A big part of life drawing is recognising one’s style and letting it emerge.
Life drawing is a valuable exercise as it is very difficult so it’s great practice for all drawing, which enables my art to be able to develop and allows me to constantly evolve how I can represent my ideas and communicate positive energy.
Here are the pieces from the latest session, I felt challenged by a busy mind, distraction from background noise and the small paper size, but pushed on and when it then came to he final piece which was A2 I am happy with the result. The final pose appeals to me as it’s a pensive, contemplative pose which captures my imagination of what the woman in my ink painting could be thinking or, better still, day dreaming about. Thinking idealistically about this is much more hope encouraging for me.
This week the Inspire by Kim exhibition ended, but the good news is that I now have artworks for sale in the shop at Airy Fairy.
Originals, canvases and framed prints are in the main shop area.
I was pleased to announce that The Little Bean Bag Cafe & Cake Emporium is displaying two prints of my paper cut pictures for sale.
Had a visit from The Small Print Company and tried typesetting and printing old style.
Worked on a new creative on two canvases in acrylic and oil paints. More on that later.
Life drawing – I drew a male model for the first time.
Now I’ll be reflecting on my exhibition, reading the lovely comments from my exhibition visitors and continuing my current project.
Thanks for stopping by. There’s lots of art to try here, and inspiration for your practice. I’d love to hear if I’ve inspired you. It’s not always easy to comment on WordPress, so feel free to comment through my Facebook page.
Since visiting Las Dalias market on the island of Ibiza, firstly with Ben Shephard and the GMTV crew in 2002 and again with my family in 2015, I have been keen to try Batik.
A dear friend of mine has the wax melter, tools and dyes and gave me the opportunity to try it. She pre-dyed fabrics in bright colours and once melted I drew on the, frame stretched, fabric using a Tjanting and brushes. (Health and Safety: Taking care not to burn myself on the wax pot and tools.)
I am studying and experimenting with inspiration so I chose mostly sunny fabric shades and worked on energy radiating sun designs and an eye seeing inspiration. Thirdly I worked with a winged gir/ angel/ fairy design.
After drawing with the wax the fabric pieces must cool, the wax set, then dyes be mixed to add a second colour. I chose a magenta pink, and a purple.
After being dyed a second time the fabric is dried before the wax can be melted out. Ironing out the wax between absorbent paper left a residue so I tried boiling the wax out, which although a bit messy and needing a dedicated pan, left the fabric clean.
I’m pleased with the bright fabric artworks, enjoyed the fluidity of the Tjanting. There’s always something satisfying in having created something yourself. Huge respect goes out to those who make huge batik designs, I would love to see that being done. I may decide to make a scarf, cushion cover, wall hanging, lamp or bag from the batik sections.
If you have tried batik or decide to try I’d really like to see what you’ve created. You can comment below.
The end results…
Thanks for looking at this post, you can see any of my 52 Art Challenges at this blog. My work is displayed in April 2016 at Airy Fairy Cafe and Gift Shop, London Road, Sheffield.