Thursday, 13 September 2018

Artist madness...

strikes frequently in this house, giving rise to crazy projects like a pink horse, dryer sheet curtains, a crazy head, and more.  My most recent madness centred around some patio furniture...the cushions (red and turquoise) didn't match the chairs (dark brown and gold tones), the walls (peach) or the floors (rusty).  In fact nothing matched at all.

It was time to get out a  hand cut house wrap stencil and get to play.

It seemed like it would be relatively simple to pounce some paint through the stencil onto the cushions,

but by the time I did a couple of test pieces,

pinned and pounced a variety of colours,

on soft, squishy cushions six times over,

I was beyond crazed.  Did I say squishy?  They were slippery, elusive, recalcitrant, difficult and downright sneaky.

Four days, six cushions, seven colours, and a tortuously bent back later, the patio is looking pretty Boho.  I can only hope I will be able to find a tablecloth for the table that matches at least one of the colours.

And me?  I can be found muttering to myself in the back corner of the studio, multi-coloured sponges in hand, and a paint-thickened stencil standing on its own next to me as I cower from the paint tubes that seem to be on the attack.  I'm afraid of what might come next.

How about you?  What did your Muse get you up to this week?  I'd love to hear in the comments below!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

I am... the 'I AM' series again, and making every effort to incorporate gel prints,

 quilted collages,

 experimental papers

 and tangled drawings.

And of course I couldn't let the week go by without a little love...

Some people are tough to love; practice loving them anyway...  Wingdings

because your quotes keep coming in and they are outstanding.  

Love is in the air       song by George Young and Harry Vanda

There are just ten days left to get your quotes in - each quote gives you an opportunity to win either a class registration or one of these paintings if you're too far away to come and play with me.  I'm specifically looking for quotes by artists (visual, musical, writers, philosophers, etc.) that are related to love and/or hearts.  Bring 'em on, my friends!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

I've been at it again...

...and with a whole new series of heartful love, there's definitely some warm fuzzies in the house.  You'll see that I've used the quotes you sent me last week, and then some more.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love.  Burt Bacharach

Our purpose is to be, unconditionally, in love.  Wingdings

Like love, art is not pleasure but passion.  Andre Malraux

Leave your heart on the vanvas.  D. S. Williams

Like love, the mission of art is to reveal man to himself.  Gilbert Choquette

Only love and art make existence tolerable.  William Somerset Maughanm

Art and love are the same thing; it's the process of seeing yourself
in things that are not you.  Chuck  Klosterman

The artist must love life and show us that she is beautiful. 
Without him we would doubt it.  Anatole France

So now, faith, hope and love abide; these three, but the greatest of these
is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13

Because I've got more in the works, I'd love to see some more quotes from you.  You can find the origin of the quotes for these pieces in this previous post, as well as discovering how you can get a chance to win something special.  Bring 'em on, my love-ly friends!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

You could be forgiven...

...for thinking, after viewing this post, that Valentine's day is fast approaching.  Given the heat and fiery skies, that's definitely not the case.

We will make love an art and we will love like artists.  Marianne Williamson

It's my meditations that are taking on the heat, so I've been playing with hearts and love for the past week.  I tore a mask or two,

and burnt a stencil,

and before I could stop myself, there were hearts and love everywhere.

Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.  Marc Chagall
The art of love is who you share it with.  Neil Diamond

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing
more artistic than to love others.  Vincent van Gogh
Art is where work meets love.  workisnotajob

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary
 to understand, when it's simply necessary to love.      Claude Monet

In art, as in love, instinct is enough.  Anatole France  

Some are in my journal, some are on the wall, and there are many more in the works. As I find more fabulous quotes (all, so far by artists of one type or another), I'll add to the pile.

So here's your quest for the week - do you have favourite quote about love and art?  I'd love to know about it.  I think having a half-day playshop ready here for locals to create their own heart-centered artwork would be a great idea, especially if it were ready for January and armed with quote ammunition.  

Send me your quote(s) in the comments below, or to the email top right.  I'll pick a name from a hat on September 15 and gift the winner one of these heart pieces or a spot in the class just for fun.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Abracadabra... a magical word, isn't it?  You can find huge variations in the meaning in dictionaries, from gibberish to nonsense to mystical incantation.  My favourite definition is 'I create what I speak' and of course that has led me to the I AM statements, and to yet another book-in-progress.










I suspect that this will be a long and entertaining process.  These visual and verbal positive affirmations will be a great reminder of all that I am, all that I desire and all that I hope.  I'm wondering what your I AM statements might be?  Do let me know in the comments below.

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