Inspiration-Atlier Bingo

Atelier Bingo are a duo from France specialising in graphic design , surface pattern and illustration. They make bright screen prints and illustrations focussing on pattern and colour.I always like abstracts as they are something I don’t (kind of can’t) do myself!

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I am a sap for anything sketchbooky!

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New Greetings Cards

I have been busy drawing and printing new card designs. The jade green colour on some of the birds is metallic and printed so well! I generally mix my own colours so it was an absolute treat to buy some pre-mixed! I spent a stupidly long time choosing them in the  Fred Aldous art shop, whilst trying to avert my eyes from all the other lovely things.

They are in my shop now and I am hoping they bring some summery colour your way.

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Smelling the Flowers

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Hummingbird and Flowers

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Hummingbird and Flight

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Spread your Wings

 

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Playlist-songs with talking

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1.wolf larsen- kitchen door

2.jack-wintercomessummer

3.public service broadcasting-progress

4.lou reed-street hassle

5.arab strap-deeper

6.death in vegas-all that glitters

7. pulp-inside susan

8.idlewild-remote part/scottish fiction

9.the orb-little fluffy clouds

10. r.e.m-belong

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Inspiration-Alexander Calder

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I first discovered Alexander Calder when I was at art college and I fell in love with his miniature circuses. He called them Cirque Calder and invited artists such as Picasso to view them. He invented the mobile and I always find his art full of joy.

Here are some of his circus drawings that make me smile..

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And the circus…

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I hope you like it too, Happy Sunday!

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Kingfisher cards

Lately I have been drawing lots and trying to get a range of cards together that I am happy with. This seems to take me a while; first I have to be happy with the drawing, then I have to hope my screenprint of said drawing works and then I have to be happy with the finished result, including choice of colour, paper etc….you get the picture.

And so here are my new Kingfisher cards (that I am actually pleased with)…phew, it feels nice to say that.

I start with drawing in biro…

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Then screenprint them on recycled card…

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kingfisher and sunshine card

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I have listed them in my shop if you want to have a gander !

 

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Inspiration: Ginny Grayson

You might think a portrait painter is an unlikely inspiration for me, but I have been teaching lots of classes based on portraits and came across this beautiful work.

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Ginny Grason is an artist from New Zealand, now living in Melbourne. I always love the process of someone’s work being evident and the ghostly drawn lines tell the story of its making.

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Sometimes it is the negative spaces; knowing when to leave parts out that makes a drawing breath.This is something I yet to master. Grayson does it beautifully.

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Funnily enough I came across this Picasso quote today (other lesson planning):

” I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else”

I kind of like the idea of a drawing or painting having its own character to be discovered. When I paint I never have a clear image in mind. I really just have an idea of the mood I want it to have. I am often surprised by the look of a painting I make, but not the feel.

If you would like to see more of this beautiful work it is here.

In the meantime I am going to get my charcoal out, who knows what will appear..

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Playlist

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1.damian jurado-ohio

2.vic chestnutt-flirted with you all my life

3.brad-buttercup

4.nico-these days

5.the field mice-let’s kiss and make up

6.buffalo tom-darl

7.bruce springsteen-atlantic city

8.warren zevon-lawyers, guns and money

9.neutral milk hotel-the king of carrot flowers pt 1

10. violent femmes-blister in the sun

 

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