Thursday, 23 February 2012

Three girls with long necks

I painted this over the past couple of days. I started with layers of neocolour then gesso, then sprayed ink and some more gesso in places. Then I collaged on some butterflies and added some acrylic paint with my fingers. Then I added the girls and finished off with a bit of stencilling. The different layers are meant to show through in places. Quite like it,I like the way they all seem to hae different personalities. That really fascinates me....the way you can give a face a personality with just a little "twitch" of the pencil! :-)

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Life Book - Wk 8 ....A lot of play and fun!!

This was fun! "lIFE BOOK" wk 8, Mystele's lesson.... ( Lots of layering....pencils, watercolours, gel medium, gesso, acrylics....using fingers, cloths and brushes....scratching in, layering on papers and materials then "pulling out" a picture that you can "see" somewhere in the background you have created. It is meant to be freedom, fun and play and it really was!

My "dream house" - Life Book Wk 7

For Week 7 of "Life Book" ( we had to paint our dream house. I used the picture I use on FYW for the "Storytellers" group because I have always loved the image that gives us of a safe and cosy home. It has always reminded me of the home I tried to create for my children when they were tiny....just safe and warm and full of love .... and stories on Mum's knee! It was the only time in their lives when I could simply give them a cuddle to make things doesn't stay that way for long does it? Now I hope I can offer a cosy "Grandma haven" for my grandchildren too. So....for the painting, I just simply painted around the original picture. I really enjoyed doing this one!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

My Dream Board!

Again a "Life Book" page. I wanted to do something simple here as the only things I want in my life now are just health, happiness and financial security for my lovely family. I enjoyed doing this very much.

My first gel medium transfer

First time I have tried this, always been a bit nervous but it worked just about! It was the Week 5 work for "Life Book" ( So we had to use a photo of our face then add to it and also add positive words about our personalities....that was the hardest nice about myself....errrr....but the whole course is geared to help us do that of course. Anyway I have myself a nice off the shoulder ball gown as I have never worn one or been to a ball in my life! :-)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Week 6 lesson from "Life Book " (Willowing)

This is my work for lesson 6 from LIFEBOOK ( I have got a bit behind as I have been in hospital for five days (very painful and horrible experience) and been recuperating since. I have been stuck in bed or on the sofa but managed to have a go at this lesson with my work on a board. It is "Paint over Collage". You begin with collaging a whole page including the face of a model. Then you work in continuous layers over the top of the original collage, firstly with paint and brayering, then with stamping, then more brayering, more paint etc etc. This piece was designed to celebrate things we feel we have achieved in life and I decided to celebrate the place of acceptance I have managed to reach over the years about certain things which have been very hard for me in this life. I did some healing work on anxiety and guilt recently and the cat and hummingbird are symbolic of the fact that I am slowly learning to deal with it. I started off by visualising what my anxiety and guilt looked like - my anxiety felt like a wild cat that would suddenly pounce on me and my guilt (about mistakes made in my life) was like a manic woodpecker constantly pecking at my mind. I also had depression which started off as a big black slug but as I worked through the course, I learned to see depression turning into a gentle old dog who just got tired and worn out sometimes so I would keep him quietly by my side. I began to see the fear that made my wild cat lurch at me and dig her nails in so I learned to lift her from my shoulders and calm and protect her from her terrors. I did the same with the woodpecker...tried visualising lifting him from my head and stroking his ruffled feathers and gazing into his crazy eyes till he too calmed down. So when I did this painting, I put them all in but as I went on with my layering, I decided to paint out my dog, as I feel I cope well now with small bouts of depression. I placed my little cat in my arms where I nurse and nurture my anxiety as best I can when she raises her head and splays out her claws and I changed my crazy woodpecker into a beautiful hummingbird which I am trying to release forever.