Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
It was a treat to myself for having completed most of my work in the first week of summer vacation and with only one day of camp for he Wee Guy.
In other words, I was squeezing it all in and around the family.
So on Saturday I played.
Well, in reality, on Saturday I woke at 4.30am, couldn't sleep so got up, worked and then phoned for the class.
When I got there I just relaxed totally as Laurie explained and demo'd all the watercolour tricks and tips I should have learned before I cranked open the lid of y Cottman paint pan.
Or should I?
I loved the class. It was incredibly meditative just laying down washes of colour and dripping wet-in-wet, glazing and dry brushing, and making marks under excellent instruction. I could have done this all day ...
... or maybe not.
My eyelids got heavier and I crashed for the afternoon once back home.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Since making my carp for the One Hundred exhibition by the Blackberry Artists, I've made nothing. June was a quiet month creatively although I've done some painting and a bit of digital work too. I also started working, on not one but three jobs ... so I have been busy and cut myself some slack.
But back on the horse.
To re-start my creative brain I thought I'd set myself a challenge, to make a pair of earrings every day during July.
These are the first - a couple of eerie polymer clay bead son headpins. Not terribly inventive, but my first pair.
And they're more complete than today's - only one out of the pair is made.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Oh my word! I made this.
It's a banner, eight foot by two foot to be precise, but it features my lettering and design placement. And I'm chuffed it looks so awesome.
The amazing stylised Morris-esque B is by local artist Vicki Allesia who created it for the Blackberry Artist's Society. It was scanned and then I Live Traced the image in Illustrator to create a vector drawing.
Once the vector was available (a vector is needed so that the image file scales up properly without pixellating when expanded) I aligned it with some text for the society name.
After this my print guru, Sarah Ronald, stepped in to fine tune my thinking and guide me with what I needed to do to take this to the printer.
So, yesterday I sent off the various files, layout guides and screenshots to Brian at Deco Sign ... and this afternoon I picked up one shiny new vinyl banner - all ready for the Port Moody Centennial Parade.
Not just digital!
My biggest project evah.
Monday, June 3, 2013
This month's artist feature in the gift shop is silk painter, Jane Ostenstad.
I'm sure many of you are already familiar with Jane's graceful work on silk but this month is a great opportunity to share the secret with your friends.
Jane hand paints each design individually on silk material stretched over a wooden frame. She's inspired by what she sees around her and isn't afraid to experiment. Currently her colour palette is fresh and lively, just right for accessorizing your summer wardrobe.
On a purely practical note, Jane's silk scarves make excellent carry-on adds to your luggage for holiday wardrobe styling as well as hostess gifts to pack, send or mail since they take up very little room and are so lightweight.
Jane's work can also be seen at Port Moody library this month, in the Blackberry Artist's "One Hundred" show, celebrating Port Moody's Centennial.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
The work, including seven pieces of mine, is on display at Port Moody library until the end of June.
You should visit!
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
On my desk - a watercolour and ink sketch from one of my Wee Guy's drawings.
A perfect start to a new notebook, breaking the tyranny of The First Blank Page.
Creativity and cooperation and parenting.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Yes - it's finished (at last). I need to weave in the ends then block the whole darn thing.
Somehow, I've managed to create stocking stitch for a band. I think I might have reversed the knitting direction???
Thursday, May 16, 2013
This excited and colourful jumble is a WIP for an exhibition.
Yes - I'm making stuff again. Slow start. Experimenting. Feeling my way.
But it's a start.
A colourful start.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
... and no, it's not an adult - themed post so quit smirking.
Yesterday the Wee Guy and I paid a visit to our fave local arts supply store Colours (on Lougheed just before Metro Ford going east ). He was after more cartooning supplies; I was on a mission for more oil bars.
If you've never used oil bars before you are missing a treat. They are expensive but once you dig into their buttery goodness you will be hooked.
They work like a crayon and like paint. You can draw with them. You can scoop them with a trowel. You can thin them with linseed and use a brush. They mix. They smear. They are full contact art. And they are dry within 3-4 days.
Check out the Winsor and Newton product page for more info.
The sketch shown above was created using cadmium yellow light, cadmium red dark, ultramarine and soft mixing white, with synthetic linseed as a diluent.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Now try re-imagining it without the art -would it inspire you to visit Vancouver?
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A photograph of a computer keyboard isn't very inspiring, but it's where I'm doing most of my creating these days.
Likewise, the inside of my head doesn't look inspiring and it's difficult to image without advanced technology.
But my keyboard and my head are where most of the studio work takes place these days.
After a haphazard April I'm looking forward to settling into some kind of a rhythm of productivity for May. Looking back, it seems I've wasted vast amounts of time. If I cut myself some slack, I've been gently moving forward.
Meanwhile, don't forget to sniff the flowers ... or at least notice them.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Trying out some new oilbars on canvas paper. Mmmmm - I like the result. Creamy buttery soft and mixable, these super-crayons take a few days to dry meaning that art can be tinkered with in passing. Unlike oil pastels, the result is eventually dry to the touch and permanent.
Here I've used the crayon bar, a brush, cotton buds and other sponges to smear, daub and blend. It's a very interactive process.
Only two colours were needed to make the blends above but already I want to add to my collection.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
#51 – Amanda Maxwell, Vancouver, Canada:
“lowest ebb” | when I’m at my lowest ebb I know that the only way now is up–this is where I go! | oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
After the excitement of Spring Break, a practicum at SFU's Beedie School of Business and completion (successful, I hope but Continuing Studies is rather sluggish with communications despite the high fees paid for the course) of a Digital Communications certificate, the studio is well and truly back at the bench.
With no clear plan either.
Apart from a general mandate to apply for jobs, I don't have much creative direction and need some projects to keep me busy.
Last night I whipped out my sketch book, grabbed a pencil and captured an image from the screen in front of me.
It felt good - the rough scribe of 2B on smooth 98lb Canson. Carousel horse breaks free.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
|photo credit: Sarah Ronald|
|detail from handmade paper by Joan Marr|
Friday, March 29, 2013
A very apt piece of text for today's pic, when my nose is flowing rather than ebbing and my sinuses are throbbing.
I sincerely hope this is the last of the winter bugs.
There's always allergy season to look forward to after all!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Today I finished teaching my last jewelry design class for spring break. I had three lovely young ladies as students who worked their way quietly but enthusiastically thru the different projects I set them.
This will be the last teaching I do for a while - it's getting too complicated blocking off time so far in advance when I don't know what I'll be doing in the future. I have enough savings to complete a few more semesters at college but really I'm hoping for some real paid employment ...
... and soon.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The studio's still in the great outdoors, and photography the subject.
The Wee Guy and I both had cameras, and spent much of the time taking pics of each other taking pics of each other!
Thanks to Burnaby Village Museum for a lovely afternoon :)
Saturday, March 23, 2013
This photo was taken in the bowels of the Beaty Museum, where the sun doesn't reach and low light protects the specimens.
With my smartphone and my olympus mu, I experimented with capturing the atmosphere while racing around after the little people.
Adjusting the camera was relatively straightforward - i changed the film speed to 3200 and hoped for steady hands. Changing the sensor to cope with the overhead lights rendered the colours more accurately so I'm quite pleased with the results (check out my flickr stream for more images).
There are fantastic views of perspective along the narrow walkways between the stacks, satisfying my geometric longings and taking me right back to days spent researching through dusty archives. The ISO setting, though a little grainy and with an orange cast, accurately rendered what i was seeing with enough exposure to capture the inhabitants of the preserving jars on display.