I've been drawing a lot recently and doing small paintings as I travel. While I've been around them, my grandchildren have been doing a bit as well. The drawing was a joint project with Ranger. He started it with a house, then we took turns talking about what we might add and what we wanted in it, till it was "done".
We even found a big canvas for him. I loved the immediacy of his brushstrokes, and how he knew exactly what colour he wanted where. The red flower above is his too. I couldn't have done better myself! He also created an almost see through white ghostly image, (I think it was a space ship) on purpose ... oh the joys of being five!
I'm just back from another amazing trip to Scotland! We went to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo where I was, again, in tears of joy at the end listening to the lone piper in the ramparts of the Castle playing his bagpipes under the night sky! We visited both Glasgow and Edinburgh, where the Festival was in high gear, then went on to many of the little nukes in Fife. Wee fishing villages, places I knew well in my childhood which brought back memories and stories. We stayed in St Andrews, the home of golf! Then crossed the country to Oban where we were in a fabulous B & B right next to Arduaine Gardens
. Ferries took us to Mull and Iona, where there are 48 Scottish kings buried, and we even got to take a small boat out on the high seas to Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa where we clambered around on the stones and almost got blown off the top of the hill. Single track roads became common-place, and there was so much to draw!
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The MacLaren Art Gallery in Barrie was packed for their wonderful Benefactors Art Exchange exhibit last week in their Carnegie Room. The top painting in the photo is mine, and has found a new home for the next year, perhaps even a "forever" home. There seemed to be lots of people who really liked this one. (The colours are really more vibrant and stronger than shown here). I got to talk to lots of interesting people looking for artwork and had a great night.
I have a six year old grandson in Nanaimo in B.C. and this is one of his recent drawings. I love it, in fact I got two little paintings from my grand-daughters recently as well. These are our up and coming artists, which is terrific to see. Keep it up!
That's one happy looking dog! She's Aiza, a Rodesian Ridgeback who lives with my family in Nanaimo B.C. frolicking in their snow and full of the joys of Winter. I'm enjoying it today in Alcona in Ontario, watching the snow cover the tree branches, defining the negative spaces I see there, painting a wonderland for me. There are tracks in the snow from rabbits, mink, deer and even a big black pussy cat that I occasionally see out there braving the cold. Meanwhile my cat Frankie goes to the door asking out, then when I open the door he just lifts and shakes one of his paws, gives me a dirty look as if he's reproaching me for not turning the heat up outside, and returns to lie on the heat vent. When I go out there is golden silence as the cool flakes fall on my shoulders and my nose; and I have a warm home to go back to nest in when I want to. Life is good.
I just finished the painting above, which called itself "Spring will Come". I seem to know a few people who are willing winter to be on its way. It's only 24 x 36" but is a very happy little piece. I love this time of year as I can paint as much as I like in my cozy studio and there are no weeds to pull.
My granddaughters were over last weekend and were skating on the creek beside the house and on the lake with their Dad. It was a first for them, they have only skated on official "ice rinks" before. Last time they were out on that lake it was in a kayak! What a joy watching them all, I am the luckiest Granny around! We all had fun. Oh, did I mention that they are great little artists as well? It's always fun for them to paint in my studio and make as much mess as they like, and it doesn't matter. That's what it's for!
I've been writing in Storyworth about my trip to Dubai in 2005, and reliving lovely memories of nineteen other like-minded souls. We were all brought together by Emaar International for their Art Symposium for two wonderful weeks of painting, sharing, new experiences in the East, and networking! All the work we did there remains there in what was then their tallest building. At times I'd sketch some of the artists and the Emaar people looking after us, and these are a few of the sketches.
I had a printmaking class in my studio yesterday, and we ran overtime we were all having so much fun.
We just printed from drawings we did on styrofoam, using water based inks and brayers, (rollers0 , to apply the ink onto the "plate". We did about three prints from one inking, and then printed different colours on top, sometimes moving our registration a little to show the under colour better. Sometimes we separated the plate into several parts and printed each leaving spaces between them - or not, using whatever colour seemed right at the time.
Loads of prospective cards were produced! They will be cut out and stuck on the front of a blank card, then perhaps a line forming a frame of reference may be drawn round it, leaving 1/8th of an inch on three sides and 2/8ths on the bottom to finish it off. Lots of playtime!