My arty plans for Saturday were completely squashed when it turned out to be a day of several different callers - no complaints about that, but this silly ATC was all I managed to complete in the whole day.
Experimental day today. I've been wanting to continue experimenting with these A4 sheets of craft foam for printing for a while, since I can't do 'proper' printing in the flat.
I created these two figures, each from a full sheet, by just picking up a pair of scissors and a sheet of foam and starting to cut, with no idea as to what I was going to cut and no pre-drawing. If you've never 'drawn' with a pair of scissors you should try it because it's surprising what happens and how pleased you will be, as long as you don't have high expectations of the result.
Once the man had been cut out I decided he needed a dancing partner. I started from the left foot (being left-handed) and found as I approached the top of the sheet there was too little room for her head. Never mind, who cares, I like her even if she has got a flat head.
I stuck them to an A3 sheet of cartridge paper with diluted PVA glue, covered them with cling film and stuck a heavy book on top. When they were dry enough I coated each figure with the PVA glue, and they will need another coat before I can experiment further - perhaps next week. Creating this easy piece so far left plenty of time for drawing and painting during the day.
Insects are fascinating to draw and learn about (as long as they are not spiders). Thankfully we are not invaded by Bloody Nosed Beetles, so this sketchbook drawing is copied from a book - "The Illustrated Book of Insects" by John Burton, Peerage Books.
Yet another long clinic visit with Dev. I used the time to sketch people in the waiting room using the Brushes App on my I-Phone. Helps to pass the time. At home I made a digital montage of these four and added a frame. Once again, this was the total sum of my creative efforts today.
Another experiment. I was looking for something in a cupboard and found a piece of fabric as I searched. It's a piece I saved when I gave away most of my quilting fabric stash when we made the move to our last flat. I felt inspired to try doodling with Pitt Pen on the fabric, using the pattern on the grey section as the starting point for the doodle. Very enjoyable, and it led me on to colour my design with sparkly gel pens. A dreadful stormy dark day, which means that the photo is very poor, too dark on the top half, and I apologise for the quality. I added a narrow frame on Photoshop.
Couldn't resist trying a couple of colour changes, but the purple/green and blue/brown were the best I could manage. Nothing like a bit of doodling to pass studio time enjoyably. I'm not sure yet what I'll do with the doodled piece, but it will certainly be used in another project.
I've been doing short course involving a piece a week for six weeks. This is the final piece, an exercise using pastels to create a sgrafitto image of two cats in front of a window. I hated every moment of doing it because I dislike using pastels and getting my hands dirty. In addition, all the dust it created meant it triggered my asthma and I coughed all the way through it.
I was probably distracted by this because I forgot to leave a line of black indicating the window sill, and I chickened out of trying to leave lines for any window bars. So it's one big pane of glass in the window. I drew the cat shape and cut out a stencil to make it easier to work around the cats with the sgrafitto, which I did with a knife because I didn't have any better tool. I added the black frame around the arch digitally. Not a success, but at least I made myself do it and I learnt something. But any future sgrafitto work will be done with a different medium.
Like many artists, I nearly always start an arty day with a quick loosening-up exercise. There's almost always a sheet of A3 paper on the big easel, and this was today's early morning, very quick doodle, drawn with a thick black pen. Bunty was disappointed that I hadn't given her a coloured dress, so I added the colour on Photoshop. Champagne anybody?
Linking with November Art Every Day Month, Paint Party Friday, and Manon's Paper Saturdays.