Joy

Yes, pure joy is in finishing something challenging, right!?

I am thrilled by the result. This is quite large 76x76cm and I hadn’t painted that big in a long time (& only once before😉

It’s been a journey, with Lynn Whipple’s fun online course ‘big bold blum’.  I had many light bulb moment, most that were followed by huge doubts;) 

My big bold blum canvas!

I was so happy when I finally knew how to finish my table and vase. I didn’t want to loose the looseness and marks; so I used some matte medium gel to create  transparent layers. Finished with some pastels and graphite marks. 

Happy moi!

Blum

I have  been avoiding those  two canvases prepared for Lynn Whipple’s Big Bold Blum online class for some time.  Eventually I just needed to  start, do the first marks. For some reasons I felt intimidated.

Also I felt my style of flowers was oscillating  between real flowers and child like flowers and couldn’t get settle for one or the other…

  
  awkward stage

 
Some pencil 
More layers and then pastels to define and be playful!  
 

   
 
I’m very unsure about this piece; I only like bits and pieces of it for now. 

I will leave it aside for a while ..

Maisie

Sue  asked me to do another portrait of her beloved Maisie. I was unsure (as always) and started unconvinced, doubting on how to represent Maisie’s fluffiness… 

   
She does look like she just had her hair clipped;)

   
I’d like to draw with a more franc ‘coup de crayon’ but I’m really enjoying learning how to create subtle values. And She made me laugh!

And so, because I wasn’t totally happy, I had to try another one. I traced the shape of her body first to really get her. And then worked very fast! I’m happy with her energy!!

 

Silliness

This Saturday afternoon I joined the Darwin drawing club at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. 
We could sit anywhere and just draw what we’d like. 
I sat in front of strange creatures created by Aboriginal artists  from recycled materials. They are made of cloths, dry hay and woollen thread tied all around.  Now, forgive me, I forgot to write down the name of the artists. I will update at my next visit. 

Drawing amongst   art and other fellow artists was a lovely experience I need to do more of…

And I shall take a picture of the original pieces… They all have their own personality and presence. 

  
    
 

So fun!
This other piece was inspired by a large suspended object made of natural material, made  and used  by Aboriginal people to catch fish. I tried to capture the idea;) 

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Make

Art wise, I haven’t had projects for a while. I just have been doing things without much direction it seems. 

I sense a new vitality coming from the latest Misty Mawn Make/do/art workshop so far, some collage, stencil making and even natural paint brush… 

   
  

For this collage, I wanted some meaning. A way of remembering my own wisdoms, the things that are good for me. The things that seem easy, and yet they get forgotten. Somehow Life has to slow down a bit. And I am actually allowed to enjoy it. Yes!
 
   
 

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Nurture

I have been very quiet lately. I can’t keep up it seems. 

A long week end in Bali was the most nurturing experience. And the most needed. 

   

My favourite thing was  to see everywhere their daily rituals, actually every morning and evening. Little holders, made of palm leaves waived together,  of offerings are simply everywhere. This Balinese Hinduism ritual, which get created in the early morning hours and replaced for the evening is to appease the Gods. You’ll find them everywhere, some intact, some rolled over. No offence here!  
 
  


 The rice fields have been a source of fascination.  Totally new to my psyche! I couldn’t get enough of them. 

  
   

   

And some inspired drawing and journaling. Bliss. 

Can’t wait to return!