A blog pause

Do you ever think you like drawing and the doing but don’t really have all that much to say in words? Well, that’s kind of where I am at the moment. And hence, a pause from blogging. 

Over the two years or so of blogging, I have very much enjoyed your posts and the many beautiful ideas visually expressed and the little blog-chats. Thank you.

For the time being, I am posting at https://www.instagram.com/drawingconnections/

 

Chinese New Year in the park

  

I really loved seeing all the preparations for the many short traditional Chinese performances. The day started off cloudy and with some rain. Fortunately the sun came out  and everything went ahead. So much to look at – the rich colours, varied  costumes and different types of music. Not a monkey in sight though!

I guess we should wish one another much health, happiness and wealth!

Keeping up the habit (1)

 

I guess we all go through phases of unmotivation or uninspiration. Well. Ok, I’ll speak for myself. Sometimes everything looks a bit grey or ‘done that before’. A tiresome phase. 

But that’s when a bit of colouring-in helps keep the habit up. At least the hand is moving, the eyes are looking, searching.

Not sure when I did this ink drawing, but it now has colour. This very hardy plant is still out there on my balcony – taller, more shoots, very healthy. Just keeps growing. Don’t think it questions anything. It just is.

Book of little treasures

Came across a little concertina book tucked away in my bookshelf. From memory, I enjoyed doing these and especially where I get to the part of the drawing when the structure has been worked out and the tones just start to ‘pop out’ through darkening and also erasing.

It has been a while since I have done this kind of drawing – slow, intense looking and direct copying from nature.      

Where to next…

  
This is where this piece is at. More items to draw. More to cut. Where is it headed? Not sure. The process for making something is like this sometimes. 

Sometimes, it leads nowhere. 

Sometimes it goes somewhere surprisingly resolved. Not as great art or anything like that, but resolved and the feeling of it being an interesting little trip. 

I guess for now, this is a bit too early to know where it is headed. So, it’s a process in progress. Keep going, I guess.

Backgrounds. What to do with those? (3)

 

Do you know Paul Klee’s ‘Magic fish’? I came across it only recently and loved how…well…magical it looked and with mysterious wonder. That piece inspired this background. Not quite sure that it works thoug. It does and it doesn’t. It looks a bit grungy, unnecessarily so. And trying to bring all the elements together was a bit tricky. But I guess learning to solve visual problems is part of the fun.

Backgrounds. What to do with those? (2)

  
While this piece was not inspired by Johannes Vermeer, his works did cross my mind as I struggled with what to do with the background. His interiors are wonderful for the way they are integrated with any people. They just belong there. Not plonked there. There is a story that can be created. Light streams from his windows. 

Here, Chloe is talking to a bird – one I bought from an art gallery bookshelf – and wanting to make sure it was comfortable. It had fallen off its perch and had been hanging upside down for some time, gathering dust. 

Catching children engrossed in an imaginary world is a real joy.

Backgrounds. What to do with those? (1)

  
I’m still enjoying using this lolly coloured watercolour set. Not sure what to say about this piece except that I wanted to work out how to break up a background. Not sure about you, but I often get stumped with the background. 

Often I leave it white; other times I make a mess. 

This background is a’collage’ of aspects of my loungeroom. And yes, there is quite a bit of yellow.