Working with mixed media images which are only possible in the creative arts, gives me great joy. I have the constant help of trusty friends the Schnauzer and the Siamese.I enjoy digital and traditional media and use both in my work.
I have long admired the British female artistGillian Ayres. We are lucky enough to have one of her works in the local Swindon art gallery. I went along to the gallery last Friday for their free lunchtime talk and to look closely at the painting they have which is called Florestan( 1986)
It is a fantastic example of abstract art. Local school children have nicknames it "fried eggs".
The size is quite large as is so much of her work.
Happy New year everyone.. sorry I am a bit late with my greeting.
I have been a lax blogger again... but decided to rectify this and to go for a walk today with the camera. The sun was shining when I took this decision, and of course by time I got out of the front door ..... sun had disappeared. There was still a chilly wind persisting, but wrapped up warm, decided to make the best of it. Well worth it as it turned out, an abundance of opportunities to take photos. I just loved the colours of this winter tree. Sure I can do something with this........
Whilst I was taking this shot, I heard a rustle behind me.........
On turning round I realised I was being watched from the top of the 6 foot fence. So I glibly passed the time of the day, telling the feline what a pretty cat it was, as you do. It was not that impressed as you can see. Then some further rusting and scrabbling........
cat number 2 emerged....... but was not in a mood to hang around and have its beauty praised by me..... whoosh and it had disappeared over the fence.
Not sure if the felines had spotted some mice in the foliage on my side of the fence.... or if they were directing me to this bush..... trying very hard to flower in the freezing cold conditions. Anyone know what it is? Amazing white flowers. Decided not to go for a big close up photo.... just in case there were mice under the bush, so you will have to zoom in.
The book has finally arrived.. we had 3 postal deliveries today ( unheard of normally!) .. I know there were 3, as I had been watching out for this delivery. I knew from Facebook that some of my mates had already had theirs delivered by the postie, so I was somewhat impatient and green with envy.
My package also had a lovely surprise of some gold paint included, for me to play with.
Forgive me though I had to give it the treatment, with the new free software. Just cannot stop messing about with it. ..... but now must leave you .....I have a book to read.
Can't stop playing with the layers option in Paint.net, the free software programm that Maggie Grey showed us on her blog. .
Last month I was teaching a group..... how to make a start on developing sketchbooks...... and we sketched and took photos around the town of Cricklade, where we were meeting. It was great fun.
This is a photo of the Church seen through a gateway.... and I have enjoyed playing with layers today to create this image. I should be wrapping Christmas presents and stuff like that, but am enjoying playing on the computer.
Maggie Grey gave me the heads up about this free software program .... see her tutorial on her bloghere, I used a photo of a hedge to try out her tutorial on layers.... so easy to do on Paint.net ( just google it)
Not content.. I then used Artistic sketch from the menu.. and also inverted the photo again...... fascinating and very easy program to use.... thanks Maggie G.
Just a couple of sketchbook pages.... I am enjoying this sort of free work in my sketchbooks.. but the time has come to review it. I had a chat with fellow artist Bev .... and feel I am on the way to creating a meaningful review. Now is the time to play with fabrics and thread and mark making.