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Animated Muses

18 Oct

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I posted last week about a digital animation I made of some of my life drawings of female models who inspire me, my muses. It appeared last week at the FiLiArt conference and exhibition in London. I didn’t want to put it up until it had premiered at FiLiArt, but that’s over now so here is the animation, working with seven terrific artists’ models.

 

 

 

It’s the first time I have exhibited something like this and I’m pleased with it. I have a love/hate relationship with digital drawing but this seems like a good way of using it. I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app.

 

Close Up

16 Oct

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Although my visit to Avebury on Friday was a quick one, I spent some time looking closely at the magnificent stones there. They are covered with fantastic growths of lichens and the surface of the stones has been weathered and eroded across the millenia. I took a close-up drawing of a section of this stone.

Warts And All

11 Oct

HopeI’m working part-time for a charity, running arts sessions for people who have housing problems. Some of the people who come along are experienced artists and enjoy a few hours in a warm, safe place to get absorbed in their art. But some have very little experience of making art and I often hear, “Oh no. I can’t draw” and panic when I get out a bit of paper. It’s a pity that this is ingrained into so many adults – children are usually much more willing to have a go. I think that one of the reasons that people are so fearful of drawing is because they think it’s innate, god-given, a born talent rather than years and years of practice and striving.

I think that we artists have become disassociated from our craft. People see perfectly formed artworks in tasteful frames on pristine gallery walls and it’s easy to buy into the idea that these magnificent objects spring forth from a bottomless pool of artistic genius. WRONG! They’re the result of blood, sweat and tears …. and endless mistakes …. and frustration! That’s one of the reasons I do a lot of art in public, en plein air, in streets, shop windows, anywhere that people can see art being made … warts and all.

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When someone said to me today that they couldn’t draw, I said, “It’s not drawing, it’s writing”. That made it better. I asked the people I’m working with to think of one positive word, then write it down, then start playing with different ways of making the letters, colouring them, adding patterns. Then we redrew our words onto a roll of primed canvas and started painting a banner.

I work alongside them so they can see my mistakes and the bits that are rubbish and hopefully understand that making a drawing or painting is a process that starts small and builds and builds over time into a finished piece ….. and that they shouldn’t judge themselves so harshly. More next week…..

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

A Snazzy Eggcup

10 Oct

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I have a bit of a thing for eggcups. I buy unusual ones when I can afford to. I don’t collect them as such, I just like having weird eggcups around. I don’t use them either in case I break them. I have some really cheap, expendable ones for my soft-boiled eggs and Marmite soldiers. I drew this ceramic one for the 40 Day Drawing Challenge, using my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and a free app called Markers. I’m pushing out of my comfort zone by doing still-life studies and using digital media. I’m much more comfortable with paper, pens and charcoal.

 

My Muses In London

9 Oct

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I’ve just emailed a digital artwork that’s going into an exhibition in London this weekend. It’s an animated sequence of some of the female models I work with and it’s called “My Muses”. It’s made up of life drawings that I’ve done on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app. I’ve been hitting the ‘Save’ button frequently, every few seconds, to build up a record of the drawings as they progress. Husb transferred them onto a desktop and edited them together in Adobe Premiere Pro.

 

The animation is appearing at the FiLiA annual conference at The Institute of London near Russell Square this weekend. I am so lucky to be able to work with such exceptional women. Artists’ models are rarely given the recognition they deserve, it’s not an easy job, there’s more to it than just sitting still, they inspire us.

 

The women I work with are older, middle-aged, younger; large and small; black and white; a student, a teacher, a soldier, an artist, a stay-at-home-mother, a free spirit; employed and unemployed; from all walks of life. They have one thing in common – they are My Muses.

I won’t post the animation just yet as it’s getting its debut at the FiLiA conference, so I’ll post it next week.

 

The FiLiA conference is at the Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL (nearest tube stations: Russell Square, Euston) on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October. Please follow the links below for more information.

https://filia.org.uk/welcome/ 

@FiLiArtivism

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Awkward Little Object

8 Oct

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So it’s now day 7 of the 40 Day Drawing Challenge organised by Green Olive Press in Morocco and I’m working my way through individual objects to draw still-life studies. Today’s was an awkward little thing, a small marble pestle and mortar that I bought in Pakistan about 3 years ago when I was on an artist residency near Rawalpindi. I stood it on a jazzy coaster and drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app. The marble was a pain to draw and doing this challenge is giving me so much more respect for artists who work with still-life, it’s not easy.

New Old Thing

6 Oct

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Day 5 of the 40 Day Drawing Challenge and I scribbled this little ceramic mustard pot that I picked up for a £1 in a second-hand shop earlier this week. I drew this on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a basic free app called Markers. I saved the drawing several times as I went along and the slides below show the different stages.

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Fruity

4 Oct

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Day 3 of the 40 Day Drawing Challenge set by Green Olive Press in Morocco and today I’m going fruity with a ripe pomegranate. I rarely draw still life so I’m using the Challenge to practice, one object at a time and working up to a large composition by the end. I’m taking inspiration from other artists who work with still-life. Matisse is an obvious one, but I’m very taken with the work of fellow art blogger Aletha Kuschan. Do check her work out (here), it’s sumptuous. I drew this on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a basic free app called Markers.

I saved the drawing several times as I went along and the slides below show the different stages.

 

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A Wonky Stripey Teapot

3 Oct

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It’s day 2 of the 40 Day Drawing Challenge set by Green Olive Press in Morocco and I’m taking the opportunity to draw still life. It isn’t my strongest point so I’m using the Challenge to get in some practice. I’m starting off with one object at a time so that hopefully by the end, I will be able to do a composition of several items.  I love tea so a teapot is an obvious choice. It’s a bit wonky, but that’s okay, I’m practising. Today I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a basic free app called Markers. If you’re thinking of trying it out, you’ll need to put in a basic coloured ground before you start drawing, even if it’s white, otherwise it looks weird when you upload the final drawing.

I saved the drawing several times as I went along and the slides show the different stages of the drawing.

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My Weakest Link

2 Oct

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I’m taking part in the 40 Day Drawing Challenge set by Green Olive Press in Morocco – isn’t the Internet a wonderful thing, it’s so easy to send stuff around the world instantly. I decided to take the opportunity to push myself right out of my comfort zone and draw objects. I envy artists who can work with still life – it’s a genre that gives me so much grief. I can draw any number of humans, I’m comfortable in a cityscape, I am okay with landscape and animals are not too much of a problem – but still life! It’s my weakest link by far so I’m going to discipline myself to try out different approaches to drawing objects.  I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and drew with a basic free app called Markers but I think I’ll try and use lots of different media throughout the challenge.

 

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