Figure and sculpture 

I have put it off for months…figure drawing intimidates me but also requires a lot more effort and concentration, and I just couldn’t be bothered. Creating and making is a source of energy and joy. It is immediate satisfaction.. figure drawing isn’t. 

I’ve finally joined Tina’s wonderful series of figure prompts which are motivating and inspiring.. it certainly got me started and I’m quite happy with this learning curve…practice makes progress, I heard;)



I wanted to do this one again but this time, I used a grid…

This technique gave better proportions.


I am so proud of the result! Never thought I could do this…. isn’t it always the case..

Also I joined my dear friend Jeanne Marie’s Soul Bearers wonderful class http://www.jeannemarieart.com/soulbearers/   Check her classes.. She truly creates magic and is a wonderful teacher! 

I’ve started with this guy, finished it, hoping it would dry in one piece, to find out that it wasn’t clay and will never dry! 


Fun though!!

Hey it’s December 

My last post was in August! Life got pretty hectic since then with study, work and well..life. In five days, Christmas…where the year has gone? I had to slow down my art practice as my studio became a study for several months… but I’ve been back in the studio since mid October, and boy, it felt good. Not only succeeding my first two units in play therapy, but to  get my hands dirty again, with new challenges…

To start my retrospective of the last five months, here’s a poster I created for my study. It was truly fascinating not only to learn about Self regulation, but to imagine and create this poster. If you want to know more about self regulation, I found this wonderful accessible book, Executive function and child development, Yeager and Yeager, 2013. 

And then, some lovely layers, part of LynnWhipple online workshop. 



And…I’ve sold this piece to a dear friend! How cool..

Some yummy details


I bought some sunflowers at one of my fav coffee shop. I just adore the time they start getting tired, perfect for sketching. 
Trying to reproduce an intuitive and quite spontaneous drawing into a painting..
The joy of experimenting and creating in my studio is so energising and a place of comfort. It’s been a tough year with many ups and downs,  but with great success as well. 

A moonsonal rain is upon us…wet season has truly started here in Darwin with an eventual cyclone forming… see you in a bit!

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;) 

Still

I have tried another still life this week end, experimenting with medium gels and acrylic, adding layers, trying to not correct things and remain spontaneous and playful.   

Almost lost it due to my impatience between layers.

  Acrylic, gel medium on wood
 
Then sketchbook fun; some little vases started to get personality, even an eye;)

Let’s see where this leads me..

   
 

been quiet

Yes I have…
Slowly gaining energy after iron issues…

but if I have been quiet on the blog, I kept painting and drawing…
I am still working on my 100 faces challenge. A slow progress that brings
me joy!

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Here are the latest

I bought some new graphic watersoluble pencils and had a good fun trying them out

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A bird boy inspired by my friend Anne checked out by a swimming cap girl! This last one was part of a spontaneous series with artist friends around the world…Anne, Jeanne-Marie, Renee

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gesso acrylic graphite pencil on carboard

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and another girl with a swimming cap in pastels

I feel my style is evolving. The experiments and learnings are getting integrated… a long way to go but I’m enjoying the ride;)

boldness has genius

Here is some wisdom from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

“Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

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