This is the last page I created in my book of quotes for the Round Robin.
It started out completely different and I really struggled with the page (it is at the back of the sign-in page). I made changes, placed various images and ideas over the page trying to work out why it wasn't working. Nothing was really working, so I left it.
I watched The Lost Thing - a short animated film based on the picture book by Shaun Tan (I know I have said it before but he is an amazing artist - he is a multi-award winning author & illustrator and won numerous awards for the film including an Oscar).
Part of the DVD extras is an interview with Shaun. During the the interview he talks about art and "is it interesting?" That's when I had the lightbulb moment on the page I as struggling with. Asking this question of that page the answer was 'NO! not to me'. I thought this was a great question to ask myself on any piece I create. Inspired, I wanted to create a page reminding me of this moment and thought, and I wanted to pay homage to Shaun. What was more appropriate than in my book of quotes.
Out came the gesso, the Yellow Pages and paints.
I loved the soft muted colours he used so I mixed similar ones of my own.
Here are pages I have completed from my quotes book....
I almost didn't include this page. It is my first attempt at painting the sea and according to me falls short of what I would like to it to look like. I decided to include it as it will be a good benchmark of (hopefully) how I have progressed when my book returns.
.....the title of my book in the Round Robin I am participating in.
My theme is quotes, and the book will be more than words as the words will be accompanied by some wonderful artwork that each participant will create. The title is also appropriate because when we hear a quote that resonates with us it creates a reaction with in us that is more than the words themselves.
The book is 9.5" x 7" unbound and here is the cover of my book.....
I had a lot of fun creating this as it was a new technique I had been wanting to try for a while. It is from the book Stitch, Cloth, Paper & Paint by Angie Hughes.
It's a matter of taking some medium weight calico, soaking it in a PVA Glue & Water Mix, wringing it out and hanging it out to dry. Then iron the piece of calico, and iron iron-on interfacing to the back. Use PVA Glue & Water mix to adhere some tissue paper, lace & netting to the front, then more drying. Do machine stitching, gesso over everything and allow to dry again. Painting the background with Golden Fluid acrylics - Jenkins Green, Green Gold & Quin Nic Azo Gold. Painting the trees with Golden Heavy Body acrylics - various mixes of Titanium White & Burnt Umber. and painting the Left Hand Side with Carbon black. Once the paints were dry I tried free-motion stitching for the first time on the two foremost trees. Then added more machine stitching in the background using orange & green threads. Splattered some paints - Ochre, cobalt blue, Jenkins green, Aliz. Crimson & white. More machine stitching with read thread and hand stitched the title with thicker red thread on the bottom right hand corner.
Heres a picture of the back showing all the stitching....
Oh what fun it was, and I am really pleased with the finished piece. I can't wait to try this again!
When I read Michelle Ward's post summer shapes I was reminded of when I use to take my camera out for a walk. As it was quite a pleasant day for winter I thought a little walk with the camera and pram would be do us both good (both bub & I have been tagging each other with the cold).
Here's a selection of shots I took on our stroll together....
I have busy and this time Arting has played a role in my busyness.
Some sketches and new watercolours - very yummy!
I have signed up for another Book Round Robin with the first posting of books going off at the end of this month. So I have been busy making my book covers, creating pages, CD's etc... and am hoping to share these here soon. When I first signed up it was as a commitment to create art regularly and then I started thinking that I could also to use this opportunity to grow & develop myself. I then thought of it as an opportunity to challenge myself, not just by working in other people's books confined to their themes but also to try new things or expand on things I already know.
This thought has since been prodded along by two things. Firstly by Jan (a friend and fellow participant in the RR) whose book title is "Precipice: Come to The Edge", with the theme that you try a new technique that you have been wanting to try for a while in her book. The second was reading posts on Marie Otero's Blog Lost Aussie on the Loose (a blog I like to regularly check in on) where she discussed Challenging yourself and then asked What's your Style?
If that wasn't challenging enough, on reading another of Marie's post she mentioned the Sketchbook Project and after having thoughts float through my head all that day I decided to 'jump' and have signed up for this challenge as well.
I believe that life gives you little signs and it is important to take notice and, where possible, to follow them. So here I go, I am a little apprehensive but excited!
A new CD I am enjoying at the moment is '21' by Adele, at times I am reminded of the soulful women singers of the 60's. Here is Rolling in the Deep a popular hit.