Friday, February 05, 2016

Puppies and my journal work today

I forgot to put this image up yesterday ....quite amazing. Really LOOK at the x-ray and you will see the tiny back bones .of the 5 puppies ... beautiful.

I decided that l have not " Played " enough lately nor have l been learning any thing new. If you don't use your creativity , it will stop being there for you.  I have started playing around with napkins and handmade paper. I discovered on the internet, if you iron napkins onto clingfilm, they are a lot easier to work with. I am still praticing but it seems to be working well. I will do some more experimenting and see where it goes. I will keep you up to date!

The following images are my experiments with a journal, l am creating. This page is finished but most of the others are still being worked on !

These are babywipes drying .... might sew on them at a later date.

More pages being created.

This is a collage page, l'm working on.

This piece is one of many created with pieces of found ephemera. I love paper tape, which you will see used in a lot of my pieces!

More hopefully tomorrow !

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Art and a Favour!

Today while l was waiting in my local hospital, for my annual Mammogram, l noticed these x-rays on the wall. 

 I have always been fasinated by x-rays and skeletons. So l was really happy to go to the National History Museum and as we live in Putney and parking is free on Sundays ... it was a win win situation.  We took young Oscar ( aged 2 years old) there because he loves Dinasaurs. I was not sure how he would react, to just " bones ", l shouldn't have been worried. He LOVED them!  After 2 hours we tried to leave and got ... " No ... not yet  Nana " :) Over the years l have created quite a few pieces based on bones and x-rays. Having been to the Museum again .... l have so many ideas !

On our walk yesterday, we came across this gorgeous Robin ... So bold !

This week l have had such fun, dedicating more time to my Art Practice.  Getting frustated because my Gelli prints were NOT going well. Then becoming very happy again ... when it all went well! Oh the ups and downs of an Artist! My husband, Tony, took some photo's of me, working, he said ...  "How can you work in this state"? or as Oscar is always saying ... " Messy Nanna " 
Does no-one in my family understand me? :)

The book l clean my roller on.

I have tried this week and have actual succeeded , in not watching T.V until 9 pm, each evening. I had decided l was watching too much junk and not doing enough Art or other " useful " things.  I have created so much Art this week and also watched a whole load of Art video's, that normally l have not had timed to watch before!!!!!   I have learnt new technique and in the process, discovered new artists. I would love actual to notwatch any TV but l don't think l could go that far. Having said that, l have just given up sugar and l am learning to swim  .... so you never know!! :) 
Actually, l am going to ask a favour. Could you pass on this "Blog" 
to anyone else you know? I am trying to get a bigger audience and start conversations off, with other artists, from all over the world.
Goodnight and talk again tomorrow. 
Lynda :)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sketchbook Challenge, Ruby Wax, Mindfullness ,Meditation and sketching!! :)

Hi everyone,
I have decided to do a Sketchbook Challenge for a whole year! Yes l know ... frightening! A year long conversation between three artists, who don't know each other .  BUT l had realised that with my Art School closed and no real studio, l had stopped drawing or paint and was stuck in my comfort zone. So this is one of the things l decided to do . The challenge works  like this  ...  I send my Journal to Artist A , at the beginning of each month and artist B then sends me their journal and l work in theirs.  Here is a sneak peek, as l won't show you the full spread until artist A, has received my handmade journal. Artist A looks at my work and sends back the conversation she has with one of my spreads. 

I really enjoyed creating these pages. I will show you the full book, once my Artist A has received it.
Once l have done the two challenges each month l will post them on here.  Artist B and l are doing to create our Art work and then send them to each other over the web. 

Earlier this week, my husband and l went to see Ruby Wax's show, based on Mindfullness.  She is amazing and my husband's comment , " Oh my God, there is there another "you" in the world". Poor Ruby Wax! :)    If you know about mindfullness, it is  funny but if you don't, it is enlightening as well. I have been looking into the subject and meditation and both seem to be helping me ... as long as l keep practicing!
The artistic meditation has really been helping me to relax and concentration what l really want to paint.  So we will see how it all goes from here and l will keep you all up today.

I have also been doing a LOT of sketching. This has come about mainly because of the Artist Meditation l have been doing. Here are a few of the sketchsl have created.

As you can see, l have been having fun and that is what Art should be about ! :)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Today's journey ... Edgeware road.

This is how the moon looked , early this morning, through my bedroom window!

Today, l had some buisness around the Edgeware road area and took the opportunity to do some photography, on my phone. This sculpture is outside St.Mary's Hospital, Paddington!

I love this area, it reminds me of when we lived in Dubai .... wish you could smell how wonderful every thing is. Fresh veg and fruit stalls everywhere, such wonderful shapes and colours.

I love Arabic writing.

I came across this little park, on my wanderings. I had never noticed it before, it is beautiful.

The smell from the Shisha pipes was gorgeous.

I love the shape of these buildings, they remind me of buildings in Amsterdam.

I love the way this building is long and narrow and seems to jut out into the road.

Today has given me a lot of ideas .... watch this space ... as they say! :)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My work!

A few weekend's ago l went to see a Light Show, all over London. What l saw, was great but l didn't see all of them. Shapes, colours, sound and movement.

 Then this week we had lots of frozen mornings. and very cold evenings!

This morning l finished my sketch book, for my Teachers Artist's, year long, Sketchbook Challenge. I have never created this stitching before , really enjoyed finding out, how to create it. Am pleased with the end results.

I have also painted the first page! The way it works is like this! There are two other atists in this challenge. I send the book to Artist A and receive a book, at the same time, from Artist B. Then the books go backwards and forwards until Decemmber 2016!

Before l started this challenge, l had started sketching again, after a long absence. I had got my Mojo back at last! Phew! So l have been making other books and creating a lot of sketches. 

I have doodled for years ..... should have done something about it. Missed the boat ..... could be rich by now! :) All those doodle books in Smiths and bookshops.