Inktober Part 3

On with the sketches from part 3 of my Inktober Challenge!

inktober tree
inktober tree

Those of you who are just  joining in here is a link to a video created by Jake Parker, the artist who began Inktober in 2009.

Inktober relax
Inktober relax

I have been keeping with the theme of small Post-It note sized drawings this week so that I can relax sand not stress over the challenge.

Inktober wet
Inktober wet

In retrospect this wet & dismal time of year is perfect to spend time indoors on a creative pursuit such as this.

Inktober battle
Inktober battle
Inktober escape
Inktober escape

I still manage to find time during a weekday escape to do a couple of this week’s sketches.

Inktober flight
Inktober flight

My first inclination for flight was a plane but I stretched myself too think a little outside the box.

Inktober squeeze
Inktober squeeze

I’ll just squeeze in one more sketch before the credits roll ūüôā

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Sunday Sketches @bluechairdiary

As usual I am participating in the Sunday sketches blog roll with many other artists from around the world.

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Paint Party Friday

And the Paint Party Friday blog check in as well.

A purple and yellow challenge

Purple and yellow are such good friends

I am participating in a few blog parties and online challenges this summer. 

 

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
‚ÄĒ Alice Walker (The Color Purple)

 

The colour challenge from Summer of Color 5 this week is purple, purple and yellow. Hop on over to Kristin’s site to see more.

The subject matter suggested by Creative Tuesdays is “Little Twitters” (birds). I’ve always loved birds, crows particularly, so it was easy!

 

Yellow and purple finch
Yellow and purple finch

Oddly enough, Purple Finches aren’t purple! I suppose like blue flowers are really purple? I’m not sure how this is interpreted. So I used a more literalapproach with some artistic license ūüėČ

I had a look through some of my past work to see if I had anything that fit the colour challenge but found only this abstracted photo of pigment. (I can’t help myself sometimes, whipping my phone out at work, trying to catch the rapidly changing swirls!)

Yellow and purple pigment
Mysterious & unrepeatable swirling patterns yellow and purple pigment

I am also linking to Sunday Sketches and Paint Party Friday.

A Good Finish to the Art Show

It was a good finish to the art show on downtown Victoria!

Green is the New Black. Birds such as Swallows can be so graceful to watch. Acrylic painting on canvas.
Green is the New Black. Birds such as Swallows can be so graceful to watch. Acrylic painting on canvas.

I was delighted to hear that on the final day of the 50 Shades of Green Art Show the Mayor of Victoria Lisa Helps held a press conference in the board room of The Dock near Chinatown.  The focus of the press conference was her Task Force for Economic Development and Prosperity. Many of our paintings mounted on the vintage brick wall provided a backdrop for her announcements.

Members of the Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity.
FB_IMG_1430031014501Members of the Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity. 

Glimpses of our art in the background begin at 0:00:50

Someof the featured artists :

Robin Drader

Melodie Hutmacher

John Comuzzi

Aura Arindam  

John Janzen

Alan Klughammer

Katarina Hardisty

Heather Barr

Elaine Lauzon

Elizabeth Dailey 

Terri Heal 

50 Shades of Green Art Show

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The Whisper, 16″ x 20″, oil on canvas painting. Bull kelp is very plentiful on the West Coast.

I’m organizing a group art show called “50 Shades of Green” starting March 18/15 at The Dock Victoria, 300-3 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria BC V8W 1W3

The¬†theme for the art show isn’t about the colour, it’s about nature and the environment.

There will be works from a dozen local artists on display until April 15th. Some of those are:

Robin Drader

Melodie Hutmacher

John Comuzzi

Aura Arindam  

John Janzen

Alan Klughammer

Katarina Hardisty

Heather Barr

Elaine Lauzon

Elizabeth Dailey 

Terri Heal 

 

Hopefully you can join us for the opening reception March 18 6-8pm for a meet-n-greet with refreshments.

See you there!

 

Breathing Space in Barcelona

The haunting of history is ever present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it’s a woman who’s extremely vain.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

After our days in the urban core of Amsterdam huddled winter clothes, we found some space to breathe.  We spent 5 sunny December days in this hot spot of Spain rambling down and hiking up A LOT! but we made up for the exercise with generous amounts of food & wine.

Charming views were at ones disposal every other city block. For example, this time-worn church that reflected it’s warmth into the courtyard where we lounged over espresso & tapas.

14th century Catalan Gothic church in Barcelona, Spain
14th century Catalan Gothic church in Barcelona, Spain

My Sketchbook came in handy many times during our European jaunt. Many hours were spent waiting for planes, trains &  automobiles. I packed a travel size kit of art supplies for moments such as these.

Sketch at El Prat airport, Barcelona. Ball point pen, Moleskine journal.
Sketch at El Prat airport, Barcelona. Ball point pen, Moleskine journal.

Gaudi, Gaudi, Gaudi, & Gaudi. The Catalan architects influence is evident throughout Barcelona. It was underfoot in the walkways and countless buildings as well.

I was amazed with the architecture and craftsmanship at the Ssagrada de Familia!
I was amazed with the architecture and craftsmanship at the Sagrada de Familia!
Gaudi designed these chimney pots for Casey Milan to look like the helmets of knights.
Gaudi designed these chimney pots for Casey Milan to look like the helmets of knights.
Paving stones on Las Ramblas, Barcelona
Paving stones on Las Ramblas, Barcelona

We couldn’t get around and see all of the sites but tackled as many as we could!¬†I’ll come back.¬†

Next stop: Bulgaria! Our objective there is to spend time with our friend Amalia who moved to Sunny Beach a few years ago with her husband Matt. 

Fast, Slow and a Series

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An assortment of crows. All are acrylics except centre right which is watercolor on birch panel.

 

What can be learned by doing things really fast?  Or really slow? Or in a series?

Reiteration

Many artists painted have the same subject over and over, from different angles (Monet’s Waterlilies) and others have painted the subject repeatedly looking the same (Warhol’s¬†Marilyn¬†silkscreens) in an effort to show that even with endless amounts of reproduction where on the surface they appear the same, the small smears and clogs give an individuality to each piece. Even in my attempts to manually reproduce the same familiar image from memory, each time there would be variations to the theme. Some I liked and of course others not so much.

What I found is that each time I repeat a subject (such as a  bird) I become more aware of :

*the textures & highlights

*the shape & proportion

*the body language & movement

*seemingly subtle things such as the highlights of an eye can draw your attention

*the addition of a tiny prop like a cigarette can change the attitude

 

Speed

I hadn’t tried to give myself a time limit until I applied to compete in Art Battle,¬†along with a few friends (Buddy System!).

My first reaction to the challenge was trepidation but the more I thought about it the old saying of “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” was lingering¬†in the back of my mind. ¬†That’s when I made the dive and sent in an application, only then to panic with my acceptance!

I needed a plan of action so our group, which we soon dubbed “the A-Team” (an attempt to take on the strength & ingenuity of these iconic characters) put into motion several practice sessions, complete with timers, distractions and loud music (we had to learn to block these things out). ¬†We tried new images and old familiar ones to the point where it began to feel that our hands began to form a memory of their own for the twists and turns required, endeavoring to become more efficient in the movements each time. The results did surprise me at times and really made me consider whether some of the long drawn out hours necessarily paid off?

The day of the competition was loaded with adrenalin, unfamiliar materials and faces but I’m certainly glad I did it. Will I compete again? Only the future will tell but in the meantime I have a collection of birds in various sizes and shapes to contemplate and learn from ūüôā

 

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New photos of various creations added

I have added a number of photos of new creations including: Paintings, Sketches, & Abstract Paint images. I’ll have them sorted into galleries shortly ūüôā

You will have to experiment and try things out for yourself and you will not be sure of what you are doing. That’s all right, you are feeling your way into the thing. (Emily Carr)