Today my desk is covered with painted papers as I am in the process of trying out combinations of collage pieces for three 4 x 4 inch abstracts I am putting together to hang on my wall here at home. I have been cutting up the A2 sheet I prepared over the weekend (you can see it here)
Here are a few compositions I tried out..
I really liked the third one and will play around with it a bit more before calling it finished.
Now I look at them here I like the first one too but unfortunately I can't go back to it as I have since cut into the main piece with the scrawled circle on. Silly me!
Over the weekend I took out my A2 pad and did some mark making with the idea of making some abstract collage pieces.
Here is a couple of close up shots of some isolated areas.
I intend to cut it up and arrange the pieces with some other papers to create three 4 x 4 inch abstract pieces to replace the current artwork on one of my walls here at home. I will post the finished pieces here when I eventually finish them.
I couldn't go without sharing another of my oil pastel girls.......... meet Emma.
At first I intended to use only Stabilo All pencil, a water brush then add a little colour on her dress. However I had trouble with her eyes and ended up nearly putting a whole through the paper. I painted the face out with a layer of gesso and thought to myself. 'It's going to end up in the bin anyway' so I just quickly drew another face and what do you know?........a bit of oil pastel and she was presentable again.
For a long time now I have wanted to feature birds in my artwork. A couple of works containing a bird have made it on to my blog but on the whole I am not comfortable with my results.
So I have decided get some practice in by drawing some studies of birds. I am not aiming for true to life birds more 'artsy' birds (if you know what I mean.) But I think you need to start practicing with something near the real thing to get the feel of the birds shape.
I have seen a book on-line on how to sketch birds so I am thinking of starting there. My regular blog friends will know how I love an excuse for ordering new artsy books. I wish I could have them ALL!!!!!......... now I'm getting carried away.
Here is a quick drawing I did for starters.
I copied the shape from a little pocket book on garden birds I bought a while back intending to use it to practice drawing birds but the pictures are a little too small. I chose my own colours. Once again I used oil pastel.
A little while ago I mentioned I was going on a day trip to Bowness in the Lake District here in the UK. While I was there I bought this little journal by Kelly Rae Roberts. On the cover is an example of the type of bird I would like to create in my artwork.
It is described as a journal but is more of a note book as it has lined paper in it.
I also mentioned in that post that in Bowness there was a shop that sold a vast array of Russian Dolls. I just wanted to say that if there is any of you making a mad rush up there to see them I am afraid I was very disappointed as there is only a handful in the shop now.
The Lake District in Cumbria is such a beautiful place especially on a lovely sunny day but the British weather, being what it is, you have to take pot luck and unfortunately even though we have had some really hot weather here recently on the day of our trip it was a rainy day. However the rain does not seem to dampen the tourists spirits as this photo of people queuing up on the jetty to go for a sail on the Lake shows.
I'm still working 'small' as apposed to 'LARGE' (refer to previous posts). I thought I would work on another tag. This time with a little colour.
I used acrylic paint in cream, green and gold for the background. The circles were made from my own handmade foam stamp and for my girl I used oil pastels, Stabilo All pencil and some collage papers for her dress and crown. Her crown was made of my own paper which was brown paper, acrylics and gold foil.
I wanted to finish the tag off with a piece of brown tulle for the tie. I know I have a piece somewhere that I dyed with some transfer paint but I can't lay my hands on it at the moment so I posted it without for now.
I would love to hear what you think and I really appreciate your comments.
Today is hot and humid in the UK and thunder storms are forecast for tonight. I had lots of housework to do today but just didn't feel like doing it in this sticky weather so I made this little tag instead.
I made the tag from a piece of A4 card and used a Stabilo All pencil and a water brush.