I have to be honest and say I had no idea where we were headed or what the day would entail.
It was such an amazing surprise to learn we were at one of Arthur Boyd’s properties that he left in Trust to be used as artist retreats and so forth.
here is the beautiful view from Riversdale (it was a really glarey day so hard to get a really wonderful pic) It is so majestic and breathtaking it is easy to see why These properties have become such a beacon to artists of all ages.
The first part of the workshop we chose some native bits to inspire us and to draw (the scary part about this is that we were not given pencils and erasers but black felt tip pens)
Here is what I used to inspire me
and my drawing (I was still drawing when it was taken away and photo copied in 2 smaller sizes)
with the etching acetate over the middle sized photocopy
Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the etching plastic scratched and uninked or the printed images (I will have to add a photo of the printed images later)
and because we had extra time we played a bit with watercolours I just coloured one of my photo copies as I did not want to ruin any of my prints I have an idea in mind for at least one of them.
and that is it there isn’t any more (well there is more projects to share but I have to wait for them to arrive/until after the event before I can show them off)
This year has for me about exploring new ideas and mixed media art journaling has definitely captured my imagination. The scope and range of products in the art and craft world astounds me and my wish list is rife full of all sorts of things that I would love to experiment with.
I have been playing with some cheap pastels (they are more like a chalk/watercolour than an oil pastel) and some very basic drawings. I have also acquired along the way both soft and hard charcoals, and a few art pads to play on.
Today for the first time I decided to try and draw and colour a face (other than art classes at school some eep let’s just say a very long time ago).
I have been seeing such wonderful fun and funky faces and people around and about and I always think I wish I could do that so today I decided to try it.
So I used the biggest art pad I had and pencil drew in a face, I then traced it with tissue paper (in case I made a completely horrible mess of things) I painted the original with pastel mixed with water and also a little extra pastels in places to add texture
This first pic is the Tissue Paper Pic
And This is the coloured version, I am quite happy with this as a first effort especially pleased with her eyes as this was done without thinking of anyone just off the cuff
Also (no wonder housework is not getting done, 12 tags, Christmas and a bout of mega creativity) I had a go at making a little hand bound book although I had seen this on a TV show and did look at some tutorials I ended up doing it in my own way (what is new with that lol) I still have to make a cover for it but here is a pic of it so far it is 6 pages from a sketch pad as well as tissue paper. I am looking forward to making the cover and seeing how it looks when I finish it. It is designed to be a pocket art journal not sure if I am keeping it or going to use it for a present for one of my arty friends who draw.