Rotring Rapidograph pen. 6″ x 8″ (15cm x 20cm).
Approx. 15cm x 20cm (6″ x 8″). Rotring Rapidograph pens on cartridge paper with watercolours, metallic inks and paints applied. It’s rather sparkly/glittery … which the camera doesn’t really pick up.
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Approx. 15cm x 20cm (6″ x 8″). Rotring Rapidograph pen on white cartridge paper.
8″x 6″. Rotring Rapidograph pen and black ink on heavy cartridge paper.
I’m not quite sure yet what I’m going to do with this outline – colour or not to colour, texture or not to texture.
Last night I had friends visiting and a look for the drawing that I did when visiting Tewkesbury Abbey a couple of years ago led they and I to looking through some of my old sketchbooks. Suddenly, seeing all that had inspired me in the past, showed where my ‘visual vocabulary’ for my abstract art ‘doodles’ has come from. Prehistoric art, Romanesque and Gothic architecture and sculpture, La Tene art, ammonites and other fossils, microscopic formanifera, microscopic images of cells, stained glass windows, insects, shells, flowers, ‘Celtic’ manuscripts and Anglo-Saxon art to name but a few. I’d also picked up a copy of the BBC’s History magazine whilst out shopping as it had images of Anglo-Saxon artefacts which reminded me of patterns I use in my art. Yesterday seems to have been a day of making links between all the work I’ve done in the past and how it flows out of me now, and a reminder of the things that inspire me as well as giving me a sense of validation with the way that I create art.
I think subtle colours for this one, with textures added in places, and just the hints of metallic highlights perhaps – after all, my inner raven demands the sparkle!
Approx. 16cm x 12cm
Rotring pen, Sakura Glaze pen, Derwent Inktense pencils with water wash on heavy watercolour paper.
Small, intricate, full of spirals and swirls. Typically me when in a fussy, detailed mood.
Many of the patterns and shapes are inspired by ammonites, nature, cells, Romanesque architecture, Prehistoric pottery and rock art.
Synchronicity because there have been a lot of ‘coincidences’ noted in my life recently.
Oh the joys of teaching! There is an element of sarcasm there. The lack of respect, manners and cooperation seems to have increased over the summer – either that or I’m getting old, having passed the 49 year mark during the long holidays.
I find myself emotionally drained at the end of each day after the constant hard work to get pupils to stop making assorted weird noises, disrupting the lesson in a myriad of ways, and just trying to bet them to be polite. I feel ‘battle weary’. Yet, teaching should not be such a battle.
The worst thing for me, however, is the effect this has on my creativity and the time to create. I miss the hours I could spend creating art during the break. If only I could earn enough from art reliably and sustainably to become a full-time artist…or writer…or or or…
Well, yesterday, the Autumnal Equinox, saw the end of the hypnotherapy course. I have an extension to complete the case studies, so the work isn’t quite over for me. I managed, finally, to get a merit in one essay – hurrah!
Not sure if I’ll be able to start a hypnotherapy practice up for a few years for various reasons, but I’d like to keep my hand in and practice the skills I have learned until I’m ready to take that plunge.
Yesterday, in fact the past week or so, have been rather weird. I’ve found myself very emotional, on the point of tears or past the point of holding them back on a number of occasions, including today. I have no idea exactly what is the problem. I thought it was hormonal, but I’m not too sure about that now.
Anyway, the hypnotherapy wasn’t the only ending this week.
I resigned from a committee that I perhaps have stayed on for a few months too long.
I’ve had various bits of a jigsaw puzzle about a friendship that ended a few months ago. I’ve spent most of this time blaming myself as I was made to feel it was my fault. However, the jigsaw pieces show that it isn’t my fault at all!
All this is quite apt for the equinox I think.
Non-dotty flowers – a reworking of the dotty flowers below. 3″ x 5″ approx.
I’ve been kind of busy, but not busy-busy, since my last entry, busy with art. Being engrossed in arty pursuits has kept me up until the wee-small hours as the dark outside has given me no idea about the passage of time. Good thing I’m still on the long summer break from teaching.
I must admit that I’m not looking forward to going back to work. I think I’ve said before I need a different environment to flourish in. My only problems in changing career are that I need a certain income and I have no particular idea what I’d like to do instead of. I’d love to do more things that are creative – arty/crafty would be good. I’d also like to work in an environment where people actually get along, without the constant rumble of poor attitudes, disrespect for self and others and an unwillingness by the majority to want to learn or to see the point of having a good education and doing their best.
Anyway, before I drag myself down into a gloom, I still have two and a half weeks or so away (apart from a need to go in for a few days towards the end of the break to mark work, prepare work, and sort out displays for the walls) and so will be making the most of the time to be creative and explore my artsy-craftsy nature.
I managed to complete this torc. It took over 30 hours of work. It is available for purchase at Etsy at the time of this blog entry.
As always, spirals, circles and curves feathre in my work, along with some of my ‘custom made’ sequins. I enjoyed the work in this, and realised how many of the ‘tricks’ I had forgotten from previous endeavours like this. My earlier torcs can still be seen on Artwyrd at deviantART.
I’ve also managed to complete another experimental landscape – this one from a photograph of a ‘real’ landscape in North Wales.
A dear friend of mine has made some interesting suggestions about how I can approach the ‘patterns’ for different land-uses. When I’m ready to do another landscape I will take his suggestions to heart.
There are glimmering, metallic, glittery highlights on the drawing/painting that don’t come out well when photographed/scanned. I do think I’m beginning to find my ‘style’ when it comes to landscapes – and that style involves simplifying the shapes/lines of the land, trees and so on, and then working out how to fill those shapes in. Spirals are, as always, a favourite motif of mine, along with circles and curves, influenced as I am by prehistoric rock art, early Celtic art, and anything with curves and curls in! If I try to work with perfectly straight lines and sharp corners in my work, well it just doesn’t seem to work or scream out ‘Angela’ at me.
This was an experiment in something a little different for me – pastel colours on a grey paper, with an open kind of design. The usual spirals and swirls are there, but there’s a lot of ’empty space’ which also works. The pastel colours are a definite change from me!
This started as a good idea and ended up a right ‘mare of an experience. A dear friend of mine reckons it is lovely and very William Morris…
I realised the rising flowers were on the wrong side if I wanted to add words to it as I was inking it all in.
Then, as I blended the coloured pencils, the ink rubbed off to mix with the coloured pencils, so it all had to be inked in again, which is often the case with my kind of work, but the ink subdued the colours somewhat.
I then started to fill in the blank space to the left with tendrils, without putting pencil lines down first as a guide, and ended up making a right hash of it. So, the shading under the leaves and so on was meant to disguise some of that, and cutting it all out and sticking it on blue paper … well it was a good idea, but not the blue! I also rediscovered how useless I am with a pair of scissors or craft knife too.
However, some of the most important lessons we learn are when things go wrong…
So, after the pastel colours and the disaster, a return to bright colours, and flashes of metallic gold.
A small piece of work – 7cm x 10.5cm, but jewel-bright watercolours used to fill in the pattern. I’m pleased with the work (though not with the scanned image – photographing/scanning my work is a major problem with the shiny Sakura Glaze pens that I use and the highlights of metallic/iridescent/glitter paints/inks that I so love. However, you get the idea.
I think that I’m going to play with geometric patterns and colour for a while, on a small scale, to see where it leads me. Of course, I may just change my mind as time goes along!
I completed this one with Geometricity1, and there are too many ‘dots’ on the flowers – another lesson to learn! I’ll be reworking this one in a little while. It will keep me occupied during the torrential rain that is falling here in waves. I love the sound of the rain…
Approx. 20cm x 15 cm. Sakura Glaze pen, Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Derwent Metallics Pencils, Metallic paint and pens on black card.
16cm x 8cm. Sakura Glaze pen in black, Derwent colorsoft pencils, Derwent metallics pencils and Cosmic Shimmer iridescent/metallic watercolour paints on black card.
I started this one before my return to work a fortnight ago. I noticed as I was completing it this weekend that it’s a little disjointed in places which may symbolise how I was feeling about the return to work. The photograph really doesn’t show the colours properly, nor the shimmer and shine of the metallics. However, you do get an idea of what it looks like.
I made it back to work for the start of the Summer Term. My voice, however, is still not right. Work have referred me to occupational health and for speech therapy. Also, there’s a microphone/speaker system on order for my room so that I won’t have to raise my voice. My doctor has referred me to ENT to have my voice checked out.
The worst thing of all, is I still can’t sing. I love to sing, have always sung with one choir or another since I started secondary school. I join in the singing at any gathering where there is some. This bout of laryngitis has affected that part of my voice, and I really, really do hope it will return properly and fully.
The handbrake broke on the car a couple of days ago. As I’m writing this, I’m waiting for my nephew, who’s a whizz with cars, to come and see what needs to be done.
This is on top of a water leak from the toilet cistern a couple of weeks ago that came through the downstairs ceiling.
The ‘earphone’ on my mobile has stopped working too.
I hope that’s the triad of breaking done with!
11cm x 11cm. Sakura ‘Glaze’ pen, Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Derwent Metallics pencils and Cosmic Shimmer metallic and iridescent watercolour paints on dark blue drawing paper.
A little birthday gift for my pal Debs.