Each year lately I have been doing a painting/drawing to make my own Christmas Cards. This year I did this Angel in watercolours and gouache (you can click for a closer look) .... she will grace my cards this year and I have had her framed for a Christmas exhibition my local art group are having during December.
There seem to be Angels everywhere at this time of year. Pop over to Dee Mallons blog and see her latest cloth and the wonderful Angel that has appeared......
Last month I did a pastel portrait workshop with Agata Lelek.....I felt very challenged as I dont work with pastel and I am definately not a portrait painter/artist. I love naive, folk style art.
I really enjoyed this workshop . We chose a picture/photo from a group that Agata supplied and then she taught us her technique of putting down the pastel with a cloth and lifting off with a kneadable eraser to make the picture appear.
Believe it or not, the portrait below was from a picture of Charlotte Johansen in the movie "Girl with a Pearl Earring". I know there's not much a resemblance, but I was pleased with my picture and would love to do more with Agata...she's a wonderful teacher.
Talk about a Jack of all trades and master of none...... next..... below is a cloth I began a couple of years ago with Jude Hill. I never completed it, wasnt happy with certain elements, especially the little houses. But, after seeing some of Dee's cloths, I thought I might get it out again, pin it up for a while and get some ideas brewing as to where I might go with this cloth.
A page from my daily journal (which as you know I dont do daily entries....I'm not disciplined enough, but I still call it my daily journal???). I do love to record quotes I come across, words of wisdom, little anecdotes etc. from blogs I read and I love to have a play around with my little travel watercolour set. I never work on pages in a chronological order....often randomly stick something down or paint so that I come across it further into my journal...like this little owl. Elements of him were used for a linocut I did earlier this year. And now here we are in November I came across him again...that made me smile. I might even do come more work on him?
Some days when I look out my kitchen window I just have to grab my camera and capture the colours, the wedges of colour.... paddock, trees, sunlight, mountain range, sky ... this was after a storm recently and the sunlight on the land behind the trees looked amazing, was just glowing. The photo doesnt do it justice, but it reminds me of that warm glow.
LIFE ISN'T ABOUT
LIFE IS ABOUT
Take care of yourself in this weeks coming up to Christmas.