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.

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.

Looking back

  
It is that time of the year again where I feel the need to sort and cull. Always the same mutterings – ‘too much stuff’. And yet, when travelling I am able to survive quite well on 7 kg of luggage for a 4 week trip. But the minute I stay put, stuff just seems to accumulate.

Anyway, what has that got to do with this watercolour? 

When it comes to sorting through books and photos the whole process slows right down. And in this case I stopped at a photo. Although not very good, it is enough to see a beautiful young Burmese dancer waiting her turn to go on stage. I ‘had to’ stop, to paint her to appreciate the quiet gracefulness. 

She was part of the 2015 Laotian New Year celebrations. Laos New Years day for 2016 is April 12.

Ok. Back to the sorting.

A scholar, an elephant and a succulent

Still lives – a scholar, probably Confucious, an elephant from India and a succulent from a suburban gardener originally from Iran – threads I cannot quite connect to create a story. Not yet, anyway.
So here it remains, a little picture put together from moving objects around on a garden table. A gentle start into a new year. 
I have been meaning to thank you – dear blogger – for the many little blog exchanges and the wonderful artwork shared through your posts. It makeas for a richer blogging experience. 
Thank you and I hope for you, much creativity and happiness throughout 2016.

Learning from the Masters (1)

 
  

‘The Greats’, Masterpieces from the galleries of Scotland exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW was a feast for the eyes. The works span from early Rennaissance to Impressionism. As with many exhibitions of this kind, there are many pieces that become ‘familiar’ through books and the internet. But it is always amazing to see the difference in the real form. I am usually surprised by:

  • its scale – it is either bigger or smaller than I thought
  • its detail – the brush marks and layering which is not always evident in reproductions
  • its colour – it is either brighter or duller than I imagine
  • its simplicity or complexity technically – it always seems the reverse of what I would have thought.

Some of the pieces are so rich in what they show. Like a landscape, there is so much to take in, it can be a bit hard to know where to start in appreciating it. 

As I was not able to stay more than hour or so, I decided to take iphone shots of the ones I liked – one in its entirety and another for a tiny detail that caught my attention. 

And what you see here is an exercise in appreciation. 

The dab of colour in the thumbnail sketch (left) is the detail I’ve had fun doing (right). It’s a treat to ‘unpack’ a fraction of what each artist was doing. Though, to be honest I was not quite sure how to ‘do’ Seurat’s technique. It seems a bit compex to me but very interesting nonetheless. 

Works:

  • Johannes Vermeer, The house of Martha and Mary (1664-5)
  • John Singer Sargent, Lady Agnew of Lucknow (1892)
  • Paul Cezanne, The big trees (1902-4)
  • Georges Seurat, La Luzerne, St Denis (1885)