When I read the theme for January's Art Journal Journey
, I had to think hard about how I could create an artwork about an abstract concept. Then I realised that we are only conscious of Silence as a contrast to Sound, and my inspiration came from that.
|"SILENCE IS MADE ALL THE SWEETER BY THE SONG OF A BIRD|
Mixed media - Jez
I drew a thrush as my songbird because I have always loved his song best, more than the blackbird or the larks I used to see and hear so often during my childhood. When I drew the thrush, it reminded me of a poem by Robert Browning I learnt at school. Although it is called "Home-Thoughts from Abroad" and I had lived in England from the age of three, it's evocation of the English spring made it a favourite. Browning's lines about the thrush made me listen more carefully to its song and realise how observant the poet was:
"That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!"
I used my favourite poetry book to check that I had the words exactly right, a Christmas present from my dear mother almost 59 years ago. It has a blue cover in soft leather, and it has been used so often that the back cover has broken off. Fortunately it slides into a blue card case that holds it together. I looked back at the inside cover for my mother's dedication, and the years rolled back:
|She wrote: "To be new born when thou art old"|
SUNDAY POSTCARD ART
For Sunday Postcard Art
we were asked to create a postcard (6" x 4") in monochrome, and I have made two postcards on the theme.
A little while ago Dev and I went on a one-day workshop with a talented and individual local artist called Pam Potter
to learn some of her techniques, and the two watercolour paintings below are the result of recent experiments at home with one of those techniques.
To create these simple landscapes I followed Pam's method - applying watercolour paint directly from the tube onto the paper and then using a piece of old credit card to spread the paint down the page. It certainly produces unexpected effects, and from time to time I try to improve my skill with the technique.
TAKE A WORD
Next, the theme of "MOON" has been chosen by the Take a Word team this week. I wanted to do something a little different and out of the ordinary to challenge myself. It has been a while since I have made a collage from my stock of unwanted photographs so I went hunting through the box of old discarded photos.
The snaps I used to create this imaginary 'planetary collision' were so old that they had been developed and printed from photographic film in a high street photo shop years ago, and it made quite a change to go back to this type of collage. Each element has been cut out with scissors and stuck down with PVA glue. It looks fairly complex, but it comes together quite quickly.
"THE DAY THE RED MOON FELL ONTO THE PLANET ZOGG
This picture records that terrible night when, in the Ziluvian Galaxy, the red moon suddenly dropped out of the sky and landed on the planet Zogg, creating havoc and leaving only one home standing. As the Ziluvian sun rose the next dawn, the magnitude of the disaster was visible to the surviving Zoggonians, and a great deal of sniffing and snuffling ensued (Zoggonians can't weep and wail!).
Full details and loads of video footage will be available on Zogg Sky News later this evening and repeated for the next two weeks on every single hourly bulletin. Bet you're glad you don't live on Zogg.
Linking to Art Journal Journey
, Sunday Postcard Art
, Take a Word
, Artists Play Room