I am not sure how the seasons changed so quickly, but they did. I had decided to take the month of August off blogging due to a house full of children, visitors, a road trip or two and lots of work all mixed in. Here it is the end of September and I am just finding my way back here. What can I say? It was an awesome summer. We did a little of this...
A lot of this.... There was no shortage of adventure, sights to see and good summer fun. I already miss it. I am sharing with you a few links to courses that kept me creatively curious this summer. All of them from Creative Bug. Pam Garrisons Creative Sketchbooking - A three-part series working from journal to canvas. Lots of interesting mark making techniques and exercises - working with your non dominant hand, intuitive drawing, paper collage and lots of mixed media.
I love Pam's use of colour and style. It was very interesting to me to see how she approaches her work. She makes it all seem so simple and random, but, wow, does she have great results. For more viewing pleasure check out #cbsketchbooking on instagram. Next up was Lisa Congdons Sketchbook Exploration - a four-part series working from sketchbook to canvas. Lots of line work, mixed media, collage and abstract work as well, but a totally different approach than Pam's class. She inspired me to get out my markers and pencil crayons and I have re-discovered a whole new medium which is not only easy to use anywhere, but very satisfying in the mark making department.
I managed to take a little bit away from both courses and adapt to my own style, painting and pasting my way to a finished piece. Finally I started Yao Chengs Watercolour class, but then life got too busy and I had to put it on hold. I am looking forward to the rainy season here in Whistler to get caught up on my learning. Rumour has it that Lisa's Sketchbook Explorations Part Two has also gone live. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but I am definitely looking forward to it. Let the rains begin! See you next week!
It is hot. Oh, so hot. The temperature is rising and doesn't plan to stop. Sunny skies are here to stay in Whistler. When I take a look at this weeks colour palette, tangy, sweet citrus sherbets come to mind. There is definitely the sweet feel of summer going on here. A few pattern swatches on my desktop. These will be some fun shapes to use when I get a chance to have fun in my art journal. Unfortunately, the sound of work was calling this week and I didn't have time to create in my art journal. Instead kitchen wall art was in the making. I loved this assignment! I have to admit I am just a wee bit in love with all of my fruit and vegetables. I am hoping to get a chance to create some illustrated recipes for They Draw and Cook this summer. With all the fruit and vegetables coming into season, it is hard not to be inspired.
I am also very inspired by my new Photoshop skills and the mix of all of my painted bits and pieces and the digital world. This is a whole new way of working for me and I am loving it. A big shout out to Instructor Sherry London and Pattern Observers Photoshop for Designers. Photoshop for Designers is a 6 week intensive class that dives deep into the magic of Photoshop. It is full of information, so much information! Videos, PDF's, a class forum plus a private Facebook group - no question will be left unanswered. Sherry is a well spoken, very effective instructor willing to give her all to you. She is first to jump in and explain in detail any question you may have, which as you can imagine...is many, when it comes to Photoshop.
The next class starts July 6th. It would be the perfect summer project to dive into! Head on over to Pattern Observers site for all the details. Enjoy your week and don't forget to support your local farmers market!
I love this mood board as is! I am inspired to make some abstract art just looking at it. My goal this week is to use these colours to create art in any medium and any style. I like the idea of preconceived colours. I find it easier to concentrate on certain aspects of art one step at a time. If I already have the colours in my head then I am already one step ahead. I can spend my creative energy thinking about my motifs, playing with lines and shape, composition.
It is no surprise that I love these colors. I am surrounded by them here at home. My walls are painted ginger root, I have large red and orange patterned pieces everywhere - throw cushions,blankets, lampshades and ,of course, artwork. Living in the mountains, my landscape is always in shades of watery grays and blues. I want my house to be warm and cozy amongst the setting.
No wasted paper in this household - I took my colour moodboard and using my shapes and colours transformed it into some art journal pages. I am still playing in my art journal on a daily basis cutting new shapes and trying my hand at some abstract backgrounds. I have been spending a lot of time with my scissors these days. When in doubt stick a bird on it...so I did. Finally, moving along from analog to digital, a little photoshop work below as I try to master the program. it is a slow process but I find that the more I play with it, the greater my understanding. Scanning has also become a big part of my daily routine now. If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that a few of these images are from last week. I hate to bombard you with the same images, but I have decided to start a weekly #penpaperpaintpattern blog series with a chosen color palette for the week and create art around it. Every week I will then post here about my discoveries. It's a plan and i am trying to be two steps ahead. Enjoy the week,