Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Daring Adventures In Paint by Mati Rose

Last week I received the book Daring Adventures in Paint by Mati Rose McDonough and have been working on my first painting using some of the techniques in the book.

The Birdhouse, Mixed Media using recycled cardboard as the substrate (which has a great effect), acrylic paints, scrapbooking papers, graphite pencil and paint pen.

I really loved the layout of the book where each technique had it's own chapter and some had their own piece of artwork to create. At the end of the book Mati Rose showed how she used all the techniques to create one painting so you will learn how to create a mixed media painting from beginning to end.

I agree with the philosophy of using your own face for girly portraits and in this book Mati Rose encourages us to look at our environment and to delve into our childhood for ideas to use in our artwork.  This encourages not only uniqueness in our work but you will also find that others can relate to our story and/or they enjoy seeing our story.

For more info and pics about the book then check out Jessica Swift's Blog post.

This is a great book for beginners, for those interested in mixed media and one that I wish I had a couple of years ago.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Wednesday Workshop

Have just been to my Wednesday mixed media workshop with Neil Elliott and I worked some more on last week's Streetscape 3 and started Streetscape 4.

All 4 Streetscapes together...

We all stood around oooing and aahing at Liz's painting - she's on the left.

This is Liz And Neil with the same painting a few weeks ago.

My order of cool colours of Golden paints arrived on Monday so  played with them on watercolour paper and on Tuesday I rolled on another layer of warm colours then turned them into bookmarks by stamping them and cutting them out and will then laminate them and punch a hole in them and add a tassel...make great gifts...

Hope you are having a great arty week.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Shell's Sunday Snippets

My week in pics...

My latest painting I created at my Wednesday Workshop - I really like it - do you? 

Or do you find it too simplistic?

Does the house need windows and doors? 

Does the tree need some of my confetti tree dots?

Streetscape 3, Mixed Media with sewing patterns and acrylic paint. 60cm x 60cm.

Life Book Wk28 Inspiration Cards

Brewer's Tasting Plate for Two from the Feral Brewery for lunch on Friday.


Chunky Pepper Steak Pie, baked potatoes for dinner cooked by my 20yo son.

I hurt my back yesterday lifting a too full wood basket - I really should have known better....so I'm not too sure what this week will look like...a few trips to the chiropractor I imagine - I have a great chiro but he's nearly an hour away....

Hope you are having a great weekend and join in with {tinniegirl} and play along with {sunday snippets} A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Shell's Sunday Snippets

My week in pics...

Which Confetti Tree painting should go to Malmalling Vineyard on display to publicise the Art Show in October?

Confetti Trees No2.
Original Confetti Tree Painting

Joining in with {tinniegirl} - {sunday snippets} A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Picasso to Warhol

Today I went to the Art Gallery of Western Australia with my BFF SandyPants and my son to see the Picasso to Warhol 14 Modern Masters exhibition. It was awesome to see their work up close and to discuss the paintings and sculptures afterwards, and to contemplate the influence they have had on my artwork.

It was interesting to see the evolution of Picasso's work.

Picasso, Seated Bather, early 1930
Matisse's art:

Matisse, Goldfish and Sculpture, 1912

Fernand Leger - I would love to take this painting and make it my own - repaint it in my style:

Leger, Woman With A Book, 1923
Just as Miro did with this painting:

Miro, Dutch Interior, 1928
Based on this painting:

Hendrick Sorgh, The Lute Player, 1661

Jackson Pollock - what a lot of fun he had expressing his emotions - not illustrating them...

Jackson Pollock, There Were Seven in Eight, 1945
Romare Bearden's collage:

Romare Bearden, Patchwork Quilt, 1970
I loved the colours in this Map by Jasper Johns:

Jasper Johns, Map, 1961
Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans were interesting to see close up, all individually made, pencil lines still showing and all slightly different...

Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans, 1962

Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1966

At the end of the exhibition there are postcards to fill out - Dear Picasso, Dear Andy - and they have displayed some from children mostly.  I took a postcard to fill out at home and will pop it in the box when I return with Neil Elliot and the ladies from Wednesday's Workshop.

If you ever get a chance to visit an art gallery esp with such famous works in it then do go.  I didn't like all the artwork that I saw today but I can appreciate and learn from viewing them.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Shell's Sunday Snippets

My week in pics, playing along with {tinniegirl}....

Suzanna, mixed media, WIP

Apple Pie

Hardenbergia - Native Wisteria

Red Rose for June's Creative colour challenge.