Over the past couple of months I have been getting out my paints again and also trying out drawing or copying from a book I have. So I have a mix of art journal pages to share with you today.Having my little puppy Gigi now I have to make sure I have taken her for a walk before I sit down in my craft area otherwise……….she gets bored and up to mischief.Fortunately after a 30 minute fast walk she is happy to collapse and snooze while mum plays with her stuff.
Its such fun Mum ……………………………………
So here are some of my new page
Its January the 22 and instead of summer we have snow on the mountain, strong winds and rain and it’s not very warm either. So what better place to be but in my art studio space. Having borrowed a book from my local library “Collage, Paint, Draw” by Sue Pelletier I decided to follow a lesson called “bird-cage drawing”. This is my interpretation using Reeve acrylics and modelling paste,a bird stencil from Montarga, some mixed paint pens including a gold one and a pencil and a stamp I was given for Christmas.
January 2017 a new year and while I am not doing resolutions I decided that I would follow a trend of folk I know that choose a word to guide, inspire and encourage them throughout the year. I chose Create because I felt that it could have so many different meanings for me. For example I would like to create a fitter me; a pretty back garden, a newly decorated bedroom and of course more art.
My first play day was with the Gelli plates which I have not used for ages and ages. I had a wonderful time making lots of printed papers that I could use for card making and for my art journalling. I decided that the kitchen was the best place to spread out and have fun so away I went, spending most of the day creating getting paint on my fingers and everywhere else ha ha
A couple of days later I decided to use some of my pretty papers and made a range of cards ready for almost any occasion
So My year is of to a good start. More exciting things to come soon in the next chapter
I watched the USA election results unfold and felt sad at the outcome. I know that everyone who voted, voted with their hearts and minds in the way they wanted. But I fear for the moral compass of America now in the hands of people who seem to only consider material things as important and appear to have little regard for women, other races and the rest of the world. The “I” appears more important to them than the good of all.
So for the first time I woke up and decided to paint out my feelings onto canvas.I took an old brightly coloured early attempt and covered it up and let my feelings direct me.This is my tribute to you all, I have left some splashes of colour peaking out as I know they will be there as the silver linings in the dark cloud.
My thoughts are with you all at this turbulent time
Invercargill road trip After a quiet day recovering form our trip to Milford Sound we set of on a round trip to Invercargill capital of the South We stopped on the way to view an old suspension bridge at Clifton then went to visit the Southland Museum and the Bill Richardson Transport World Museum . Both were very good and great to do on a wet miserable day. We saw Tuatara at the Southland Museum and a Burt Munro exhibit then headed to the World transport Museum. This was a great place not only did it have lots of Fords but they also had outstanding wearable art costumes on display and we spent a lot of time there. Lunch in the city and a wee bit of retail therapy before we headed back to Te Anau.
Last Thursday I woke up to wonderful clear sunny autumn morning. It was too nice to stay home so I decided to set forth to Opunake a lovely beach side town about 33 kilometers from Hawera. I wanted to try painting with my water colours again outside in the “plein air” . I do struggle a little with water colours but practice makes perfect or at least better so away I went. I used a small A5 pad and actually as I favour landscapes I think I need a bigger canvas lol. However after a lovely couple of hours picnicking and doodling and dabbling in my paints I came up with the above painting of Middleton Bay in Opunake. The tide was almost fully in and the sun was shining brightly so my colours are bright as well.
I also took my camera to take photos of the Mountain which is totally bare of snow at the moment. I took some of the Middleton beach as well so you can compare my artistic licence with the real thing. It was a fun day and I will do it again.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing some more art journal pages. A group I belong to online (Colour Me Positive) do a weekly challenge around various quotes. It has been good to get creative again. I have also been getting busy in the garden , tidying it up and getting ready for winter. it is another form of creativity I feel with a practical edge of course. This week I have planted out lots of brassicas- broccoli,cabbage,kale ,spinach and silver beet. They will give me the energy and vitamins to get through winter. her’s my art contributions, bye till next time.
“Every bit of you is beautiful”
Until you spread your wings you won’t know how far you can fly”
There is no path to happiness. HAPPINESS is the path