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/

 

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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.

What is composition exactly?

IMG_4256.JPGChloe my soon-to-be-seven year old neice, handed me an A4 sheet she had covered with furiously coloured scribbles asked ‘well, what do you think?’ I said I really liked the colours and asked her what she might do with it next.

Nothing. She was on to her next piece.
And yes, she said, I can use her first piece.

I cut it up in small pieces then moved them around on an A5 sheet, trying to find a way to make all the bits form a whole.

How does one do that? When does something ‘come together’? Rule of thirds? Golden mean? Negative-positve space? Proximity, balance, line considerations?

I don’t quite have a definitive answer but found that moving pieces of paper around on a sheet of paper a simple and satisfying way to explore this question.

I looked up to see Chloe making a story about a bee and a flower in a collage and Em, her nine year old sister creating a still life.

A good cuppa

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Mostly I drink a coffee, a strong one – one a day and…with cream! But occasionally, it’s a a cup of tea I’m wanting and when it’s good, this is how it feels – buzzy and uplifting!

Materials? This is a collage with the cup drawn with oil pastels then scraped back with the edge of a plastic card. I like this scraping back and muting the colours.

Hope you’re having a lovely mid-week kind of a day wherever you are!

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India…a natural affinity

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You know how there are certain places, countries or just spaces even, that you just like? Really like. And, just because you do. India is like that for me. I guess that’s called ‘have a natural affinity with’. I also do love the faded natural beauty you see in many of the building, temples and gates and the myriad of daily spiritual practices.

This is a simple oil pastel drawing with two colour rubbed back with a pencil eraser. Cutting the image out a bit crudely simplifies the shape. Try it. It’s most enjoyable.

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