Sunday, January 31, 2010
This week I am continuing to look at the Cs of art and the focus is colour.
We take colour for granted, yet is one of the primary tools of an artist. I found numerous websites that looked at
-the theory of colour:
-symbolism in colour
-lessons in colour
The following site showed a number of masterpieces with the colours used by the artsists:
One of my favourite sites for many art ideas is Nita Leland. She has a good section on colour and has also written an excellent book on colour.
She provides an extensive listing of books on colour and colour theory.
I wanted to create a painting where the focus was mainly on colour - the abstract expressionsists were my choice. I explored one site and loved the work of Franz Kline. His oil painting," Untitled" ( c. 1959, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.) drew me.
It was this piece I used for my model. I used acrylics and had such fun splashing on colour.
I will leave you with some "colour" quotes by several artists:
Colour and I are one. I am a painter." Paul Klee, 1914.
"Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make more arbitary use of colour to express myself more forcefully ... To express the love of two lovers by the marriage of two complementary colours ... To express the thought of a brow by the radiance of a light tone against a dark background. To express hope by some star. Someone's passion by the radiance of the setting sun." Vincent van Gogh, 1888.
"Colour helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist's brain." Henri Matisse, 1945.
Just a reminder:
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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
What are you thankful for?
Best of luck!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
But to add to this blog party, for every blogger that posts a Simple Things list on January 27th and links back to the Soul Aperture blog post here, Christina will donate $1.00 to the charity Doctors Without Borders for the Haiti Relief efforts.
What a wonderful way to make a difference!
the simple things that make my soul sing
dancing with my husband
dancing to loud music by myself
playing games with children
playing progressive euchre with our group of friends
visiting old friends
celebrating holidays – following traditions
a roof over our heads
a warm comfy bed with a big warm comforter
watching the fire burn in a fireplace
the sound of a violin and flute
singing with a song
our cat purring on my lap
petting our cat or a puppy
watching horses gallop
watching swans and geese on the river
emails and jokes from friends
a phone call from a friend
old comfy pajamas
hugs and kisses
the warmth of a baby
bouquets of flowers
snow covered mountains
trees of all kinds
reading a good book
watching a movie
making movies of family and friends
looking at old photos together
remembering the past
Looking at art
Creating and playing
Watching a child learn something new
Giving hope to someone
Being with an elderly person
Warm apple crisp
A nice cup of tea and toast
Caring for others
Being there for others
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I have been trying to awaken my creativity this past year and I am much creative than I have ever been. I am involved in ATC swaps, challenges , dreamboards and courses online. I have been involved in 3 of The Next Chapter Book Clubs.
But, even though I would like to be called an artist, I don't feel I am one. So, I would like to fully awaken the artist hidden inside me, to awaken the creative spirit and positive energy necesssary to be one. I want to continue to grow artistically and seek mentors to help in that growth.
As Jamie says:
"You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. It’s easy. Support wishes by visiting other participants. There is great power in wishing together."
Support other wish-makers here.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Many artists use collage in their work: Wikipedia provides a list and gallery. Some of my favourites are:
I know there are many other places - maybe you could let me know!
Right now I am working on collages for the "Deck of Me" challenge and vision cards (as described by Jamie Ridler). Both have been enjoyable but I still have more work to do!
Week 2 - Favourite Quote (2 of them! - I have decided to create vision cards with favourite cards as well)
Anatomical Heart swap:
Next week - more of C - as I focus on Colour and Composition.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Be sure to visit the other great shadow chasers at Hey Harriet!, hosted by Tracy.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I have always wanted only the best for my extended family.
For the past 2 years , with the turmoil of my mother's illness and then death, causing division between my siblings and myself, I have felt estranged from them. We communicate, but just out of politeness. I don't know if we will ever recover what was lost. But, my wish is that we can create new bridges that will restore the sense of family and connectedness we had.
With my own children, I wish that they achieve what they seek, that they have health and happiness beyond measure.
(I wish for the return though, of joyous family celebrations, where we all get together and share in the happiness of all occasions.)
For my stepchildren and their children, I wish for prosperity, happiness and good health for all.
As Jamie says:
"You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. Support wishes by visiting other participants. There is great power in wishing together."
Visit the other great wishcasters here.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This past year I have been exploring my creative side more and more. I have been expecially enjoying the ATC swaps at ATCforAll. I have made penguins, trees, zentangles, flowers. And there are many more swaps to come!
Here are a few cards I have made:
Matisse collage swap
A Christmas Carol swap
Birds and scene swap
Funky birds swap
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Hearts and Flowers:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Be sure to visit the other great shadow chasers at Hey Harriet!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Sleeping in, hot packs on my neck, reading inspiring words has helped.
1. I was overjoyed and thankful recently to have won several things:
*a course from Collage Diva which I started today (Personal Retreats). I am so looking forward to it.
*a beautiful necklace "Power of Positive Dreams” from Erin of Treasures Found
*a spell bottle from Suzie RidlerThank you so much to all three of you wonderful ladies.\!
2. I was extrememly thankful to have been totally surprised with a birthday dinner last Saturday by my husband, three stepchildren, and their families. What a lovely surprise!
3. I am thankful for my students who did not want me to leave yesterday at noon when I wasn't feeling well. I do have some very sweet kids.
4. I had a health scare Tuesday night and it really got me thinking about my mortality. The next day I came across a blog that asked: "If I had to write an autobiography now, what would be missing from it? What are the things I will need to get done before it takes shape?"
There were a series of questions to answer and I am slowly working through them. In this year of YES, it is very appropriate and timely!
5. I am thankful for Mary Ann (xstitcher) who turned a postal problem into a new friendship and a great ATC swap. (I had spent $13 to send my cards xpresspost to her and was told it would take 5 days to get the cards there. It took 19 days! Needless to say - the cards did not make the swap in time, but Mary Ann made one for me and included 2 other cards so that I could have some! What a generous person! And we had fun trying to track the cards and writing back and forth!
6. I am so thankful for all the bloggers who have visited my blog and left such encouraging comments, especially this week.
7. I am really enjoying creating the ATCs. The swaps are enjoyable and it is like Christmas everytime a new batch arrives.For the Valentine Zentangle swap
Misfit Toys Swap
8. Thanks September Mom for sending the five words for the word association meme (You write about the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the "trigger" word.) (I discovered Sunday Citar from her - it is a lovely place to visit each Sunday).
refreshing - Water - whether it is to drink, swim in or soak in, it is refreshing!
escape- Books - Books have always been my escape. I am hoping this year to read much more!
color- Red. I love the colour red and feel so good in it.
open- Door. I want to open the door to new things and new people this year.
chocolate - Lindor - These are my favourite chocolates - melt in your mouth!
(If you are interested I will pass on the favour and send you 5 words!)
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *I am feeling better now (this post has been ongoing all day!)