Monday, 12 April 2021

PERFORMANCE ART


"Art Journal Journal" is asking us to make art on the theme "Inspired by".
I am currently being inspired by Elizabeth who, this month, is posting a series of ingenious artworks made with recycled materials.
I've hardly ever made art with recycled materials so was inspired to have a go, helped by my friends.

It started with a little box of soap, strangely named "Magical Beauty Queen", and a box of biscuits.
I rescued both of these from the cardboard recycling box



and made a crown from the biscuit box cardboard.
I used Mr. E's gold acrylic to paint the crown.  He said he had hardly ever used it so that was a sort of recycling.



The deep purple fabric is from one of my fabric boxes labelled "Fabric I will probably never use".
The striped paper was cut out of yesterday's newspaper.
The pink wooden block was an offcut from one of Mr. E's projects which I rescued ages ago and have been keeping as I just liked it.



I've got a very large box full of foil papers from confectionary collected over many years and I made a little banner attached to thin washi tape.



And now - what you have all been waiting for!
It's the beauty pageant results!  Anastasia has been chosen as the Beauty Queen!  Loud cheers!!!
Cecil is the proud compere of the event.
You can see the glamorous Sapphire in the background looking slightly miffed.  She was the runner-up. 
 


That was the only photo I managed to get because -

LOOK!!!!!!

A rather strange bedraggled protester has crashed the event.
"SAVE THE TEDDY" - what does that mean?
Nobody knows.  Nobody knows what to do.



Cecil has come out of his commenting box to appeal to the protestor who is saying nothing.



How did it end?
Don't worry.
It was just a game of performance art and recycling.
They are all good friends and got together shortly afterwards for a drink and a debrief although Sapphire is still ever so slightly miffed.



In case anyone is saying - "Wait!!!  This is not art journalling!!!"
We think it is.  It's (performance) art and it is in my Art Journal for today.



Kisses to all art journallers from the four actors - Anastasia, Sapphire, Cecil and Mabel.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

INSPIRED



The theme at "Art Journal Journey" this month is "Inspired by", which was chosen by Eileen before she recently died.
So this month Chris and Erika are hosting her theme as a tribute.

One thing I enjoyed very much in Eileen's blog were her journal diaries.  Each page was full of little illustrations and words which were delightful and fascinating.

I thought a good tribute would be to post one of my older journal pages which are different but the same sort of idea.  

A DAY OUT AT PEEBLES IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS



What am I inspired by?
My art group has a monthly challenge where the theme is chosen by one of the members.   Last month was an intriguing theme "Workman's marks".  We were encouraged to go out into the streets and look for painted marks made on the road or pavement. 

Here are four of the more useful marks I found.











The next is a coloured version of the previous photo to highlight the marks.



I made a couple of paintings using oil pastels and watercolour inks using all four of the marks above as inspiration.  This was the first painting with no photo-editing except for the frame



and after giving it a good going over with Photoshop I produce this.  It's basically a crop of the right-hand side turned anti-clockwise.



Concurrently the weekly challenge with my friend J. had the theme "Shakespeare".   I used this second painting, also inspired by the workman's marks above



to make this to illustrate the quotation "The isle is full of noises" from Shakespeare's play "The Tempest".



I hope you enjoyed this post and the paintings inspired by the workmen's marks in the streets.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

A MESSAGE FROM MY BEAUTIFUL PRESENTERS


My "Single Flower" presenting team would like to say thank you to each of you who contributed to the beautiful Single Flowers we have seen this month at "Art Journal Journey".  We have loved each and every one.

From left to right is Anastasia, Cecil who is Douglas's new apprentice, the glamorous Sapphire and Douglas.



We showed this Pink Flower in the previous blogpost and we have been having lots of fun playing with it.



We made our own "washi tape".   It makes a lovely seal for this pretty pink envelope.



Come back another time to see what else the Pink Flower can do.

Friday, 26 March 2021

PAINTING SINGLE FLOWERS

 


Here is the desk in my studio waiting for me to carry on with this painting.  
You can see I am well-placed to watch the nesting box which two blue tits have been investigating.



Of course it's easier for me, I've got very good helpers



This is the painting at the stage which you see on the table above and I made it in pursuit of some paintings for my challenge on "Art Journal Journey" with the theme "A Single Flower".  
It is one of those paintings which start with a splosh and finish with a splash and has a few stripes and dots in-between.   In other words it is a play-painting.



What is that thing upper right?  I've no idea, the paints went off on their own.  
I took a slice from the top left which has possibilities.  Below is straight from the painting with no photo-editing trickery
And before anyone suggests that there are two flowers here I state quite definitely that the pink thing on the right below is a non-flowering cactus or maybe an alien insect.



Then it got a make-over in Photoshop.
I think I may prefer the one above.  What do you think?



It got a further crop



and here is the same with a colour change.




I rather like these crops and they will make good card designs or even wrapping paper.

* * * * * * *

I went out to the garden this morning in the hail, sunshine and snow, all in the space of ten minutes, to see if I could find any real flowers, single or otherwise.

I found:

A euphorbia in the woodland walk,



some pansies in a pot which had survived the winter,



Honesty, which at this time of year is my favourite flower.  It's just what it is, an honest flower



and finally this sweet single pink flower on the lime green leaves which had also survived the winter.




I've got plans for this little painted flower which introduced this post.  Come back later to see what they are.



You still have six more days (counting today) to make a Single Flower for the challenge at "Art Journal Journey"  It doesn't have to be mega-fancy, it can be as minimalist as you like, but if fancy takes your fancy it can be fancy too.

Monday, 22 March 2021

WHAT YOU SEE


The artwork I will show here literally made itself.  Yes, I do mean literally.  I was out in the garden all afternoon and came in just for a minute and as I was passing through my studio I saw these ancient felt tip pens looking at me, still sitting there from where they had made the art for my
 previous blogpost.   
They hypnotised me.



I got a piece of cardboard out of the waste basket and chose a pen.   Because I was only there for a minute I made a rule that I would not try out the pen colours but trust in the colour of the cap (not usually trustworthy).

I started with the arch and this creature jumped on top.


I next drew a flower.


then three dancing cactuses



and finally a house



which all made this.



Then I wondered what happened next.
Luckily the pens knew exactly what they were doing and a title came straight into my head.

So I found a motor car in my small paintings box


and a background pattern in my computer files called "The Dark"



and with the help of Photoshop made


WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU DRIVE HOME FROM A PARTY LATE AT NIGHT



The "Single Flower" challenge at "Art Journal Journey" runs till the end of this month.   As you can see here you don't have to be able to draw to enter, just get some materials, possibly some strange old pens, and make a flower - painted, collaged, stamped or whatever you like.

Friday, 19 March 2021

A USEFUL THING

HOW THE LITTLE FLOWER BECAME A USEFUL THING


On my mission to paint Single Flowers for the theme at "Art Journal Journey", I was inspired by Alison's blogpost where she had painted two heart pictures and used cheap paints and paper for the first heart and better quality materials for the second.   I liked both but preferred the first and reading the comments saw that I was not alone.

I immediately searched out a box of seriously ancient very cheap felt tips.  You can see some of the tips are cracked through age or ancient use but astonishingly many of them still produced good colour. 



I picked up the nearest paper which happened to be a completed letter puzzle and painted this in a couple of minutes on the reverse side.  You can see some of the letters C, A and A of the puzzle on the reverse right side.



Changed the colours to make them more intense.



Sprinkled the flower all over on to plain paper 



and made the little flower larger and popped it onto the middle.



It's now wrapping paper for a Birthday present and Douglas, the professional presenter, is showing it to you.



Douglas has taken on an apprentice and is giving him advice.
Meet Cecil.
Cecil, however, has his own ideas about presentation.



I hope you enjoyed reading the adventures of the little flower from its humble beginnings to its attractive and useful end.

I'm linking to the challenge theme "A Single Flower" at "Art Journal Journey" where I am happily the host for the month and where you can see what other artists are making.

Would you like to make a Single Flower painting for the challenge?  It can be as minimalist or as complex as you like and the team and other artists will come and admire it.