You probably don't have an assignment like this one though...
Thursday, 25 December 2014
You probably don't have an assignment like this one though...
Sunday, 9 November 2014
For a prize in a game, I created hand-made magic wands. There was plenty of tips on the internet about how to do this, and it was a fun experience.
So, tool list -
- Wooden beads
- Glue gun with glue
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
What doing quick sketches does is free you up so much. Very often, we have an idea in our head, we get to the canvas or paper and think "I'm going to paint the best painting ever!" What happens nexts is we get tight and careful. We go away, practice every little aspect of the painting and then realize that our studies are better than the final product!
One lady in my art class comes into each work without an image in her head, and everything she does is an experiment. Everything comes out beautifully.
I need to learn not to srtive for perfection, goal setting or aims. I just need to just do and just be.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
When I set myself out with an agenda, I fail. Always. When I have the end product, how I want people to react, I fail. When I set time tables and goals and care what people think about what I'm doing, I fail.
I've learnt to do art backwards. In VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) we are told to create a mood, an idea, it's about what we want our audience to see.
The thing is, I've never been good at people pleasing. I have never figured out what people wanted from me. If I dive into an artwork thinking "what am I trying to tell my audience", well then, how can I see into the depths of my artistic spirit when I'm focuses on shallow eyes looking at me who aren't even there?
An artist needs space to fail, to grow, to learn. I see the term "happy accident" when reading blogs all the time. It's so much easier to see those when you're not on a time limit, have an agenda, or audience focused. You will never stop learning. You will always make mistakes. You will annoy yourself, your critics, your patrons (aka my dad). As soon as I focus outward and not inward, I lose the plot trying to gain approval with a perfect performance instead of trying to get what is in my heart to create out.
This is my midnight sketch. I want to call it "As Far as the East is from the West".
I know what it means to me. Do I know what it will mean to you? Of course not. I can't see your head. Will it have the same meaning as me? Probably not. I can't control that. It's out of my hands.
So here is a midnight sketch. It's messy, spontaneous, but let's see if it goes somewhere.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Day 8: Bread on watercolour
Day 9: Watercolour pencil over watercolour wash over sketch
Day 10: applying water
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Day 7: Masking liquid
Step one: Have a portrait sketch
Step 2: Mask the paper
Step 3: Paint over the image with watercolourAs you can see, the blob-effect didn't work out the way I had planned. This is probably be because, for the blobs, I used student watercolour instead of artists watercolour. Once dry, the student watercolour does not un-dry. However, artist's watercolour is soluble no matter how long you leave it.
Step 4: Remove the masking fluid
Day 4: Watercolour and saltThis one took me a couple of attempts. The paint has to be dark enough and thick enough to really get the absorbed affect. It's probably better to use artists quality paint, unless you use it thickly straight from the tube. I'm quite happy with the effect this one has made.
Crimson and ultramarine blue.
Day 5: Watercolour blow painting
Day 6: Gravel effect
Friday, 10 October 2014
Day 2: Much of the sameWet on wet acrylic with water colour over the top. Acrylic is a permanent, where as the green could be taken off with water. Lesson in permanency.
Day 3: Splatter painting
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Breaking the perfectionismI'm a bit of a perfectionist. Not much, but just a bit. Enough to make me feel self conscious about having a blog about my creations, anyway. And, sometimes, if I don't have a finished artwork, one that looks good, that's world changing or good enough that it might be shown at the Met, the Louvre and the Guggenheim whilst people are pirating it and selling mugs of it on eBay, I don't feel like it's worth painting.
This is something I need to get over, because as a learner artist, that is everything I create. What's detrimental about this mindset is that it doesn't give me mistake room. If it's not good enough, I don't show it, I don't learn, I don't try new things.
This must stop. Now.
So, for the next thirty days, I will be posting small paint experiments to get the artistic juices flowing, to force me to move forward.
Bare with me, Okay?
Day 1: Cling wrap relief texture.Easily done - apply a single wash of watercolour, grab some cling wrap, scrunch it up a bit, then place it over the top until dry.
I was going for something I could use for a random marble effect, but I don't think it'll do. Probably better used for a cracked look, where a painting or a wall has started to peal away and expose the board underneath.
Stay tuned in for tomorrow's painting experiment!
Friday, 3 October 2014
Saturday, 20 September 2014
An interesting combination. I was challenged to paint something that was an impressionist, post-modern painting that was also an anime.
I managed to find an anime series that was described as post-modern by the likes of Serial Experiment Lain. I used one of the promotional images and painted it in a contemporary impressionist style.
Monday, 18 August 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
Friday, 4 July 2014
Some ribbons on the left and some patterns drafted on the right. Was intimidated by my giant pile of ribbons, wondering how I was going to sort them into aesthetically appealing colours. So, I used a visual marketing trick on myself:
When colours are in assorted into like colours, the appearance of variety increases.
I arranged them on a hook to the closest likeness to each of the primary colours. They look more approachable already. I just want to grab one and play with it!
Monday, 30 June 2014
Some concept drawings for my upcoming stall "upcycling". I am giving it a very bohemian look, as that's the kind of audience who are interested in recycled clothing. Strangely enough, when it comes to rough drafts I often feel most comfortable using BIRO pens.
They are just concepts at the moment. It will be interesting to see what becomes of them!
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
"But, aren't you a girl?"
Though a very apt observation that I am not a body of men, the name isn't to be taken literally but symbolically. The name "Amy" has French roots, meaning "beloved". As does "David". Consequently, the name "Dawson" means "David's son". Unfortunately, the title "Son of David" has been taken up by gentleman during Roman times, also known as Jesus Christ. Perhaps you might have heard of him.
Though Jesus was very courteous and claimed no copyright or trade mark to that title, I did not want to use it lest there be great confusion. So, seeing as many Davids have had many sons, I chose the brand, "Sons of David."