I have GENUINELY been a MIXED MEDIA artist lately….changing medium with the weather & accomodating what ever my pain level of the day is…….
We have been having wild extremes of weather – at the end of last week there were parts of our state in 'Catastrophic' Bushfire conditions and today – it has snowed! We have had so much hail it has been like snow!…& of course this has provided us with a spectacular vista, night after night from our front verandah as the sun sets……last week it was a golden haze that almost hovered from the heat….tonight it is an ominous stormy sky, with smatterings of the purest white…… .. I am continuing my 'learning to draw' journey, done some collage work in a journal, made up a few ATCs, and continued with my 'love quilt'. Here's a few pics of my recent work:
I was incredibly fortunate lately to spend a little time sitting beside this lovely river recently. A friend & I had caught up for coffee & she had to leave me & get off to work. As it was so far from home I allowed a little time to explore & had come prepared to art! I got down enough visual info (as well as photos) to capture what I needed to complete the drawing & then finished it off at home using watercolours, markers & tech pens.
I've had the priviledge of having a 'play' in Jenene's gorgeous 'Affectionately Yours' Round Robin Journal from Paper Traders…..the journal is based around correspondence, notes & letters, to create the topic for your pages……I have used a whole lot of vintage bits & bobs to create a story around the garment & fabric industry. I hope Jenene likes what I have created as the last entry in her book.
This is one of my latest ATC's called 'Fish Garden' inspired by the ads we are seeing at the moment on TV about our City Aquarium. It has large sharks swimming through the air overhead. The Princess LOVEs these ads & has put in a special request for Poppa to take her to see the fish swimming in the air! (they have an overhead viewing tank)
I have also been creating a Valentines Token to participate in a swap at Paper Traders. For those from Oz – it seems that in USA the tradition of Valentine's Day has retained some of it's original glamour & extends to friends & aquaintances as well as members of the opposite gender you may have designs on. (or have re-designed LOL!) I dithered & dalied with this so much – it was on my studio table for a week and it NEARLY ended up in the bin in frustration. I have really gotten out of the altered art process & I just couldn't seem to bring this to a happy conclusion. It is made on 640gsm Fabriano cotton watercolour, so it was a dream to work on & then I decided I wanted to stitch it, which of course was a little bit of a hassle as it's NOT that bendy! I also created an ATC to add to the Paper Traders' Winner Takes All pot (one artist is randomly drawn to win all the cards entered for that month) I thought that February's should be one for LOVE!
As I said I have also been doing a little patchwork, continuing with my 'love quilt' & incorporating some of my Nan's linens (as well as some found vintage treasures) as I said last time, these blocks are 15in square – so they are quite large. It's a nice size to work with actually.
actually, in reviewing this post, it may not have been entirely a bad thing being without my computer, it's certainly been a productive few weeks. The thing that I didn't add is that The Princess has been for a 'little holiday' at Nonna's and we have had some fun times playing. She has started on her FIRST mixed media journal and I am convinced (in typical Proud Nonna style) that she has the makings of a fine artist!
OH, and BTW – I have FINALLY joined into Facebook – if you are out there and want to touch base via facebook – here's the link to my facebook page. I haven't worked out how to link my blogs & pages all up yet – I will get on to that shortly!