When I first saw the prompt for this post,I immediately thought of the photos I took only two days ago. I took these photos as reference for a harbour painting on Saturday, it was a perfect day with blue skies, beautiful reflections and warm weather. These are some of the things I will be thinking about when executing the painting. So where does orderly come in I hear you ask, the masts of the yachts of course! They all sit there lined up nicely like soldiers on parade, only moved by wake or wave. Or of course their Captain!
Where would we be without the humble fork?
I know there are many analogies I could have expanded on with the word prompt of fork, I however simply thought – fork! Which of course leads to thoughts on food, and then naturally this leads onto imagining eating pasta or pastry without a fork. What a mess! I can’t even eat a sandwhich without making a mess, imagine a bowl of spaghetti?!
Books, there are countless books, one could even say, an endless supply of art self help books, many of which I have found extremely useful both for instruction and inspiration. What have I learnt from them, is that one can only read so many instruction books before one must pick up a brush or pen and start an actual piece of work. Then, and only then does the information obtained from reading really come to the fore, also it is then that the wisdom of the author or authoress comes to light.
Grains in art
Many artists have portrayed grain in their works, here is just a glimpse of what exists. There are so many more across the ages.
Top image is by Berthe Morisot, bottom left by Claude Monet and bottom right by Vincent van Gogh. All impressionists by chance!
All images used were marked as in public domain. No copyright infringement intended.
‘I have a dream’ , we often quote this in our home. As as I’m sure you’re aware, Martin Luther King delivered a speech by the same name in 1963. I assure you that none of what we say in our home following our declaration that we have a dream is as world changing as the late Mr King.
We do all have dreams, and I think the best thing about them is how they can imbue you with a feeling of elation, positivity and yet also scare you at the same time.
I feel the same way at the start of a new art project. Excitement, joy, confidence and also fear.
Dream, an essential part of our being.
Till next time,
There are many ways to express ourselves, whether it be by singing, playing and instrument, writing poetry or other literary works or the work of visual artists just to name a few. There are those of us that are blessed with the voice of the lark or songbird and then there’s me. The person you don’t want to stand next to at church or be in the car with for any length of time. I love to sing, but I truly stink at it! Honestly I do. I was blessed with the song of the crow. But you know what, it doesn’t stop me because when I am singing it makes me feel good. My adult daughter says that’s all well and good, but my singing definitely doesn’t make her feel good. Can’t please everyone.
When I express myself with my artwork it also makes me feel good, it’s a different way to sing I guess. Instead of using words I am using brushstrokes to tell my story. I don’t seem to get as many complaints with my artwork and its process as opposed to my singing, so I must be doing something good.
Maybe I should sing while I paint, that could be interesting!
Till next time,
I spent a lovely morning amongst friends working on a project for my adult daughter’s room. Amongst her many prized possessions on display, she has a Nespresso machine. Yes, you read right, a Nespresso machine. It’s just fantastic, I use it every day, at least once! We have started many a day this year with a coffee sitting on her bed, and naturally we started calling it ‘Issy’s Cafe’.
We thought a sign above it would be fun. So here’s the progress I made on it today
I’m using St Cuthbert’s Mill Watercolour paper, Schmincke watercolours and Copic multiliners.
In the section bottom right, you may be able to make out a faint drawing of a Coffee pot, I’ll be coming back to that and outlining that. I used watercolours to create the corner of colour. I wet the watercolour paper liberally before adding pigment and letting the paint do it’s own thing.
I still have a lot to do on both the font and the drawing top left. I have outlined the Persian style drawing top left with different Copic Multiliners. Here’s a closeup of the drawing.
It’s a fun project, very different from my acrylic and oil painting processes, which I enjoy just as much.
I will post updates to the project as I do them. I don’t get to my art every day, but hopefully I can get to it on the weekend.