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..
And the circus…
I hope you like it too, Happy Sunday!
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…
Then screenprint them on recycled card…
I have listed them in my shop if you want to have a gander !
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.
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.
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.
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..
Well the beginning of March has been a real hibernation for me so far as I have got a bug that is really outstaying its welcome. Anyway needless to say I haven’t done much work but I have finally sorted out my photographs and drawings from the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. So a bit of flower therapy to help me on my way. I hope they brighten up your March too. I have heard it has been raining.
Here’s to Spring time and bulk buying echinacea!
Just after new year my friend Lisa and I took a jaunt to Edinburgh, it was my birthday and it was so nice to do something special. I studied my Illustration degree in Edinburgh but I haven’t been back for years. I was excited to see old haunts and new changes.
When we arrived Edinburgh was just as I remembered; low, bright winter sun and buildings that make you look up!
When I lived in Edinburgh I was pretty sketchbook obsessive and my favourite place to draw was the National Museum of Scotland. So this was our first stop ..
And guess what? I still enjoyed drawing there.
I think I might still be a sketchbook obsessive.
What places make you smile?
2016.. what a year.As a child I always wanted to change lots of things in the world like many children do; unfair and unkind things. As an adult you realise how overwhelming it is to be so idealistic, so you do what you can to be fair and kind in your own little way. When big changes happen; people who have soundtracked your life ,acted in your favourite films, household names pass away. When people are voted in to power that you know shouldn’t be. When you feel sure your country will vote one way and the opposite happens..it makes the world feel larger and overwhelming again.
But the fact these people are sorely missed shows our need for music, art and individuality. The fact that people voiced disappointment at some of the consequences of Brexit and are shocked about the presidential result in the US, shows a passion for embracing all cultures and colours.
So I look forward to 2017 and all the art, music and diversity it may bring.
I wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year x