Mississhippi's Madness

A place to share my creative pursuits


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Playing at Art Class

Have had some fun in the last couple of weeks at my BF2C art class.

Created a faux stained glass painting using hot glue and oil pastels…

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We worked on this to break up the time spent in our H2O journal. We also started  a simple 4 page journal (A3) for which I have done the initial drawing…

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Before I start working on this I thought I would have a play with this style of drawing and use the water soluble wax crayons to test out how best to use them…

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I need to play with them to get the blending a bit smoother so not so many dark lines around the face.

I also found time over the weekend to do some sketches in my personal journal of bees…

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It is the first time in ages I have sat down and sketched or painted on the weekend. I even got some chores done before I sat down! Time to cook dinner though now, so have to put the paints away. Awwwww!!!! lol


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Zentangle Inchies

As part of the BF2C Group, I took on the challenge to create zentangle inchies, one inch square zentangle in any media, on any chosen surface. We were to create 3 different zentangles for each person taking the challenge. As there were 7 people involved, we had to create 7 lots of 3 inchies, 21 in total!

 

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I decided to use watercolour paper as I was going to experiment with watercolours and waterproof pens. I drew up the grid and started zentangling! I decided to do a triptych of zentangles based on one of my favourite Japanese prints.

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Once the initial drawings were all complete it was time to add watercolour. I used my Kohinoor watercolours for the first time. It was fun to play with them. Using one colour at a time I worked my way down each column of inchies, gradually adding the colours. There was no real plan, I just used colours that felt right. There was no right or wrong colour to choose really.

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The end result turned out better than I expected. And it was fun to complete!

They are all in the post. Now I just have to wait for my little parcels of inchies to arrive, and then work out how to display them all together.


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Starting from scratch

It has been ages since I have been on my blog, and just as long since I have done any painting/drawing. Returning to full time work really puts a dampener on the creative spirit.

But tonight I finally got back to something creative. I have joined a class all about mixed media and journalling, just to get back to some basics and find my creative way again.

The class is run at my local arts & crafts group and is run by the wonderful Tania, from BFree2Create. We are working on H2O journal, which covers anything to do with water media.20160512_202951

She started me doing some basic colour exercises using water soluble wax pastels. It was very relaxing and fun. Hadn’t used this type of pastel before. Very easy to use. Still have a bit to finish on these two pages but had to wait for them to dry.

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Next we moved onto blind contour drawing. I haven’t done that since I first started drawing classes about 10 years ago. The drawing of the cutting worked better than my hand, which is looking quite deformed. But then a little bit of watercolour wax pastel colour improves the markings on the page!

We are using A3 pages folded in half to make the journal. Tania is going to teach me how to bind the pages together, which is going to be really useful.

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Next onto modified contour drawing, where you draw until you reach a point where you need to move your pen to a new starting point, which is when you can look at the drawing again to place the pen..

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Still life modified contour drawing of the jar of pencils on the table in front of me. Finishing touches to be added next week.

Watercolour is not something I have spent much time on as my focus was always soft pastels, so the exploration of water media through this journal should be an interesting journey.

And the fact that I am in a room with a group of artists is a plus too. I have missed that camaraderie of spending time with creative people.

 

 

 

 


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Beagle Pup… time to rest it

I feel like I’ve been working on this pup for ages (and yes it has been ages as I have had long breaks in between working on it) so I need to lay down the pastels on this one, put it aside and find something new. I can see where I still need to work. It won’t take long, but I just need to stop.

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If I keep working on it I think I will ruin it, turn it into mud. So in a few months I will revisit it and decide if I want to pick it up again.

So last Saturday, instead of wrecking this, I pulled out some charcoal and just sketched. It is rough but that is what this was all about. I wanted to get something on paper and play, not worry if the detail wasn’t right, not think about straight lines and perspective (at least not much), forgetting about perfection.

Irene's Pickles_webIt is unfinished, scrappy, crooked, smudged, and it was so much fun to do. I think the Beagle had lost the fun and I needed to find it again.

There is lots more I could do with this but you know what? it is just a sketch.

 


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Soft Pastel: Beagle pup – work in progress#2

Finally found time to go back into the studio to work on the beagle pup. Home and work commitments kept me away too long!Beagle Pup_wip2 eyes_web

As the sketch was already complete (see previous post – Work in Progress#1)  I started with the eyes. In this shot the eye on the viewer’s left is still not quite there, but the right one looks spot on.

Here is a shot taken an hour or so later on the same morning…

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Getting the nose right was tough (it is a mix of blue, teal, purple, black and grey, the only really pure black in the darkness of the nostrils), very hard to see it in the reference photo. Starting to rough in some of the darks (green of all things!). I had to put in a bit of the white so I could see some contrast. I really happy with this so far. I really enjoy the ‘first draft’ stage. It looks so ugly and (hopefully) you end up with something beautiful (and not mud!!!).

I am thrilled with how well the reflections show up in the pup’s eyes.


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Moonlight: St Bartholomew’s – finished work

St Barts_Final_webI spent two mornings last week putting the finishing touches on this, mostly making sure the light was touching in the right places. I’m pretty happy to stop here, but of course, I will look at it and see something that could be adjusted, added to, but I have to stop or else I could go too far and wreck it. That fine line between enough and too much is so easy to cross.