Thursday, 27 June 2013

cousera collage

This weeks challenge:Collage and photography!
Not in my comfort zone at all, but fascinating learning information about artists I had not learnt about before.
This piece is all about not hiding in books/fantasy and was a bit of a laugh taking "selfies" with this massive book on my head - made all the more hilarious by the fact that our neighbours just happened to choose this moment to fix their garage roof with some contractors and our normally private lounge was in full view...
Unfortunately, I had thought that they were on the ground - never even contemplating that they would get up on a roof!!
If they saw me, they would definitely have evidence for eccentricity.
Well, that was the unusual spot in my fairly mundane week.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Coursera home work

I found a link to the coursera art course on one of the blogs I follow and decided to jump in late. Absolutely loving the online videos in it and with the assignments having a deadline I am far more likely to get around to them!
Week 3's assignment - conversations with memory:
titled "Don't Shut the Door Yet"
This is a mail art  project all about how memory is lost - the colour photos becoming black and white and then becoming even less detailed as the drawing progresses down the page(envelope), with the collaged elements such as stamps being the memory prompts that remain.
As a young person, you just assume that memory is eternal and do not think about losing memories.
I collected the stamps off letters (my father collected butterflies hence the butterflies) and now wish I'd collected the letters instead, with all the adventures my parents wrote about. 
They lived a lot overseas and so we corresponded a lot by mail as the phone lines were terrible and exorbitantly priced for the garbled communication with terrible echoes. This was pre e-mail/skype etc.
The stamp insert is purposefully blanker in comparison to the letter. It is of an African Lake that we holidayed at and was full of old dead trees and palms. 
The colours show my mixed emotions - the warmth of the flame tree and rich African soil versus the black and white of loss.
The thermometer symbolizes the setting of the physical, emotional and spiritual temperatures of my life. Physically , my temperature gauge is definitely set for the tropics as my hands often go white with cold.
Often I received letters that were created by writing on the envelope and then sealing it. The letter was the envelope and so my envelope is the letter - a picture being worth a thousand words.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


Well, I have just bought a new pentel waterbrush having searched some of the supplies of bloggers I follow and am so looking forward to having it on hand - I am still very self conscious about using my paints while out and I'm thinking this will help (discretely tipping some of my water bottle's contents into my palette is always tricky) having never heard of them before it will be interesting to see what they are like and how much I actually use them.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

May's sketchbook challenge complete

Blogged this fully at my other blog - enjoyed playing around with wax - it achieved what I was hoping for in describing the bowl's rough texture.

Monday, 3 June 2013

EDM #28 draw a jug

EDM #28 draw a jug by 1artalive
EDM #28 draw a jug, a photo by 1artalive on Flickr.

My favourite red jug full of sweet peas

Every day in May challenge outcome

27 out of the 31 challenges done, great challenge to get regularly sketching - and discovered how to make the new flikr work along the way, fun too to see other people's styles of sketching. Glad I gave it a try - makes me aware that there is always a few minutes to sketch and even if the outcome is not great I will learn to capture ideas and what works or not for me.