Sunday, 30 March 2008
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
Monday, 17 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
I have been tagged by Amanda. These are rules:
- Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
- Post the rules on your blog.
- Post 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
- Tag 7 people and link to them.
- Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
Seven facts about me ( again.)
- I recently sponsored a little Balinese girl through Bali School Kids which is a Rotary project between Swan Valley Rotary in WA (that's in Australia - lol) and Denpasar Rotary in Bali. She is not quite seven, and she lives in a village not far from Bedugul.
- I went to the Archibald Prize today. That's the major Australian portrait prize. The winner was Del Kathryn Barton, but you can see all the finalists on this page. The winning portrait was nicer than it looks in that particular image, as she is a wonderful colourist and that image doesn't do it justice. I also liked it for the fact that it was mixed media. The standard was very high this year and my absolute favourite was the painting of New Zealand musician Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House). The surface and finish on that painting was just wondrous, and having seen Finn interviewed recently, I thought it portrayed the sort of person he is.
- I drew red-nosed hooter-tooters today in the Botanical Gardens. May actually have been a 'dusky moorhen' but a hooter-tooter anyway.
- Also drew ibis.
- Went to Parker's Art Supplies (Aladdins's cave) in The Rocks, but bravely didn't buy anything. (You can look at the webcam on Sydney Harbour from that link.) Found that Strathmore watercolour papers are no longer available here.
- Struggling with my conscience about whether to put an order in at amazon.com while our dollar is high. Have many books already.
- I am currently doing 'morning pages' from The Artist's Way, not for the first time. Though I think it's a terrific book, and the pages are a great tool... I DO find that it eats into the beginning of my day. My hand also gets sore. What does anyone else think about 'the pages'?
Sunday, 9 March 2008
Saturday, 8 March 2008
Disclaimer: I am not a landscape artist.The first thing I learnt is that I didn't know my greens. Well, I knew my blue-greens, but not my yellow-greens. So I spent yesterday afternoon & evening making test patches of all my pencils - the 48 set, the 36 set, and the mix-mash that I actually use - the ones that I'm phasing out so I can go all Albrecht Durer.
I learnt a lot from doing this drawing. It isn't at all how I want it to be. I want to simplify, which means knowing the colour of your pencils - particularly when they're wet, really well. I can tell you at least ten things wrong with the drawing.
So it's the 'cow place'. It has been cut down from a larger photo I took in Switzerland where we stopped for morning tea between Bern and Gruyere. At the cafe, there were at least twenty life size painted cows, that had been done by different artists. I chose the photo because of the progression from warm to cool colours. I may do it again later when I've learnt to simplify. I'm going to try the volcano Mt Batur in Bali next.
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Monday, 3 March 2008
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Yes, Kate's CD came. What value for money. It is crammed full of useful stuff. I haven't started any of the excercises yet, but I have noted with interest the difference that different papers make, so I am binding a small coptic book from three different watercolour papers. Hope to stitch it today, and I've used one of the totally gorgeous paste papers that a friend gave me for Christmas. She knows that I have paste papers of my own, and she also knows that I find it so difficult to actually use the gorgeous ones. But when it's a gift, it's different. So I plan to make this book my watercolour pencil book for Kate's lessons.