Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Having a blog has been a wonderful art tool for me. It's made me more disciplined in taking photos of paintings, during their progress as well as when finished. It's also made it easier for me to 'see'. We all have ways to trick our eyes into being 'fresh' when we are painting, using a mirror, turning it upside down, putting it somewhere you aren't expecting to see it, turning your back on it, walking away and turning quickly back round, putting it out of sight for a few days and so on. But I have begun to realize lately (probably everyone else already uses this but I am slow when it comes to tech stuff) when I post photos for my blog I get a whole new way of looking at things. This one for instance is bothering me and it wasn't until I scrolled through the photos and got to the third one, that all of a sudden I could see one of the problems...Shaz's chest and shoulder, is totally wrong...and it's make her neck look too short! Also the edge on the back of her neck is too hard and her neck is totally straight up and down, instead of the graceful curve that I intended. OK so there is many other issues with this one so far, but I am still in the resolving stage, at least this gives me a starting point :)Cheers!
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Saturday, 7 February 2015
At some point, as is the way with adult humans, they have compartmentalised creativity into neat little packages of 'fine art' and 'craft'. I have seen a lot of crappy 'fine art' and some incredibly inspirational 'craft'. Ok, so there is some questions about longevity and archival materials, blah, blah, blah, but lets look at history: just for interest...check out what some of the post modernists used as solvents and mediums when money was tight (I am not mentioning any names here). My mediums of choice (pastel/acrylic mixed media) are well accepted, however there is still some bias against pastel, many see it as a drawing medium only. Also, acrylic took a long time to be taken seriously. Really, it is a mystery to me where this snobbery came from...I always thought of the creative community to be one that had no boundaries and embraced new ideas, without bias. To me, I still love the Impressionists, the post modernists, the old masters, the Romanticists, the neoclassicists, the luminists , AND the knitters, scrapbookers, stampers, sketchers, collage artists, fimo modellers nananananannaa. I heard this somewhere (and if I hadn't just had 4 glasses of red wine I could tell you where) IF IT LOOKS GOOD IT IS GOOD :) Happy creating, and have a look at Mr Finch