goal. A bit each day, starting now.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 15

April Theme: colour safari (exploring inks and paints)
Week 15 Challenge: acrylics
Week 15 Prompt: cry me a river

Flying visit today as it's Bank Holiday here and I'm grabbing a few minutes while the kid naps. I found this page really hard to photograph. It's a beautiful day outside and frankly I'd rather be out there having fun than fiddling with photographing this so sorry about the poor pictures. There's a fair bit of texture and the glossy acrylics are causing reflections. This week was mainly spent in the garden and out at the park as it was lovely weather so that is reflected in my doodles and the mood. Again I ignored the prompt. I try to remain positive in this art journal and I thought that a very negative prompt. Instead I used a happy quote of my own that popped up in my internet wanderings again this week. It comes from the poem below. Have a happy day!

The Magic of Sound

I've heard the soft whisper of wind in the pine trees,
The silvery ripple of brooklets at play;
I've heard the low voice of a sweet singing mother
As she sang to her child at the end of the day.

I've heard the faint rustle of sails in the sunset
And blue waves caressing the wild, rockbound shore;
The whistle of trains as they cross the green prairie
And mountains re-echo the cataract’s roar.

The notes of the organs in ancient cathedrals,
Where hearts of the faithful are lifted in song;
I've heard the gay laughter as children were playing,
The chatter and buzz of a large, happy throng.

The earth has its music for those who will listen;
Its bright variations forever abound.
With all of the wonders that God has bequeathed us,
There's nothing that thrills like the magic of sound.

Holmes, Reginald Vincent (1955). Fireside Fancies. Edwards Brothers, Inc.: Ann Arbor, MI.