Not that I feel the need to be trendy. 🙂 It was somehow pleasing to my eye, a sort of seaweed or neurons or knotty mess, a neuro-something (I know the name now).
So I decided to have a go at what it appeared that others are doing.
I put down some colour with Woodies, spritzed, spread, let run and then dry. It was a nice afternoon with sun, outside at the art club (two of us are not allowed inside).
Then I did some scribbly lines, I felt the need to not leave any stray ends. Then I did the rounding the corners part. Then I just let my pen do what it seemed to want to do, picking out shapes.
It was a very serene moment. Other members of the club came out to spend some time with those of us who are kept at bay. I was reminded of the peaceful feeling that comes when doing a mandala, but even more relaxing because this does not have to look like anything representational.
Afterwards I thought maybe I should find out more about this technique. ‘Cause like maybe there are rules or something. I watched some Youtube videos. It can be just a drawing technique or it can have more psychological, emotional, mental aspects. I learned that the area off the paper is society and that it is important to have lines extending to the edge of the page so as to go out in society. I realized I did not have any of those lines. Well, considering the situation, that is not surprising! Ha, ha! This is called neurographics. I also saw the term neurographica but that may be a trademark.
I will probably do more of this and perhaps incorporate bits into abstract pieces.
More freedom is being waved under our noses for March 14th.
I was privileged to attend a workshop with the theme Still Life.
Several objects were on a table. We did 5 minute sketches, varying techniques, angles, objects.
MG = main gauche (left hand)
We prepared backgrounds with acrylic and collage, some on paper and some on canvas. We used some of the paper ones and other materials to do collage. We used masks we cut out from a sort of Contac paper. This is the only kind of mask I appreciate by the way.
Further work will be done on these.
I believe these may be finished.
A thought provoking article, especially the part about spontaneity, joy, creativity and fear. Artists may be dangerous people, ha, ha, as we take risks every time we put a mark on paper or canvas, we have to overcome our fear of messing up, we conquer that in order to have the joy of creativity. We become trained in independent thinking and expression.
I was noticing recently that spontaneity seems to be a thing of the past, one can rarely just decide to go somewhere, do something, such as eat in a restaurant—the spaces have been reserved in advance.
I do hope we will continue to be human beings, that we will develop even further, awaken, these aspects of our being, those which make us human, and not merely thinking animals. Love, Speech, Creativity, Individuality, Freedom.
I have a copy of the article, in case it disappears.
Recent art work in acrylic, plein air, 40x30cm.
When you see a tree you like, paint it or take a photo because life goes on and it may not be there the next time you pass by. I took this photo in September 2020. Following is the same tree in March 2021.
During the winter months our association Couleurs de Bretagne has challenges which are posted online and then composed into a youtube video. This month’s theme was Fluctuat nec mergitur, the motto of the town of Paris. This roughly means billows roll but do not submerge. Many of the other artists have painted billows and boats. I decided to do a self portrait interpretation because I have felt assailed but I will not move, I will not be submerged, I am like a tree planted by the water.
I found two Bible verses: (biblegateway.com)
Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Jeremiah 17:8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Oh I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved.
I will not give in to the fear propagated by the system.
I will continue to work towards the garden that never fades. (RA xvi/17)
I stand firm for Good— love, peacemaking, forgiveness, spiritual intelligence free from all prejudice.
This was a bit complicated for me as I assembled photos to make a video and then I wanted to add sound but my files were incompatible. I was happy to find an online tool that enabled me to put it together, all very amateur on my part, of course. 🙂
My best wishes to all for a happy new year and may we appreciate all the blessings we receive.
The photo was taken just now; this is my latest painting. I had a lot of fun doing it, using a knife, a roller, some brushes, a rag…. (acrylics)
I was amusing myself by making a list of positive words that start with V. Vitality, vim, vigor, valiant, viridian, vigorous, vine, valid, view, the vapor before dawn*, vivacious, vegetables, vest, verb, vellum, verbena, vocal, VOST, vitamins, virtue…
- ” You are the haze before the Dawn. The eye of the king(s) cannot see (it yet, but) the fly (already) drinks from it.” RA xix/18
It is not the changing number on the calendar that will change the world, it is each one of us, by our actions, by what is in our hearts. Those in power do not see this, but I have faith that consciences will continue to awaken so that we recover our humanity, our divine image, rather than lose it.
Staedtler, Diamine Shimmering and Sennelier inks
encre Sennelier sanguine
Ergoline pen, India ink, watercolour
acorn rust ink, watercolour
Ergoline pen, watercolour
This concludes the thirty fruits. I plan to make a video.
Sennelier ink Prussian blue, watercolour
gel print background (acrylic), watercolour, acorn ink
gel print background, India ink
Faber Castell PITT pens
India ink, watercolour
Staedtler, direct, in situ
homemade acorn ink, watercolour, Ergoline pen