Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Last week I had the urge to paint large! I had some old stretchers and an old canvas curtain and some Gesso, so I prepared a 2 x 4 foot canvas and got out my old acrylic paints. I had a wonderful time working on this painting I call "Branching Out". Tree people have always been a theme of mine but this is the first time smaller tree people have emerged from a mother tree person. I would like to continue painting in the evenings but have to wait until I can afford more paint - I ran out of quite a few tubes of colour in the process of painting this piece! Funny thing - my cat ran across the painting when I left it to dry on the kitchen table... I left one of her paw prints on the tree person on the far left's chest.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I found this great reprinted vintage material on sale at my local fabric shop with little boy and girl faces with fancy hats and red umbrellas... I knew I must have it and make a funky little shirt. At 3$ for the metre marked down from 15$ who could say no? I made up my own pattern and incorporated some of my grandmother's buttons down the side. In the summer I plan to wear it with a little red tank top underneath, but for now a long sleeve works great.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Pictured above are just some of the amazing pieces of art that were made tonight. We had an adventure exploring the Expressive Arts in Bracebridge at the Bohemian. To warm up we did pastel drawings to music. After, everyone wrote a word or short sentence beside each others artwork... from that they wrote a poem or Haiku using some or all of the words inspired by their piece. Then I guided them through a visualization Tree Meditation and they imagined what tree they would be. From that they painted what they had imagined. Afterwards they made a sculpture out of clay and treasures from the woods based on some creature that visits them as a tree or what ever they were inspired to make. The Expressive Arts can be slightly surprising but really can open you up to possibilities creatively! I will be doing different activities each month at the Bohemian Cafe and Gallery the Second Saturday of each month. If you are interested you should call ahead to reserve a space as 12 is the maximum.